Gratitude isn’t just seasonal

Native Child and Family Services has built a community support network to assist those facing hard times all year round. Through this network, we have connected with five families facing life challenges that are amplified by the pressures of the holiday season. This December, the people of DTAH have once again pooled their resources to brighten the holiday season for families struggling to make ends meet.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share what we have and say Chi-meegwetch, a big thank you, to Native Child and Family Services for the support and vitality they bring to the community, and for facilitating our involvement in this endeavour.

We are in this together – let's share the wealth we hold in our hearts that the fortune of gratitude and joy may spread, and express our appreciation throughout the year rather than make it a seasonal trend.

RavinePortal ends December 19!

The RavinePortal Exhibition, part of WorldWide Storefront – a Storefront for Art and Architecture project initiative, is reaching the end of its extended run this week on Friday December 19, 2014.

Be sure venture over to 50 Park Road to see the presentation projected in our front window, or watch the video stream, as well as the RavineTalks on our exhibitions page.

If you’re up for a seeing firsthand what the ravines are all about, bring along a Hacker’s Guide – developed by DTAH and integrating feedback from the public, the guides offer a comprehensive map of Toronto’s two largest ravine systems, including trail access points, lookouts, landmarks and other special features not to be missed.

Download a hacker's guide to the ravines:
Humber Ravine
Don Valley Ravine

Stay tuned for the next installation at 50 Park Road coming soon…

Come Up To My Room 2015

This January, DTAH is participating in Come Up To My Room (CUTMR), the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. The exhibition, curated by DTAH's  Robert Cram as well as Jaclyn Blumas and Caitlin Plewes, has been running for over a decade. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads.

New this year, CUTMR’15 extends its run to 10 days of design, with new programming, an exciting band night, and a symposium for Toronto’s largest alternative design exhibition.

CUTMR’15 runs from January 16 to 25, 2015

Monday to Friday from 12pm to 5pm *open late for programs
Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm
*3rd and 4th floor installations will be open for viewing from January 10 to March 29, 2015, daily from 12pm to 5pm

Opening Party | Friday, January 16, from 7pm to 10pm
Band Night | Friday, January 16, from 9pm to 2am
Love Design Party | Saturday, January 24,from 10pm to 2am

RavinePortal curator Megan Torza on #Fall4Ravines exhibition jury

To celebrate the ravines and their central place in Toronto’s emotional geography, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Patagonia Toronto launched a call for submissions for a special photography exhibition illustrating the ravines: #Fall4Ravines.

More than 250 entries were submitted by the public using Instagram and tagged with the hashtags #Fall4Ravines and #lovetheravines, and the top 25 images were selected for exhibition by Phil Anderson - Executive Director of Gallery 1313, Jason van Bruggen - Partner at Dot Dot Dash, Megan Torza - Partner at DTAH and curator of RavinePortal, and Susan Drysdale - Digital photographer.

The exhibition is now hanging at Patagonia Toronto, 500 King St. West, and available for view from November 6 to December 5.

DTAH preparing master plan for Regina’s Wascana Centre

DTAH is currently preparing a master plan update for Wascana Centre, an exceptional place extremely rare in Canada and indeed the world. Established in 1962, Wascana is a stellar example of long-standing public stakeholder cooperation, and is home to the Saskatchewan Provincial Legislature, University of Regina, City parks, and other federal, provincial, and municipal institutions. The result is an area of immeasurable value as a place of work, education, recreation and nature preservation for the City of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan.

This tenth sequential master plan is directed by the Wascana Act, provincial legislation that guides all projects within
Wascana Centre. The master plan has a 100-year planning horizon.

Wascana Centre as a place encapsulates much of the history of the province, from prehistoric times as the bottom of a great inland sea, through early indigenous occupation, farming settlement, the expression of great aspiration in the government of the land, the making of a treed oasis and recreational area, to the current foresighted vision to meet five noble purposes, followed by their implementation over the last forty-nine years. This tenth plan simply seeks to continue that vision, tailored in small but relevant ways to the needs of today, as its predecessors have done in increments over the years.

Roger du Toit, who is leading the effort, has served as architect planner and chair of the Wascana Centre Authority’s Architectural Advisory Committee since 1982.

