The joint venture of Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects is a strategic collaboration of creative talent and individual expertise committed to realizing Bridgepoint’s vision for a culture of excellence and wellness. The joint venture provides the Planning Design Compliance Team services in the AFP delivery model and is responsible for the design of the new facility, the City of Toronto site plan approval process, preparation of the output specifications, bid evaluations, and advocacy services through construction. Stantec Architecture is committed to the highest level of architectural excellence and is recognized as an innovator and industry leader in the design of environments for health and wellness. Recent awards include a City of Toronto Urban Design Award, an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, an International Academy for Design and Health Award, a Modern Health Care Design Award, a Design Exchange Award and a Green Toronto Award. KPMB was founded in 1987 by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg. The firm is recognized as one of Canada’s premier architecture practices and is the recipient of over 100 awards for architectural excellence, including 10 Governor General’s Awards and 10 Canadian Architect Awards. The firm has also played a significant role in Toronto’s cultural renaissance, with projects for the Gardiner Museum, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Left to right: Rich Hlava, Sylvia Kim, Lilly Liaukus, Norma Angel, Deanna Brown, Ko Van Klaveren, Nic Green, Stuart Elgie, Michael Moxam, Marian Walsh, Bruce Kuwabara, Mitchell Hall, Judy Taylor, John Peterson, Glenn MacMullin, Kevin Thomas, Jane Wigle.

Patkau Architects is an internationally recognized architectural design studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. There are currently three principals: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau and Michael Cunningham, and three associates: David Shone, Peter Suter and Greg Boothroyd. In over 25 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, Patkau Architects has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients. Projects vary in scale from gallery installations to master planning, from modest houses to major urban libraries. Many projects have involved functional programming, management of detailed public processes, and the design of complex buildings and sites. Comprehensive involvement throughout all phases of the design and construction process has consistently resulted in award-winning projects.

Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in corporate, community and institutional architecture. Since its inception in 1919, RDH is one of the oldest firms in Canada, with an extensive body of work stretching over an 89-year period. Throughout this time, they have been responsible for unique and complex building projects in Canada and abroad. RDH has become known for offering an engaging design process striving for architecture which balances technical innovation with sophisticated design solutions. Recent projects include the Bloor Gladstone Library, the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, the Canadian Chancery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Academic Resource Centre at the University of Toronto, and the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

Michael Barton began his career in the theatre, film and television industries as a director, actor and producer. He has also worked as a media consultant, business manager and social justice activist. Prior to his Master of Architecture Degree from UBC, Michael earned a BA (Honours) degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of London and a Master of Science Degree in Architecture–Advanced Environment and Energy Studies from the University of East London/Centre for Alternative Technology. Michael has previously called the UK, USA and Indonesia home and is currently practicing architecture in Vancouver, where he lives with his wife Mari.

Vivian Chin received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on the territorial boundaries of animal and human occupation. She was the recipient of the Heather M. Reisman Gold Medal in Design in 2008, and also holds a degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto. Vivian is currently working in Toronto with gh3, and previously interned with WORK Architecture Company and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York. Her professional experience has been focused on private and multi-unit residential projects in Canada, the US and Panama, and she has participated in numerous successful international competitions. Vivian has been an invited critic at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. Marie-Gil Blanchette graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from McGill University in 2005, and her curiosity about Swiss architecture led her to live and work in Switzerland for a year. While abroad, she visited several large European cities during which time she experienced the inspired manner in which past and contemporary architecture was linked. Also passionate about water and its architectural possibilities, Marie-Gil decided to pursue both subjects in her thesis research for Watercycle. She received her professional Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2008, and is currently working and living in Montreal.

After earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph, Kevin James spent a year and a half travelling in Japan. Upon his return, he completed a degree in Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, which was followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University. While studying at Dalhousie, Kevin was part of a three-person team that was awarded first place in a national social-housing competition hosted by the Universit de Montral’s LEAP group. Also during this time, Kevin–along with three other students–created an installation entitled Walking the Park, which will soon be published in a book on architectural installations, available through Princeton Architectural Press in 2009. Previously, Kevin worked for award-winning Canadian design firm molo in Vancouver, and is currently employed at RDH Architects in Toronto.