Over 30 years of practice, Peter Clewes has developed a body of work that is shaped by the clarity and functionality of modernism, and which expresses a deep commitment to urbanism and city-building.
His academic work includes the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University, the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto, the Kaiser Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of British Columbia, and the Pond Road Residence at York University – the first green student housing designed for the climate of central Canada.
The first three of these projects involved collaborations with other design practices, in Stuttgart, Boston and Vancouver, respectively. As an architect and a practice leader Peter pursues relationships with compatible firms, believing in the strength and unexpected power of design ideas discovered through collaboration.
He also pursues a multi-unit housing practice that is remarkable for the manner in which it squares the demands of design excellence with the contingencies of the development process, from planning and economics to construction. He sees architecture sponsored by the private sector as the most direct solution to the urgent need of cities to grow sustainably.
Peter is a strong proponent of residential, academic and mixed-use intensification as a means of ensuring the vitality of the urban core. He served for five years on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, and speaks extensively to professional, academic and civic groups across Canada and the US on topics related to design, density and urban renewal.
Adam uses intelligent and sustainable design to improve the quality of individual buildings and the urban fabric, and meet the needs of specific users and the greater community. Adam leads the Integrated Design Team responsible of the 2015 PanAm/Parapan Games Athletes’ Village, which will host over 10,000 athletes and officials in the summer of 2015, before assuming its permanent identity as the Canary District, Toronto’s newest waterfront community. Nearby, Adam led the team for Clear Spirit and The Gooderham, two elements of a three-building series that will insert 1,046 units of housing and 3,150 square meters of commercial space into the historic Distillery District.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and has served as a Guest Critic at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Barbara has amassed over 15 years’ experience in the design and management of some of aA’s most challenging institutional, academic and residential projects. Her precision and scrupulous attention to detail results in the smooth transmission of design concepts into meticulous construction documentation.
Barbara is a resourceful problem-solver and consensus-builder on site, who fosters co-operation within the project team and identifies best value solutions to the client’s strategic, technical and practical objectives. She has managed construction documentation and administration for a broad range of projects, ranging from the Thompson Hotel + Residences, to affordable housing projects for North America’s largest social housing provider, and to the multi-award winning Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto.
A seasoned architect and project manager with more than 25 years experience, Blair specializes in the design and management of high-rise multi-unit developments, recreation centres and entertainment complexes in Canada and the US. Blair led the design team for the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, a new social and cultural anchor in the Bloor-Yorkville shopping and museum district. He is presently serving as Project Architect for ÏCE, the three-tower, 174,658 square meter mixed-use development that is transforming the Rail Lands in Toronto’s new South-Core Financial District. Blair is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
Over a 35-year practice, Gerry has gained a deep understanding of high-performance building envelope design and creative construction technique.
He has investigated the relationship between aesthetics, performance and functionality for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network, the Energy Research Centre at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the BMW North America Training Facility, and the Harvard Art Museum.
Since joining aA in 2012, Gerry has been involved in significant commercial and residential developments in Toronto’s new South Financial Core, and project pursuits for Sick Children’s Hospital, Ryerson University, and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.
Gerry is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He is a Graduate Seminar Leader at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and speaks publicly in Canada and the US on the integration of new building technologies, design and architectural preservation.
Heather serves as design lead for the studio’s most innovative mixed-use and open space projects. Many of these involve urbanistically complex and historically significant sites, including the expansion of the Canadian Chancery in The Hague, the Netherlands; St. James Cathedral Centre; the Block 24 South affordable housing complex at Regent Park; and the George Brown College Student Residence, located on the grounds of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village. Heather also led the design team for aA’s contribution to the “Too Tall?” exhibition at the Harbourfront Centre, as well as the design competition teams for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial, and the Gardiner-Lake Shore Reconfiguration Urban Design Study.
Heather serves as a Guest Critic at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, from which she graduated in 1994.
Javier Viteri is an experienced LEED accredited architect with an impressive international portfolio of commercial, retail and residential design projects in Canada, the United States and Ecuador.
Since joining aA in 2009, Javier has worked on high-profile design competitions for Humbertown and the high profile East Bayfront. Javier is working with Rob Cadeau on condominium projects that include 154 Front Street West, and the well as the landmark Skyview Parc in New York City, which is creating a striking, angular beacon that frames views of the Manhattan skyline. He obtained a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, and holds LEED AP certification.
Luciana Budur has amassed a broad range of institutional, academic and residential development experience over nearly 15 years of professional practice. Luciana is a meticulous and detailed project manager, skills she has brought to bear on projects ranging from the $600 million 90 Harbour mixed use development in Toronto’s new South Financial Core, to the highly sustainable Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.
Luciana holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest, Romania. Her prior professional experience includes the revitalization of the Osgood Hall Law School at York University, and the Automotive Centre of Excellence at UOIT Oshawa.
Nicolas Peters is a key member of aA’s project management team, providing technical drawings, drawing co-ordination and site supervision for some of the firm’s most complex mixed-use projects, including the ÏCE Condominiums, the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, and the award-winning 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village.
