DTAH is excited to participate in Doors Open Toronto again this year! Our studio at 50 Park Road is open to the public on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admittance at 4:30 p.m.

We will offer free presentations throughout the day as a part of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Open Studio program. Members from our studio will speak about some of our current projects.

The schedule of presentations:

11:00 a.m. Public Park Design: Creating a Dynamic Public Realm, presented by DTAH Partner James Roche

1:00 p.m. Overlea Bridge Renewal: Aesthetic, Safety & Public Art Enhancements, presented by Partner Mark Langridge

3:00 p.m. Toronto Island Park Master Plan: A Place for Nature and Play, presented by DTAH Senior Associate Victoria Bell

Visitors will get a chance to walk through our studio and learn about its rich architectural history. Completed in 1954, 50 Park Road was designed as the original headquarters for the Ontario Association of Architects. It is critically acclaimed as a landmark modern building in Toronto and unified architects within the province with its high-profile design. Visit the studio to observe how the heritage building has evolved over the years, and experience the working environment of a leading architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design firm.

50 Park Road was our home for over 30 years and is an important part of our firm’s history. This is your last chance to visit us at this location. In June, we are moving to the King-Spadina neighbourhood!

The Urban Design Guidelines for the Town of New Tecumseth are now complete! The guidelines were updated in response to the significant growth the town is experiencing, which is only expected to increase in the coming years. The updated urban design guidelines provide a foundation to guide development, creating a context-sensitive approach to infill, intensification, and redevelopment.

High-quality urban design promotes economic, social, and environmental benefits, and influences how people experience a place as well as how they move around. The guide recommends how to create a more accessible, inviting, and memorable public realm that will promote active lifestyles, foster social interactions, and encourage inclusiveness. The ultimate goal of the guidelines is to create a sustainable, healthy community.

Read more about the project on the Town of New Tecumseth’s website

We are honoured to announce that DTAH Partner Yvonne Lam has been named a 2024 RAIC Fellow for her multidisciplinary contribution to the profession. The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

Yvonne Lam is an architect, landscape architect and urban designer with a keen interest in the intersection of buildings and landscape. She excels in the design and delivery of complex urban projects where high-quality public realm is integrated with civic infrastructure. Since joining DTAH in 2006, Yvonne has played a pivotal role in many key projects across Toronto’s Central Waterfront. She continues to lead and collaborate within large multidisciplinary teams for many ongoing waterfront projects including the design and implementation of Queens Quay East, the second phase of this exemplar “complete street”, and Parliament Slip, an exciting public destination in the heart of the East Bayfront.

Other notable projects include the ground-breaking Toronto Complete Streets Guidelines, as well as acting as project coordinator for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village, where DTAH was a key consultant on the Planning Design and Compliance (PDC) consortium team, charged with overseeing the highly specific program requirements of the Pan-Am Games as well as the subsequent transformation of the Village into a vibrant new Toronto neighbourhood.

Yvonne is also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of professionals. She served as an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and regularly participates as a guest studio critic at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture. She joins DTAH Partners Mark Langridge and Megan Torza as RAIC Fellows. The 2024 Fellows will be inducted at the College of Fellows Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at a convocation ceremony during the 2024 RAIC Conference in Vancouver, BC.

Visit the RAIC website to learn more.

The Scarborough Junction Master Plan recently reached an important step towards transforming an industrial site into a vibrant mixed-use community. The project reached a settlement with the City of Toronto after 3.5 years of negotiation, increasing the height and density of the planned community in south Scarborough. The announcement marks a significant step towards the actualization of the development, which proposes new residential, retail, and public amenities.

The 26-acre site is located at Danforth Road and St. Clair Avenue East and is adjacent to the Scarborough GO station. DTAH is the landscape architect for the project, which adds 4.5 acres of park space, including a large central park, courtyards, mews, and urban squares. The sequence of open spaces aims to foster a healthy and active community by facilitating pedestrian movement and outdoor social interactions.