DTAH selected to lead master plan for St. Lawrence BIA

DTAH were recently selected by the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area (BIA) to prepare a public realm master plan. The intent of this effort is to develop a strategic tool that outlines how the BIA can contribute to public realm improvement projects such as streetscapes, parks and other public and private open spaces within their jurisdiction. The Master Plan will identify specific projects and provide an implementation strategy so that the BIA can work with the City to deliver over time a more complete and attractive public realm.

The St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, established in 1994, encompasses an area from Lake Shore Boulevard to Queen Street, and Yonge Street to Parliament Street; an area larger than the city centres for both Copenhagen and Stockholm. This significant part of the city is home to the original 10 blocks of York, is part of Old Town Toronto and connects the Financial District to the Distillery District and West Don Lands.

The master plan will take place over a 5 month period from October 2014 to March 2015.

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Bryce Miranda speaks at Design Matters Lecture Series November 12, 2014

Bryce Miranda will speak on the topic of Landscape as Infrastructure for the November instalment of the Design Matters Lecture Series at the University of Calgary. Landscape infrastructure is the shift to incorporate and integrate traditional infrastructure systems, namely the roads, bridges, rail lines, communication systems, water, waste and storm water lines that are required for modern cities to function, into landscape environments.

Landscape infrastructure as a methodology is inherent in many DTAH projects, adding to the traditional infrastructure through work that responds to storm water management, pedestrian environments, open space planning and much more. This lecture will illustrate how landscape architecture has become an essential resource in projects such as Evergreen Brick Works, East Bayfront on Toronto’s Waterfront, Tree Planting in Hardscapes and the Lower Don Trail Improvements. Other recent projects will also be examined that embrace this new way of thinking and living in today’s urban environments.

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RavineTalks stir up conversation about Toronto's ravines

The RavineTalks, associated with the RavinePortal Exhibition, were informative, well attended and stirred up some interesting discussion among city-dwellers about the current and future uses of Toronto's ravine systems. Video from both talks moderated by RavinePortal curator, Megan Torza, can be viewed at or below:

RavineTalk: "Possible Futures"  - Featuring Seana Irvine, Chief Operating Officer of Evergreen, and Brent Raymond and Bryce Miranda, DTAH partners,  (recorded October 30, 2014)

RavineTalk: "Toronto’s Ravines: Expect the Unexpected" - Featuring Steven Heuchert, Senior Manager, Development Planning at the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Andrew Davies, Executive Director of No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment (recorded October 9, 2014)

Recent DTAH Awards

It is always gratifying to receive recognition for the heartfelt efforts put into the work we do. Most recently, DTAH has been awarded a Brownie Award in the Reinvest category for Market Commons; as well as a Design Award for Steel Construction in the Bridge Projects category from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction for Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge.

Masts go up over Nipigon River

The new “gateway” cable stay crossing over Nipigon River on Hwy11/17 is beginning to take shape. Precast concrete units are being assembled to form the upper mast that sits above deck level, connecting to a cast-in-place concrete base below. Cable stays will then be connected to the masts to support the 250m span.

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Join us for "RavineTalk: Possible Futures" – Thurs. Oct. 30, 7 pm - 8:30 pm – Evergreen Brick Works

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, Young Welcome Centre, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON M4W 3X8

“RavineTalk: Possible Futures” explores the future vision of the Lower Don Valley as a form of public linear park that is sustainable and achievable, and considers how increased access, ongoing environmental stewardship, and the integration of public art might serve as guiding principles for the future vision of ravines across our City. This is the second of two special lectures complementing the RavinePortal exhibition

Speakers: Seana Irvine, Chief Operating Officer of Evergreen, with Bryce Miranda and Brent Raymond, landscape architects and partners at DTAH.

This event is supported by Evergreen.

Getting there - Shuttle Bus:

Registration and details for this free talk:

Innovation in LEED Award to Evergreen Brick Works

On October 16, 2014, The Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter awarded Evergreen Brick Works with the 2014 Innovation in LEED Award in the New Construction Core & Shell category. This award, along with 7 others, was a part of the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program.

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DTAH and team selected to develop the Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines

The City of Toronto has selected DTAH to lead an exciting and dynamic team to prepare the Toronto Complete Street Guidelines. The core team includes Nelson\Nygaard and MMM Group, with support from Swerhun Facilitation, J.C. Williams Group, and HM&E Design. This project will result in a powerful and useful design and procedural tool to help Toronto effectively deliver great streets in all parts of the city. The project began with an impressive and extremely well attended symposium on October 7, with city staff and representatives from many other agencies who are involved with the planning, design and delivery of city streets. Brent Raymond, DTAH Partner, will lead the overall project and collaborate closely with the City and all members of the team.

