ARIDO Awards 2016

ARIDO Awards 2014


Award-winning Projects

Awards of Excellence
Google Waterloo Phase 1
Interior Designer : Deanna Hayko, ARIDO. Anthony Orasi, ARIDO
Design Firm : previously with B+H Architects
Design Team : Jackie Prawecki, ARIDO. Kristin Maxwell, ARIDO. David Zhou, ARIDO. Jenny Noh, Intern, ARIDO. Douglas Birkenshaw. Mike Taylor. Pete Kitchen
The next generation Google brand is meant to integrate work, rest, food, and fun aspects of Google-life. The Phase 1 solution was to create a new campus environment, in collaboration with local trade and artisan communities, to serve as a landing pad for bright, new engineers. The historic Breithaupt building, located in the Kitchener Waterloo region, was not habitable at the project onset. New floors, central vertical stairs, and elevator core were added to make connecting between buildings easy. The 1905 building was retrofit with full-scope Interior Design, furniture, and Graphic Design services. Unique floor plates tied together the concept of planned randomness to facilitate collaboration zones for flexible thinking. The design team also managed to meet and exceed Google’s acoustic performance metrics as well as LEED v4 requirements, not yet available in Canada.
Mackage Flagship
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi, ARIDO
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Jeremy Mendonca, ARIDO. Michael Del Priore, Intern, ARIDO. Paul Filek. Rene Ng. Daisuke Matsuura. Sally Choi. John Seo. Jacky Ngan. Yoonah Lee. Amir Maddah. Tannaz Torabi
Mackage wanted to encapsulate the luxury and modern sensibility of their collections. Armed with a blank brand canvas, the design drew inspiration from the urban sensibility of a modern ski chalet where the environment became a welcome respite from the busyness of the traditional shopping experience. To differentiate from a traditional store experience, the retailer did not want to display product duplicates on the floor to encourage staff interaction for sizing requests, resulting in a very minimal display of product on the floor. This created an opportunity to incorporate rich visual interest as a contextual backdrop for each product collection, transforming the store environment into an immersive platform for the brand universe where every touchpoint is proprietary to the brand identity, rather than relying solely on visual merchandising to do the storytelling. The interior design had to appeal to both genders as the brand designs collections for both men and women. The resulting androgynous sensibility allowed the space to remain open in concept, while establishing distinctive points of memory around the visually textured environment.
Parkside Student Residence
Interior Designer : Bryan Chartier, ARIDO
Design Firm : Diamond Schmitt Architects
Design Team : Donald Schmitt. Gary Watson. Aleksandra Janus. Stephanie Huss
A 23-storey precast structure that was a hotel in downtown Toronto is now a student residence. Working with - rather than eliminating - the previous architectural character of the building presented both a challenge to integrate the past and present as well as an opportunity to formulate a design dialogue between contrasting styles. The typology of a private student residence is relatively new to this marketplace and the brief called for a design approach to elevate the accommodation and amenities to a level not previously associated with student housing. The reconfigured space features a variety of residential options and offers the kinds of amenities rarely available in student accommodations. By replacing the precast concrete panels on three sides of the second floor volume with glazing, the design creates visual interest by revealing an expansive open student lounge with a bold interior of wood finishes and red accents. Colour is used as a repeating element throughout accent walls, custom millwork, selected furnishings and sound attenuation treatment. These elements extend the versatility of active learning where individual study occurs in upholstered glass boxes next to moveable seating with portable power towers to accommodate flexible group sizes.
Ryerson University Student ServiceHub
Interior Designer : Valerie Gow, ARIDO
Design Firm : Gow Hastings Architects Inc.
Design Team : Jim Burkitt. Allan Banina. Remi Carreiro
The mandate was to transform a 13,000 squarefoot former cafeteria in a 1970s Brutalist building, into a ‘one-stop’ shop for student services to be called the "ServiceHub." As Ryerson’s key administrative interface for students, the ServiceHub needed to set the tone for the University as an open, progressive, and welcoming place and reflect its identity as a dynamic institution at the forefront of post-secondary education in Canada. The updated space also needed to be scalable, functional, and spacious while still encouraging student traffic to efficiently move them through the services offered. The interior renovation therefore challenged the design team to bring student services to life in a unique and creative way that communicates Ryerson’s innovative outlook and to imaginatively transform how the students experience and engage with their university’s crucial resources. The primary challenge was to modernize the space within the constraints of the pre-existing conditions of the 1960s-era interior, which were dated, dark, heavy, and underutilized.
Awards of Merit
100 Broadview
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie, ARIDO
