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.

We are a transdisciplinary firm with a diverse staff working with diverse communities on extraordinary projects.

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.

Our Commitment to Truth, Justice and Reconciliation

As an integrated planning and design firm, land and community are the foundation of our practice. As architects, landscape architects, designers, and planners, we help our clients transform land to connect, house, and enhance communities. We start by talking to people, listening to them and connecting with their concerns. We believe that the most challenging design issues are resolved through effective dialogue.

SvN works in many places, and our team is from around the world. Our studio is located in Toronto, from the Mohawk word Tkarón:to, which occupies the lands covered by Treaty 13 (1805), also known by the colonizers as the Toronto Purchase; an agreement between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It is also on lands covered by the Williams Treaty (1923), signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands, of the Anishinaabe nation. These lands have been cared for, for thousands of years by many Nations, including the Mississaugas, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat, the Métis, and the Inuit. Today, Tkarón:to is shared by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We recognize the Dish with One Spoon Covenant, an agreement that epitomizes our collective responsibility to each other and Mother Earth.

We give thanks to First Nations and Indigenous Peoples and their descendants who are stewards of this land, and we acknowledge their spiritual connection to the land and water. We must learn from these caretakers, and share in the responsibility to make decisions today that sustain our world for the seventh generation.

Our frameworks of mapping, measuring, and exchanging land for monetary value are constructs of a colonial system within which we operate. Early land use planning in North America was a tool used to dispossess First Nations, Métis and Inuit from their land, while fostering destructive assimilation. The legacy of colonization and institutionalized racism continues to impact Indigenous Peoples. Architects, landscape architects, designers, and planners have a role to play in Truth, Justice and Reconciliation. We are all treaty people, sharing the role as guests and caretakers of this land.

At SvN, we commit to moving forward in the spirit of Partnership, co-management, collaboration, and Reconciliation. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, we make the following commitments as part of our duty to those who graciously share this land with us.

Learning and Understanding

  • Learn about Indigenous values, traditional knowledge systems, community building, land stewardship and design practices.
  • Uncover Indigenous history and ground our projects in the cultural and natural context of the land.
  • Honour Indigenous laws, land rights and governance practices.
  • Listen, learn and accept truths from Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and Residential School Survivors.

Building Relationships

  • Establish respectful relationships with First Nations and Indigenous Peoples and organizations.
  • Amplify the voices and talents of Indigenous colleagues, designers, and practitioners.
  • Support industry efforts to increase Indigenous representation in planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture.

Implementing Through Our Work

  • Seek opportunities to meaningfully engage and listen to First Nations and Indigenous Peoples throughout our project work.
  • Support and advocate for First Nations and Indigenous clients to question and challenge our colonial systems of planning and governance.
  • Ensure our work is respectful of the environment and its resources for current and future generations, seeking opportunities to build resiliency and accommodate all living beings.
  • Integrate and communicate truths, knowledge, and Indigenous narratives into our projects.

SvN is honouring the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021 and is encouraging our team to use the day as a day of learning and reflection, in honour of the Residential School Survivors, and those children who did not return. In the coming weeks and months, we will be actioning our commitments, and focusing efforts on building relationships and collaborating with First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.

 

 

 

 

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 via the Spontaneous Application Listing.

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:

Business Development Director

Reports to: Managing Director

Level: Director

Summary: Grows and develops the firm’s book of business by acquiring new clients, growing existing clients and building SvN’s brand recognition.

SvN is a dynamic interdisciplinary culture-driven practice comprised of a diverse team of architects, urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects.  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.

Due to significant growth, we are seeking an experienced Business Development Director to provide strategic guidance and tactical support to develop, manage and grow SvN’s profile and revenue potential. This opportunity will start as a remote working arrangement and transition to a hybrid working arrangement based out of our office in downtown Toronto.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Grows and develops the firm’s book of business by acquiring new clients, growing existing clients and building SvN’s brand recognition.
  • Develops key account plans to grow client relationships, revenue growth based on market conditions and strategic priorities of our clients.
  • Develops and implement strategies, undertake business development-related client and market research as needed, share best practices, and promote multidisciplinary solutions.
  • Establishes CRM and manages sales funnel from the identification of an opportunity, identifying pursuit team, overseeing proposal development, negotiating and booking commercial agreements.
  • Accountable for full proposal creation process from proposal strategy, writing, editing, layout, assembly and delivery of on time proposals. Manages SvN’s Proposal Manager.
  • Manages and responds to day-to-day requests for business development support including, but not limited to: RFP submissions, business pitches, advice in relation to strategic client events opportunities, tracking ROI, developing ROI metrics.
  • Leads negotiations on terms and conditions of commercial agreements which ensure profitability and cash flow.
  • Researches industry trends, competitor analysis for incorporation into SvN strategy.
  • Oversees development of case studies, white papers and other thought leadership to promote SvN Brand, alongside the Director of Special Projects.
  • Contributes to Social Media strategy including optimization and growth of SvN brand.
  • Other duties and support of firm-wide priorities as needed.

Outcomes

  • Grow Net Revenue in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture business lines by acquiring new clients.
  • Grow Net Revenue and profitability with key clients and developing account plans.
  • Developing sales funnel metrics from identification and qualification of an opportunity, proposal generation and negotiation of an agreement.
  • Increase Social Media engagement – Brand Recognition (ROI Metrics).

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Commerce or Business Administration preferred.
  • Seven years of Business Development experience, with at least three (3) years as a BD/Marketing Manager (or similar senior role) in professional services, ideally in AEC or design.
  • Good at prioritizing, capable of working under pressure and flexible to meet unusual scheduling requirements.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills; ability to articulate and communicate ideas, analysis and recommendations to the partners of the firm.
  • Self-starter who is part strategist and part tactician. Enjoys thinking forward and bringing the ideas to life.
  • Role Model of our values: Listen First, Consider Everything, Do your F#*%ing Best, Finish Strong, Be Human, Think Critically.

