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.
SATURDAY, May 28
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.