About

About

SvN transforms big ideas into better housing, better mobility and better communities.

SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated planning and design firms with a multidisciplinary team of architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects engaged with the dynamic social, economic and environmental forces that define and govern where we live and work.

Since our original inception over 40 years ago, we continue to shape the built environment in regions, cities, and towns across Canada and worldwide. We’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

As an integrated full-service firm, we guide public- and private-sector projects from conception to implementation. We are unique in providing design-intensive services that resolve complex issues such as land-use regulations, regional infrastructure requirements, or community development. SvN's engages in applied research and advocacy in post-carbon design, social justice, housing and biodiversity.

SvN is a transdisciplinary design practice.
We can anticipate all the challenges of complex projects and develop robust, context-specific, flexible, and resilient solutions. We tackle challenging city-building projects where there are no ready-made solutions.

SvN are market leaders in housing and mobility.
As a design-focused practice, SvN believes transit corridors and mobility hubs should require the same kind of attention to design thinking as iconic cultural buildings, celebrated public parks and grand boulevards. We work with public-sector development agencies and private developers, leading them through the complexities of designing, building and owning housing projects. Our knowledge of the marketplace allows us to maximize public and private investments, unlock the development potential of underutilized sites, and minimize risk. SvN has worked in almost all the significant transit corridors across Toronto and the GTA. Our mobility practice area supports transit-oriented development by unlocking growth opportunities influenced by housing, community amenities, complete streets and designing for a public realm that encourages future growth and livability.

SvN leads with progressive urban design principles.
We realize the world is increasingly urban and increasingly challenged with land, energy, and financial resources. Sprawling cities do not make for sustainable urban systems. To this, we value communities that contain a diversity of housing, employment and mobility options.

SvN’s approach is people-focused.
We start by talking to people, listening to them and connecting with their concerns. A people-focused approach creates people-focused design solutions. Our process helps clients understand and appreciate the social context for every project, thereby increasing its success. The most challenging design issues are resolved through effective dialogue.

SvN builds relationships.
SvN builds successful relationships between communities, landowners, developers and the government to create a better city for all. We design meaningful community engagement processes that respect residents, providing them with a sense of agency and connection to their community. Building relationships includes helping clients forge creative partnerships that generate opportunities for projects and neighbourhoods.

Who We Are Together

Our team is motivated to positively impact the built environment and take creative risks when necessary as we work together. We operate as a team that chooses its members for what they bring to the table: every person plays a critical role in achieving our collective success. As a collective, we are energized by competition. We love to win, learn from each other, and continuously improve and prepare. It's the spirit that underpins everything we do.

Our Shared Purpose
Our shared purpose is a belief system that clients trust, partners appreciate, and talent recognizes. At SvN, we endeavour to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. We think beyond our disciplines' bounds and infuse our work with research and innovation to achieve meaningful, catalytic results. Every project has ripples and the ability to positively impact communities at a social, physical and economic level. Our motivation to transform big ideas into better housing, better mobility and better communities guides everything we do, including our work and the people we hire. By focusing on opportunities that reimagine how people live, we foster value-driven relationships with partners, clients and staff who share a similar optimism and vision for the future.

Our Values Drive Our Purpose.
To achieve a meaningful impact, the following values comprise the unique characteristics that embody our team when we are at our best:

1. Listen First. We listen without dogma because any idea could form part of a great solution. We seek to understand the context as a starting place.

2. Consider Everything. Meaningful spaces can be derived from even the most seemingly banal of places.

3. Do Your F#*%ing Best. Give everything you have.

4. Finish Strong. We believe the last minute is as important as the first.

5. Be Human. We're in the business of people, after all. Respect is universal. Remain thoughtful and connected to each other at all times.

Architecture

Landscape

Planning

Urban Design

  • Architecture Overview

    SvN offers a range of full-scope architecture, interior design, retrofit, programming and construction management services for public and private projects, especially within mixed-use developments. Our approach focuses on user experience and the creation of environments that reflect the culture and identity of our clients. 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. We have a history of initiating and realizing projects that fill critical gaps in the market, and that are sensitive and adaptable to evolving cultures and contexts to ensure the immediate and long-term health of communities.