The new development ties together several established neighborhoods to create a transit-oriented community with convenient access to amenities, services, employment opportunities, and diverse, accessible housing.

The Vaughan Complete Streets Guide was recently approved by City Council!

Complete Streets balance the needs of all road users, creating a cost effective, sustainable and safe design that promotes physical activity and livability.

DTAH led a multidisciplinary team to develop the guide, which provides direction to staff, developers and others on how to incorporate Complete Streets concepts into the planning, design, rehabilitation, and maintenance of new and existing City streets.

DTAH Partner Brent Raymond was recently featured as a guest speaker on the first episode of a new podcast series, From Here to There, by ClimateData.ca. The episode, titled “Adapting Toronto’s Streets,” explores how our transportation corridors can become more resilient to climate change.

Brent discusses Queens Quay as an example of how to reimagine a street for improved climate resiliency. Formerly dominated by motor vehicle traffic, Queens Quay was redesigned to prioritize transit as well as people traveling on foot or by bike. The design also included over 300 trees along this corridor, mitigating the urban heat island effect and improving stormwater absorption. Brent highlights DTAH’s innovative use of a soil cell detail that allowed the trees to fully develop into ecologically productive sizes, rather than remaining stunted in their nursery form. He suggests thinking of “soil not as the thing you compact underneath a roadway and a sidewalk, but as a living system that helps to actually absorb water [to] introduce green infrastructure into the street [and] take the pressure off of the hard engineering approach.”

Brent recently co-authored the City of Toronto Green Infrastructure Design and Construction Standards with Arup, and is currently working with Arup on the Toronto Growing Green Streets Implementation Plan. These projects help further Toronto’s climate resiliency commitments by improving stormwater management, improving air quality, increasing tree canopy and local biodiversity of birds and insects, and enhance public realm aesthetics.

Listen to the full episode

Niagara Falls Exchange will officially open its doors to the public in a free grand opening event on Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have a chance to explore the creative spaces, including artist and woodworking studios, and experience live music and art installations.

Niagara Falls Exchange also includes a large culture and market hall, café and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets, with architecture and landscape architecture by DTAH.

Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, Niagara Falls Exchange will serve as the center for local arts and culture, as well as the new home for the weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market.

Niagara Falls Exchange Open House
Saturday, February 17
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
5943 Sylvia Place, Niagara Falls ON

Learn more

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

We are immensely proud of their contributions and look forward to their continued success as part of our newly expanded leadership team.

Ayako Kitta, Associate Partner

Ayako is a landscape architect with over 20 years of professional experience in North America and Japan. She joined DTAH in 2005 and has exemplified leadership and dedication to her projects and the practice ever since. She has developed extensive experience in a wide range of projects of different scales and complexity from urban public realm designs to neighbourhood master plans, campus plans, healthcare, and waterfronts. She has worked with both private and public sector clients, delivering thoughtful leadership in every phase of the design process from initial concept through to project implementation.

She is currently leading the design and delivery of the final phase of the East Bayfront Dockside Public Realm, as well as the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre for the University of Toronto. Other notable projects include Durham College UOIT, Southbrook Vineyard, Toronto Waterfront WaveDecks and East Bayfront Master Plan.

Ayako is a member of the Mississauga Urban Design Review Panel, and a recipient of the Government of Canada Award, the Garden Club of Toronto Award, and a University of Toronto Fellowship.

Victoria Bell, Senior Associate

Victoria is a landscape architect and urban designer with over 15 years of 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. Her experience across landscape architecture and urban design makes her uniquely placed to deliver high quality, large-scale projects that integrate infrastructure and nature, built forms and landscapes.

Recent projects include the Toronto Island Park Master Plan, the highly anticipated Forma Condos on King Street West (formerly Mirvish + Gehry) in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core, Wascana Centre Master Plan, and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Landscape and Public Realm Master Plan.