DTAH, Nelson\Nygaard and MMM Group recently participated in a joint panel discussion at the TCAT Complete Streets Forum, talking about their experience with building Toronto streets and the development of both national and local street design guides.

Streetcar testing on Queens Quay

The TTC ran successful streetcar tests today along the 509 route through the newly realigned sections of track on Queens Quay Boulevard in preparation for the return of full service on October 12. As part of the Queens Quay Revitalization project the street is being completely rebuilt both above and below ground in a coordinated construction effort that integrates improvements to the public realm with much needed infrastructure and utility upgrades.

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OPPI Symposium: Ravines and the WorldWide Storefront Initiative

Megan Torza spoke with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute on October 1st at their sold out symposium: Healthy Communities & Planning in a Digital Age. Megan’s session, Ravines and the WorldWide Storefront Initiative examined how to increase public awareness, discourse, and ultimately access to Toronto’s ravine system through strategic partnerships between the public sector, architects/planners, artists and the youth of priority neighbourhoods fronting on the City’s ravines in the commissioning, production and appreciation of public art.

The session offered an overview of the WorldWide Storefront initiative, with specific focus on the RavinePortal exhibition, installation and speaker series that explores the past, present and potential future role that ravines play in the life of the City, and how the work of the local design and artistic community can catalyze and inspire new populations to explore and enjoy this underappreciated natural resource.

Join us for "RavineTalk: Expect the Unexpected" – Thurs. Oct. 9, 7 pm – 8:30 pm St. Matthew’s Clubhouse

Location: St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave (just north of Gerrard St East in Riverdale Park)

This is the first of two special lectures complementing the RavinePortal exhibition. RavineTalk: Expect the Unexpected explores how to balance ongoing ecological conservation efforts with improved ravine access, expanded use, and enriched cultural programming.

Speakers: Steve Heuchert, Senior Manager, Development Planning at Toronto and Region Conservation, and Andrew Davies, Executive Director No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment.

This event is supported by Toronto Trees and Parks Foundation.

Registration and further details for this free talk:

Media Release: RavinePortal explores Toronto’s changing relationship with its ravines

RavinePortal explores Toronto’s changing relationship with its ravines, as part of the WorldWide Storefront Initiative
- Situated on the threshold of the Rosedale Valley, RavinePortal transforms the entrance of the historic 50 Park Road studio into a public exhibition venue visible by pedestrians, cyclists and commuters -

(Toronto, September 24, 2014 ) — Curated by Megan Torza of DTAH, in partnership with New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, RavinePortal aims to provide a greater understanding of the role Toronto’s ravines can play in supporting an increasingly dense and urban city, and explores how environmental stewardship efforts can continue while access, use, amenity and programming of the ravines is accommodated and increased.

“Toronto’s growth and intensification is remarkable. But as the population of our city increases, the demand for accessible public open space also increases. This demand reflects a renewed appreciation of being in nature, of living within walking distance of green. The ravines have the tremendous potential to fulfill the open space needs of Toronto’s citizens. The challenge that the stewards of the ravines face is how to accommodate more people, access and use without losing the unique characteristics that make Toronto’s ravines unlike any other open space network in the world. This is a challenge that is shared with the design community, and it is not a bad problem to have,” said Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH.

Featuring work by local artists, architects, environmentalists and planners, RavinePortal considers in particular the role that public art can play in the enjoyment and interpretation of the city’s ravine landscapes, and provides a platform for discussion of recent City-led master planning efforts in the Lower Don Valley in establishing a future vision for the ravines as a form of public linear park that is sustainable and achievable.

Situated on the threshold of the Rosedale Valley, RavinePortal transforms the entrance of the historic 50 Park Road studio into a public exhibition venue visible by pedestrians, cyclists and commuters. Projected on the building’s front window the exhibition integrates text, photography and mapping with visionary proposals produced by local designers, students, environmentalists and artists in order to communicate the vital role the ravines have, do and will play in the life of the city.

