Video: Making Complete Streets a reality in Toronto takes collaboration

Complete streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all users, such as people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities, and stormwater management.

Watch the video and learn more about Complete Streets here.

Video: Partner Brent Raymond presents at Chief Planner Roundtable

The Chief Planner Roundtable is a public forum for Torontonians to discuss key city-building challenges, and to identify innovative "drivers for change". The Roundtables are founded on a platform of collaborative engagement, where industry professionals, community leaders, and city staff can discuss ideas about pressing issues in an open creative environment. The Chief Planner Roundtable reinforces City Council's Strategic Plan Principle of community participation, and the Official Plan Policy of promoting community awareness of planning issues.

Watch Brent Raymond's presentation.
Please visit City Planning for more information.

Partner James Roche presents at 23rd Latornell Conservation Symposium

The Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events. It will again be held at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Convention Centre in Alliston, Ontario. The 23rd edition of the Symposium will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, November 15th to 17th, 2016. The Symposium provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, non-government organizations, academics and businesses to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field.

Read more here
See scheduled lectures here

DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista Presents at Ryerson’s Green Infrastructure Hack-A-Thon

Recognizing that Toronto is at a critical point in its development and intensification as a city, the Ryerson’s Urban Water department along with the City of Toronto hosted a green infrastructure Hack-a-thon. Students from varied academic disciplines came together to generate unique, innovative and feasible green infrastructure solutions over one weekend. Along with other industry professionals, Yvonne Battista presented both challenges and solutions to urban stormwater management in efforts to positively affect and manage ecosystem degradation, urban heat island, intensified rain events and strains on traditional infrastructure.

Links to bios of professionals involved, guidelines for the hack-a-thon etc.

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Humber Bay Park Preliminary Master Plan unveiled to the public on October 19, 2016

DTAH are designing a new vision and Master Plan for one of Toronto’s largest and cherished waterfront parks.

Located at the mouth of Mimico Creek, Humber Bay Park is a significant part of the network of open spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario. As one of the few remaining naturalized waterfront parks in the greater Toronto Area, this 43 hectare park provides a quiet refuge for both people and wildlife.

The proposed Master Plan responds to the demands of the adjacent development and the increasing population by improving access to the park, addressing the diverse needs of the park users, and most importantly, protecting and enhancing the precious natural habitat.

Ryerson Announces Approval of DTAH-Authored Public Realm Plan

The Plan is a flexible framework for improving public spaces over the next decade. As Ryerson grows, it must continue to provide a vibrant and engaging network of public spaces that promote a sense of collegiality and vibrant campus life for its students and the broader community.

The plan is a toolkit that aims to prioritize pedestrians and lay the groundwork for improved safety, accessibility and quality of place. Ultimately, this document is the vision that will help to create welcoming and inspiring spaces that enrich the campus experience outside of the classroom.

See the DTAH Ryerson University Campus Public Realm Plan.

See also:
Urban Toronto press release
Ryerson University summary
Ryerson University about page
Inside Toronto article

Design charrette tackles adaptive re-use possibilities for the Wellington Destructor

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s NextGen group of students and young professionals from engineering, architecture and other design backgrounds, recently explored potential uses for the Destructor through a brainstorming and design session. Citing local successful precedents such as Evergreen Brickworks, Distillery District, and Artscape Wychwood Barns, as well as addressing the coming West Toronto Rail Path cycling extension and Fort York cycling and pedestrian bridge, the transformation of this place into a vibrant community hub is not only an exciting possibility but a tangible probability.

See also:
The Toronto Star
Urban Toronto
NOW Magazine

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Hundreds attend bridge open house

For decades there has been discussion about better linking the west and east sides of Kingston, Ontario with a third route – a bridge over the Cataraqui River. DTAH is acting as architect for the preliminary design of the new “Third Crossing”, presented at a well-attended public open house Thursday evening. Click here for more details.

DTAH proudly presents Cushion at Nuit Blanche 2016

We are delighted to sponsor F_RMlab, a design and research collective from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, presenting their interactive installation Cushion at Nuit Blanche 2016. Drop by the Bata Shoe Museum alleyway on October 1st at sunset to experience the otherworldly beings of plastic and air.

Transforming MacGregor Fieldhouse into a year-round community hub

Botanicus Art Ensemble (BAE) has commissioned DTAH to investigate the transformation of the Fieldhouse so as to inform future investment in the building and the surrounding Park.