Design Firm : Quadrangle
Design Team : Julie Mroczkowski, ARIDO. Richard Witt. Andrea Spencer
The client wanted to make a bold statement that would demarcate 100 Broadview as a creative hub. Beyond 100 Broadview's virtual invisibility, it was also inaccessible. The at-grade entry denied direct, barrier-free access, forcing entrants to climb a few feet to the "ground floor" or descend a few steps to the lower level. Hallways lacked signage or wayfinding, creating further confusion and discouraging tenancy. In short, the mandate for this design was to upgrade 100 Broadview by recognizing and embracing the building’s potential and history, while infusing it with a contemporary spirit that would transform it into an attractive environment for quality tenants willing to pay a bit more for a well-designed space, a vibrant, neighbourhood hub and a wise investment in the property for the long-term.
40 Oaklands Condominium
Interior Designer : Adriana Mot, ARIDO
Design Firm : Dochia Interior Design
Design Team : Cristina Monaco, Intern, ARIDO
The key design components, from spatial positioning of built-ins and furniture to lighting and finishes, were used to define and address visual and physical boundaries between areas and help create a coherent interior. Purpose as a contemporary value is central, and nothing is there without a reason. The challenge on the main floor was to ensure that, while maintaining a sense of overall flow and spatiality, the living room does not to feel completely merged with the kitchen. This was especially important in achieving a home-like space since in a condominium, a clear separation is often impossible. While analyzing the project, two potential improvement opportunities became apparent that will “make sense” from a cost/value perspective: improving the main entrance elevated platform and reconfiguring the awkward “L” shaped Master-Bath. Overall, function is strategically placed in closely knit zones of interest while finishes, like brushstrokes link everything together in a balanced interior with unique personality and contemporary aesthetics.
Andrews Sherway Gardens
Interior Designer : Bradley Marks, ARIDO. Andrew Gallici, ARIDO
Design Firm : Designstead
Design Team : Jeffrey Wortley
The client requested a New York SoHo vibe, which translated through industrial cues like an open ceiling and concrete style floor. This was juxtaposed with a more traditional design voice of paneled walls, dropped ceilings and herringbone wood floor. Through the store, vintage rugs and tufted leather benches complete the warm look creating inviting moments and ensuring the store is comfortable. The layout is compartmentalized into zones so that the 5500 sf floor plan allows clients to have a more personalized and curated shopping experiences while enabling the retailer to merchandise smaller fashion ‘stories’. Semi-enclosed fitting room ante-rooms offer an intimate experience and allow customers a place to come out and discuss their looks with a sales associate or shopping companion without feeling exposed to the rest of the store. The eveningwear area is shrouded in antique mirror and nestled in the rear of the store providing an intimate ‘shop-in-shop’ for clients to try on garments.
Bank of Montreal First Canadian Place
Interior Designer : Allan Guinan, ARIDO
Design Firm : figure3
Design Team : Andrew Gallici, ARIDO. Bradley Marks, ARIDO, Steve Tsai
Banks today are facing many of the same challenges as “traditional” retailers: fierce competition for share of mind and wallet and, as e-commerce expands, more customers turning to the convenience of online to shop and carry out transactions. In 2008, BMO recognized a need to simplify customer experience. While the Making Money Make Sense® brand initiative resonated with their customers, the physical retail touch point needed to transform to reflect these same principles of simplicity and clarity. As a result, the branch is designed with customer experience in mind. The layout removes physical barriers to increase transparency and compatibility – a direct function of design research identifying a need for clarity in the banking experience.
Bayer
Interior Designer : Karen Bowness, ARIDO. Lindsey Wilson, ARIDO
Design Firm : Gensler Architecture & Design Canada Inc.
Design Team : Michael Machnic. Eileen Moore. Eric Ginsburg
This workplace includes collaborative zones and informal intersection points to allow their user groups to keep the segregation required while allowing cross pollination increasing efficiency. Their innovative new design lowered their workstation panels, increased their conference room glass, increased natural light and introduced brand loyalty to their environment. Bayer’s new space contains a multitude of work spaces including benching, 6x6 workstations, offices, small and large huddle rooms, multiple types of ancillary break out areas and formal meeting rooms. Their new employee cafeteria and outdoor spaces also contributed to employee health and wellbeing. The design team assisted in the branding at the exterior of the building to ensure the Bayer brand is visible to the outside world.
Belmonte Raw
Interior Designer : Joseph Persia, ARIDO
Design Firm : Green Tangerine Design Inc.
Design Team : Nicole Persia
