Francl Architecture has built a strong portfolio of residential, commercial and public works infrastructure projects. A Vancouver-based company, the firm believes in a collaborative design process that creates aesthetically pleasing and functional designs. One such example is its work on The Residences & Shops at West, which is nearing completion in Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek neighborhood.

“Ours is a very broad practice with a variety of project types,” Principal Walter Francl says. “We like to have a diverse mix of projects in our practice because it keeps our work interesting and gives us a broader perspective and insight on how the communities within the city are evolving.”

Architecture ATB is assisting in the design/build of what is anticipated to be the No. 1 educational tourism attraction in northern Alberta: the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. 

The Edmonton, Alberta- based company was founded 25 years ago and offers a breadth of professional services, including architecture, interior design, creative services and technical consulting in engineering and construction. 

The company performs its work for the multi-family, commercial, recreation, arts and culture, community, hospitality, industrial, office space and urban planning markets.

Architecture ATB is one of the largest architectural firms with a staff of more than 65, Principal Brian Bengert says. “We have great retention,” he says. “I was one of the last to join the practice and that was about 15 years ago.”

Endri Poletti has a background most travel buffs would envy. Born in Italy, Poletti’s family immigrated to Canada when he was 10 years old. After finishing school, he went to Israel as part of a design team for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After that, he spent four years in South Korea designing residential and institutional facilities for the U.S. Air Force before returning to Canada to start his own firm. The poor economy in Canada during the mid-1990s led him to take work with other firms in the United States for a few years before he finally returned to Canada and his namesake firm in 2003.

Unique architectural designs – say, with slanted columns or cantilevered façades – wouldn’t be possible without the ingenuity of structural engineering, especially where seismic events have to be taken into account. Glotman Simpson, a structural engineering firm with headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., has been offering innovative solutions to its clients for almost half-a-century, and providing cost-conscious structural engineering services for commercial, institutional, industrial and residential projects.

RAFII Architects Inc. strives to make developers and end-users smile, owner Foad Rafii says. “We like to see them both happy,” he says. “That’s our goal and we work hard towards that.

“RAFII excels at meeting the developer’s budget as closely as possible without sacrificing quality, which makes them smile, while also producing beautiful, quality homes and commercial spaces for the homebuyers and end-users,” he states. “We never claim that we are the best architects.

Celebrating a century of success isn’t something every company gets to do. That is why 2012 is a big milestone for NFOE et associés architectes, a Montreal-based architectural practice. NFOE has become a full-service architectural firm providing clients with creative and innovative design solutions in response to functional and highly technical challenges and requirements.

Rubin and Rotman Associates have designed a great variety of structures for all types of functions and clients. Currently, the architectural firm has two different multifamily residential projects under construction. One is the rehabilitation of a 120-year-old, four-storey solid masonry industrial building in a historic section of downtown Montreal that is being converted to high-end residential lofts and condominiums. The other is a suburban project consisting of three condominium buildings being constructed around a park that is above an underground municipal pumping station.

In geology, strata are a sequence of rock layers. In cooking, strata are a type of layered casseroles. In Burlington, Ontario, however, Strata is a new residential tower of condominiums that layers modern urban design, environmentally sensitive construction and features, as well as healthful-living amenities to attract buyers looking for a luxurious waterfront development in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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