  • Conceptual & Schematic Designs

    Our team prepares concept design and schematics for our clients that illustrate the scale and character of a proposed development, including site plans, rendered massing models, basic floor plans, sections, elevations, and project statistics.

  • Permit Drawings

    Using the client-approved Concept Design, we prepare all application material necessary for government approvals and building permits, including building design drawings, renderings, rendered elevations, shadow impact studies and project statistics.

  • Construction Drawings & Tendering Packages

    We revise and update permit drawings based on feedback from government agencies as well as specific client requirements. We coordinate with technical consultants to prepare supporting documentation and reports as necessary and, we integrate additional requirements, such as storm water management, site servicing and landscape strategies, into a comprehensive construction and tender package. We support our clients throughout the bidding process.

  • Contract Administration

    We manage the project, including change orders, throughout the construction process. We attend off- and on-site meetings with the client and the contractor team to ensure the project remains on budget and on schedule.

  • Renderings & Visualizations

    Our in-house technical team prepares conceptual design and visualizations including plans, elevations / cross-sections, and perspective renderings.

  • Post-Carbon Sustainability Performance Indicators

    Clients are made aware of the changes caused by the climate crisis, the actions that the construction industry must undertake to reduce carbon emissions and minimize the impacts of climate change on our way of life and the health of the living systems. We can offer a series of performance improvements which include:

     

    -Embodied Carbon Tracking
    -Operational Energy Analysis and targetted reductions
    -Defining a path to Net Zero
    -Life-cycle analysis
    -Thermodynamics analysis
    -Energy modelling

  • Landscape Overview

    SvN offers a full spectrum of landscape architecture services for major redevelopment sites, mobility hubs, transit corridors, urban parks and plaza, and streetscapes. Our placemaking work includes ongoing collaborations with projects that acknowledge complex ecologies, histories and connectivity. Our landscape architecture team builds upon our ability to think holistically and creatively, from small urban spaces to reconfigured landscapes and large-scale mixed-use development —all of which lead to thriving urban ecologies.

  • Conceptual & Schematic Designs

    Conceptual Design, Curated Design Packages, Site and Contextually specific strategies, 3D modeling, Perspective renderings, Clear Narratives, Preliminary Cost Estimates; Coordinate with consultants and client.

  • Permit Drawings

    Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Approval, Streetscape, Letter of Credit Cost Estimating, coordinating with consultants and client

  • Construction Drawings & Tendering Packages

    Construction Drawings an Specifications, Tender Packages, Bid analysis and Recommendations

  • Land Development Planning

    As an interdisciplinary landscape architecture team, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages that will help to shape and form the thinking on programming, ecological considerations and site services that will reduce and minimize the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project’s life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various landscape architecture strategies within the project's overall schedule.

  • Urban Design Briefs & Guidelines

    We prepare detailed design guidelines to advance policy goals and objectives, specifically those related to the design of streetscapes and public spaces, We apply our combined technical and design expertise to create effective and comprehensive guidelines for projects in areas subject to intensification through to greenfield development.

  • Master Plans

    We prepare comprehensive plans for communities, ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to greenfield development resulting in sustainable, complete communities. SvN and its legacy firm has over 40 years of experience working internationally in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Our common thread is building local capacity, along with economic and social capital to ensure sustainable and dynamic growth in the communities where we've worked.

  • Park and Open Space Designs

    We plan and design for a range of parks and open spaces that vary in typology in scale (from small to large), character (from naturalized to urban), and programming (from passive to active). Our designs are strongly rooted in the connection between people and places and create destinations that serve local, city-wide and regional needs. We account for all technical aspects of a site and employ the highest standards for stormwater management, including thorough use of Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Planning and Design Guide.

  • Green and natural systems infrastructure

    Our systematic approach traverses spatial and temporal scales and responds to diverse geographies. Working with our clients and communities, we strive to restore, create, and nurture healthy and regenerative ecosystems that will sustain the well-being of all residents of the planet.

  • Landscape Reclamation and Habitat Restoration

    Through our research groups focusing on post-carbon design, land restoration is the process of renewing and restoring damaged habitats and ecosystems, primarily due to human intervention. We view ecological or land restoration as an antidote to environmental destruction due to pollution, deforestation, natural disasters. Habitat reclamation refers to a process of repairing altered or destroyed ecosystems as the result of shortsighted development strategies. Our knowledge of environmental reclamation holistically considers site conditions and encompasses integrated approaches to urban planning and design to yield successful results.

