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 interdisciplinary 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 interdisciplinary 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. Think Critically. Where there are no ready-made solutions, we test the limits of what is possible.
  3. Consider everything.  Even meanwhile spaces are meaningful places.
  4. Do Your F#*%ing Best.  Give everything you have.
  5. Be Human.  Respect is universal. We are thoughtful at all times. We are all connected.
  6. Finish Strong.  We believe the last minute is as important as the first.

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.

 

 

 

 

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:

Junior Landscape Architect

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Junior Landscape Architect to join our award-winning team. Some of our most significant contributions to the fabric of the GTHA include the Reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange, Shoppers World Brampton Master Plan, Eglinton Connects Planning + Urban Design Study, Neighbourhoods Character Design Guidelines for the City of Toronto, 162 Cumberland Avenue, and the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan for the City of Mississauga and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Urban Design Guidelines.

The role of the Junior Landscape Architect is to work with our interdisciplinary 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 providing support on diverse projects ranging in scale and context, from integrated site design to corridor + neighbourhood development to city-wide design + strategy. Fresh and forward-thinking approaches to nature-inclusive design in an urban context are encouraged.

Qualifications 

  • University Degree in Landscape Architecture;
  • 1-2 years of landscape architecture experience;
  • Exceptional communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Solid technical understanding of/experience with landscape and public realm design, including:
  • Green standards and sustainable design practices;
  • Streetscape design and coordination between landscape and utilities;
  • Integration with land use and the built environment;
  • Transit integration and design;
  • Parks and open space design concepts and detailed development;
  • Application in city-wide scale contexts.
  • Proficiency in graphic tools including AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino and Revit. Experience with MicroStation an asset;
  • Working towards OALA or equivalent.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop graphics and text that showcase design excellence, clear design thinking, and strong landscape-urban design concepts;
  • Conduct research and preliminary site review including an understanding of landscape requirements and design solution opportunities; familiarity with the Toronto Green Standard, Complete Street Guidelines, Low Impact Development strategies, etc. an asset;
  • Contribute to the continued growth of the landscape practice at SvN, and assist in developing graphic standards and resources;
  • Develop conceptual and/or framework diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives (by hand and/or digitally) in a highly graphic capacity;
  • Imbue technical understanding of landscape elements and applicable standards and best practices into the development of work.

Why Choose SvN?

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.

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 engages in applied research and advocacy in post-carbon design, social justice, housing and biodiversity.

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, Vancouver 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.

What we have to offer you:

SvN offers a competitive salary and full health and dental benefits, including a Health Spending Account, a generous Professional Development Allowance, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component. 

Now for the fun part! SvN holds many social events throughout the year. From community-building retreats to ski days to park meet-ups and summer/holiday parties. We also hold weekly forums and design workshops for all staff to learn, socialize and get involved. In addition to much-deserved vacation time, we offer flex time, a generous amount of sick time and personal days, and extended weekends in the summer months. If that wasn’t enough, our studio closes during the holidays in December so that you can spend quality time with your family and friends! 

Post COVID-19 Protocols:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our studio transitioned to a virtual work environment. While many are now back working in the studio, SvN continues to embrace the new hybrid work environment and the flexibility it provides. For those working in the studio, SvN has implemented Robin, a web- and mobile app-based hybrid workplace platform that offers a seamless employee experience in finding the desk or meeting space they need while avoiding conflicts.

How Do I Apply?

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

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

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 the cover letter in their application.

Arquitecto Senior/Intermediate Architect

SvNMX Architects + Planners está buscando arquitectos senior con experiencia en proyectos construidos en México a nivel nacional, de preferencia con un enfoque urbano. Este puesto busca individuos con habilidades tanto de diseño como técnicas, requiriendo que logren sintetizar una fuerte intención de diseño con una resolución técnica, incluyendo especificaciones y conocimiento del proceso constructivo. El candidato deberá tener experiencia en la coordinación e integración de proyectos de ingeniería así como un profundo entendimiento de la documentación necesaria que se requiere para la entrega de un proyecto a nivel ejecutivo.

Es importante que también esté familiarizado con la interpretación de las normas y códigos de construcción de la regulación mexicana así como la interpretación de usos de suelo.

El pensamiento crítico es la base de nuestro enfoque del diseño. Fomentamos las aportaciones de diseño a todos los niveles y buscamos candidatos que inviertan en los proyectos el mismo nivel de pasión que nosotros ponemos en nuestro trabajo.