How to Apply

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

While we thank all applicants for their interest, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries individually and only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.

SVN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

SvN will provide accommodation on request throughout the recruitment, selection and assessment process for applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, please inform our Talent department of the nature of accommodation that you may require, to ensure your equal participation.

Marketing Communications Director

Reports to: Managing Director

Level: Director

Summary: Responsible for the development of SvN’s brand though various channels including social media, traditional media and direct marketing.  Lead communications and change management initiatives with internal stakeholders

SvN is a dynamic interdisciplinary culture-driven practice comprised of a diverse team of architects, urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects.  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.

Due to significant growth, we are seeking an experienced Marketing Communications Director to develop, manage and grow SvN’s profile and create internal communications that fosters alignment and engagement.  This opportunity will start as a remote working arrangement and transition to a hybrid working arrangement based out of our office in downtown Toronto.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Creates compelling marketing content using appropriate digital channels  ( Social Media / Search Optimization /www.svn-ap.com )
  • Development of branding and brand standards across SvN
  • Creates and publishes thought leadership content that advances SvN’s Brand in line with identified markets, in collaboration with SvN’s executive curatorial board.
  • Develops marketing campaigns which target strategic priorities.  Establishes metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of each campaign.
  • Supports key pursuits and proposals with brand specific content
  • Manage small team including: Graphic Designer and Communications Specialist.
  • Develops and implements engaging content for internal stakeholders through an internal communication platform

Outcomes

  • Increased and Optimized traffic to SVN Social Media / svn-ap.com
  • Social Media engagement – Brand Recognition (ROI Metrics)

Increased Employee Engagement through communications.  Measured through eNPS (Engagement Net Promoter Score).

  • ‘Key marketing asset’ (images, project and IDEAS text, physical model photographs, and project imagery) will be of consistent high standards.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Marketing), Business Administration, or Communications, English preferred.
  • Ten years of Marketing Communications experience, with at least three (3) years as a BD/Marketing Manager in professional services, ideally in AEC or design fields.
  • Good at prioritizing, capable of working under pressure and flexible to meet unusual scheduling requirements.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills; ability to articulate and communicate ideas, analysis and recommendations to the partners of the firm.
  • Self-starter who is part strategist and part tactician. Enjoys thinking forward and bringing the ideas to life.
  • Role Model of our values: Listen First, Consider Everything, Do your F#*%ing Best, Finish Strong, Be Human, Think Critically.

How to Apply

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

While we thank all applicants for their interest, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries individually and only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.

SVN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

SvN will provide accommodation on request throughout the recruitment, selection and assessment process for applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, please inform our Talent department of the nature of accommodation that you may require, to ensure your equal participation.

Junior Proposals Graphic Designer

We are seeking a motivated, proactive, and highly collaborative Junior Proposals Graphic Designer with a sharp, creative eye and passion for design to support and partner directly with the Proposal Manager and teams on the development and effective design execution of proposals.

Reporting to the Proposals Manager, the Proposals Graphic Designer will be responsible for all the visual elements of our proposals, and will have a solid understanding of the creative process, specifically for professional architectural and planning practices, the nature of the business and its potential markets. The proposals graphic designer will be engaged at key content development stages of the proposal lifecycle to enhance the design/marketing of our proposals with persuasive graphics, infographics, and layouts of complex, multi-page documents, as well as conceptualize written, numerical, and existing content into compelling visual representations.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Create high-impact proposal layouts, graphics, infographics and visuals to elevate the design component of our proposals;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Proposals Manager as a creative unit within our studio to ensure ideas come to life;
  • Thrive within a multi-disciplinary environment while working with a variety of project leaders and their respective project teams;
  • Exercise creativity and innovative thinking regarding page limitations, font restrictions and layout specifications;
  • Utilize strong communication skills, both visual and written, to convey ideas;
  • Attend key content development stage proposal check-in meetings;
  • Work as an integral part of the proposal team to ensure all content is of the highest visual impact;
  • Work within SvN corporate brand guidelines;
  • Convey a strong attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate an overall understanding of graphic design, demonstrating knowledge of design elements including color and composition, artistic ability and creativity;
  • Collaborate with the Proposal Manager and teams to brainstorm and create unique branding and highly technical, compelling graphics to support each proposal;
  • Coordinate print production of proposals (covers, tabs, packaging, etc.) and delivery logistics;
  • Collaborate with external vendors to produce print proposals on time and on budget;
  • Provide effective and timely solutions for any and all levels of creative proposal requests;
  • Execute multiple projects with shifting priorities in a deadline-driven environment.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in graphic design or digital arts related degree;
  • 1 – 2 years of experience, ideally within AEC or design;
  • Adobe Creative Suite expert user (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator required);
  • Microsoft Office Suite expert user (PowerPoint and Word required);
  • Adobe Acrobat expert user;
  • Expert knowledge in graphic design fundamentals and process and innate attention to detail;
  • Strong creative, organizational, problem solving and time-management skills;
  • Adaptable, quick learner;
  • Excellent listening and communication skills;
  • Works well independently and on a team;
  • Professionally handles constructive criticism.

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 100 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. However, this opportunity will start as a remote working arrangement and transition to a hybrid working arrangement.

 

How to apply

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

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.

SvN will provide accommodation on request throughout the recruitment, selection and assessment process for applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, please inform our talent department of the nature of accommodation that you may require, to ensure your equal participation.

Spontaneous Applications

If you are interested in future job openings at SvN Architects + Planners, please submit your resume and/or portfolio via the link below and we will contact you if a suitable position arises.

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.