People

Led by Peter Clewes, one of Canada’s leading voices in the built environment, our team comes from a cross section of diverse cultures and design disciplines—bringing a richness of experience, expertise, and local as well as global perspectives to every project.

Adam is a founding member of a–A who uses intelligent and sustainable design to enrich the urban fabric and address the needs of individuals, families and the communities they live In
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Barbara has nearly 25 years’ experience in the design and management of complex residential, institutional, and academic projects in Canada and the US. Her attention to detail facilitates a smooth transmission of design concepts into meticulous construction.
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Bharti has a technical understanding of the built form, and lends her expertise to the solution of complex building issues at every stage of design and construction. She is passionate about attention to detail in the service of architectural excellence and the delivery of buildings of exceptional construction quality.
Blair Robinson is a seasoned architect and project manager with three decades of experience in the design and management of high-rise multi-unit residential and commercial developments, recreation centres and entertainment complexes in Canada and the US.
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Elena leads a–A’s financial and accounting team, and supports the firm's partners and management in the pursuit of a–A's strategic and operational goals.
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Elizabeth is a LEED accredited architect, licensed in Canada and the United States. She is engaged in professional practice as well as academic teaching at the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
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Over a four-decade practice, Gerry has developed an encyclopedic understanding of high-performance building envelope design and creative construction techniques. He has examined the relationship between design aesthetics, building performance and operational function on such projects as the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network, the BMW North America Training Facility, an addition to the McOdrum Library at Carleton University, the Harvard Art Museum, and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
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Helen is a designer with a unique multidisciplinary practice and perspective. Following undergraduate studies in architecture at Carleton University, illustration design at Sheridan College and photography at OCAD University, Helen received her Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association in London UK, with a specialization in housing and urbanism.
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Javier Viteri is an experienced LEED accredited architect who has worked on commercial, retail and residential design projects in Canada, the United States and Ecuador.
Jon is an architect and educator whose professional practice and research interests explore complex programmatic mixes in urban contexts, analysing issues of typology, publicness, morphology, and financial imperatives influencing the built environment. His design work seeks resolutions to sustainable design using contemporary materials and technology.
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Luciana has amassed a broad range of institutional, academic and residential development experience over nearly 20 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 Harbour Plaza, a mixed use development in Toronto’s new South Financial Core, to the highly sustainable Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.
Mary has more than 25 years’ experience in creative sector marketing and communications. A member of a—A since 1999, Mary leads the search for new business opportunities and directs communications, brand management and public relations.
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Michael has three decades' experience in the design and construction of academic buildings and research labs, high-rise commercial and condominium towers, public housing, and mixed-use development projects in Canada and southern California. He is currently overseeing the renovation of spa and guest amenity space at Toronto’s St. Regis Hotel, and is project architect for the 86-storey, 1,106-unit YSL Condominium, in collaboration with KPF Architects.
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Nicolas is a key member of a—A’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.
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As Managing Partner and Design Director, Peter Clewes is the senior client contact and Design Director for all a–A projects. Over 40 years of practice, he has created a body of work shaped by the clarity, simplicity and functionality of modern architecture, and by a steadfast commitment to urbanism and city-building.
Peter Van Rooy is one of a—A’s most broadly knowledgeable Associates, with working and living experience in Canada, the US and the Netherlands, and an understanding of architectural history and practice.
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Pia’s project experience extends over 30 years of practice and includes a diverse range of a–A 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.
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Rob is an innovative architect who believes that clear conceptual design must appeal to the imagination as well as the intellect. Rob has nearly 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of residential, hotel and mixed buildings in Canada, the US and the Caribbean – projects with complex programs, stringent budgets and tightly controlled schedules.
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Sanja has 20 years’ experience in Europe and Canada, thinking creatively at the scale of urban precincts and intimate personal spaces. An innovative designer, she has served as Design Architect for several of a–A’s most complex academic, institutional and mixed-use projects.
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An expert negotiator with an eye for detail and a penchant for contract administration, Stephen is the Site Architect on many of the firm’s major works. His skills are best applied on large-scale projects at the critical construction stage, where he works closely with a–A’s designers, specialized consultants, contractors and owners to bring the development to realization.
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