Innovative and Adventurous.

Progressive and Resourceful.

Creative and Provocative.

aA’s team of 45 architects, designers and technologists provide the full spectrum of services, applied to a scope of practice that ranges from academic and institutional buildings to large-scale mixed-use developments: condominiums and affordable housing, classrooms and research labs, private courtyards and urban streetscapes. aA projects are located all over Canada, the United States, and Europe.

  • Innovative and Adventurous.

    Progressive and Resourceful.

    Creative and Provocative.

    aA’s team of 45 architects, designers and technologists provide the full spectrum of services, applied to a scope of practice that ranges from academic and institutional buildings to large-scale mixed-use developments: condominiums and affordable housing, classrooms and research labs, private courtyards and urban streetscapes. aA projects are located all over Canada, the United States, and Europe.

  • aA is a design-driven studio. We encourage fresh thinking, honest questions and tough decisions. We work collaboratively: every member of a project team – including our client – has a voice. A core team, led by our Principal and one or more Associates, is assigned to each project, to ensure ultimate accountability and responsive day-by-day stewardship of our clients’ goals. Our collaborative approach extends to the composition of our project teams: aA has collaborated with other architects in Canada, the US and Europe; lab and LEED® consultants in the US and Germany; and engineers in cities across Canada. In design as in nature, cross-pollination breeds strength, diversity and innovation.

  • aA believes in the intensity and vitality of cities: each of our buildings and public spaces is a conscious act of city-building. Through each project we articulate a compelling and appropriate response to context, and an urbane response to density that enriches the public realm and the experience of city life. We think at a variety of scales: from individual academic buildings to entire campuses; from private houses to large-scale mixed-use developments; from individual buildings to public spaces that transform an entire precinct. We apply what we learn from one project to the next.

  • aA is committed to the development of efficient, sustainable buildings, for their practical benefits and as a matter of principle. We designed the first sustainable student housing capable of meeting the +40°/-40° climactic extremes of central Canada. Our engineering building in British Columbia operates 45% more efficiently than a conventional academic building. Our affordable housing project in downtown Toronto incorporates a Community Energy System that will power the entire community. Our sustainably designed projects deliver increased systems efficiency; reduced operating costs; increased amenity for users. They show the community that our clients are responsible public citizens.