SALA alumni often find their design education allows them to explore unanticipated tangents following graduation. This can mean applying their design skills to a wide range of scales that stretch beyond their discipline; assisting professional or community organizations in need of leadership or starting new ones; or entering entirely new professions. TANGENTS brings back to school a diverse group of nine SALA alumni in different stages of their careers to discuss their experiences.

In this final panel, alumni explain how and why they branched out into new professions. 

Moderators: Thena Tak and Emilia Brasdefer

Zoe Florence BEnD ’08 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Zoe Florence is Lead Project Manager of Permanent Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she was the Assistant Curator for the 2013 Urbanism/Architecture Bi-city Biennale in Shenzhen, China. Zoe has a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and is a Registered Architect in New York State.

Michael Heeney BArch ’84 | C + O Advisory
Currently with C+O Advisory, Michael Heeney is the past President and CEO of the Surrey City Development Corporation, a municipally owned real estate development company. Prior to that, he managed Bing Thom Architects for 29 years where he oversaw the company’s growth into a leading international practice.

Jamie Nicholls MLA ’07 | Mayor, Hudson QC
Artist, teacher and landscape architect, Jamie Nicholls added politician to his career trajectory in 2011, swept into Ottawa as a member of Canada’s first democratic socialist official opposition. Jamie was a junior member of the leadership team serving in the transport, infrastructure and communities portfolio. Since 2017, he has served as mayor of Hudson, Quebec.