  • Other

    Planting Plans, Always looking to integrate new technologies and products to enhance the design while staying conscious of the budget.

  • Planning Overview

    SvN offers comprehensive planning, approvals and development management to governments, landowners and non-governmental organizations. Our experience working from concept through to construction allows us to guide our clients at each stage of a project, anticipating the challenges that come with complex development. We take an integrated approach to planning that strengthens and improves the relationships between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

  • Application Peer Review

    SvN applies our comprehensive expertise of planning and design processes to review and evaluate private development applications on behalf of public sector clients.

  • Policy & Regulation Review

    We apply our thorough understanding of the governmental and regulatory context to develop studies and public policy instruments

  • Site Analysis

    SvN undertakes site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scale. We work with developers and public agencies to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands.

  • Highest & Best Use

    We work with developers, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands, based on a comprehensive analysis of the policy and regulatory framework, site conditions and contextual considerations, and recent and ongoing developments while acknowledging the desired development program.

  • Land Acquisition

    We leverage our knowledge and expertise in policy interpretation to assist clients in the acquisition, due diligence, planning, design and development of strategic properties. We also are experts in neighbourhood design and are able to help clients understand the potential of properties in stable areas where more modest growth is anticipated.

  • Development Management

    We provide feasibility planning, development advisory and approvals risk management for our clients. As an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the design and architecture of a project, we are able to identify risks in early design development and conceptual site layout stages. We help to shape and form the thinking on the site layout and building design in a way that reduces and minimizes the amount of approvals required. We give our clients a comprehensive view of planning approval milestones within the project’s life cycle, so they can anticipate the timing and resources required to support various approvals within the overall construction schedule.

  • Public & Stakeholder Engagement

    We lead innovative and engaging public and stakeholder consultation sessions that are tailored to meet project-specific requirements. SvN understands that engagement requires a compelling narrative, graphics, and presentation materials to improve understanding and achieve buy-in. We have the experience required to work through what might be sensitive and complex discussions with multi-stakeholder groups.

  • Planning Approvals

    We provide our clients with comprehensive support for approvals, includes the creation of clear, high quality documentation for amendments to Official Plans, Zoning By-laws and Building Codes; preparing planning and urban design rationales; and coordinating and managing development applications at the Site, Subdivision and Condominium scales.

  • Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

    We provide mediation services to assist municipal clients throughout the negotiation and dispute resolution process.

  • Evidence & Expert Testimony

    We have a proven track-record of using sound, rational arguments to prepare witness statements, visual exhibits and other evidence, and providing expert testimony services to support the vision of municipal clients throughout the development application appeals process.

  • Public-Private Partnerships

    We help our municipal clients manage risks associated with P3 projects. Our expertise in managing complex development processes means that we can help avoid delays in project approvals and regulatory processes, which can undermine project feasibility and increase project costs.

  • Urban Design Overview

    SvN offers a range of urban design and landscape architecture services related to placemaking, master planning and public realm improvement. We work with governments, institutions, developers and community-based organizations to create complete and compact neighbourhoods, active and public transit infrastructure, and vibrant public spaces. Our designs are sensitive to local history, environments and cultures—allowing people to maintain an ongoing sense of connection to their community as it grows and evolves.

  • Urban Design Briefs & Guidelines

    We prepare detailed design guidelines to advance policy goals and objectives, specifically those related to the design of streetscapes, public spaces, neighbourhoods, nodes, corridors, centres and employment districts. We apply our combined technical and design expertise to create effective and comprehensive guidelines for projects in areas subject to intensification through to greenfield development.

  • Streetscape and Public Realm Designs

    We have a long history of planning, designing and building streetscapes, building facades, public spaces, the spaces between buildings, open spaces, and active transportation. SvN’s complete streets projects such as the Bloor Street Revitalization, St George Street Revitalization, and Six Points Interchange demonstrate the firm’s leadership and understanding of urban and transportation design issues and potential.

  • Transit Infrastructure

    We plan and design for transit at all scales – regions, corridors, multi-modal hubs, stations, streets and plazas. We take a systems approach to the planning and design of infrastructure, integrating multiple development priorities while preserving and enhancing the quality of the overall landscape. Key projects include Eglinton Connects; Dundas Connects; Metrolinx Hurontario LRT and Kipling Mobility Hub Study.