New Pottery Road Pedestrian Bridge Extends Lower Don Trail Network, Connecting the Public to Toronto’s Ravines

The Pottery Road Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge was hoisted into place on August 27th. This was one of the key recommendations of the DTAH-authored Lower Don Trail Master Plan.

Other upcoming Lower Don enhancements include a new multi-use path along Bayview Ave, new staircase connections to the trail from both Dundas and Gerrard Street Bridges, a realigned Belleville underpass, and an Art Fence in the Narrows area

Cayuga Bridge Slides Into Place

The new Cayuga Bridge slides into its permanent position over the Grand River on August 27th, using an innovative track-and-roller system. Bridge enhancements include distinctive “ripple” pattern railing panels, pedestrian-scale lighting that also illuminates the roadway, and stone-clad approach walls with “Grand River” identification text. For more information, click here.

Hamilton’s Gage Park is Awarded the CSLA’s Inaugural Legacy Project

The City of Hamilton has approved a new Master Plan prepared by DTAH to guide the long-term restoration and management of Gage Park – one of Hamilton Ontario’s most iconic, historic and cultural landscapes. The plan is intended to protect and reveal the park’s heritage quality, accommodate new uses and requirements, increase personal comfort and security, and incorporate a stormwater management plan. Read the full article here.

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Are We Killing Yonge Street? – Robert Allsopp Speaks with NOW Magazine

Toronto's main street is sustained by comings and goings from shops, cafés and bars at street level, but this synergy is disappearing as narrow-fronted businesses are swallowed up by development. Read the full article at NOW Toronto.

Simcoe WaveDeck One of 10 Surprising Tourist Spots for Landscape Architecture in North America

The Landscape Architects Network has named the Simcoe WaveDeck among 10 Surprising Tourist Spots for  Landscape Architecture in North America.

Opened in 2009, the Simcoe WaveDeck is one of seven wavedecks included in West 8 + DTAH’s award winning Toronto Central Waterfront Design Competition entry, stretching along the redesigned Queens Quay Boulevard from Bathurst to Parliament. They extend the public realm out over the lake in a playful imitation of the iconographic Canadian Shield shoreline.

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Administrative Employment Opportunity

DTAH Office Administrator  

DTAH is an award winning, multi-disciplinary design firm located near Yonge and Bloor in Toronto We are seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented and highly motivated individual to join our team for the position of Office Administrator. DTAH prides itself on a studio working environment that is stimulating, collaborative, supportive and conducive to high-quality work. This position is critical to keep the office running smoothly and happily on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

The ideal candidate has exceptional organizational and communication skills, shows strong initiative, a willingness to consult proactively and a proven ability to efficiently manage tasks through to completion.

Office Administrator Responsibilities:

  • Office Reception:
    • Greet visitors in a professional manner
    • Respond to all incoming calls and direct/relay messages as necessary
    • Responsible for mail, courier/shipping services - both incoming and outgoing
    • Perform general office duties (typing, filing, etc.)
    • Provide administrative support as required
  • Office Building Management:
    • Coordinate with building owners and maintenance service providers
    • Ensure all common areas within the building remain tidy and organized
  • Office Systems Management:
    • Maintain office supplies and liaise with vendors
    • Maintain office equipment (plotter, computers, photocopiers, printers, phones)
    • Manage/coordinate office IT systems – computers, hardware, software, printers/copiers, back-up, with assistance from contracted IT specialists as needed
  • Office File Management:
    • Set up and maintain files according to established systems, liaise with accounting
    • Manage required security clearances, records and secure filing
    • Manage office archiving systems - digital, hard copy, file retrieval
  • Calendar / Events Management:
    • Coordinate and assist with internal and external business meetings and events
    • Manage office social and professional events, in consultation with partners and staff
    • Manage travel arrangement and calendars (scheduling appointments, meetings, etc.)


  • A team player with a cheerful, positive attitude
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, think proactively and work to deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft – Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint – advanced computer skills with respect to systems management and trouble-shooting an asset

July/August 2016 start anticipated. Interested and qualified applicants to send cover letter and resume to with the position title in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Robert Allsopp, Recipient of CSLA Lifetime Achievement Award

DTAH would like to congratulate partner Robert Allsopp, as he will be honoured with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.