Requisitos:

  • Bilingüe Inglés-Español
  • Más de 5 años de experiencia
  • Se valorará la experiencia en proyectos urbanos relacionados con temas turísticos, de movilidad, vivienda, espacio público y paisaje a distintas escalas;
  • Excepcional diseño, comunicación, organización y habilidades interpersonales;
  • Fortalezas en proyectos ejecutivos con el uso de herramientas de AutoCAD y Revit;
  • Se valorará el conocimiento de técnicas constructivas en el área de arquitectura de edificios y paisaje, especialmente en proyectos turísticos en las costas mexicanas
  • Experiencia en la elaboración de proyectos ejecutivos arquitectónicos y en la coordinación de ingenierías
  • Se valorará la experiencia en gestión de proyectos
  • Se valorará el conocimiento sobre normas y regulaciones en materia de uso de suelo y construcción
  • Se valorará la experiencia con los principios de diseño sustentable, incluyendo el diseño energético, análisis de iluminación natural y las herramientas de evaluación del ciclo de vida.

Competencias:

  • Habilidades excepcionales de diseño - generando soluciones creativas e innovadoras a los problemas
  • Excelentes habilidades de organización, incluyendo la planificación, organización y programación de una manera eficiente y productiva, centrándose en las prioridades clave
  • Atención al detalle
  • Entusiasmo y pasión por el trabajo
  • Comunicador eficaz: claro y paciente
  • Capacidad para trabajar de forma independiente.
  • Propositivo y con iniciativa

¿Por qué elegir SvNMX?

SvN es un estudio dinámico y multidisciplinario, compuesto por un equipo diverso de arquitectos, urbanistas, diseñadores urbanos y arquitectos paisajistas. Estamos interesados en conocer a profesionales con capacidades excepcionales en el diseño, con deseos de trabajar en el ámbito de vivienda, movilidad, turismo y diseño comunitario. Desde su fundación hace más de 40 años, llevamos diseñando el entorno construido en diferentes escalas a nivel regional, ciudad y población en Canadá y otras partes del mundo. Hemos revitalizado zonas industriales, innovado en proyectos de vivienda asequible, detonado desarrollos orientados al transporte, diseñado barrios resilientes y promovido el desarrollo económico en el ámbito urbano y rural. Siendo un despacho que ofrece un conjunto de servicios integrales, desarrollamos proyectos tanto del sector público como del privado. Una de las fortalezas de SvN es brindar servicios enfocados en el diseño para resolver cuestiones urbanas complejas, como el uso del suelo y sus regulaciones, los requisitos de infraestructura a nivel regional y el desarrollo comunitario.

SvNMX es la rama enfocada en México y Latinoamérica de SvN. SvN Es una empresa de urbanismo y diseño con un equipo multidisciplinario que se compone de arquitectos, urbanistas, estrategas y arquitectos del paisaje comprometidos con las dinámicas sociales, económicas y ambientales que definen y rigen el lugar donde vivimos y trabajamos.

Desde que SvN abrió sus puertas hace más de 40 años, ha trabajado continuamente para dar forma al entorno construido en regiones, ciudades y pueblos a lo largo de Canadá y del mundo. Se han revitalizado zonas industriales con frentes de agua, desarrollado muchas formas nuevas de vivienda social, diseñado vecindarios resilientes y promovido el desarrollo económico rural y urbano.

Al ser una empresa que proporciona servicios integrados, guiamos proyectos del sector público como privado desde su inicio hasta la implementación. Somos únicos en brindar servicios de diseño que resuelven problemas complejos, como regulaciones de uso de la tierra, proyectos de infraestructura a nivel regional o desarrollo comunitario.

SvNMX nace en un momento estratégico de la vida de las ciudades latinoamericanas. Surge como una respuesta al reto que cotidianamente nos plantea la hiper urbanización que ha tenido lugar en nuestra región, ahora definida por ciudades con gran hacinamiento, miseria y todo tipo de cuellos de botella que caracterizan a su infraestructura.

SvNMX es el resultado de la comunión de intereses y esfuerzos de SvN Toronto y Bufete Consulta, empresas, ambas, con gran experiencia en el diseño de soluciones en temas tales como el turismo, el desarrollo de negocios, la planeación urbana, la movilidad y el desarrollo de proyectos inmobiliarios. Ambas empresas coinciden en que los retos latinoamericanos relacionados con sus ciudades, son de tal dimensión que se impone aprovechar la vasta experiencia canadiense de SvN Toronto para el resurgimiento de unas nuevas metrópolis latinoamericanas.

