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  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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,…

  • Studio Jonah Newsletter | March 2017

      Insight Small Space, Big Idea: Micro-Housing   Only a half century ago, Le Corbusier realised multi-family housing like Unité d’habitation. It’s a different story now, thanks to ever changing social dynamics and market forces.   Read More         Blog Can I get my Site Plan Approval?   Papers after papers after…

  • Leaping Forward From Historic Architecture

    It’s no coincidence to address a step forward while thinking about a leap year. Although we don’t have that one extra day this year, it certainly has proved helpful previous years to contribute to what we have today. In fact, it was on a remarkable leap day of 1784 that an influential neoclassical architect was…

  • Committee of Adjustment: Friend or Foe?

    You have a brilliant idea for this new renovation project (that you almost feel genius!). The client wants to create a new lot for a fairly large detached house on a prominent residential street in this growing, hot real estate market right here in Toronto. Everything seems perfect, but does the City agree? Well, the Committee…