Nic holds the equivalent of a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Before launching his architectural career, he trained as a cabinetmaker within the demanding German technical education system, a factor that is reflected in his meticulous attention to detail in drawing and construction at all scales.
Oliver Laumeyer has nearly 15 years' experience as a designer and project manager, combining meticulous attention to technical detail with a comprehensive perspective on the projects he manages.
Oliver's background in residential, hotel and mixed use architecture includes projects in Germany and Canada. His recent work includes the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village/Canary District, the Thompson Hotels and Residences, and ÏCE Condominiums.
Peter Van Rooy
Peter Van Rooy is one of aA’s most broadly knowledgeable Associates, with working and living experience in Canada, the US and the Netherlands, and a deep understanding of architectural history and practice. Peter lends his expertise and judgment at every phase from initial design through the preparation of construction documentation, for aA projects from small-scale, meticulously detailed residential buildings such as Parc and Smart House, to large-scale mixed use developments such as 158 Front Street East.
Pia brings fidelity and precision to design and construction documentation. Pia’s project experience extends over 20 years of practice and includes a diverse range of aA projects, from the Kaiser Engineering and Computer Science Building at UBC, to Murano and Burano, a pair of condominium towers that mark the transition between Toronto’s Bay Street financial district and Bloor Street shopping precinct. Pia is presently guiding Pier 27, a multi-unit residential project that will be a key component in the revitalization of the Central Waterfront.
Before joining architectsAlliance in 2002, Pia managed the design and construction of 10 elementary and secondary schools in Ontario, and was involved in the design of the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls. Pia is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
Rob is an innovative architect with nearly 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of residential and academic buildings in Canada, the US and the Caribbean. Rob specializes in academic, residential and mixed-use projects that insert complex programs onto constrained urban sites. Recent work includes the St. James Cathedral Centre, which provides much-needed administrative space and outreach services for the Anglican Archdiocese of Toronto, and the award-winning Thompson Hotel and Residences, which has helped to transform one of the City’s heritage industrial precincts. Current work includes Skyview Park, a 75,560 square meter residential project in New York City, the Friday Harbour Marina and Resort on Lake Simcoe, and a 50-storey condominium in downtown Toronto.
Rob graduated from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. He has served as a Guest Critic at the Schools of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, U of T, and Penn State University. Rob was a Studio Mentor for the Syllabus Design Program, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Sanja Janjanin has nearly 20 years’ experience in Europe and Canada.
An innovative designer, she has served as Design Architect for several of aA’s most complex academic, institutional and mixed use projects. Many of these have involved the integration of new architectural elements on historically significant sites, such as Clear Spirit and The Gooderham in the Distillery District, and challenging urban brownfields, such as Harbour Plaza and Pier 2 on Toronto’s Central Waterfront.
Sanja is currently working on the redevelopment of the current LCBO corporate headquarters, to create a new 4.6 hectare precinct combining residential, commercial and retail uses, and a new public park on Queen’s Quay East.
Before joining aA, Sanja designed an award-winning regional headquarters for sports giant Puma AG, and designed theatre, gallery and café spaces in Belgrade.
A skilled negotiator with an eye for detail and a penchant for contract administration, Stephen is the Site Architect on many of the firm’s major projects. His skills are best applied on large-scale projects at the critical construction stage, where he works closely with aA’s designers, specialized consultants, contractors and owners to bring the development to realization.
Stephen joined aA in 2002. Educated at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, he brings to the firm more than 25 years of architectural experience, both as a sole practitioner and as a senior architect with other Toronto-based practices. Stephen’s previous experience has included working on a variety of projects ranging from major corporate and institutional work, entertainment and cultural facilities, to social housing and private residential projects. His current work reflects the vibrancy and scope of the aA portfolio.
Elena leads aA’s financial and accounting team, and supports the firm's partners and management in the pursuit of aA's strategic and operational goals. She joined the firm in 2010, bringing more than two decades of financial management experience in the manufacturing and service sectors, where she helped firms maximize profitability and efficiency. She has extensive knowledge of, and experience in financial accounting and analysis, business planning processes, cost improvements, and system implementation. Elena is a Certified Professional Accountant, received a Masters in Business Administration from Laurentian University in 2012, and CGA designation in 2006. She also holds undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and economics.
Mary K. McIntyre
Mary has more than 25 years’ experience in creative sector marketing and communications. A member of aA since 1999, Mary leads the search for new business opportunities and directs communications, brand management and public relations. As a result, aA’s projects regularly appear in publications across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Mary has produced aA exhibitions and video installations at the Harbourfront Centre, the Eric Arthurs Gallery at the Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto, the Cambridge Galleries at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and the Design Exchange, among others. Before joining aA, she spent six years at interiors practice Yabu Pushelberg and assisted in YP’s initial forays into the U.S. fashion and hospitality markets. Mary graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto, followed by postgraduate studies at UofT’s Wycliffe College. She is Exhibitions Chair of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, and maintains a metalsmithing studio in Toronto.