OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch
Drew is a licensed architect and urban designer and a Principal of SvN. His work focuses on the design of housing, community facilities, and master plans that meet the needs of rapidly expanding communities. Drew was the lead architect for the housing and community plans for the Oyu Tolgoi Mine new town in Mongolia as well as a 5,000 hectare housing and university campus master plan in Novosibirsk, Russia. Drew led SvN’s Athletes’ Village Master Plan for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and continues to lead the firm’s housing and institutional building practice areas. He has managed a wide range of residential, institutional, and mixed-use projects, including the 300,000 sq.m. 675 Progress Avenue redevelopment in Toronto, two student residences for Ryerson University, the KACST Photonics Laboratory Building in Riyadh, the Thompson Industrial Skills and Trades Training Centre, and the Victory Soya Mills Silo Master Plan for Toronto’s waterfront. Drew is also leading a number of significant facility design or facility renewal projects for faith-based communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Drew is a recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners and a past recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers award. He is a graduate of McGill University (BA Hons. Geography and International Development) and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, where he won the Reisman Gold Medal in Design. Drew is a member of the City of Vaughan’s Design Review Panel, an at-large member of the Toronto Society of Architects Executive Council. Drew is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. In 2007, Drew co-founded Twenty + Change, the biennial exhibition dedicated to emerging Canadian architectural and urban design practice, along with Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia of superkül.