Ellen Bensky

Turner Fleischer Architects

As a Partner and CEO of Turner Fleischer Architects Inc., Ellen’s mission is to build and lead a dynamic, results-oriented organization dedicated to client satisfaction, staff retention and growth. Ellen joined the firm in 1990, rising to her current role in 2008. Passionate for learning, she is especially proud of the comprehensive TF Academy and other in-house learning opportunities, which aim to nurture the firm’s large cohort of young, enthusiastic talent into tomorrow’s leaders. Ellen is able to engage daily in the process of successfully leveraging business needs and architectural realities, driving her ambition for operational excellence. An experienced speaker, she has presented at local and international levels, including KA Connect 2018 and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2018 conference.

My Speakers Sessions

  • Thursday, 24 June, 2021
    • BILT Virtual 2021 | Stream Two: An Established DPD: The Secret to Thriving in Disruptive Times (20mins)
      Ellen Bensky, Turner Fleischer Architects
      Business Strategy and Leadership
      Non Vendor Specific


      The disruption caused by the impact of the pandemic and accelerating technology has challenged the A/E/C industry faster than most firms can react. The need to optimize internal talent has never been greater, nor has the need to embrace and translate a digital mindset into a profitable workflow. There is no longer a single force driving change in our businesses; there are competing, complex decisions that have to be made rapidly and logically.

      Learn how, as a mid-sized architecture firm leveraged its ten-person Digital Practice Department (DPD) to go beyond technology oversight, and bring innovation that touches all studio workflows. Attendees will understand that from the drive to be at the forefront of technology stemmed a realization that a practice can do so much more by investing and supporting internal technology teams. Ellen will share the results of the decision to hire a Chief Technology Officer, and how a CTO is not another digitally focused position, but a critical role that impacts all aspects of a progressive practice. Taking a deep dive into the current goals and objectives of our DPD, and the evolving roles within it, learn how flexibility and empowerment allow a firm to thrive in unpredictable times.

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