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:

Intermediate Architect

SVN Architects + Planners is looking for Revit-capable Intermediate Architects, preferably with with experience in multi-residential design, for a number of unique architectural projects. This position is both design and technically focused, requiring individuals who can synthesize strong design intent with technical resolution.

Critical thinking is at the core of our approach to design. We encourage design 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.

Competencies

  • Listen First – Listen without dogma to the project team to understand: project context, clients, design ambitions, budget, etc.;
  • Think Critically;
  • Consider EVERYTHING – the success of the project lies in the details;
  • DYFB - Give everything you have;
  • Be Human - Respect is universal. We are thoughtful at all times. We are all connected;
  • Finish Strong - The last minute is as important as the first. Finish strong;
  • Exceptional design skills – generating creative and innovative solutions to problems;
  • Excellent and organizational skills including planning, organizing, scheduling in an efficient productive manner with focus on key priorities;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about the work;
  • Effective communicator: articulate and patient;
  • A self-starter who is able to work independently.

Qualifications include:

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

About SVN Architects + Planners

SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated 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. With offices in Toronto and in Mexico City (known as SvNMX), we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

We are committed to engaging with projects that put people, the planet and local economies at the forefront of design. We believe the multiple crises we face today are fundamentally design challenges. We are unique in providing design-intensive services and believe that ideas and expertise together with optimism and generosity can help make a better world.

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. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have transitioned to a virtual work environment but are looking forward to returning to our office, while also embracing the new hybrid work environment.

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.

Senior Architect

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for Revit-capable Senior Architects with experience in multi-residential and/or mixed-use design for a number of unique interdisciplinary projects. This position is both design and technically focused, requiring an individual who can synthesize strong design intent with technical resolution.

Mission:

The anticipated focus of this role over the next two-year horizon is Transit Oriented Development Design. In this role, the mission would be to lead a small team of architects and planners in delivering an innovative development concept, integrated with a new subway station. Successfully coordinate with internal and external counterparts and stakeholders including: Station Architects, Landscape Architects, technical consultant team, public and private stakeholders and contribute to project framework development. As a senior team member, part of the role would be managing and mentoring younger team members.

Critical thinking is at the core of our approach to design. We encourage design 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.

Competencies:

  • Listen First – Listen without dogma to the project team to understand: project context, clients, design ambitions, budget, etc.;
  • Think Critically;
  • Consider EVERYTHING – the success of the project lies in the details;
  • DYFB - Give everything you have;
  • Be Human - Respect is universal. We are thoughtful at all times. We are all connected;
  • Finish Strong - The last minute is as important as the first. Finish strong;
  • Exceptional design skills – generating creative and innovative solutions to problems;
  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills including planning, organizing, scheduling in an efficient productive manner with focus on key priorities;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about the work;
  • Effective communicator: articulate and patient.

Qualifications Include:

  • 10+ years of experience;
  • Experience in leading early phases of design for mixed-use projects;
  • Solid technical understanding of building construction including experience in high-rise mixed-use buildings;
  • Experience in P3 projects an asset;
  • Experience in multiple typologies an asset;
  • Exceptional design, communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Experience in Revit.

About SVN Architects + Planners

SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated 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. With offices in Toronto and in Mexico City (known as SvNMX), we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

We are committed to engaging with projects that put people, the planet and local economies at the forefront of design. We believe the multiple crises we face today are fundamentally design challenges. We are unique in providing design-intensive services and believe that ideas and expertise together with optimism and generosity can help make a better world.

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. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have transitioned to a virtual work environment but are looking forward to returning to our office, while also embracing the new hybrid work environment.

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.

 

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.