DTAH Partner Yvonne Lam is leading a free walk on Friday, May 6, as part of the Toronto Jane's Walk Festival.

This walk will explore the various completed and ongoing public realm developments in the East Bayfront including, parks, streetscapes, Water’s Edge Promenade, storm water treatment facilities and urban design for the new LRT extending east along Queens Quay.

Participants will gain a designer’s perspective on the growing neighbourhood and learn how this area will continue to evolve over the coming years.

Transforming Toronto's East Bayfront: An Architect's Perspective on Public Realm Developments

Walk start time: 2:00 p.m.
Walk end time: 3:15 p.m.

Walk start location: Jarvis and Queens Quay E., south side of intersection, next to the water (see map here)
Walk end location: Sherbourne Commons north

How to find us: Yvonne will be holding a purple umbrella

Nearest public transit: TTC Bus Route 19 Bay - stop on Queens Quay E. at Lower Jarvis St.

Accessibility details: Busy sidewalks, wheelchair friendly

COVID-19 protocols: Walk will be outdoors. Please maintain social distancing as much as possible.

No registration required.

Learn more about Jane's Walk 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

The City of Mississauga has published a draft Complete Streets Guide. DTAH is the lead consultant with a multi-disciplinary team that includes Michael King/Traffic Calmer, HDR, and LURA Consulting. The document will guide street design and decision-making, reflecting the needs and concerns of the community while incorporating best practice from national organizations, peer cities, and advocacy groups.

Complete Streets guidelines and policies ensure that all street users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation users and drivers are accommodated and feel comfortable and safe. Measures can include installing cycling facilities, building sidewalks, adding dedicated public transit lanes, and implementing measures to slow down traffic.

The City of Mississauga is conducting a short survey to gather feedback on the guide. The survey closes on May 1, 2022.

Read the Complete Streets Guide

Take the survey

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced their 2022 Design Excellence Awards Finalists. DTAH is proud to share that the Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion was one of the 17 Finalists announced.

Located in Toronto’s Port Lands Precinct, Tommy Thompson Park is a unique urban wilderness minutes from downtown, located on a manmade peninsula known as the Leslie Street Spit. The Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion establishes a new front door to the park that is welcoming, engaging, and ecologically sensitive to its context. Serving as a centre for discovery and education, the entrance pavilion is designed as a simple, yet elegant form split in two halves, covered by an expansive cantilevered roof. One half of the structure houses public accessible washrooms, while the other contains administrative spaces that support on-site educational programming.

Read more about the project here

See the full list of OAA Design Excellence Awards Finalists here

DTAH is excited to have co-authored the City of Toronto’s first ever Green Infrastructure Design and Construction Standards! Developed along with our long-time friends and engineering partners at Arup, the standards address significant issues related to stormwater quality and quantity, and climate change.

Green infrastructure is defined by the City of Toronto’s Official Plan as natural and human-made elements that provide ecological and hydrological functions and processes. Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing the impact of wet weather events that provides social, economic, and environmental benefits, by capturing and storing precipitation where it falls.

Examples of green infrastructure include street trees, bioretention planters, rain gardens and permeable pavements that work alongside the City’s traditional infrastructure. Traditional streets are designed to direct stormwater into storm sewer systems, but Green Streets are designed to capture rainwater for plants and trees to grow. Green Streets also act as a natural filter to clean stormwater before it makes its way into local waterways.

In addition to mitigating and preventing the impacts of climate change, such as floods and droughts, green infrastructure also lowers greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, increases tree canopy and shade, increases biodiversity and habitats for animals, and enhances public realm aesthetics.

Read more here

DTAH is hosting a virtual landscape architecture portfolio review session on Thursday, March 17.

Led by experienced landscape architects, this is a great opportunity to work on your interview skills and make a lasting professional connection. Sessions will take place between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on March 17 over Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

To register, please send your contact information, program and year of study to admin@dtah.com.

Spaces are limited; please register by March 11.