Contributors include: artists, architects, authors and academics–Dan Bergeron, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Michelle Gay, Amy Lavender Harris, and students from Etobicoke School for the Arts, and John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto; local arts and environmental organizations–Well and Good, No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, Evergreen, Toronto Trees and Parks Foundation, Toronto Park People, Pan Am Path, and #LoveTheRavines; public sector partners–Toronto and Region Conservation, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and the City of Toronto Archives; community outreach partners–North York Arts and UforChange; supporters–DTAH, and in-kind donation of material and expertise by 3M and Ian Garrett, Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

“As members of the design community who do a lot of work on public projects, we feel a great responsibility to share our thinking process, and the key considerations in the problems we set out to solve, with the public,” said Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH. “Participating in WorldWide Storefront has given us the opportunity to establish a new venue in Toronto where this kind of direct communication can take place. RavinePortal is the first in what I hope to be an ongoing series of exhibitions on important design problems that are affecting Toronto right now, empowering the public with information in order to encourage greater engagement in the design of our city.”

RavinePortal runs September 26 – November 21, 2014, and includes two RavineTalks by Toronto environmental and design leaders, “Expect the Unexpected” on October 9, and “Possible Futures” on October 30. The exhibition forms part of the larger WorldWide Storefront, a project composed of 10 alternative exhibition spaces around the globe accommodating images, ideas and discussion on site-specific topics pertaining to contemporary art and architecture practice. All events will be recorded and broadcast through the WorldWide Storefront online platform, and presented in New York City within the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery.

Megan Torza is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in the topic of collective memory and its manifestation in the adaptive reuse of heritage structures and the integration of contemporary architectural expression into historic urban fabric. Megan joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Key experience includes Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works, as well as numerous feasibility studies and built projects including urban infill housing, heritage restoration and reuse, and the design of environments for children.

Prior to completing her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto, Megan studied the history of art in Toronto and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England. Having begun her architectural studies the morning of September 11, 2001, her graduate thesis proposed a new public forum and information centre for the residents of Lower Manhattan within two historical tenements straddling an empty lot for which the Storefront for Art and Architecture served as valuable precendent. She has taught the history of Contemporary Architecture within the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program at the University of Toronto, and has lectured at Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo.

DTAH architects, landscape architects, planners and urban designers, have been offering a unique mix of interdisciplinary services since 1972 to institutions, federal and provincial government agencies, municipalities, developers and corporations.

Storefront for Art and Architecture was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Their program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.


Media contact: Jennifer Conron, DTAH / e: / t: 416-968-9479 x 245 / c: 647-622-6596
Backgrounders available on WorldWide Storefront, RavineTalk events, and contributor biographies.
Images available.

Talking urban street design at the Complete Streets Forum – Oct 6

DTAH’s Brent Raymond, Michael King of Nelson\Nygaard (NYC) and Shawn Smith, Program Manager of Active and Sustainable Transportation at York Region, will join forces at this year’s Complete Streets Forum on October 6, to discuss the trials, nuances and possibilities of thoughtful street design. Guided by the theme, 'Complete Streets - HowTo', the presentation NACTO Urban Street Design Guide & New Complete Streets in Toronto and York Region promises to convey a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to the design and implementation of Complete Streets in an urban context.

The Forum, held at Daniel’s Spectrum in Toronto, brings together professionals, decision-makers and community members from the Greater Golden Horseshoe and beyond to share research, best practices and creative solutions for designing and implementing Complete Streets – streets that are safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. This event marks the 7th annual active transportation policy conference put together by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation’s (TCAT).

Link to more information about the Complete Streets Forum

Peter Fletcher Smith on Tribute to Liberty jury

A Memorial to Victims of Communism is to be established in Ottawa next year. The design concept is being developed through a national design competition, providing “unique opportunities for the Canadian artistic community to participate in the development of national commemorations" (NCC Policy Guidelines).

Peter Fletcher Smith has been selected as a member of the jury that will choose a winner from the teams of professional artists, architects, landscape architects and other urban design professionals that have submitted their concepts for this new Capital landmark.

The monument, to be unveiled in late summer 2015, will be prominently located on Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa, between the Library and Archives Canada building and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Read more about the project and review concepts submitted by six shortlisted teams here

Imagining My Sustainable City exhibit continues until Sept 23

The Imagining My Sustainable City exhibit is the culmination of a project that introduces one Grade 7 class in each of Toronto’s 44 Wards to sustainable urban planning and architectural design. DTAH is delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor and support the implementation of this innovative and multidisciplinary program.