The juice bar needed to not only display and sell the vibrant juices and delicious raw food selections, but also provide an opportunity for customer consultation and education. This is a large component of Belmonte Raw's offerings. Their staff is highly educated and trained on the benefits of juicing and cleansing and provide personalized programs for their clients. An area was required for consultation for cleansing programs, along with a space for providing taste samplings and education to the customer.The space had to not only function well for the client, but have the store appeal to its demographic to maintain sales, as well as create personalized space. Having spent years in Asia learning about the healing properties of foods, the inspiration came from the client's personal collection of travel mementos (which are now on display at the store). The ultimate goal was to have a piece of the client in the space, as if it were her own, personal kitchen.
Brookfield Renewable Gatineau Office
Interior Designer : Micheline Whale, ARIDO. Nick Jackson, ARIDO
Design Firm : 4té inc.
Design Team : Sarah Raymond, ARIDO
Brookfield Renewable were early adopters of open concept, low panel systems, and eliminating closed offices as early as 2002. For the Gatineau Office, perimeter meeting space was replaced with store front glazed meeting space on the interior surrounding the core. The systems furniture panels were further lowered with bin storage incorporated under the work surface in an open shelf. The facility needed to impress potential investors without appearing ostentatious. A commissioned art installation located behind the reception desk loosely represents river systems, one of several renewable resources that Brookfield manages. Brookfield Renewable required an impressive internal stair to not only be part of the tour route for potential investors, but to also provide connectivity between departments that were now separated between floors.
Cabin
Interior Designer : Ashley Rumsey, ARIDO
Design Firm : Mason Studio
Design Team : Stanley Sun, ARIDO. Marti Hawkins, Intern, ARIDO. Kirsty Reid
The sequence of spatial experiences is highly engineered in order to create a distinct narrative. The visitor is greeted by entering an 8’-0” x 8’-0” raw, black, shipping container. This generates immediate awareness of the contextual surroundings. Walking down the narrow corridors of the containers, the walls are clad in finished plywood, further exaggerating the temporary nature of the sales centre and providing an indication of the materiality to come, yet maintaining consideration for the economy for the project budget. In progressing through the narrow corridors highlighting project features, finishes and floor plans, the visitor is finally greeted at the end of the industrial procession by the grand double height and double width model suite. The model suite becomes the destination of the journey. To contrast the plywood surrounding, wide plank oiled oak planks line the floor, walls and ceiling, creating an immediate connection with the quality of materiality, finish and experience of a cabin.
Contemporary Great Room
Interior Designer : Heather Segreti, ARIDO
Design Firm : SEGRETI DESIGN
The client was very specific in that they wanted a unique and different approach taken from the onset. Their criteria was a contemporary Great room that exhibited grandeur and the unexpected! They preferred a neutral gray and white palate with an emphasis on white marble and light coloured walls. Their preference in artwork was something large scale and impressive that was unique and customized. Their tastes stem from a contemporary Miami feeling that they both enjoy. The client was open to ideas and was great to work with because every designer embraces the opportunity to step beyond the comfort zone, so to speak, and do the unexpected, while keeping mindful that, ultimately, good design never ages.
Google Toronto 9 th Floor
Interior Designer : Deanna Hayko, ARIDO. Anthony Orasi, ARIDO
Design Firm : previously with B+H Architects
Design Team : Jackie Prawecki, ARIDO. Jenny Noh, Intern, ARIDO
Although Google’s Toronto Headquarters were completed just a few short years ago, the tech giant’s workforce is expanding at a rapid pace. As the facility neared maximum capacity, the sales team found themselves requiring additional space within the building. A steady increase in client traffic, coupled with a shortage of conference rooms created a need for a floor that would be devoted to meeting and collaboration space. Unlike the other workplace floors, this new one was to have particular focus on the client experience. The design was to be harmonious with the rest of the facility, yet it needed to be distinctly elevated. The aesthetic should be playful – but not trendy. The mood had to be fun and colorful, but with a level of sophistication.
Holt Renfrew
Interior Designer : Julie Chan, ARIDO. Franca Rezza, ARIDO. Vanessa Tantalo, ARIDO
Design Firm : Gensler Architecture & Design Canada Inc.
Design Team : Michael Machnic, Li Zhang
Holt Renfrew’s Head Office is adjacent to its Toronto flagship store location on Bloor Street West, also known as ‘Canada’s Mink Mile’ recognizing the luxury retail brands that line the street. The building has been the home of Holt Renfrew’s offices since the late 1950’s when it was built. It is currently in the process of being repositioned. The visioning process resulted in the design of a 100 percent open office concept, whereas initial program requested over 70 private offices. Their new dedicated workspace is now off limits to anyone other than staff and known as ‘behind the curtain’. Senior leadership, initially slated for private offices, are provided larger workstations that are strategically adjacent to a private meeting room. On the 11th floor, the reception area is adjacent to a meeting area known as the ‘Conference Centre’, organized along a spacious promenade. This promenade is anchored at one end with the boardroom at glazing and with ‘The Apartment’, a luxurious setting for private meetings and press conferences.
