150 Queens Wharf Road represents a unique opportunity for a new state-of-the-art high-rise residential building with an innovative mix of market and affordable rental units, and community-oriented space at grade. It will be the last key built-form piece on Block 36N, overlooking the future Mouth of the Creek park and the proposed RailDeck Park, and will provide an important contribution to the existing neighbourhood, and a more animated public realm.

DTAH was selected by CreateTO to develop a design concept for a new high-rise residential building containing market and affordable units, with community space at street level. This will lead to the establishment of a ‘vision’ for the property that fits well within the context of the existing site and will form the basis of a rezoning application for the future development of the site.

Join online or by phone on Monday, March 8 from 7-9PM EST for a virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about 150 Queens Wharf Road and the preliminary development concept for the site.

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Friends of the Foundry are an organization exploring how heritage and affordable housing can be integrated into a new, mixed-use, mixed-income community for the historic Dominion Foundry site on Eastern Avenue in Toronto’s West Don Lands. The organization is working to save the existing buildings on the Foundry site, many of which are over 100 years old and hold important historic and cultural significance for Toronto’s industrial past.

DTAH Partner, Joe Lobko is part of a group of architects and other professionals supporting Friends of the Foundry in their efforts to ensure that a more transparent public process is begun, including genuine community engagement, in order to create a more valuable and useful addition to the successful community now emerging around the site.

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Exploratory concept for the Dominion Foundry site by KPMB Architects’ Shirley Blumberg and Bruno Weber, urban designer Ken Greenberg, DTAH’s Joe Lobko, George Brown College’s Luigi Ferrara and housing experts Sean Gadon and Mark Guslits (Rendering by Norm Li)

A virtual public meeting for the new park at Macpherson Avenue and Davenport Road will be held on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30-8PM EST. A project update, community perspectives and priorities and a preferred concept plan for one of the first new parks in the Green Line will be presented. Feedback will be collected during the virtual public meeting and an online questionnaire.

Register to attend the virtual public meeting here

Following the successful completion of the Green Line Implementation Plan, DTAH has been selected by the City of Toronto to lead the design and construction of the first two Green Line parks. The new park at Macpherson Avenue and Davenport Road will mark the eastern gateway to the Green Line, and together with the Geary Avenue Park Expansion the two new parks will transform the Dupont hydro corridor.

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In 2017, DTAH contributed to the Ontario Association of Architects’ (OAA) blog about the renovation of 50 Park Road. The OAA’s relocation from 50 Park Road to Don Mills in 1992 presented DTAH with the opportunity to repurpose, renovate, and restore the modern heritage building. The result is a unique design studio that preserves the building’s architectural character, delights in its legacy, and continues to be an engaging work environment.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, physical office spaces are being reimagined and re-evaluated for the benefit of the companies and employees who work in them. Allowing for flexibility and fluidity in office space design has never been more important. 50 Park Road has demonstrated its adaptability in the last few years by transforming from workspace, to event space, to gallery as opportunities arise, offering a place for people to meet and share knowledge and inspiration in a variety of ways. While at the present time we remain connected virtually, we’d like to share this ode to our office with you and look forward to gathering there again in the future.

Read more on the OAA’s Blog here

DTAH is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Associate Partners and the promotion of several key studio members to the positions of Senior Associate and Associate.

This expansion of the leadership team is in recognition of these individuals’ exceptional skills and contributions to the practice and will allow DTAH to continue to excel in the design, management and implementation of transformative projects.

Yvonne Battista, Associate Partner

Yvonne is a landscape architect committed to the integration of innovative stormwater management solutions within works of outstanding landscape architecture and placemaking. She has led high profile projects including Gage Park in Hamilton, the Bayside Promenade in Toronto, and Edgeley Pond and Park in Vaughan.

Yvonne Lam, Associate Partner

Yvonne is an architect with a keen interest in the intersection of landscape architecture and architecture. She has played a pivotal role in key projects across Toronto’s Central Waterfront, and is currently responsible for the second phase of the Queens Quay Revitalization, a complete street exemplar, and the second phase of Confederation Beach Sports Park.

Tanya Brown, Senior Associate

Tanya is a landscape architect experienced in the design and implementation of complex projects. She was instrumental in the Queens Quay Revitalization project from winning competition entry through to opening day. She is currently working on Dr. Lillian McGregor Park, Brampton Riverwalk, Green Infrastructure Design Standards and the Phase 1 implementation of the Humber Bay Park Master Plan.

