The renovation of Cummer Avenue United Church is complete! Built in 1960, the renovation prioritizes accessibility, adaptability and sustainability – preserving the Midcentury modern style of the original building while supporting flexible worship and community programming in spaces that are accessible, comfortable and energy efficient.

Highlights include a new, welcoming front entrance and administrative offices, an adaptable sanctuary and chapel at the upper level, reimagined auditorium and commercial kitchen on the lower level, and multi-purpose rooms at the rear, all available to support a range of uses.

DTAH is thrilled to announce Eltuek Arts Centre has been awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA). Presented annually, the awards celebrate architectural achievements in the province and the way in which great architecture brings well-being to those who spend time in these thoughtfully designed spaces.

In presenting the award to the design team, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor remarked that, “the strength of this project is the broad community that imagined it, made it happen, and will now carry it forward. The energy and wisdom of New Dawn Enterprises, and the Elders Advisory Committee from the Island’s five Mi’kmaw communities will assure that the Eltuek Art Centre remains welcoming, affordable and relevant to the artists and the community. The community’s vision and commitment from the very beginning should be recognized.”

Completed in 2020, Eltuek Arts Centre transforms a former Convent and school into a vibrant space for Cape Breton’s arts community. DTAH, in collaboration with Trifos Design Consultants, led the architecture and landscape architecture for the centre.

Read more about the project here.

DTAH is pleased to support the Future Proof Design Jam, which is part of the virtual 2022 Grey to Green conference on June 22-23. The charrette invites attendees to reinvent six existing spaces in Canada through the lens of green infrastructure. As a sponsor, DTAH will leading a creative table and will present the outcome to the owner on behalf of the collaborators. The deadline to register is Sunday, June 12, 2022.

DTAH has long been a leader in incorporating green infrastructure and recently co-authored with Arup the City of Toronto’s first ever Green Infrastructure Design and Construction Standards, which were published earlier this year. The standards address significant issues related to stormwater quality and quantity and climate change.

Read more about the Future Proof Design Jam.

Read more about the Green Infrastructure Design and Construction Standards.

DTAH Partner Joe Lobko will be speaking at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Virtual Conference on Architecture, with two presentations available on demand later this month.

The first presentation, Innovation Wins: Behind the Scenes of Design Competitions for Institutional Clients in Canada, will be available on demand on Monday, June 13. In this session, Joe will discuss the processes and considerations involved in the organization and implementation of two-stage international design competitions held for institutional Canadian clients by assessing three case studies. This session provides participants with an overview of potential issues to consider when contemplating sponsorship of, or participation in, international design competitions.

The second presentation, City of Our Immediate Future: Mapping Intensification in Toronto, will be available on Monday, June 27. This session explores mapping and data collection for our rapidly growing cities, and how current software might assist in exploring and identifying alternative futures for built form and community capacity.

Read more about the RAIC Virtual Conference on Architecture here.

After a two-year hiatus, DTAH is delighted to invite you to our studio at 50 Park Road, May 28-29 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We will be offering free presentations throughout the day, sharing insights from some of our current projects as part of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Open Studio program.


11:00 a.m., Megan Torza, Recent Work – Community Hubs Big and Small

1:00 p.m., Mark Langridge, Enhancing the Design of Ontario's Bridges: An Architect's Perspective

SUNDAY, May 29

11:00 a.m., Joe Lobko, City of Our Immediate Future: Mapping (Visualizing) Intensification in Toronto

1:00 p.m., Elnaz Sanati, Small Parks - from Consultation to Construction

Visitors to DTAH’s studio will experience the exciting history of a beautifully renovated modern building that sits in the Rosedale Valley ravine in the heart of downtown. See the working environment of a leading architecture, landscape architecture and urban design firm and examine historical images of 50 Park Road and its evolution over time.

Completed in 1954, 50 Park Road was designed as the first permanent headquarters for the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). It was the result of a design competition won by John B. Parkin Associates, one of the province’s leading modernist firms at the time, with John C. Parkin as project architect. The new headquarters was critically acclaimed as a landmark modern building in Toronto and was successful at providing a unifying focal point for Toronto’s architects, with its high-profile design injecting renewed pride and energy into the profession at a critical time in the city’s development. The project is one of the first modern buildings in Toronto to be listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties, followed by designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1991, and subsequently recognized as an OAA Landmark Building in 2004.

We also invite you to learn about how DTAH is continuing to shape Toronto, through current and past projects such as St. James Town West Park, St. Andrew’s Playground Park, Garrison Crossing, Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion, Toronto Central Waterfront, Evergreen Brick Works, and Artscape Wychwood Barns. The building and unique site speak directly to DTAH’s design philosophy, which for five decades has worked to respect, preserve, and enhance the public realm, while celebrating the intersection of built and natural form.

DTAH is proud to announce that the Bloor-Annex BIA Parkettes have been recognized with a National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Each year, the Awards of Excellence honour projects across Canada for their distinctive design, ground-breaking research, sustainable landscape management and more.

The series of four parkettes re-imagines formerly underutilized asphalt surfaces in the neighbourhood, transforming these areas into sustainable and dynamic public amenity spaces. The design highlights what makes the Bloor-Annex such a unique space in the city. Custom benches were created for the parkettes using wooden beams salvaged from the demolition of a nearby Toronto landmark, Honest Ed’s. Granite benches were designed by local artist, Robert Cram, utilizing quarry cut-offs and innovative stone installation techniques. The parkettes feature new surfacing, pollinator planting, large canopy trees, integrated public art and new bicycle parking, offering a space for quiet contemplation, a meeting place or a rest-stop in Toronto’s bustling downtown.

Read more about the project here.

Read the full list of CSLA award recipients here.

A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament was recognized earlier this month with a Gold Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction for Canada-East from the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, also known as the Ippy Awards. Drawing on DTAH’s long history of landscape and urban design projects in Canada’s National Capital, DTAH Partner Emeritus Robert Allsopp co-authored with Linda Dicaire Chapter 7 – The People’s Park: The Landscape and Urban Plan of Parliament Hill.

Published last year, the book explores the history and architecture of Canada’s iconic Parliament, with original photographs from celebrated architectural photographer William P. McElligott and contributions by architects, conservationists, historians, House of Commons experts and dignitaries.

Read more about the Ippy Awards here

DTAH is honoured to share that Duchesnay Creek Bridge has been recognized with a Project of the Year Award from the Ontario Public Works Association. The award will be presented during National Public Works Week on May 17 in Mississauga.

The new crossing is the first structural timber bridge to be built in Ontario since the original Duchesnay Creek Bridge in 1937. Erected for MTO over Highway 17B on the Nipissing First Nation-North Bay boundary, DTAH provided concept & detailed design bridge architect services, with bridge structural design provided by LEA Consulting Ltd.

Learn more about the Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Awards