¿Cómo aplicar?

Los candidatos pueden presentar su solicitud a través de nuestra plataforma Bamboo HR. El enlace se encuentra aquí.

Por favor, para subir su portafolio, adjunte o envíe un enlace. En caso de ser seleccionado para una entrevista, se le pedirá que presente su portafolio.

Comprometidos con la equidad en el empleo, SvNMX alienta las solicitudes de los miembros de las comunidades que buscan la equidad, incluyendo a las mujeres, las personas racializadas e indígenas, las personas con discapacidad y las personas de todas las orientaciones sexuales e identidades/expresiones de género. Animamos a los miembros de los grupos que buscan la equidad a que se auto identifiquen en su carta de presentación en su solicitud.

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SvNMX Architects + Planners is looking for Revit-capable Intermediate Architects, with experience in built projects in Mexico preferably in urban projects. This position is both design and technically focused, requiring individuals who can synthesize strong design intent with technical resolution including technical specifications and knowledge of the construction process. The applicant should have experience in the coordination and integration engineering consultants and projects, a deep understanding of the documentation required to submit construction documents is needed.

It is also important that the candidate is familiar with norms, code and regulation in Mexico.

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.

Qualifications: 

  • Bilingual Spanish-English;
  • 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 urban projects related to tourism, mobility, housing, public space and landscape at different scales will be valued as an asset
  • Project management experience is an asset;
  • Experience with sustainable design principles including energy modeling, daylighting analysis and life cycle assessment tools are an asset.

Competencies:

  • 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.

Why Choose SvNMX?

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 neighborhoods, 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.

SvNMX is SvN’s Mexico-Latin America branch. 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. We provide solutions focused on the urgent transition of the built environment into an equitable and low carbon world.

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.

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, Vancouver and in Mexico City (known as SvNMX), we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighborhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

SvNMX is created at a strategic moment in the life of Latin American cities. It arises as a response to the daily challenge posed by the hyper urbanization that has taken place in our region, now defined by cities with great overcrowding, misery and all kinds of bottlenecks that characterize its infrastructure.

SvNMX is the result of the common interests and efforts of SvN Toronto and Mexican consultancy firm Bufete Consulta, both companies with extensive experience in designing solutions in areas such as tourism, business development, urban planning, mobility and development of real estate projects. Both companies agree that the Latin American challenges related to their cities are of such a dimension that it is imperative to take advantage of the vast Canadian experience of SvN Toronto for the resurgence of new Latin American metropolises.

How Do I Apply?

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

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvNMX 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.

Intermediate Urban Designer

Position Summary

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for an Intermediate Urban Designer to join our team. As part of our award-winning Urban Design team, the Intermediate Urban Designer will work closely with a multi-disciplinary planning, urban design and architecture team and report to the Lead, Urban Design at SvN. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, managing and implementing urban design projects at multiple scales, from integrated site design to corridor and neighbourhood development to city-wide design and strategy.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and/or Urban Design;
  • 4-6+ years of experience;
  • Exceptional communication, presentation, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Professional Registration with OAA, OALA or OPPI or equivalent an asset;
  • Technical understanding and work experience in public realm design, in particular, the integration between transit, streetscape, land use and the built environment and application in city-wide scale contexts;
  • Fluency with Provincial, Regional and local planning and design guideline documents;
  • Proficiency in graphic tools, including AdobeSuite, AutoCAD, Rhino, and Revit. Experience with GIS will be considered an additional asset.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work on a range of projects across the studio representing private and public sector clients, including master plans, site plans, urban design studies, design guidelines, municipal approvals, and public consultation;
  • Interpret design briefs, and undertake background analysis, to develop and assist with option development and implementation strategies;
  • Research planning and regulatory context, best practices, and undertake project background review;
  • Develop conceptual and framework diagrams, plans, sections, elevations, and perspectives (by hand and/or digitally) in a highly graphic capacity;
  • Prepare or assist in writing design urban design guidelines and policies and developing communication material for engagement;
  • Bring expertise and knowledge of urban design principles to a range of interdisciplinary projects.

Why Choose SvN?

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.

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 engages in applied research and advocacy in post-carbon design, social justice, housing and biodiversity.

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, Vancouver 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.