  • Master Plans

    We prepare comprehensive plans for communities, ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to greenfield development resulting in sustainable, complete communities.

  • Park and Open Space Designs

    We plan and design for a range of parks and open spaces that vary in typology in scale (from small to large), character (from naturalized to urban), and programming (from passive to active). Our designs are strongly rooted in the connection between people and places and create destinations that serve local, city-wide and regional needs. We account for all technical aspects of a site and employ the highest standards for stormwater management, including thorough use of Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Planning and Design Guide.

  • Renderings and Visualizations

    Our in-house technical team prepares conceptual design and visualizations including plans, elevations / cross-sections, and perspective renderings.

Awards & Honours

Six Points Interchange
2018: RAIC National Urban Design Awards, Certificate of Merit, Urban Design Plans
2018: Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Merit
2017: Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit

Eglinton Connects
2015: Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit
2015: Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence
2013: Institute of Transportation Engineers for the Toronto Section Project of the Year Award

Thompson Economic Diversification Plan
2014: Award of Planning Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners
2014: Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Award for Community Engagement and Environmental Excellence, Finalist. Mining Association of Canada (2014)

Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Plan
2011: Award for Excellence in Planning. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Greater Amman Municipality Zoning Regime
2010: Award for Planning Excellence – International Development. Canadian Institute of Planners

“Shaping the Toronto Region”
2009: Award for Planning Excellence – Planning Publication. Canadian Institute of Planners

40R Shaftesbury Avenue
2009: Award of Excellence. Ontario Association of Architects

Amman Master Plan Project
2008: Award for Planning Excellence (Honorable Mention) – International Development. Canadian Institute of Planners

Drew Sinclair, Principal
2008: Canada Council Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners

The Amman Plan
2007: World Leadership Award for Town Planning. World Leadership Forum

Places to Grow: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
2007: Daniel Burnham Award. American Planning Association
2007: Award for Planning Excellence – Re-urbanization. Canadian Institute of Planners

Evergreen at the Brick Works Master Plan
2007: Award of Excellence, Urban and Community Design. Ontario Professional Planners Institute
2006: “Brownie” Award for Brownfields Redevelopment – Best Project, Heritage/Adaptive Reuse. Canadian Urban Institute

John van Nostrand, Principal – for Contributions to the City’s Vitality
2004: Jane Jacobs Award. Ideas That Matter

Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant
2004: National Citation – Site Design. Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
2004: Planning Honor Award – Site Design. The Waterfront Centre (Washington DC)
2002: Award of Excellence – Site Design. Canadian Architect

Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto’s Waterfront
2002: Peter Bloodoff Award of Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners

York University Computer Science Building
Governor General’s Medal. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Evergreen at the Brick Works Master Plan
2004: Award of Excellence, Urban and Community Design. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan
2001: Award of Excellence (Hon. Mention). Ontario Association of Architects

Pro-Home: A Planned, Progressive Approach to Affordable Housing
2001: Award of Excellence. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

St. George St Revitalization
1997: Urban Design Award. City of Toronto

West Bank Development Project – East London, South Africa
1995: Association Award for International Excellence. CIDA/Canadian Exporters

Queen/Sackville Non-Profit Housing
1994: Design Award. City of Toronto

Seaton Community Plan
1994: First Place – International Competition. Province of Ontario

Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel
1993: Award of Excellence. Canadian Architect

Bill White Cooperative Housing
1992: Design Award. Ontario Association of Architects

Lesotho Urban Upgrading Project 
1991: World Habitat Award. Building & Social Housing Foundation
1991: Award of Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners

