OCAD University
Doreen Balabanoff
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Architecture, Environmental colour and light, Architectural glass


Doreen Balabanoff is an artist and designer who works primarily in the fields of architecture and architectural glass. As a glass artist, she is internationally known for her colour and light pieces, both exhibiting in galleries and doing commissioned architectural works. She has an abiding interest in light in architecture - particularly colour and light projection in architectural space/form/time, as well as a strong interest in relationship to nature and site, to solar cycles and to passive solar strategies and ecological design principles and practices. Her focus on colour and light in environmental design has a strong correlation to her interest in humanistic and sensitive design, attuned to natural cycles and physical, mental and spiritual health. Doreen is currently engaged in a practice-based PhD at University College Dublin School of Architecture. Her research is focused on reimagining the birth environment, with light as a key element of new design approaches that support a more natural, less medicalized birth experience.


1974 BA (Art) Pitzer College, the Claremont Colleges, California 1985 M Arch UCLA Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Planning 2011- in progress, University College Dublin, School of Architecture

Professional Experience

Has worked as a designer in various architectural firms, including WZMH and Eugene Janiss Architects. Has practiced as an independent designer and consultant as a glass artist and as a colour expert. Has commissioned architectural glass works in many public and private settings in Canada.

Selected Exhibitions

2011 'Private Collections' University of Iceland 2009 'Gathering Light: women glass artists of the 21st century' Centre International du Vitrail, Chartres, France 2009 'Arboreal' Durham Art Gallery 2007 'Trees I Have Known' Material Matters Gallery, Toronto 2006 The Glass Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2004 Material Matters Gallery, Toronto 2001 Augsburg Cathedral Gallery, Augsburg, Germany 2001 Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany 2000 Hans-Reiffenstuel-Haus, Pfarrkirchen, Germany 2000: Foothills Art Center, Golden Colorado

Awards \ Grants

1995, 1993, 1992: Canada Council Awards 1994-88: Ontario Arts Council Awards


2002 St. Joseph's Health Centre, Guelph Ontario Chapel windows, door, tabernacle 2000 Alderwood Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario 'Lightscape', glass/light projection piece 1998 Freeport/Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario 'Eight Tone Poems' 1992 City of London, Ontario 'People and the City' civic monument

Selected Publications

Balabanoff, Doreen. –Colour and Light in the Reimagined Birth Environment."Paper presented at the Interim Meeting of the International Colour Association (AIC), Taipeh, Taiwan, 22-25 September, 2012. Balabanoff, Doreen. –Aspects Of Light: Colour, Light And Space/Form/Time." Paper presented at the Interim meeting of the International Colour Association (AIC), Zurich, Switzerland, June 7-10, 2011. 2009 Beeh-Lustenberger, Suzanne. –Gathering Light part 2."Neues Glas/New Glass 1/09:8-15. 2008 Beeh-Lustenberger, Suzanne. –Gathering Light part 1."Neues Glas/New Glass 4/08 (2008): 10-17. Beeh-Lustenberger, Suzanne. –Gathering Light part 2."Neues Glas/New Glass 1/09 (2009):8-15. Beeh-Lustenberger, Suzanne. –Gathering Light part 1."Neues Glas/New Glass 4/08 (2008): 10-17. 2005-06: Contemporary Stained Glass, A & C Black Publishers, London, UK 2002: This Side Up, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands; article by D. Balabanoff on Canadian glass 1998: Stained Glass Magazine, St. Louis, Six Voices review by L. Lichtman 1998: Kitchener Waterloo Record, Six Voices review by R.Reid