The four day program delivered by No.9 in collaboration with the TDSB, has Students and their teachers work with two professional architectural educators to create sustainable urban design and architectural projects.

Check out the exhibit in the Young Welcome Centre located at Evergreen Brick Works until September 23
Read more about the program at

Canada’s Public Space Champions talk NXT City

The NXT City Prize is all about vision to reimagine Toronto’s public spaces and inject a sense of energy, dynamism and reflexivity. Spacing teamed up with the NXT CITY PRIZE to put together a series of Q&As with local and national city builders, including Joe Lobko, in the lead up to the announcement of the winning design this week.

Joe discusses public spaces as the ‘lungs’ of a city, the essentiality of the street and the importance of public space in the future success of communities. Read more of what Joe has to say about public space in Toronto and in cities around the globe at

Learn more about the NXT CITY PRIZE here

Joe Lobko on panel for "Art on the Ballot / A Reverse Mayoral Debate"

In advance of the upcoming fall municipal election, Toronto mayoral candidates were invited to submit questions to a panel of leaders in the arts and design community, then the candidates joined community attendees to hear the responses as the panel debated the function and value of the arts in the city. The session, held on August 12, was moderated by Kathleen Sharpe, Executive Director, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

JoeLobko: Partner, DTAH
Sarah Garton Stanley: Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre
Shannon Litzenberger: dance artist, writer, director, and arts advocate
Yasmin Parodi: multi-disciplinary artist and youth representative
Dalton Higgins: performing arts and music concert presenter, journalist, and author

ART on the BALLOT / A Reverse Mayoral Debate
Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 PM
Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West (map)
Read more on the ArtsVote website

Torontoist articles gives highlights from the panel discussion: What Mayoral Candidates Want to Know About Art


Riverdale Park East Improvements to be led by DTAH

DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead the Riverdale Park East Improvements project, which seeks to improve functionality and accessibility for a diversity of park users. The park is situated between the Lower Don Valley and the neighbourhood of Riverdale. Revitalization provides a great opportunity to reinforce this as a truly unique place—a meeting place between valley and city.

The scope of work includes a feasibility study report and design recommendations on the creation of a new children’s play area, an artificial ice rink and adjacent trail, the use and/or repurposing of existing utilities, as well as a new interface with Broadview Avenue.

Canoeing the Grand with DTAH

DTAH took to the waters of the Grand River for a canoe trip that would pass under Fairway Bridge, which connects Kitchener and Cambridge in Waterloo Region, giving us a chance to get outside and check out some of our finished work first hand. The striking view of the bridge and the natural landscape of the riverside was enhanced by the golden light of the early sunset hour. 

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Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge opens to the public

The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge opened to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on Saturday July 12, effectively connecting Riverside South and Barrhaven in southwest Ottawa.

The opening was well attended by local residents and politicians alike, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson who said of the bridge: “This is our Eiffel Tower." The unique and long awaited structure will reduce travel time for locals and connect the communities formerly separated by the Rideau River.

Check out a video and read more about the opening at CBC News

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Mark Langridge speaks at Footbridge 2014 in London, UK

Mark Langridge has been selected to speak at this triennial international footbridge conference to be held July 16-18 at the Imperial College in London. Footbridges: Past, Present & Future will explore the boundaries being pushed by bridge designers, as well as the economic, environmental, social and other constraints that influence the form of bridges that finally get built, featuring an array of speakers from around the globe.

Mark will be presenting his paper, Footbridges as Good Public Space – An Architect’s Perspective which will look at the various factors that contribute to a footbridge’s success as “good public space”, where pedestrians feel comfortable, welcomed, safe and even want to spend some time – to pause, appreciate the surroundings, rest, meet friends, and any number of other activities. Over time a well-designed footbridge develops a special “sense of place”, and can become an important and admired landmark within the wider urban context. Given that bridges typically have a lifespan of 75 - 100 years, it is very important that all new structures are designed to work well for pedestrians, and possess a visual and material quality that will stand the test of time in a demanding exterior environment.

Learn more about the upcoming Footbridge 2014 conference

René Biberstein places 3rd in QueensWay Connection Competition

The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The biennial competition brought in ideas from around the globe on how to transform an abandoned railway into an urban greenway as a community space for nearby neighborhoods in Queens, New York.