Clients

  • Birchmount Green
  • Bird Construction
  • Brenyon Way Charitable Foundation
  • C Squared Properties
  • Campus Living Centres
  • Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • Castlepoint Numa
  • Chartwell Retirement Residences
  • City of Guelph
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Markham
  • City of Mississauga
  • City of Pickering
  • City of Toronto
  • City of Vaughan
  • Cochrane District Social Services Board (CDSSAB)
  • Conservatory Group
  • CreateTO
  • Crown Realty
  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • Discovery Homes
  • Durham College
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Halloway Holdings
  • Halton Region Community Housing Corporation
  • Hamilton Community Foundation
  • Impressions Group
  • Infrastructure Ontario
  • Main and Main
  • Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation
  • Metrolinx
  • Niagara Region
  • North York General Hospital
  • ONE Properties
  • Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ontario Realty Corporation
  • Options for Homes
  • Pemberton Group
  • Petro MaxX
  • Ports Toronto
  • Revera
  • RioCan REIT
  • River Oaks Group
  • Saint Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Slate Communications
  • SmartCentres REIT
  • TAS Design Build
  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Toronto Region Conservation Authority
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Town of Halton Hills
  • Town of Newmarket
  • Town of Whitby
  • Trent University
  • Trillium Housing
  • Triple Group of Companies
  • Trolleybus Urban Development
  • Turner Construction
  • University of Toronto
  • Valentine Coleman
  • Vandyk Group
  • Waterfront Toronto
  • Western Asset Management

For all positions and career inquiries, please send your resume and portfolio to
careers@svn-ap.com

Join our Team!

SvN is a dynamic multidisciplinary culture-driven practice comprised of a diverse team of architects, urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects. We are always interested in meeting exceptional design professionals eager to work in housing, mobility and community. Since our inception over 40 years ago, we continue to shape the built environment in regions, cities and towns across Canada and worldwide. We have revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed innovative and affordable housing projects, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development. As an integrated full-service studio, we guide both public- and private-sector projects. One of SvN's unique strengths is providing design-intensive services that resolve complex urban issues, including land-use regulations, regional infrastructure requirements, and community development.

Currently Hiring:

Intermediate Urban Designer

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for an Intermediate Urban Designer to join our award-winning team. Some of our most significant contributions to the fabric of the GTA include the Shoppers World Brampton Master PlanReconfiguration of the Six Points InterchangeEglinton Connects Planning + Urban Design StudyNeighbourhoods Character Design Guidelines for the City of Toronto, and the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan for the City of Mississauga.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of the Intermediate Urban Designer is to work with our inter-disciplinary team of planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects on behalf of both public and private sector clients. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, managing and implementing urban design projects at multiple scales, from integrated site design to corridor + neighbourhood development to city-wide design + strategy.

Outcomes

  • Interpret design briefs and understand/work within process from background analysis, through to option development and implementation;
  • Communicate clear design thinking and strong urban design concepts through exceptional graphics and compelling written narratives;
  • Conduct preliminary background analysis including research of existing planning and regulatory context, as well as existing and planned development context; fluency with Provincial, Regional and local planning and design guideline documents (Growth Plan 2017, Big Move, Regional Transportation Plan; Official Plan, By-laws, Toronto Green Standards, Guidelines);
  • Develop conceptual and/or framework diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives (by hand and/or digitally) in a highly graphic capacity;
  • Contribute to the ongoing professional development of Junior team members through informal mentorship, expanding their capacity and range as designers;
  • Communicate with consultants, sub-consultants and other disciplines to ensure project details are being carried out and to forward integrated problem solving;
  • Imbue technical understanding of urban design elements into development of work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design;
  • 6 + years of urban design experience;
  • Professional Registration or working towards with OAA, OALA or OPPI or equivalent an asset;
  • Exceptional communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Solid technical understanding of/experience with public realm design, in particular the integration between transit, streetscape, land use and the built environment and application in city-wide scale contexts;
  • Proficiency in graphic tools including Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and Revit. Experience with GIS, Rhino and MicroStation an additional asset.

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 90 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time.

SvN was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the work (and brands) of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, assuring continuity of an ‘integrated’ planning and design practice founded in 1978. Since its inception, SvN’s primary foci have remained policy and design around the primary issues facing our rapidly changing urban and regional environments- in our present day milieu, our work is uniquely focused on housing and mobility.

SvN offers comprehensive planning, approvals and development management to governments, landowners, transit authorities and non-governmental organizations. We work in towns, cities and regions experiencing rapid growth, transitioning social structures and changing economies, at home and internationally.

Our experience working from the gathering of constraint information and formation of vision, to the formation of concept, development of “framework” (policy or design), through to construction, allows us to provide a unique suite of services. We work at nearly every scale and from project conception through completion, anticipating at all stages the challenges that come with complex development.

