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Sandra Dale Sasaki

Biography

Sandra received her Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. At the time, the program was strongly influenced by the highly-influential German Bauhaus School of Design. Many of the pioneers of the school were heavily impacted by the work of Japanese artists and designers. Although serendipitous, this was a match made in heaven. After many years of practice, Sandra returned to the U of M for her Master of Interior Design.

Her long and varied interior design career in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Toronto has included: work for large corporate retail firms (Eaton’s of Canada and The Hudson’s Bay Company); as a partner in her own design firm (Duddridge Sasaki Design Inc.) and; as a Senior Designer-in-Charge-of-Design for architectural and interior design firm Environmental Space Planning and LM Architectural Group (ESP and LMAG). She is the recipient of Design Canada/National Design Council’s Award of Merit for her design work

The trajectory of Sandra’s career changed course in the late 80’s when she began teaching. She has held teaching positions in Interior Design at Humber College and Ryerson University in Toronto and at the University of Manitoba. She is the recipient of the University of Manitoba’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence for her teaching.

Sandra’s career trajectory changed course once again in the early 2000’s when she returned to ESP and LM Architectural Group and became their Business Developer and Architectural Proposal Writer.

Now retired, Sandra continues to consult in Business Development, most notably for StateCraft Architectural Fabricators in both their Winnipeg and Seattle offices.

Projects

  • Wall Street Medical Clinic, 140 Wall Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, late 1970s - early 1980s
  • Bessborough Hotel, 601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, late 1970s - early 1980s
  • Hong Kong Bank of Canada, 321 21st Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, late 1970s - early 1980s
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1980s
  • The Beautiful Plains Country Courthouse restoration, 282 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, Manitoba, 1980s
  • Gallery Shoppes, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1980s
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Recognition & Awards

  • Award of Merit from Design Canada/ National Design Council
  • Teknion/Global (IDCF) Fellowship
  • University of Manitoba’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Sources

  • Japanese Canadian Artist Directory