Out of 120 proposals from 28 countries, René Biberstein, DTAH studio member, teamed with Song Deng (former DTAH studio member) to win 3rd prize for their concept Make It! Grow It!

René  will be in New York for the Exhibition Opening on July 17, and for the QueensWay Symposium July 19.

Learn more about the QueensWay Connection competition and check out images of Make It! Grow It! on the Bustler website.

New Bridge over the Grand River

A new bridge is taking shape over the Grand River at Cayuga, southeast of Hamilton. Bridge enhancements designed by DTAH include a custom railing with an outer “ripple” aluminum panel inspired by the river setting, Ontario limestone approach walls incorporating location-specific text and a distinctive rhythm of pedestrian scale lighting. Completion is expected by summer 2015. Prime consultant: MMM Group.

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Peter Fletcher Smith invested in the CSLA College of Fellows

DTAH Partner, Peter Fletcher Smith was invested in the CSLA College of Fellows, along with 9 other members, during the CSLA Congress in Ottawa on May 30th, 2014, at the Château Laurier Hotel.

Peter has been involved in virtually all of the firm’s work in the National Capital including the award winning Parliamentary Precinct Long Range Plan, Capital Commemoration, the Parliament Hill Landscape Rehabilitation Study and the Judicial Precinct Landscape Plan. Projects led by Peter include the implementation of Confederation Boulevard (4 phases), the planning and site design for the Queen Elizabeth statue on Parliament Hill, and the preparation of the recent Design, Maintenance and Management Guideline for Confederation Boulevard.

In addition, Peter is involved in the planning and execution of major commemorations in the National Capital. He prepared design guidelines for the Peacekeeping Monument, Canadian Firefighters Monument and the Canadian Navy Monument, and has served as professional advisor and jury member for national competitions. He is currently a member of the competition jury for the upcoming Tribute to Liberty, a new commemoration near Parliament Hill.

In Toronto, Peter has recently completed a heritage interpretation plan for Coronation Park on Toronto’s waterfront, and is currently principal-in-charge for the landscape restoration and rehabilitation plan for Fort York’s Garrison Common.

Peter is a Reviewer in the OALA Professional Development Program. He is also active in his community and is currently chairing the Vermont Square Park Renewal Committee.

Congratulations, Peter!

The OAA Turns 125: DTAH recognized twice out of 25 Award winners from 1989-2014

Design at Riverside salutes the 125th Anniversary of the Ontario Association of Architects with an exhibition of 25 award winning architectural projects selected from the OAA Awards archives.

One project from each year from 1989 – 2014 has been chosen to mark the founding of the OAA awards and the 25 years since the centenary of the OAA. The works were selected by Gordon Grice, editor of Perspectives Magazine, the quarterly journal of the OAA and include DTAH projects the Artscape Wychwood Barns, as well as Windward Co-op in Toronto.

Exhibition runs from June 3-21 at Idea Exchange | Design at Riverside, 7 Melville St. S, Cambridge.

Find more on the Idea Exchange website:

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Rebuilding Queens Quay

West 8 + DTAH have a vision for a renewed and revitalized Toronto waterfront but what does it take to bring this vision to reality? Check out this Waterfront Toronto video Rebuilding Queens Quay, to find out how the team is helping change the face of Toronto's Waterfront.


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Doors Open Toronto at 50 Park Road & Joe Lobko gives TSA talk at Fort York

Doors Open Toronto 2014 presented by Great Gulf is happening this weekend and DTAH is thrilled to be involved. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, 50 Park Road will once again open its doors to the public, giving visitors an opportunity to experience the exciting history of a beautifully renovated modern building and see the working environment of a leading landscape architecture, architecture and urban design firm. Learn more about the building in the About section of our website or on the Doors Open Toronto DTAH listing.

After you check out our studio, take a jaunt down to Fort York where Joe Lobko will be speaking on Corktown Common and the Pan Am Area as part of “Redesigning Toronto”, a talk presented by Doors Open in partnership with Toronto Society of Architects.  The talk starts at 2pm, Saturday May 24, at the Blue Barracks at Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). For more speakers and location information, check the Doors Open Toronto Redesigning Toronto Listing.

DTAH Project Selected for WorldWide Storefront Initiative

Storefront for Art and Architecture has announced the 10 projects selected to be a part of the WorldWide Storefront (“WWSf”), a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices.