Elnaz Sanati, Senior Associate

Elnaz is a landscape architect with over 15 years of experience in North America and the Middle East. Since joining DTAH in 2011, she has distinguished herself as an invaluable team member on several important and transformative streetscape projects in Toronto, most notably the award-winning revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard, the John Street Cultural Corridor, and Willcocks Common at the University of Toronto.

Elnaz is an innovative and critical thinker with a particular interest in the aesthetics and creative communication of landscape architecture. She led the award-winning St. Andrew’s Playground Park, the site of the City’s first public playground, and is currently leading the revitalization of St. James Town West Park and Bluffer’s Park in Toronto. Each park brings a fresh design and new play spaces that better meet the needs of the vibrant and diverse communities they serve and will act as safe and welcoming destinations and inspiring outdoor green spaces.

Elnaz is a sessional studio instructor in Landscape Architecture department of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and a regular guest critic at landscape architectural studio reviews.

Shay Gibson, Associate

Shay is an architect with a decade of experience in all stages of design and construction. He is a skilled manager, often working with large multi-disciplinary teams on complex building projects. A common thread in all his work is the incorporation of sustainable design principles and the commitment to creating positive spaces for neighbourhoods and communities.

Since joining DTAH, Shay has contributed significantly to the design, technical delivery, and management of the Baker Street Development in Guelph, one of only two One Planet Living-endorsed developments in Canada, and is currently working on a number of community-focused projects including the Salvation Army Florence Booth House, as well as improvements to one of the City of Toronto shelters.

Prior to joining DTAH, Shay worked on numerous award-winning private residential projects, as well as integrated park shelters for the City of Brampton and institutional work for McMaster University. Through this work, Shay developed an interest in new architectural materials and sustainable applications of locally sourced construction resources.

Corin Latimer, Associate

Corin is a landscape architect who is dedicated to crafting nature-centric public spaces that serve their community. Her work focuses on how green technologies both old and new can help us create more resilient and joyful urban places.

Corin has a wide range of experience in all phases of design, from public engagement and concept design through detailed design to project implementation. Since joining DTAH, she has contributed to various projects, including the design and development of the new public realm, streetscape and low impact development strategies for the Port Lands Flood Protection project; the transformation of Queens Quay Boulevard East; the public realm vision for the Quayside community; and the activation of Parliament Slip.

Fraser Vanderwel, Associate

Fraser is a landscape architect with experience working on a variety of transit, streetscape, parks, and open space projects across Canada. His work focuses on integrated public realm design and thoughtful solutions for urban infrastructure.

Fraser’s experience in design development, project management, and construction administration is coupled with a strong understanding of visual communication, environmental psychology, and graphic arts.

Fraser has contributed to the design and implementation of several high profile and complex transit projects in Toronto, including the Finch West LRT and Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Fraser has also played a big role in the design and construction of the Jennie Florence Parker Sports Complex in Hamilton, and the award-winning St. Andrew’s Playground Park in downtown Toronto.

Sandy Cappuccitti Baker, Associate

Sandy is a landscape architect and urban designer who has worked on a range of public and private projects across Ontario. Her educational background in both landscape architecture and urban design reflects her keen interest and passion for both natural and built environments. Combining the two disciplines makes her uniquely able to deliver the fundamental requirements necessary for high quality, large-scale projects that integrate infrastructure and nature, built forms and landscapes.

Since joining DTAH in 2016, Sandy has contributed to several park and public realm projects, including Edgeley Pond and Park and Edgeley Strata Park in Vaughan, the Green Line Implementation Plan, and pedestrian enhancements at Western University. She was also integral in the creation of the Toronto Green Infrastructure Design and Construction Standards.

Sandy is currently working on the streetscape design for John Street Corridor Improvements, which will transform this important downtown connector street into a cultural corridor designed to accommodate events and festivals.