Haji is an Architect and Associate at SvN with diverse experience working in a range of firms including architectsAlliance and Bruce Mau Design with Frank Gehry Partners. Haji ran his own practice for eight years, while teaching at both the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University.
Haji’s experience and understanding of the construction process and technical drawings have added great value to the integration of the main + main mixed-use development at 5245-5249 Dundas Street West with the adjacent Kipling Mobility Hub, which connects GO Transit (the Union-Milton Line), the TTC Bloor-Danforth Line (line 2) and Mississauga MiWay bus service. The site design was driven by the nearby transit hub and included considerations for pedestrian travel through the site, the integration of a plaza and clear and safe connections to the transit hub, and coordination of the building interface, entrances and retail/ residential uses in response to the station location and adjacent site conditions.
Haji also played a key role in several streetscape and public realm projects, including the Bloor Street Reconstruction, and as an advisor for the Six Points Interchange project in Toronto (awarded with a City of Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit). Both of these projects demonstrate Haji’s ability to operate within a confined urban setting and introduce public realm improvements that prioritize pedestrians and transit, enhance the streetscape, and improve access and safety. Both projects feature “soil-cell” installations, with the Bloor Street Reconstruction constituting the largest installation of “soil-cells” in Toronto.