An architect, landscape architect and city planner, Robert is best known as a leading Canadian urban designer. Through his distinguished career in professional practice and teaching, as well as local community involvement, he has helped shape and influence the making of hospitable, enriching and meaningful urban environments.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to members of the CSLA whose lifetime accomplishments and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and on the environment.

This year’s Recognition Awards will be held in Winnipeg, where Robert Allsopp began his Canadian career, at the CSLA Gala, Saturday, June 25th, 2016, at the Fort Garry Hotel in during the CSLA 2016 Congress.

Bloor Street West Going Green

As part of recent greening initiatives, led by  the Bloor Annex BIA and City of Toronto, DTAH are transforming several remnant asphalt paved areas into a series of vibrant dynamic public amenity spaces.

The new city parkettes will be defined by large canopy trees, wildflower plantings, sculptural seating, sustainable wood decking and new permeable paving.  These innovative urban green spaces will serve the needs of the immediate neighbourhood and larger City of Toronto community.

DTAH Partner Robert Allsopp discusses modern and post modern building conservation in 2016 Toronto

Robert Allsopp is participating in the panel discussion Is this the City we Want? - Conservation in 2016 Toronto, taking place Monday April 25th. The discussion is one in a series, which links three of the buildings on the Architectural Conservancy Ontario Toronto's Buildings at Risk List. In presenting this series, ACOTO hopes to shed fresh light on the work of the periods, encourage its conservation, and bring the discussion forward to ACO's contemporary challenges in conserving modern and post modern buildings.

Speakers joining Robert on panel include: Kim Storey (Brown and Story Architects), Mary MacDonald (Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services), Alex Bozikovic (Globe and Mail, Architectural Critic), Dave LeBlanc( Globe and Mail, The Architourist), and Jamie Bradburn (Torontoist Staff Writer, Historian), moderated by Catherine Nasmith (Architect, ACO President).

The discussion takes place at 155 College Street, 6th Floor Auditorium, at 7pm. Entry is free.

Joe Lobko speaks at Willowbank Heritage Symposium

Joe Lobko (Partner, DTAH) will be a panelist at the upcoming Willowbank Heritage Symposium, Views on a Room. As Willowbank begins to plan for their estate’s rehabilitation, three expert panels will explore what conservation means in the 21st century, with Willowbank’s Bright Parlour as inspiration and backdrop. Panels will speak to conservation philosophy, interpretative approaches, and materials and systems considerations.

The Views on a Room panel discussion also features Clinton Brown (Principal, Clinton Brown Architect), Spencer Higgens (Principal, Spencer R. Higgins Architects), John Bonnett (History Professor, Brock University), Franklin Vagnone (Museum Anarchist, and Ashleigh M. Bell (Interior Designer, Heritage Facility Program Coordinator, City of Hamilton), and will be moderated by Willowbank graduate Sasha Knight.

The symposium takes place April 23rd from 10am - 5pm in the Willowbank Bright Parlour, Queenston, Ontario. Registration details can be found here


DTAH Partner Brent Raymond taking part in the Bloor Street Culture Corridor roundtable

The Bloor St Culture Corridor kicks off a long weekend of celebration on April 15 with “Bloor St Culture Corridor: The Architecture of a Toronto Arts District,” a round-table panel discussion exploring one of the most diverse and important cultural destinations in Toronto.

Bloor St Culture Corridor: The Architecture of a Toronto Arts District will be a fascinating evening as Dean Richard Sommer (University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape) moderates the on-stage roundtable conversation with DTAH Partner, Brent Raymond; Christopher Hume (Toronto Star);  Siamak Hariri (Hariri Pontarini Architects, architect of Alliance Française de Toronto, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and the forthcoming ROM Bloor St. plaza); Bob Sims (KPMB Architects, architects of The Royal Conservatory's TELUS Centre, including Koerner Hall); John Lorinc (Senior Editor, Spacing Magazine); and Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy discussing the history of Bloor St and the architecture of its cultural buildings, how the recent cultural organization renovations have revitalized Bloor St. West and led to the creation of the Bloor St Culture Corridor arts district, and the Bloor St Culture Corridor’s importance in the City of Toronto.

The round table is free to attend and open to the public. The evening discussion begins on Friday at 6pm at Alliance Francaise Toronto, 24 Spadina Road.