Hopson Grace
Interior Designer : Diego Burdi, ARIDO
Design Firm : Burdifilek
Design Team : Jeremy Mendonca, ARIDO. Michael Del Priore, Intern, ARIDO. Paul Filek. Rene Ng. Daisuke Matsuura. Anna Nomerovsky. Anna Jurkiewicz. Anthony Tey
Hopson Grace is armed with a vision to bring people together with beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces as a celebration of life’s special occasions and milestones. To reflect the brand values and aspirations of its founders, a design firm was enlisted to create a signature brand identity for the brand’s launch and first location in Toronto. Occupying the space of a former restaurant tenant in an older building presented many unique challenges. Working with a tight startup budget, the design covered a large scope of custom work for both the interior and exterior, including the restoration and protection of exterior facade and architectural design details.
Hullmark Offices 619 Queen West
Interior Designer : Caroline Robbie, ARIDO
Design Firm : Quadrangle
Design Team : Julie Mroczkowski, ARIDO. Vera Gisarov, ARIDO. Dyonne Fashina, ARIDO. Sylvia Richmond, Intern, ARIDO. Jan Schotte. Kate Boron. Richard Witt
Hullmark purchased the lot in 2011 and wanted to restore the level of fine-grain urban retail to this vibrant stretch. Heritage Toronto and the local councillor wanted a solution that reflected and preserved the heritage elements of the destroyed storefront. The new three-storey building included a steel façade treated with bronze and adorned with die-cut holes that form a pointillism recreation of the heritage building. As a testament to their mandate of restoring older urban sites, and to reflect the changing nature of the business from its start-up ethos to a more mature and confident brand, Hullmark chose to locate their offices on the third storey of this new building. In keeping with Hullmark’s philosophy, the mandate was to keep both the exterior and interior relatively modest but original and to apply strategically minimal resources for maximum impact and value. The style was influenced by the client’s recent business trip to Scandinavia where he was impressed by their minimalist and clean aesthetic.
John Deere Financial
Interior Designer : Kathleen van Brussel, ARIDO
Design Firm : comley van brussel design + management
Design Team : Kimberly MacFarlane, ARIDO. Angelo Gatti
The directive was to effectively combine an environmental-friendly design solution within the parameters of an established budget. To manage the change for staff from the old model, (perimeter offices high-panelled workstations) representatives from all departments participated in a focus group. Results: excitement for an open plan was accompanied with concerns regarding privacy, noise and the ability to focus. Additional discussions surrounding the success of open planning lead to a decision to eliminate all offices, all staff in workstations, becoming the first headquarters to initiate this concept. The search for space landed them a new build in a multi-flex ‘cold-shell’ complex. The open floor plate and 18’ deck with high perimeter windows contributed to and helped establish the overall design direction; a wide open space filled with daylight, neutral finishes throughout with complimentary natural elements.
Kylemore Presentation Centre
Interior Designer : Mike Niven, ARIDO
Design Firm : Mike Niven Interior Design Inc.
Design Team : Glynne Guerrero. Andre Hartono. Margaret Jarvis
The gallery would be used to introduce all of the upcoming projects to the marketplace, regardless of what type of project it was. It had to speak to the identity of the builder, which the group identified key elements referring to quality, sophistication and aesthetically current. The building designed for this function was an attractive commercial building, strategically situated on a major intersection close to the existing corporate office. Single storey in height, it included high ceilings and a large amount of glass designed prior to the conceptualization of the interiors. The client desired to go with a fully electronic presentation, with all marketing to be on flat screens. There was no static marketing material anywhere. There was also to be a flex space to include a changeable show suite with each new project to be launched.
Lake Pavilion
Interior Designer : Wayne Swadron, ARIDO
Design Firm : Wayne Swadron Interiors Ltd.
Design Team : Harrison Pike, Peter Caudle. Nanci Traynor. Ken Szeto. Tina McMullen. Matthew Naylor. Caroline Kiernan
