Since Doors Open Toronto began in 2000, DTAH has been a proud participant in the annual event. This year, we again invite you to visit our office at 50 Park Road, May 25-26 2019 between 10AM-5PM. As part of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Open Studio program, DTAH will also be offering free presentations throughout the day, sharing insights into some of our current projects:
• 11AM, Joe Lobko, Holy Angels Convent - A New Centre for Arts and Culture
• 1PM, Mark Langridge, Enhancing Urban Infrastructure Design - Recent DTAH Bridge Projects
• 3PM, Megan Torza, Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market
• 11:30AM, Peter Fletcher Smith, Traces of History - The First Parliament Project
• 1PM, James Roche, Edgeley Pond and Park
• 3PM, Brent Raymond, Don River Valley - A Different Kind of Park
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 to learn about how DTAH is continuing to shape Toronto, through current and past projects such as the Lower Don Trail, Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto Central Waterfront, Evergreen Brick Works, and Artscape Wychwood Barns. The building and unique site speak directly to DTAH’s design philosophy, which for over four decades has worked to respect, preserve, and enhance the public realm, while celebrating the intersection of built and natural form.