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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…

  • 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…

  • We are hiring! – Marketing Assistant

    We are looking for a Marketing Assistant who is going to play a key role in both marketing and business development.  He or she is responsible for gathering, writing, editing and strategically sharing STUDIO JONAH news and information with the public through the various medium: print, web, blog, and social media content.   The ideal…

  • 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…

  • Success and Failure: Thoughts on OAA Awards

    Last Monday on March 6th, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced twenty Design Excellence Finalists of this year’s OAA Awards. Scrolling down through the list, I experienced a spectrum of emotions: hope, excitement, bitterness, unease, a very mixed feeling, just like the other hundred or so architects!

  • Sunshine & Rainbow Everywhere – How to Get The Most Of Sunshine

    Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together If that classic song by Lesley Gore doesn’t give you a spring to your step then it’s time to learn how to get the most out of sunshine to brighten your day! Luckily, as makers of space, AKA architects, and designers,…

  • Can architecture represent who we are?

    Living in Toronto, the cosmopolitan and diverse city, you encounter a variety of housing types: Victorian, Post-war, Brutalist, Condos, Condos, and Condos (wait, did I mention condos yet?). It’s almost so laughable because our housing these days does not reflect our environment, climate or lifestyle and values at all. What are the approaches to “physically”…

  • A Call For Action – Safer (& Prettier) Urban Streets!

    It has been almost a year since we examined Bayview Avenue– we ultimately concluded that it was an unpleasant walk for three main reasons. One, it takes no advantage of being adjacent to a scenic creek. Two, it is an impersonal overall street width (5 lanes of traffic) causing an unsafe feeling. Three, it has…