Canadian firms merge to become Architecture 49

A leading group of architecture firms with offices in several regions across Canada have recently emerged as one national firm, as a result of a restructuring and rebranding process.

Architecture49 combines the depth and breadth of the firms Arcop, AE Consultants, North 46, PBK, Smith Carter and WHW Architects. In recent years, all companies had entered into a strategic business relationship with WSP (formerly GENIVAR). 

The firm boasts a 60+ year history and depth of experience in designing complex, high-profile projects in Canada’s urban and community settings and beyond.

“We’re excited about the opportunity of working together to create inspiring spaces that will help our clients elevate the health, social vitality and sustainability of their communities,” says CEO Scott Stirton.

“Recognizing that market conditions are right for us to mobilize together for future opportunities and position ourselves in a nationally competitive marketplace, we’ve organized our national sectors in the six key areas of expertise for which the we have become known,” says Stirton.

The sectors include Sports & Entertainment, Health Care, Science & Technology, Hospitality, Security & Defence, and Transportation.  As importantly, Architecture49 places priority on community impact projects that have been the foundation of the regional legacy firms.

The launch of the new company’s focus and brand coincides this week with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s annual national meetings in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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