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:

Intermediate Architect / Intern Architect

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for Revit-capable Intermediate Architects / Intern Architects, preferably with experience in multi-residential design. 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.

Qualifications 

  • 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.
  • 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 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 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, 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, 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! We work hard but play hard too! 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, design workshops, book clubs 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! 

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 their cover letter in their application.

Senior Design Architect

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Architect to join our award-winning team for a number of unique interdisciplinary projects at both the Urban and Architectural scale. This position is designed-focused and requires a deep interest in early phases of projects. The ideal candidate will bring a global perspective, critical thinking and a deep commitment to the built environment and issues related to equity and the climate emergency.

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 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, 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, 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! We work hard but play hard too! 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, design workshops, book clubs 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! 

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 their cover letter in their application.

Senior & Intermediate Sustainability Architects

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for senior and intermediate architects with a focus on sustainable design. This position is both design and technically focused, requiring individuals who can synthesize technical knowledge and analysis with strong design intent, preferably with experience in environmental and carbon analysis, for a number of unique architectural projects.

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: 

  • 5+ years of experience in architecture or sustainability consulting;
  • Experience with LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, WELL, Fitwel, and/or Zero Carbon Building Standard;
  • Have a sustainability credential or interest in obtaining accreditation in one or more of the above standards/frameworks;
  • Experience with Toronto Green Standard, ASHRAE, NECB;
  • Experience with embodied carbon and whole building Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) is an asset;
  • Exceptional design, communication, organization and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong with Revit and/or Rhino, as well as environmental design software for solar, daylight and or energy analysis;
  • Technical understanding of building construction detailing including experience in mid-rise and high-rise mixed-use buildings an asset;
  • Project management experience 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 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, 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, 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! We work hard but play hard too! 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, design workshops, book clubs 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! 

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 their cover letter in their application.

Proposal Coordinator

Looking to take the next step in your career?

SvN is seeking a Proposal Coordinator to join our Business Development and Communications Team. Reporting to SvN’s Proposal Manager, you will bring your strong attention to detail and organizational skills to distill complex proposal submission requirements into a clear set of tasks and responsibilities. If you are an excellent communicator, both graphic and written, a reliable team player, and a great multi-tasker who is extremely organized and can juggle multiple deadlines. Please read on and we would love to hear from you! 

To land this gig, you will have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in marketing, communications or journalism;
  • Minimum of three (3) years experience in a proposal coordination role, or similar experience, preferably for a professional services firm – an Architectural and Planning firm would be considered an asset; 
  • Advanced proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign is a must;
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook and/or Google applications; 
  • Knowledge of Miro Online Whiteboard would be considered an asset; 
  • Experience working within a CRM Database - Deltek CRM and Open Asset Digital Management Software would be considered an asset.

Why choose SvN?

We are a culture-driven organization. Our values are intrinsic to our (and your!) success. In fact, we hire and promote based on them. We are a collaborative hive and welcome creative, insightful ways to strengthen our team dynamic and impact on the world around us.

SvN is one of Canada’s premier integrated design firms wholly owned by seven partners with a multidisciplinary team of 100+ 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.

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, Work from Home Stipend, as well as a Group Retirement Savings Plan with a matching component. 

We have an amazing Mentorship Program! One of SvNs’ goals is to realize our people’s potential, recognizing that people are our most valuable assets. The Mentorship Program helps all team members grow professionally and improve career outcomes. 

Now for the fun part! We work hard but play hard too! 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, design workshops, book clubs 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! Need we say more? Come join us! 

As a Proposal Coordinator, a typical day at SvN may include:

  • Work with the Proposal Manager and Partners to develop proposals, including responsibility for the graphic layout of content;
  • Assist in writing, editing and proofreading proposals;
  • Daily procurement site searches for new and existing clients, including top clients with ongoing standing offers across all disciplines; 
  • Review RFPs, RFQs, RFIs, etc. to ensure compliance with submission requirements and determine optimal presentation of content;
  • Plan and coordinate proposal tasks, from initial Go/No Go and kick-off meetings to proposal submission, post-mortem, and debrief; 
  • Adapt existing resumes, bios, project descriptions and boilerplate information;
  • Assist in the development of proposal team best practices, tools, and policies;
  • Contribute to the generation, collection, dissemination, and storage of related information;
  • Effectively communicate with proposal teams and colleagues, as well as other stakeholders;
  • Report on proposal metrics as required;
  • Support database maintenance: Deltek (CRM), Open Asset (Digital Asset Management for AEC);
  • Understand and synthesize various concepts, and oral and written information to produce clear and well-developed written documents;
  • Support the proposal manager by sourcing and developing high-quality materials for use in proposals;
  • Assist in writing, editing and proofreading proposals;
  • Ensure proposal asset content is tightly governed while ensuring the process for capturing content is continually optimized;
  • Analyze feedback collected through internal and external bid debriefs and provide recommendations to the proposal manager to improve the quality of future proposals;
  • Assist in the definition, identification, management and implementation of tools and processes to enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Compile internal intelligence such as history with the client for proposal decisions and strategy.