We take an integrated approach to planning that is not limited to managing a good, policy-oriented process, but one that is rigorous, creative, respectful and comprehensive. We deliver work that results in pragmatic and forward-thinking community design with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component. Our bright, airy suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform. The link can be found here.

 

Senior Architect

SvN Architects + Planners has an immediate opening for a Revit-capable Senior Architect with experience in multi-res design and construction documents in Ontario for a number of unique architectural projects. This position is both design and technically focused, requiring an individual who can synthesize strong design intent with technical resolution. The position will require the ability to work independently – from home, for now – as well as contribute to strong teams in our collaborative virtual office. We have a fluid approach to design that encourages input at all levels and are looking for candidates that will invest in projects with the same level of passion that we bring to our work.

Qualifications include:

  • 10 years+ experience
  • Solid technical understanding of building construction detailing including experience in mid-rise and high-rise mixed use buildings
  • Experience in multiple typologies an asset
  • Exceptional design, communication, organization and interpersonal skills
  • Strong in Revit
  • Project management experience an asset

About SVN Architects + Planners

Focusing on housing, mobility and a wide variety of urban design and transit projects, SVN draws on the experience of 85 architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners. Over the past forty years, our team has helped to shape regions, cities and neighbourhoods across Canada and around the world. We've revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted the economic development of both rural and urban regions.

We focus on these sectors:

- Transit-Oriented Plans
- Streets + Public Spaces
- Master Plans
- Multi-Unit Residential
- Institutional/Commercial
- Small Residential
- Places of Worship

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component. Our bright, airy suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform. The link can be found here.

 

Intermediate Architect

SVN Architects + Planners has immediate openings for Revit-capable Intermediate Architects with experience in multi-res design for a number of unique architectural projects. These positions are both design and technically focused, requiring individuals who can synthesize strong design intent with technical resolution. These positions will require the ability to work independently – from home, for now – as well as contribute to strong teams in our collaborative office, once we re-open our space for meetings. We have a fluid approach to design that encourages input at all levels and are looking for candidates that will invest in projects with the same level of passion that we bring to our work.

Qualifications include:

  • 5 years+ of experience
  • Solid technical understanding of building construction detailing including experience in mid-rise and high-rise mixed use buildings
  • Experience in multiple typologies an asset
  • Exceptional design, communication, organization and interpersonal skills
  • Strong in Revit
  • Project management experience an asset

About SVN Architects + Planners

Focusing on housing, mobility and a wide variety of urban design and transit projects, SVN draws on the experience of 90 architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners. Over the past forty years, our team has helped to shape regions, cities and neighbourhoods across Canada and around the world. We've revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted the economic development of both rural and urban regions. For more information, please visit our website at www.svn-ap.com.

We focus on these sectors:

- Transit-Oriented Plans
- Streets + Public Spaces
- Master Plans
- Multi-Unit Residential
- Institutional/Commercial
- Small Residential
- Places of Worship

Compensation and benefits

SVN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan. Our airy, bright suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform. The link can be found here.

Human Resources Director

SvN is a dynamic professional services firm comprised of over 90 talented architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects. The practice is growing quickly and the Principals see the addition of an HR Director to the Leadership Team as critical to the ongoing and future success of the company.

As SvN’s first Human Resources Director, you will help define the role and build an HR team. You will provide leadership in support of SvN’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals. You and your team will be responsible for managing all aspects of our human resources systems, processes and policies. You will provide leadership in building an even stronger culture and enhance our employee engagement and performance management strategies.

If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment with young professionals and are looking for an opportunity to become part of an energetic leadership team, we invite you to apply today.

About the Role

The HR Director will have overall HR responsibility for a 90+ growing integrated planning and design firm. Core responsibilities will include all aspects of recruitment, on-boarding, payroll, employee relations, compensation guidance, benefits administration, workforce development, performance management guidance, employee recognition, record keeping and administration. You will support the firm in achieving our business strategy and enhance employee engagement. You will provide strategic and operational HR Management support to the leadership team, as well as our employees.