DTAH’s contribution to this global initiative, RavinePortal, will activate Toronto’s under recognized ravine landscape through a series of interventions and discussions digitally translated so as to occupy the entrance of the DTAH studio at 50 Park Road. Over the course of the two months of the WorldWide Storefront program, from Sept 26 - Nov 21, 2014, the RavinePortal exhibition, curated by Megan Torza, will explore the past, present and potential future role the ravines play in the life of the city, and the way in which collaborations between the local design and art communities can catalyze and inspire new populations to explore and enjoy the ravines.

Find out more about the selected entries at

50 Park Road wins OAA Landmark Award

DTAH Studio at 50 Park Road

The OAA Landmark Award recognizes buildings that demonstrate architecture's beauty, endurance and lasting contribution to the community and to society. This year, 50 Park Road, the building DTAH calls home, has been recognized as such a landmark.

As the first home of the Ontario Association of Architects, 50 Park Road was critically acclaimed in the media as a landmark modern building in Toronto when it opened in 1954. The building was also successful as a unifying focal point for Toronto’s architects, its high profile injecting renewed pride and energy into the profession at a critical time in the city’s development. The commission to design 50 Park Road was won in an open competition by John B. Parkin, with John C. Parkin as the project architect.

The building has been the home of DTAH since the OAA sold it and moved to their new building in Don Mills in 1992. Over the years DTAH have carried out interior renovations, incorporating the functional requirements of a contemporary architectural office while at the same time attempting to give back to the interior a sense of the openness, simplicity and spatial clarity of the original building.

Visitors are welcome to come and explore the landmark space for Doors Open Toronto 2014 presented by Great Gulf on May 24 & 25.

Market Street, designed and executed by DTAH, is the first flexible street in Toronto

DTAH is pleased to be working with Cole Engineering (Civil) and Den Bosch and Finchley (Design Build) to design and implement a new, prototypical street near St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto.

Market Street is being transformed into a multi-use, flexible street that will favour pedestrians and cyclists while accommodating limited vehicular traffic. During good weather, the street will be lined with outdoor patios on the west side, and animated by the historic Market on the east. In winter, the patios will disappear and the west side will accommodate additional parking.

The design is critical to the street’s success. High quality materials, selected to complement the heritage character of the buildings, extend from building face to building face. Surfaces are flush to permit ease of movement for all users across and along the street. Bollards and subtle changes in materials demarcate vehicular and pedestrian zones, while optimizing flexibility and opportunities for spontaneous festivities.

Still under construction, Market Street should be in full swing later this spring and is already being used as a prototype for other flexible streets, including the John Street revitalization project.

Market Street in the Toronto Star news 2014-04-21: Market St. revival a testament to late developer Paul Oberman

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Tuned up and ready to ride

Now that the ice has finally melted, it's time to get into biking season!
With a safety check, a thorough clean up and a few adjustments, DTAH cyclists are all tuned up and ready to ride.

Evergreen Brick Works wins 2014 National Urban Design Award

Winner of a Special Jury Award, Evergreen Brick Works received a Sustainable Development Award in the 2014 National Urban Design Awards announced today.

The project is "... worthy of a case study -- it did everything right!" according to the jury.

As part of a two-tier program held in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, entries are made up of  winners of  2013 municipal award programs and entries submitted at large. The awards are a joint program of  The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

For more information visit: 2014 National Urban Design awards

Or check out a slide show of the winners

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Grow Op 2014 hits Gladstone Hotel April 24-27

DTAH is pleased to sponsor the Gladstone Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place. Curated by Victoria Taylor, and featuring 26 new projects, this four-day event celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices.

The opening reception will be held at the Gladstone Hotel Friday April 25 from 7-10pm. Get all the details at the Gladstone Grow Op.

Inna Olchovski honoured with inaugural OALA Associate Leadership Award

This year, the OALA Council created a new award to recognize and award the merits of an associate member who has gone above and beyond to provide meaningful peer to peer support, exemplary peer to peer volunteerism, participation in multiple activities and outstanding leadership. The award is in the name of a special OALA member who passed away earlier this year, Jack Copeland, who was a strong advocate of bringing in and advising new OALA associates.

We are proud to congratulate Inna Olchovski, a member of the DTAH studio and recipient of the inaugural OALA Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution in 2014.

Congratulations, Inna!

