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Speakers’ Corner emcee John Ota

John Ota is all about food, architecture and history.  He is the author of “The Kitchen”, the best-selling book about his journey through history in search of the perfect design.  “The Kitchen” book was a finalist for the 2021 Paris Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Design Category and was a finalist for the 2021 Taste Canada Awards in the Culinary Narratives category.  John has degrees from the University of Toronto and the Schools of Architecture at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University.  He has worked in architecture offices in Toronto, New York and Vancouver.  John has chaired the awards committee of the Ontario Association of Architects, served on the Toronto Historical Board and been a guest critic at the Ryerson University School of Architecture in Toronto.