This event is open to all students currently enrolled in a landscape architecture program in Canada.

Please join us at DTAH to congratulate and welcome Yvonne Lam as our new Partner, and celebrate the promotion of See-Yin Lim, Chris Veres, Victoria Bell and DJ Lee to new leadership roles within our practice.

Yvonne Lam, Partner

Yvonne brings tremendous energy and expertise to projects at the intersection of landscape and architecture, and is most passionate about complex works where high-quality public realm is integrated with infrastructure. Since joining DTAH in 2006, she has played a pivotal role in many key projects in all areas of our practice including architecture, bridges, urban design, and landscapes. She is adept at both leading and collaborating within multidisciplinary teams and is currently managing the design and delivery of numerous efforts on Toronto’s Central Waterfront including Queens Quay East, a complete street exemplar, and Parliament Slip, an exciting public destination in the heart of the East Bayfront.

By appointing Yvonne as Partner, we recognize her exceptional skills and contributions to the practice that enable DTAH’s continued excellence.

See-Yin Lim, Senior 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 Northcrest’s 1st District at Downsview, and Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project--developing the character and framework for streets and open spaces for these new communities. She is also overseeing the detailed design for Fort McMurray’s Waterfront Park Revitalization, and City of Toronto’s Green Line – Geary Avenue and Macpherson Avenue Park implementation. See-Yin is involved in the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership Program, and is an OALA PDP Reviewer, and volunteer member of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

Chris Veres, Senior Associate

Chris is a landscape architect and urban designer whose work focuses on the design of innovative and memorable spaces that improve the public realm. His work involves all project stages from planning to design and implementation, in both public and private sectors and in conjunction with local communities. His most notable projects include the award-winning Mississauga Reimagining the Mall, the Keele-Finch Plus Study for the City of Toronto, Downsview Park Aerospace Campus Master Plan for Canada Lands Company, and the Lower Don Master Plan and Implementation. Chris is currently leading the Black Creek Community Farm Master Plan Update, a Public Realm Strategy and Streetscape Master Plan for Vaughan Mills Centre, and the Complete Streets Guidelines for the cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Vaughan.

Victoria Bell, Associate

Victoria is a landscape architect and urban designer with experience delivering projects for both public and private clients across Ontario. She works at multiple scales from long-term master planning to construction detailing. Her work explores methods of integrating nature and natural processes into urban experiences, creating places for living and community. She is currently the landscape architect for the Toronto Island Park Master Plan, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Landscape and Public Realm Master Plan, and the highly anticipated King Street West development (formerly Mirvish + Gehry) in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core.

DJ Lee, Associate

Trained in architecture with a specialization in urban design and landscape architecture, DJ has over 30 years of technical and management expertise. He has played a central role in the realization of many of the firms’ corporate, commercial, residential, and park projects, most notably ongoing work at Square One Residential Development, Shopping Centre in Mississauga, the Bank of Canada Head Office Renewal in Ottawa, Concord Park Place and Ethennonnhawahstihnen' Park in North York, and Yonge + Rich Development in downtown Toronto.

See-Yin, Chris, Victoria, and DJ join our existing senior leadership team who, along with our studio, contribute their exceptional skills and thoughtfulness to the practice. We are thankful to our entire team for their ongoing commitment and excellence!

The revitalization and expansion of St. Andrew’s Playground Park at 450 Adelaide St. West is now complete.

DTAH led the design, which included updated amenities and improved programming, and better connectivity to the surrounding area. The expanded park now also includes the former parking lot on the western edge of the site.

The park features mature trees, flower gardens, seating with Catenary lights, picnic tables, a playground, passive areas with lawn, and a dog off-leash area, providing valuable greenspace in Toronto’s Fashion District. The project acts as an important next step in implementing the City of Toronto’s new Downtown Plan and its accompanying Parks and Public Realm Plan.

The historically significant park was the site of the City’s first public playground for children, located next to the site of the former St. Andrew’s Market, a public market hall which was built in 1850 and demolished in 1932.