The Lake Pavilion is a unique structure designed to embrace waterfront living to the fullest. Situated completely on a 5,000 sf steel dock, it shares a shoreline with sheer granite cliffs and hemlock forests. The most notable feature of the dock level is the seamless connection between interior and exterior spaces, and the absence of interior walls. Despite the wide open space, the considered placement of furniture that radiates around a central bar results in a surprisingly social atmosphere. Unlike the main level, which is designed to accommodate large groups of friends and family, the upper level is an intimate suite, intended for use by the client’s themselves. The space had to function as a quiet sanctuary, even while the lower level was in full swing. The design team introduced upholstered paneling to all of the walls and doors of the bedroom to this end and clad the ensuite bathroom entirely in a monochromatic limestone. The Lake Pavilion accommodates dining, lounging, sleeping and contemplative uses, all enjoying the views and connections to the incredible setting that surrounds this most special building.
Penguin Random House
Interior Designer : Suzanne Bettencourt, ARIDO
Design Firm : figure3
Design Team : Jamie Gruenwald, ARIDO. Brett Carson, Intern, ARIDO. Alexis Palenstein. Darryl Balaski
With the merger of publishing heavyweights Penguin and Random House, consolidating under a shared vision and roof required reading between the lines. A one hundred percent open office rewrites how people at Penguin Random House work. Gone are the 200+ square foot offices in favour of an open environment conducive not only to working alone, but to working together – on a scale that was impossible when divided by walls and stacks. Celebrating the shared love of literature, the fully open environment is punctuated with nooks and crannies for reading and meetings of all sizes. The new space has changed how people at Penguin Random House work. Instead of being buried beneath stacks of books in private offices, people work amongst their peers in the bright, open office; while shelves upon shelves of custom millwork ensure that beloved books are showcased with intent.
Simons Vancouver
Interior Designer : Andrew Gallici, ARIDO. Bradley Marks, ARIDO
Design Firm : Designstead
Design Team : Melanie Sanderson, ARIDO. Allison Craig. Amanda Chan. Jeffrey Wortley
The large store is broken into smaller departments and “boutiques” that provide intimate shopping experiences for a vast and varied group of shoppers. Designs are intended to appeal to these diverse groups while focusing on the universal Simons principles of approachability and accessibility, style-savvy and detailed design; clever without being trendy or trite. Departments or shops are further subdivided for ease of flow and navigation. Service areas are punctuated through the departments and anchor fitting room clusters. Vancouver’s Park Royal store positions fitting rooms as comfortable and inspired places of engagement. The creation of these inspiring ‘pause points’ within the store showcases fashion-forward displays, comfortable seating areas and art while providing inspiration and reprieve from the stimulating store environment. These areas emit a lifestyle, in tune with departmental shoppers, nodding to a residential and warm ambience through their eclectic juxtaposition of elements and materials.
TD Bank Group Tech Incubator
Interior Designer : Annie Bergeron, ARIDO
Design Firm : Gensler Architecture & Design Canada Inc.
Design Team : Filo Costa, ARIDO. Willem Berends, ARIDO. Michelle Park. Katie Tedham. Kelly Fishman
Challenged to meet strict budget expectations, the design celebrates a raw aesthetic while providing enough spatial variety to invite face-to-face interactions to spark innovation. Essentially one large meeting hub, the space is anchored by two expansive gateways, “the diner” with a unique, sculptural light fixture at the front entrance, and “the garage” at the back entrance. The work environment is comprised of a vast tech talk area, six hackable rooms that can be reconfigured into three generous workspaces, an assortment of tech-supported formal and informal meeting rooms, multiple shared offices, phone rooms and collaborative lounges. These spaces surround a commingling of fixed and reconfigurable individual work settings. The back-of-office area features several amenities including shower rooms, barrier-free washrooms and a wellness room. The vision for the project became clear through a series of explorations with key stakeholders. Encouraged to push the boundaries, the design team successfully achieved the right look and feel, while maintaining the financial firm’s overall brand essence.
TELUS Connected Experience Store TEC
Interior Designer : Andrew Gallici, ARIDO. Bradley Marks, ARIDO
Design Firm : Designstead
Design Team : Sylvia Pontuschka. Jeffrey Wortley
Aptly named the TELUS Connected Experience store, the space encourages shoppers to immerse themselves and learn how their mobile devices enhance their diverse lifestyles. Smart phones take a back seat enabling shoppers to touch, test and play with a specially curated selection of products that, among many things, track fitness results, monitor home and personal security, introduce new cooking methods or achieve the perfect audio experience. In the client’s words, “There’s no doubt that our smartphones are a central part of our lives and how we’re using them changes almost daily – from listening to tunes, to tracking our fitness to monitoring our home – our devices can really enrich our lives. With our new Connected Experience stores we’ve created a playground where customers can touch, test and play with more than 1,000 specially curated products that help enhance their digitally connected life.” “The concept has become our new model for how we engage with our customers at the retail level going forward.”

