a—A is a design practice based in Toronto engaged in the act of city building, providing full architectural services across a wide range of contexts, scales and building types—from schools, galleries and cultural centres, to affordable housing and mixed-use developments, to urban parks and civic precincts. We work with clients and collaborators in Canada, the United States, and Europe. We are designers, researchers and urbanists who care about the city, and take care to create spaces that give meaning and invention to the ways we live and work.
Pickering Library
The Farm
ÏCE at York Centre
Pier 27 Phases 1 & 2
Canadian Chancery Expansion
West Don Lands Blocks 3/4/7
West Block
Escarpment House
Pickering Performing Arts Centre
Don Mills Jamatkhana and Ismaili Community Centre
Junction Point
Fred Kaiser Engineering Building
11 Charlotte
St. James Cathedral Centre
383 Sorauren
West Don Lands Block 8
Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village
Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research Complex
Centre for Civilizations, Cultures & Cities
Harbour Plaza
Pond Road Student Residence
The Grand at Sky View Parc
Ravine House
Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research
Burnt Barns
Thompson Hotel & Residences
Museum of Contemporary Art
Four Seasons Hotel & Residences
Theatre Park
A valuable precedent for Canadian architecture – nodding to history while exploring new ground.
Alex Bozikovic (The Globe and Mail) on 383 Sorauren
The Canary precinct is sophisticated proof (and a quiet rallying cry) that intelligent cities should renew the currency of the well-crafted ‘block’ as the real medium in which we can grow good neighbourhoods.
Jury comment (2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence) on Pan Am/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village | Canary District
A masterful composition of texture and natural light. The delicate building skin adds magic to an otherwise simple and economical building massing. [...] A great contemporary interpretation of Islamic architecture.
Jury comment (2023 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence) on Don Mills Jamatkhana and Isamili Community Centre