Queens Quay Honoured by the 2016 CSLA Awards of Excellence Program

The Queens Quay Central Waterfront is one of the City of Toronto’s most valuable assets. Designed by West 8 + DTAH the space has been re-envisioned in the spirit of the archetypal Canadian shoreline of trees, a dock, and a mirrored lake, combined with improved public transit, pedestrian and bicycle movement systems. A defining landscape, the now complete Central Waterfront serves as a linear park connecting the various precincts, WaveDecks and public spaces along the shoreline.

Congratulations to all of the winners and honourees of the 2016 CSLA Awards of Excellence.

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Bicycle lanes on Bloor closer than ever

DTAH are pleased to work with the City of Toronto and lead consultant MMM Group to test bike lanes on Bloor Street. The pilot is for a 2.5km stretch from Shaw Avenue to Avenue Road. Following Council approval, the pilot is scheduled for installation late summer 2016.

“Bicycle lanes on Bloor Street are “closer than ever before” as the Toronto street gears up for what could be its biggest transformation since the city laid a subway under it.” Oliver Moore, Globe and Mail.

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DTAH to bring design excellence to one of Toronto’s most unique waterfront parks

Humber Bay Park, with its system of trails, ponds and rugged shoreline, is a unique waterfront experience and a valuable public amenity in our city.  Through community engagement DTAH will develop a master plan vision for the park, that will include habitat restoration, riparian design, integration of storm water, improved circulation and the design of the public realm.

The Master plan will ensure the site is remains an ecological and community resource for generations to come.

Meet DTAH’s Newest Associate, Chris Veres

It is with enthusiasm that DTAH announces the promotion of Chris Veres to the position of Associate. A landscape architect and urban designer, Chris has been a valued member of DTAH since joining the firm in 2011.  His over 12 years of professional experience in the UK, Europe and Canada spans all project stages from analysis and strategic planning through to design and implementation, in both public and private sectors and in conjunction with local communities.

Chris’ project highlights since joining DTAH include the Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review and One Port Master Plan Port Credit for the Canada Lands Company, Riverdale Park East Improvements, and the award winning Lower Don Trail Environment, Access and Art Phase 1 Improvements.

After 30 years, vacant lot to become a new dynamic community park

DTAH have been selected by the City of Toronto and Lanterra Developments to design a new public park at 11 Wellesley West.  Located in a vibrant area of downtown Toronto, the park will play a major role in both the local and larger community, providing a flexible place for day to day relaxation and reprieve, as well as an important space for people to come together for small social gatherings.

Re-Imagining our Historic Industrial Sites with Joe Lobko

This evening the Hamilton|Burlington Society of Architects presents the first of a three-part Heritage lecture series, Re-Imagining our Historic Industrial Sites. The lecture features a presentation on brownfield redevelopment by Joe Lobko, principal of DTAH and lead architect on the Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns projects in Toronto, and a wood window restoration demonstration by Taylor Giberson of Giberson Restorations, Guelph.

The event takes place February 5th at The Spice Factory from 4pm to 7pm. Find out more about the Heritage and the Ambitious City lecture series on the HBSA website.

Announcing Willcocks Common Reimagined

DTAH have been selected by the University of Toronto to lead the design of a reimagined urban landscape for the Willcocks Street corridor and Common.

This important and dynamic pedestrian thoroughfare located in the heart of the St. George Campus will complement the campus’ existing pedestrian open space network and build on the strengths of the surrounding context while becoming a new hub for the community.

Robert Allsopp and Robert Cram participate in discussion panels as part of the Toronto Offsite Design Festival

Robert Allsopp was one of four panelists to speak Thursday, January 21 at the Toronto Society of Architects’ inaugural Urban Affairs Forum on the subject of Generosity by Design. Held at the Urban Space Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, the forum sought to challenge the audience to consider the broad impact design has on the public realm, in the process revealing the tremendous potential in designing projects to give back.

Robert Cram is speaking Sunday, January 24, at the Gladstone Hotel as part of the TSA Ideas Forum. A PechaKucha-style event, 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each — featuring artists and designers from the ‘In Series’ exhibition, as well as other practitioners working with series, repetitions, and pattern.

The ‘In Series’ forum begins at 1pm. Entry is free. Registration is recommended.

Queens Quay highlighted in New York Times

Toronto has been named one of  New York Times "52 Places to Go in 2016" based on its unique and stylish neighborhoods, cultural diversity and great urban design, including the award winning Queens Quay Revitalization project designed by West 8 and DTAH, completed in 2015.

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