This role might be for you if you:

  • Are highly organized, self-motivated, resourceful, and can hit the ground running; 
  • Have strong graphic design skills and experience creating high-impact graphics and infographics 
  • Have extensive time and project management skills to ensure proposal schedules are maintained and deadlines are met;
  • Demonstrate analytic skills and the ability to quickly and pro-actively identify and analyze problems, develop solutions and deliver results;
  • Have strong research and writing skills, as well as proofreading skills and very high attention to detail;
  • Able to handle multiple assignments concurrently, adhere to strict deadlines, and be accountable for work performed; 
  • Have the ability to complete online submissions of proposals, using portals such as: Merx, Bids and Tenders, and Ariba;
  • Have the ability to handle all administrative functions, including final proposal production, reprographics, binding, finishing, and shipping of documents when required; 
  • Have the ability to multi-task with a demonstrated capability to manage multiple deadlines and changing project criteria;
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team under pressure and within strict timelines. 

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 to 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 demonstrating your expertise and creativity in proposal documentation, which should include high-impact graphics and infographics.  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.

Digital Marketing Manager

Position Summary 

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Digital Marketing Manager to be responsible for the stewardship and management of SvN’s brand in the digital arena with a focus on supporting the firm’s Growth Strategy and growing our digital audience across all interactive platforms.    

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. One of SvN's unique strengths is providing design-intensive services that resolve complex urban issues, including land-use regulations, regional infrastructure requirements, and community development.

Due to significant expansion since 2020, we are seeking an experienced Digital Marketing Manager (DMM) to steward and manage the SvN’s brand in the digital arena in alignment with the firm’s Growth and Business Development objectives.  

SvN is seeking a self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly collaborative DMM to oversee the creation and distribution of compelling, high-impact digital content. This strategic communications role is a first for the firm, and will function to align marketing and communications objectives to the firm’s business and revenue goals.

The DMM will enhance public perception of the SvN brand by ensuring excellence in communication on the firm’s website, microsites, social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn), e-newsletters, and other multimedia platforms.

Reporting to the Director of Business Development, the DMM will balance “big picture” strategic thinking with detailed planning, coordination, and execution—ensuring the firm’s digital content strategy supports the firm’s overall business plan on both a macro and micro level. 

Working in collaboration with SvN’s “Head of Narrative” and with the support of external agency partners, the DMM is also responsible for managing highly complex projects, keeping all moving parts, players, and deliverables organized and on track for timely, successful, on-budget completion.

Role and Responsibilities 

  • Utilize existing marketing strategy material (e.g. brand personas, visual brand guidelines) as well as to-be-developed verbal identity toolkit and tone-of-voice guidelines (pending development) to develop a strategy for SvN’s digital platforms with a focus on growing the audience and increasing engagement across all channels; 
  • Ensure excellence in digital design, content, and user experience across the firm’s global digital content platforms, including (but not limited to) website, social media, and e-newsletters;
  • Lead the creative ideation, build-out, testing, and launch of new digital communication platforms, features, and strategies with a focus on live webinars and events; 
  • Create and publish digital content for the firm’s various platforms; 
  • Manage content activities through the creation of a content calendar to provide firm-wide visibility of digital and social initiatives; 
  • Drive digital innovation across the business through the development of digital proposal formats, and immersive digital content to bring to life the output of SvN’s thought leadership and research teams; 
  • Track and analyze performance of all digital content platforms, with a particular emphasis on major brand-building or promotional campaigns;
  • Identify/understand key performance indicators (KPIs) of all digital projects and track their effectiveness via SWOT analyses;
  • Swiftly identify, troubleshoot, and solve bugs/technical issues that arise; 
  • Liaise with Design Leadership on a regular basis, ensuring high-profile placement of strategically curated design content on the firm’s digital platforms;
  • Liaise with Talent Leadership on a regular basis, ensuring high-profile placement of workplace culture and recruitment content on the firm’s digital platforms.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience as a professional digital content strategist, preferably with a focus on the AEC industry;
  • Degree in journalism, communications, marketing communications, or related field;
  • Demonstrated passion for, and understanding of, architecture and design. A clear understanding of the business of architecture is strongly preferred;
  • Proven experience managing complex CMS platforms, implementing SEO, leveraging Google Analytics, and executing outbound campaigns using MailChimp;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud, Wordpress, and UX;
  • Experience with A/B testing and paid social media desired, but not required;
  • Mastery of English grammar and spelling;
  • Fluency or some knowledge of Spanish asset, but not required;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and perform well under high-pressure, deadline-driven situations;
  • Very strong people skills, with the ability to work collaboratively across teams, departments and disciplines.

