Practice Philosophy


Philosophy & Approach to Design  

Our philosophy is to strive for creative solutions while respecting contextual concerns and achieving technical excellence. We seek to be innovative without being trendy, to be responsive to the client and responsible to the community.

Our approach to the design and planning process reflects a commitment to the pragmatic exploration of real issues – of sustainability and practicability; of functionality and beauty – and we believe that exploration of issues is facilitated through collaboration between clients, stakeholders and design professionals. The result is spaces that satisfy client requirements, both now and long after the completion of the project.

Technical Delivery

Our work is based on accumulated knowledge and best practices. Our national team applies consistent standards from coast to coast, continually advancing and expanding a truly collaborative approach to design delivery.

Building Green

We have designed buildings for every environment, climate and cultural landscape in Canada. The work we do has a lasting effect on both urban and rural settings – our designers have always been deeply invested in creating buildings that are sustainable, resource-conscious spaces that stay relevant as they mature. As architects, green advocates and LEED® professionals, our inherent mandate is to protect and preserve our national environment and heritage. As awareness grows, our clients echo that spirit.