What we have to offer you:

SvN offers a competitive salary and full health and dental benefits, including a Health Spending Account, a generous Professional Development Allowance, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component.

Now for the fun part! SvN holds many social events throughout the year. From community-building retreats to ski days to park meet-ups and summer/holiday parties. We also hold weekly forums and design workshops for all staff to learn, socialize and get involved. In addition to much-deserved vacation time, we offer flex time, a generous amount of sick time and personal days, and extended weekends in the summer months. If that wasn’t enough, our studio closes during the holidays in December so that you can spend quality time with your family and friends!

Post COVID-19 Protocols:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our studio transitioned to a virtual work environment. While many are now back working in the studio, SvN continues to embrace the new hybrid work environment and the flexibility it provides. For those working in the studio, SvN has implemented Robin, a web- and mobile app-based hybrid workplace platform that offers a seamless employee experience in finding the desk or meeting space they need while avoiding conflicts.

How Do I Apply?

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

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

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 the cover letter in their application.

Senior Architect - Director of Vancouver Studio

Position Summary

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Architect to join our award-winning team in our new Vancouver based studio. This person would be responsible for helping to manage the studio in Vancouver, assisting in business development and team expansion, as well as working and managing both Toronto and Vancouver based projects.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience;
  • Exceptional design, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience managing teams for medium to large scale projects;
  • Experience with early phases of design for mixed-use projects at the urban and architectural scale;
  • Exceptional visual and critical thinker;
  • Strong interest in sustainable and regenerative design;
  • Experience in multi-residential work in the Lower Mainland. Experience within Toronto, considered an asset;
  • Experience with BC Housing guidelines;
  • Experience with passive house and net zero design principles including energy modeling, daylighting analysis and life cycle assessment tools are an asset.

Competencies

  • Exceptional design and storytelling 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.

Why Choose SvN?

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. We provide solutions focused on the urgent transition of the built environment into an equitable and low carbon world.

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.

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, Mexico City (known as SvNMX) and now Vancouver, we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

What we have to offer you:

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health and dental benefits, including a Health Spending Account, a generous Professional Development Allowance, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component.

Now for the fun part! SvN holds many social events throughout the year, we also hold weekly forums, design workshops, and yoga classes for all staff to learn, socialize, get involved and stay healthy – mentally, emotionally and physically. In addition to much-deserved vacation time, we offer flex time, a generous amount of sick time and personal days, extended weekends in the summer months, and if that wasn’t enough, our studio closes during the holidays in December so you can spend quality time with your family and friends!

How Do I Apply?

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

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

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.

Associate - Senior Planner (Vancouver Studio)

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Planner to join our award-winning team in our new Vancouver based studio. The role of the Senior Planner is to work with the SvN team to deliver pragmatic and forward-thinking plans, reports and strategies that support our private and public sector clients, navigate the development process from project conception to municipal approvals. This person would also be involved in assisting with the management of the studio in Vancouver, business development and team expansion.

Responsibilities 

  • Seamlessly marry the practices of planning and design;
  • Lead a range of development studies and planning approvals projects for both public and private sector clients;
  • Work with the Architecture Team to analyse the development potential of various sites and incorporate good planning principles into SvN’s designs;
  • Collaborate with a range of subject matter expert teams to position, pursue and deliver great projects that have a positive city-building impact on the growth and vibrancy of Metro Vancouver and BC;
  • Mentor and supervise the work of junior and intermediate planners, to facilitate their continued growth within the planning profession; 
  • Work with colleagues locally and across the country to broaden the area of practice to tackle critical urban issues;
  • Increase SvN’s visibility through industry events, articles and publications, awards submissions, presentations, networking and participation in the broader Vancouver community of planning and design professionals.

Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Planning;
  • Minimum six years of experience in urban planning in North America; planning experience in Vancouver an asset;
  • Fluent and deep experience with Provincial, Municipal Policy (Growth Planning, Supportive ‘Infrastructure’ Planning (e.g. Transportation and Movement, Housing), OCPs, Neighbourhood Plans, etc.
  • Development Planning and Planning Approvals Management expertise, including the authorship or coordination of planning rationales, design justifications, and other planning reports required for municipal approvals;
  • Community Design experience (Area Specific Design Framework + Policy Development + Parameters for the Built and Public Realm Environments);
  • Public Engagement and Consultation; 
  • Solid understanding of the range of Housing issues and priorities in Metro Vancouver including the delivery of affordable housing, seniors housing and neighbourhood infill; 
  • Experience in the following areas is an asset:
    • Public-Private Partnerships/ Third-Party Delivery Mechanisms;
    • Development Management;
    • Social and Environmental Sustainability Planning + Design.