Judges 2016
  • Donna Dolan   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

    Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
    Donna Dolan is a LEED AP accredited Interior Designer with over 25 years of experience in architectural and interior design work in the educational, residential, industrial and commercial sectors. She is a fully registered member of RAIC, ARIDO and IDC.

    Donna recently joined Kearns Mancini Architects as Director of Interior Architecture after over 16 years at Diamond Schmitt Architects where she worked on a wide variety of award winning projects. Her work has allowed her the opportunity to work with a number of stakeholder groups to refine their needs, translating the outcomes to practical space requirements and implementing final designs that have resulted in highly successful project outcomes.

    Donna is currently working on a number of corporate projects including national design standards for major financial corporations and interior renovations implementing workplace change to facilitate collaboration and innovation.
  • Laura Fyles   LEED, BCIN, ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC

    Academy of Design/RCC Institute of Technology
    Professional Interior Design Leader with an extensive portfolio of Retail, Corporate, Entertainment and Merchandising experience. As an accomplished and experienced team leader, with over 20 years of practical project experience providing integrated value-driven approach to design. Laura is committed to the integrated project team and client objectives, a true comprehensive understanding of the brand, aesthetic and business drivers that give rise to the design.

    Laura’s versatility and well-rounded design approach compliments other team disciplines including Planning, Architectural, Interiors and Environmental Communications.
  • Linda Makins   ARIDO, IDC

    MAKINSACHANGE Creative Environments Inc.
    Linda Makins is a Registered Interior Designer who has practiced design for over 30 years. She is principal owner of MAKINSACHANGE Creative Environments Inc., a boutique design consultancy which specializes in large scale renovations to condominiums buildings as well leasehold improvements to commercial office spaces.

