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  • What is YOUR take on green design?

    The last couple of posts touched on sustainable design strategies that could be used for new buildings or existing buildings; for this one I want to respond to the question of why “green” design is important? Attending an architecture program at a university that focuses on sustainability and northern architecture, I have learned just how…

  • Life in a Small Town Versus the Big City

    Over the last three year, I have traveled back and forth from Toronto to Sudbury. I wanted to write a post about the differences I have noticed between the two very different cities and point their pros and cons. You probably are wondering why Sudbury? Well, I am doing my undergrad at the university in…

  • The Beauty of a Green Roof

    So we all know that we are in a state of climate crisis and the building sector produces quite a lot of harm to the planet. I had previously covered timber building as a strategy to reduce this impact. If you have not read it yet, here is the link. For this post, we will…

  • You and Your Architect – the Dream team

    Are you planning to build your own home? Have an idea of a plan you are set on? How it will look? Now let me ask you have you thought of hiring an architect? Well, they are trained in this field; they know the dos and don’ts, know how to save you some money. And…

  • Goodbye Grey Buildings and say hello to Wooden ones

    The realization of climate change comes with a new era of building norms. The introduction of timber materials over the concrete and steel has begun. Commonly used in timber projects are cross-laminated timber commonly referred to CLT. What is Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)? Cross-laminated timber is a type of prefabricated wood panels that come in…

  • How interior designer, Ania Trica works and lives her design infused life

    Ania Trica from Trica Design Studio is the type of person who does not only works in a design industry, but also lives and breaths design life.  She was introduced to our office through her passion for making jewelry initially, and we learned that she was an  interior designer who had different design interest.  She serves as…

  • Can architects become marketing experts? Here’s how

    Guest post by Stephanie Mah, Digital Media Coordinator for Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) NextGen, and Product Marketing Manager at BuzzBuzzHome. You can connect with Stephanie on  Instagram and LinkedIn.     Social media has presented architecture a unique opportunity for greater public engagement.  Not only are people seeing more buildings, but it’s in a…

  • Community Centres as Pivots of Our City

    We are slowly getting tired of hearing news about new commercial and residential developments happening in Toronto, so let’s talk about community developments. How often do we hear about community centres opening? In 2015 only, merely two community centres opened throughout Toronto.

  • Who is responsible: The OMB or City?

    There is not a single week that goes by without having any news about condo developments happening and being proposed in Toronto. We’ve reached the point where questions like whether this is a matter of supply and demand have emerged and words like ‘housing bubble’ or ‘housing crisis’ are starting to hover around us. But…

  • Scared of contractors? This will put things in Perspective

    I am old-school when it comes to creating relationships…I believe in face to face meetings, making/receiving first impressions, possibly even hand shakes to decide whether I want to do business with the person or not.  I know there will be many people who are rolling their eyes being in the age of just “googling” everything.…