Why Choose SvN?

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. We provide solutions focused on the urgent transition of the built environment into an equitable and low carbon world.

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.

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, Mexico City (known as SvNMX) and now Vancouver, we’ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted rural and urban economic development.

What we have to offer you:

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health and dental benefits, including a Health Spending Account, a generous Professional Development Allowance, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component. 

Now for the fun part! SvN holds many social events throughout the year, we also hold weekly forums, design workshops, and yoga classes for all staff to learn, socialize, get involved and stay healthy – mentally, emotionally and physically. In addition to much-deserved vacation time, we offer flex time, a generous amount of sick time and personal days, extended weekends in the summer months, and if that wasn’t enough, our studio closes during the holidays in December so you can spend quality time with your family and friends! 

How Do I Apply?

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

Please attach or send a link for a portfolio of your work. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to present your portfolio.

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.

Business Development Director

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Business Development Director to grow and develop the firm’s book of business in line with SvN’s recently completed Growth Strategy framework.  The Business Development Director’s role is to identify and qualify net-new opportunities, leading outbound sales activities to engage new prospective clients and nurture them to conversion.   

SvN is a dynamic, multidisciplinary, 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 providing design-intensive services that resolve complex urban issues, including land-use regulations, regional infrastructure requirements, and community development.

Due to significant expansion since 2020, we are seeking an experienced Business Development Director (BDD) to implement the firm’s recently completed Strategic Growth framework with an aggressive focus on proactive business development across four key verticals:  mobility, housing, commercial real estate, and institutional sectors (including academic and civic clients).  The BDD will provide strategic guidance and tactical support to develop, manage and grow SvN’s profile in the marketplace with a geographic focus on the GTA, Vancouver, the West Coast of the US, and Mexico.  The primary role of the position will be to develop relationships with Senior Executives in target organizations and companies to identify strategic opportunities that will generate significant top-line revenue.

Working in partnership with the Digital Marketing Manager and external agency partners, the BDD will coordinate the development and implementation of sales strategies and key marketing campaigns/initiatives focused on the firm’s identified verticals.


Role and Responsibilities 

  • Grow and develop the firm’s book of business in line with SvN’s recently completed Growth Strategy framework;  
  • Identify and qualify net-new opportunities within the four identified priority verticals:  mobility, housing, commercial real estate and institutional sectors; 
  • Lead outbound sales activities to conduct proactive outreach to new prospective clients and nurture them to conversion;
  • Build SvN’s brand recognition in the target sectors through representing the firm at industry events, conferences, and networking functions in the priority geographic areas; 
  • Undertake business development-related client and market research as needed to create robust profiles of target prospect organizations and key executives; 
  • Implement Deltek Vantage as the firm’s CRM solution and establish protocols and processes for utilizing the CRM for pipeline management and reporting;
  • Manage the sales funnel from the identification of an opportunity to the assignment of a pursuit team;
  • Provide oversight of proposal development working with the proposal team (manager and design coordinator);
  • Provide oversight of 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.


Outcomes

  • Build SvN’s roster of net new relationships across key verticals with a target of opening 100 new conversations in Year One;
  • Introduce net new prospects to SvN via in-person or virtual presentations to build awareness of the firm and the firm’s offer;  
  • Manage and support SvN partners’ outbound and proactive relationship-building efforts by tracking leads and quantifying progress; 
  • Grow Net Revenue by acquiring new clients; 
  • Develop sales funnel metrics from identification of an opportunity to conversion. 

Qualifications and 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;
  • Relevant experience in lead generation, inside sales, or another function demonstrating the ability to open doors, target prospects, and grow relationships through a variety of techniques (from cold outreach to industry networking events, digital marketing, etc.)
  • 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.

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, Vancouver 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 provide design-intensive services and believe that ideas and expertise together with optimism and generosity can help make a better world.

Why Choose SvN?

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health and dental benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component, in addition to many fun events throughout the year!

Our bright, open, collaborative studio is located at 110 Adelaide Street East, in a historical building near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto. During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our studio transitioned to a virtual work environment; however, we are looking forward to returning to the studio, while also embracing the new hybrid work environment and the flexibility it provides.

How Do I 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.

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.