Responsibilities

  • Hire and manage an HR Coordinator;
  • Support the firm’s leadership team in order to continue to attract and retain highly motivated, engaged, and talented professionals;
  • Manage HR programs to ensure consistent application of all people practices and procedures;
  • Drive integrated talent, performance and compensation management practices;
  • Support organizational change and lead communications;
  • Act as an advisor to the firm while managing and assuming ownership of complex and sensitive HR matters;
  • Manage full cycle recruitment and co-op program for the firm;
  • Champion special projects and other responsibilities as required.

Qualifications / Core Areas of Expertise

  • University degree in human resources, business administration, or related field
  • Minimum of 10+ years HR generalist experience, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention strategy, talent development and employee relations
  • Demonstrated ability to manage others
  • Solid understanding of HR employment law and regulations
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for working in a fast-paced design culture
  • Previous HR experience in a professional services environment, preferably an architectural, interior design or engineering environment, is a plus
  • Excellent knowledge of MS office products is required

Our Core Values

  • Listen First – Listen without dogma, because any idea could form part of a great solution. Seek to understand the context as a starting place.
  • Think Critically - Where there are no ready-made solutions, test the limits of what is possible.
  • Consider EVERYTHING – Even meanwhile spaces are meaningful places.
  • DYFB - Give everything you have.
  • Be Human - Respect is universal. Be thoughtful at all times. We are all connected.
  • Finish Strong - The last minute is as important as the first. Finish strong.

 

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 90 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time.

SvN was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the work (and brands) of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, assuring continuity of an ‘integrated’ planning and design practice founded in 1978. Since its inception, SvN’s primary foci have remained policy and design around the primary issues facing our rapidly changing urban and regional environments- in our present day milieu, our work is uniquely focused on housing and mobility.

SvN offers comprehensive planning, approvals and development management to governments, landowners, transit authorities and non-governmental organizations. We work in towns, cities and regions experiencing rapid growth, transitioning social structures and changing economies, at home and internationally.

Our experience working from the gathering of constraint information and formation of vision, to the formation of concept, development of “framework” (policy or design), through to construction, allows us to provide a unique suite of services. We work at nearly every scale and from project conception through completion, anticipating at all stages the challenges that come with complex development.

We take an integrated approach to planning that is not limited to managing a good, policy-oriented process, but one that is rigorous, creative, respectful and comprehensive. We deliver work that results in pragmatic and forward-thinking community design with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component. Our bright, airy suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform. The link can be found here.

Student Architectural Designer (Sept – Dec 2021)

Our core beliefs: Listen first. Think critically. Consider everything. DYFB. Be human.

SVN Architects + Planners is looking for top architecture students to work elbow-to-elbow with our urban designers, architects, landscape architects and planners on a variety of interesting and challenging projects. If you have two+ work terms under your belt and would like to participate in all aspects of the business in an exciting multidisciplinary setting, we look forward to reviewing your application.

About SVN Architects + Planners

Focusing on housing, mobility and a wide variety of urban design and transit projects, SVN draws on the experience of over 90 architects, designers, planners and technologists. Over the past forty years, our team has helped to shape regions, cities and neighbourhoods across Canada and around the world. We've revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted the economic development of both rural and urban regions.

We focus on these sectors, but please browse our website to find out more about us and the work we do prior to submitting your application:

- Transit-Oriented Plans

- Streets + Public Spaces

- Master Plans

- Multi-Unit Residential

- Institutional/Commercial

- Small Residential

- Places of Worship

Job Responsibilities

During their terms, Co-op Students are integral members of teams, responsible for project segments including design documentation, rendering/other visualization mapping and diagramming, physical modelling, proposal development/marketing, and contributions to client consultations. While Co-op Students work closely with principals and associates, they also learn to make responsible decisions and solve problems independently. We strive to ensure that each student grows personally and professionally while with our firm. We consistently get high ratings from students who work with us.

Required Skills

  • Currently enrolled in an architecture or urban design program;
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit, Adobe CS5 Suite, MS Office Suite - hand sketching is also an asset;
  • Two or more work terms completed, portfolio available to share with us;
  • Able to adapt to a wide range of design scales from small residential to large master plans;
  • A flexible and open attitude towards stretching the norms of work in an architecture firm - we want your new ideas!
  • Self-motivated and able to take responsibility;
  • Enjoy working in a friendly, supportive and fun (virtual for now!) environment

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan. Our airy, bright suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point. (We'll equip you!)

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply through our Bamboo HR platform. The link can be found here.