Find out more about the OALA Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution

Artscape’s Tim Jones: Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

In recognition of Artscape’s work in making space for creativity and transforming communities, Artscape President and CEO Tim Jones, has been selected as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.  This award, created by The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in Switzerland, searches globally for leading social entrepreneurs to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

DTAH is proud to congratulate our friend and colleague who has been promoting and facilitating the constructive integration of art and social enterprise at the helm of Artscape for more than 15 years.

Read more about the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014 at

Read more about Artscape here

Lower Don Trail: Implementation set to begin

DTAH, with master plan partners AECOM, were recently selected by the City of Toronto to design and implement improvements identified in the DTAH-authored Lower Don Trail Master Plan. The team is excited to deliver this important project that will be part of the city-wide Pan Am Path in time for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  Projects as part of this first phase of work include a new pedestrian and cycling  bridge at Pottery Road, the Bayview Avenue Multi-Use Path (Phase 1 from Pottery Road to Rosedale Valley Road), two new staircases from the Dundas and Gerrard Street Bridges, the realignment of the Belleville underpass, with significant improvements in the Narrows from Riverdale Park Bridge to Don River Park  including trail-widening and the creation of a 1.6km Art Fence.

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2014 CSLA Awards are announced / DTAH wins three

East Bayfront Water’s Edge Promenade - CSLA 2014 National Merit

Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces: Best Practices Manual - CSLA 2014 National Merit

Lower Don Trail Access, Environment and Art Master Plan - CSLA 2014 Regional Honour

The 2014 CSLA Awards have been announced, and DTAH has been honoured with three awards including two national awards out of the 15 given out this year. National Merit is awarded to both East Bayfront Water’s Edge Promenade, a key project in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront; as well as the ground-breaking  Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces: Best Practices Manual for the City of Toronto. Regional Honour goes to the Lower Don Trail Access, Environment and Art Master Plan. 

For more information visit

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Megan Torza speaks to Corktown

Megan Torza, Partner at DTAH, joins communications director Anthony Westenberg of Evergreen in presenting a talk hosted by the Corktown Residents and Business Association on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at the Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen Street East in Toronto. Megan will discuss the Evergreen Brick Works project and the Lower Don Trail Master Plan.

For more information visit

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John Street Revitalization team selected

The design and implementation team for the revitalization of John Street has been selected: DTAH forms part of a core team with MMM that includes DPM Energy, Lura Consulting, Alston Associates and a group of specialized sub-consultants.

Guided by the John Street Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment Study completed in 2012, John Street will be transformed into a flexible and multipurpose corridor that will foster intense pedestrian activity, while accommodating cyclists and vehicular traffic. The cultural corridor to be improved spans over 800 metres and will feature a broad pedestrian-priority promenade with distinguished streetscaping and public art. The John Street revitalization offers unique challenges and opportunities for creativity and innovation, and will heighten the identity and public presence of a City of Toronto precinct that is rapidly emerging as a dynamic focus of cultural, media and entertainment activity.

Joe Lobko on the Adaptive Reuse Panel at Staging Sustainability 2014

Staging Sustainability 2014 will be the largest gathering of innovative sustainability practitioners in the world, bringing together performing arts professionals including producers, performers, technicians, funders, decision makers and anyone else interested in how the performing arts can support sustainability efforts.

Joe Lobko will be a member of the Adaptive Reuse panel, which will discuss former industrial sites, re-envisioned commercial space, and an abundance of sacred spaces, and tackle questions such as: using sustainable principles as an inspiration (consciously or not), what are the most exciting ways in which space is being re-used and repurposed for greatest impact? How can we innovate in existing arts facilities to integrate sustainable technology and practices?

The international conference will be held at three locations in Toronto from February 2-5, and will complement the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture festival at the Royal Ontario Museum.

For more information see and

Construction has begun at Bayside, Toronto’s next waterfront community

Construction is underway on the Bayside Toronto site. Located at the water’s edge between Sherbourne Common and the Parliament Slip, this 13-acre site is being transformed from an industrial area into a thriving new community. Waterfront Toronto is undertaking much of the early infrastructure work — including new roads and municipal services — to support the Hines/Tridel development. Crews are currently working on reinforcing the south dockwall for the extension of the Water’s Edge Promenade, designed by West 8 + DTAH, east of Sherbourne Common. The Water’s Edge Promenade (East) was completed in 2010.

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