Visit us for Doors Open Toronto on Sunday May 27

We will be open on Sunday, May 27 from 10am-5pm as part of the TSA’s Architect Studio Tours for Doors Open Toronto. Our studio is located in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood in one of four original LCBO warehouses constructed at the end of Prohibition, click here for directions.

Join us in a discussion of tower communities. 

Mid-century tower apartments make up the majority of affordable rental housing stock, with about 500,000 units housing up to 1 million people in Toronto alone. Many of these communities face significant challenges.

We will be giving presentations every hour, on the hour, to introduce the history of tower communities, the changing socio-economic and environmental context, and some design interventions that can help reinvigorate these communities.

SvN has been deeply involved in an ongoing renewal of communities as a member of the Tower Renewal Partnership, through Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUGR), in partnership with ERA, and through our ongoing work with public and private sector landowners.


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 undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands. 
We prepare comprehensive plans for new communities ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to responsible greenfield development. Starting with an assessment of the local environment, we develop plans and designs that build on the history of the site, while identifying opportunities for sustainable growth.