Architecture

SvN reaches beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture to address issues affecting the immediate and long-term social, economic and environmental health of communities. Our flexible designs for housing, mixed-use communities, schools, churches, community-based institutions and public spaces allow for incremental changes in program and building use to be realized over time.

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Housing is a core focus of our business. We design innovative and adaptable buildings and master plans that respond to the immediate and future housing needs of diverse communities and all levels of income. We have a history of initiating and realizing housing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts.
We offer a full range of architecture, interior design, programming and construction management services for commercial and retail projects, especially within mixed-use developments. Our flexible designs focus on user experience and the creation of environments that reflect the culture and identity of our clients.
Our firm has set a new standard for sustainability in Canadian institutional architecture, integrating passive energy systems, low-emission materials, and resilient building strategies into the design of lecture halls, classrooms, labs, offices, recreation facilities and student residences. Working within changing urban contexts, our adaptable designs allow for flexibility in program and building use over time. Seminal projects include York University’s Computer Science Building and the student residences for Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus.
We help institutions fulfill their cultural mandate, and remain closely connected within their community, during periods of economic and social change. We take a comprehensive approach to the design, restoration and funding of public buildings and spaces, facilitating cultural partnerships and making efficient and productive use of space and resources.
We build worker housing for resource, investment and infrastructure projects that serve emerging economies around the world. These housing solutions address the immediate workforce requirements of a project, and have the capacity to be reconfigured for long-term use.