    An honors graduate from Ryerson University, Linda has also studied at University of Manitoba and University of Toronto’s Project Management Program. Linda is registered with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing with a B.C.I.N. Qualification for Large Building Design.

    Multi-talented and detail oriented, Linda has developed space accommodation studies, programming matrixes and executed large scale design projects. She has extensive experience in tender coordination and project management.

    Linda has been a board member of both the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). In both instances, she held the leadership role of VP Finance. Between 2007 and 2009, Linda was President of IDC.
  • Neal Prabhu   M.Arch, OAA, LEED AP, ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC

    nkArchitect
    Neal Prabhu is a Licensed Architect, Registered Interior Designer, Assistant Professor at OCAD University and Co-director of the Toronto based practice nkArchitect. He is devoted to a modernist sensibility of design driven by qualitative aspects of space, proportion, light, materiality, time, and emotion and maintains a passion for design and detailing at the human scale.

    Since nkArchitect’s inception in 2008, the practice has proudly been the subject of over 30 awards, articles, publications, and exhibitions including recognition from The Design Exchange, Canadian Architect, Canadian Interiors, ARIDO, AZURE, Harbourfront Gallery, and The Globe and Mail.
  • Maia Roffey   ARIDO, IDC, LEED, BCIN, NCIDQ

    Black Sheep Interior Design
    Maia Roffey is owner and principal of Black Sheep Interior Design, a full-service residential firm based in Toronto. Maia is a proud graduate of Ryerson School of Interior Design and holds LEED, BCIN, and NCIDQ credentials.

    While her career started in corporate design, Maia quickly transitioned into the boutique residential sphere where she trained under some of the city’s leading design professionals. Prior to launching her own firm in 2013, Maia was Lead Designer at the Lynda Reeves Design Studio and oversaw the construction and furnishing of the 2012 Princess Margaret Lottery Showhome.

    Her work has been showcased at IDS, House & Home magazine, and through news media outlets. She was a regular design expert with the CBC’s Steven & Chris show and continues to make media appearances through a number of channels.
  • Dorothy Stern   CIDA, IDEC, ARIDO, IDC

    Algonquin College
    Dorothy Stern holds a BID (Bachelor of Interior Design) from the University of Manitoba, an MES (Master in Environmental Studies) from York University and an M. Arch. ( Master of Architecture) degree from McGill University. She has practiced as both an interior designer and urban designer prior to becoming a full-time educator, starting her career at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

    She has been a full-time professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario since 1998. In addition to being passionate about the importance of interior design in responsibly shaping our world, chairing the program and teaching numerous courses, she has been instrumental in spearheading Algonquin’s continuous Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accreditation, its transformation from a 3 year diploma program to a 4 year Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) program and most recently, Algonquin’s highly successful Interior Design Bridging Program.

  • Anna Stranks   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

    Principal - Studio A Design Collaborative
    Anna Stranks is Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on Human Centered Design Solutions. Her portfolio of work includes design in national and international markets for corporate, large scale residential, Institutional, and healthcare sectors. In 1998 Anna received ARIDO’s Gold Award for Designer of the Year.

    Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design as well as universal design principals to interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED on behalf of the CAGBC and on Healthy Environments sponsored by Azure Magazine.

    In 2002, Anna was invited by the Merchandise Mart Properties to lead the design of the first GREENLife Exhibit at IIDEX NeoCon. Anna and her team’s efforts successfully helped influenced manufacturers to accelerate their initiatives towards sustainable design principles within their own practice standards and product lines.

    As a registered member of ARIDO and IDC, Anna has held a past role as President of the ARIDO GTA Chapter and has participated on ARIDO’s Continuing Education Committee as a course reviewer. In 2006, She represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a task force to help develop a Masters Program for Interior Designers across North America. Anna was a founding team member of ARTxDesigners Exhibition (AXD).

    After graduating from Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) and recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing, Anna has been a part-time instructor at RSID and is currently an adjunct professor at Humber College School of Applied Technology. She has participated on the RSID Advisory Council from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chair of Strategic Planning and currently participates on the Advisory Board at Humber College.