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 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.

Fall Architecture Co-op

Dear Architecture student: If you’re ready to stretch your assumptions about work and career in an integrated, multi-disciplinary practice, consider SvN Architects + Planners. Our people, our projects, our clients and our culture are unique, and this is a fantastic time to join our growing design team. We welcome applications from students from all architecture programs, with a preference for those who have completed at least two 4-month coop terms already.

Here’s what former University of Waterloos student, now SvN employee Kathleen Fu had to say in her evaluation: 

“I completed a 4-month co-op at SvN before my 4B term, followed by a 1-year internship. It’s an amazing environment to learn and build your skills. If you are interested in both urban design and architecture, then you will most likely have a chance to work on both types of projects. I primarily worked on graphics and renderings, diagrams, models, and reports for both architectural projects, and larger master plan proposals during my time there. SvN has a diverse mix of ongoing work that ranges from transit-oriented development to affordable housing, and we also participated in some fun competitions. The office culture is also great; there are social events year-round and everyone there is not only kind and talented, but enjoyable to work with.”

We believe great design requires that all our designers, including our student designers, think critically and contribute ideas to a project, right from the concept stage. During your term, you’ll be an integral member of several teams, responsible for project segments including development of design concepts, massing, plans, elevations, visualization, mapping and diagramming, physical modelling, proposal development/marketing, and contributions to client consultations. While you’ll work closely with principals and associates, you’ll also learn to make responsible decisions and solve problems independently. We strive to ensure that each student grows personally and professionally while with our firm. You’ll participate in Lunch & Learns, and our weekly design meetings where we present and discuss our work over beers (all virtual, for now!) 

Responsibilities 

  • Think critically and contribute ideas to the project(s) you work on;
  • Support your team(s), pull your weight, engage and focus;
  • Accept guidance and mentoring from project managers;
  • Take responsibility, with guidance from project managers and your team, for project segments, including: development of design concepts, massing, plans, elevations, visualization, mapping and diagramming, physical modelling, proposal development/marketing, and contributions to client consultations; 
  • Work closely with principals and associates;
  • Make decisions and solve problems independently;
  • Participate in our weekly design meetings;
  • Attend the weekly Lunch & Learns that are of interest to you;
  • Make every effort to grow personally and professionally while with our firm—we’ll support you!

Qualifications 

  • Currently enrolled in an architecture or urban design program;
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit, Adobe CS5 Suite, MS Office Suite - hand sketching is also an asset;
  • Physical model making and familiarity with 3D printing and laser cutting;
  • Passionate about design at all scales, from small residential to large master plans;
  • Flexible and open attitude towards stretching the norms of work in an architecture firm—we want your new ideas!
  • Self-motivated and able to take responsibility;
  • Enjoy collaboration and working in a friendly, supportive and fun environment.

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, flexible hours and a collaborative design-focused work environment, in addition to many fun social 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.

We love cover letters almost as much as portfolios, so if you decide to apply please include one—tell us what your goals are for the upcoming work term and why you think SvN might be the right place for you to accomplish them.

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.

Senior Planner - Development

SvN Architects + Planners is looking for a Senior Planner 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, the Dundas Connects Land Use and Transportation Master Plan and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Urban Design Guidelines.

Role:

The role of the Senior Planner- Development 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.

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 the GTHA;
  • Mentor and supervise the work of junior and intermediate planners, to facilitate their continued growth within the planning profession;
  • Work with colleagues to broaden the area of practice to tackle critical urban issues;
  • Increase SvN’s visibility through articles and publications, awards submissions, presentations, networking and participation in the broader community of planning and design professionals

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters Degree in Planning;
  • Minimum six years of experience in urban planning in North America; development planning and approvals experience in Toronto and the GTA an asset;
  • Fluent and deep experience with Provincial, Regional and Municipal Policy (Growth Planning, Supportive ‘Infrastructure’ Planning (e.g. Transportation and Movement, Housing), Secondary Plans, Framework Plans, Hub/Corridor Studies, 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);
  • Solid understanding of the range of Housing issues and priorities in the City of Toronto including the delivery of affordable housing, seniors housing and neighbourhood infill;
  • Experience in the following areas is an asset:
  • Experience in the following areas is an asset:
    • Public-Private Partnerships/ Third-Party Delivery Mechanisms;
    • Development Management;
    • Social and Environmental Sustainability Planning + Design.

About SVN Architects + Planners

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 100 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time.

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

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

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

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

Compensation and Benefits

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

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.

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

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

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.