Ayako Kitta, Senior Associate

Ayako is a landscape architect who enjoys working with both private and public sector clients. She has extensive experience in neighbourhood master plans, campus plans, healthcare landscapes, and waterfronts, and is currently leading the design and delivery of the final phase of the East Bayfront Dockside Public Realm, and the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre for the University of Toronto.

Charles Mackintosh, Senior Associate

Charles is an architect with a focus on adaptive re-use, bridges and transit related structures. He is currently working with the City of Toronto to improve the City’s shelter system for unhoused people, and has worked with other non-profit, socially minded clients such as the Salvation Army and Evergreen.

René Biberstein, Associate

René is an urban designer who has contributed to many high-profile projects. He is currently managing the urban design component for three city Centre updates: Markham, Vaughan and Scarborough; as well as the PIC Core Guidelines for the Port Lands. He has contributed to other notable and award-winning projects over the years, including the Lower Don Trail Master Plan and Active City Design Guidelines for the City of Toronto.

Jordan Darnell, Associate

Jordan is an architectural designer with exceptional design skills that he applies to projects across the DTAH portfolio. He is currently working with CreateTO to provide much need community-based facilities and affordable housing projects as part of the Parkdale Community Hub, Danforth Garage and Queens Wharf development studies.

See-Yin Lim, Associate

See-Yin is a landscape architect with experience across Canada that is community-focused, accessible, and sustainable. She is currently leading the public realm and streetscape design for Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project, a project that will provide the organizing framework for future redevelopment sites on Toronto’s waterfront.

Elnaz Sanati, Associate

Elnaz is a landscape architect experienced in streetscape and park design. Her work includes the John Street Cultural Corridor, Willcocks Common and the award-winning Queens Quay Revitalization. She brings her innovative design ideas to all her projects and is currently working on the St Andrews Playground Park and St. James Town West Park.

DTAH Partner Emeritus, Robert N. Allsopp, has been invited by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, the Architectural Conservancy Ontario, and the World Monuments Fund to take part in a session that discusses Waterfronts, Heritage, and Climate Resiliency. The session will take place on February 10, 2021 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm EST. Register to attend the session here

The Colloquium is comprised of four online sessions which work towards building a conservation management plan for Ontario Place which considers its social, historical, and ecological significance as well as its immense value as a public site. Learn more about the other upcoming talks here

The Future of Ontario Place Project is a joint initiative between World Monuments Fund, Architectural Conservancy Ontario, and the John. H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. The campaign is working to make the case to members of the public, government officials, and design professionals that Ontario Place is not only an international Modernist heritage site reflective of key moments in Toronto’s history, but also an asset to future generations. Learn more about the Future of Ontario Place Project here

As part of the 2021 DesignTO Festival, DTAH Partner and Toronto Society of Architects Chair, Megan Torza, will be speaking as part of the Urban Affairs Forum on “Does Canada need a National Architecture Policy?” The virtual “fireside chat” will include representatives from some of Toronto’s leading city-building organizations, who will share their own perspectives on the process and content of the emerging National Architecture Policy for Canada, responding to the nationally formulated “Rise for Architecture” Vision. Read more about the Rise for Architecture Vision here

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National Architecture Policies have been implemented around the world and set guidelines and best practices to enhance social, cultural and environmental well-being. These policies can also support politicians, professionals and the public in creating more sustainable and equitable societies. The built environment has an enormous impact on our quality of life and the quality of life of future generations who will inherit the places we have designed. The discussion around whether or not to implement a National Architecture Policy in Canada asks what we want our built environment to say about us, now and in the future, and what values and priorities we want to guide the design of our cities, and whether these values and priorities should be coordinated and consistent across our nation as a whole.

This video also provides additional context and background on the vision and ideas to be discussed. View video on YouTube here

DTAH have been working with The Salvation Army on the revitalization of Florence Booth House, an emergency shelter for unhoused cis and trans women. The shelter provides shelter and basic needs to unhoused women in the City of Toronto, including three meals per day, a bed, clothing as available, personal hygiene products and a weekly nursing clinic. Read more about the work at Florence Booth House here

The new Florence Booth House, designed by DTAH, retains the original 1910 façade along Tecumseh and will include: additional beds to accommodate more residents each night; greater privacy for residents; spacious kitchen, dining and washroom facilities; additional resident program support space, including a multi-purpose room; and, private, secure outdoor space for residents.

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