Renewal Requires Reinvention

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in In the Media

In early October, Alex Temporale was a guest speaker at the Heritage Canada National Trust Conference in P.E.I. His topic was Learning from Main Street, Renewal Requires Reinvention. An overview of the presentation can be read here.

Humane and Welcoming

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in New Projects



The Torgan Medical Office Building at the new Oakville Hospital on the Halton Health Services site is well underway. The steel frame is largely up for this 4 storey, 80,000 sq.ft. class ‘A’ office building. It will be a state-of-the-art facility at the entrance to the hospital site. Designed in conjunction with MSA Architects the building is destined to be a local landmark. The glass and aluminum cladding with the use of brick and Muskoka granite will create a humane and welcoming building.

McMaster Campus Store: A Thoughtful Intervention

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in New Projects



In order to provide barrier free access to the McMaster University Campus Bookstore at the main entrance, interior walls on North and East side of vestibule were removed to increase the floor area. The existing stairs within the vestibule were removed and a 1/2 wall rolling shutter door was provided for the proposed book return area. The architectural scheme was a modest and thoughtful play of forms meant to integrate within the context of the existing building in a manner that downplayed any form of architectural intervention – a quiet nod to the existing architecture and context.

Photo Credit “ribbon cutting”: Andrew Baulcomb, McMaster Daily News
Photo Credit “building addition”: Cliff Burkett

A Second Office in Toronto

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Office News




Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of North Liberty Village (just around the corner from the Gladstone Hotel), we are pleased to announce the opening of our new Toronto office. This second ATA location will provide an attractive workspace for key staff members who make Toronto their home. It will also provide a convenient place to meet with our growing list of Toronto-based clients. A opening party is in the works – please check back soon.

A New Member of Our Team

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Office News

ATAarchitects_MichaelATA is very pleased to announce that Michael Biljetina, B.Sc., B.Arch., MRAIC, AIA, OAA has joined our architectural team. Michael has broad experience in managing a wide variety of projects, both public and private. He brings additional expertise to the design and management of our Client’s projects. Michael, born and raised in Hamilton brings a local perspective of a growing segment of the firm’s work in the Hamilton/Burlington market. ATA has projects currently underway for the City of Hamilton and McMaster University.

Two New Articles in OAA Perspectives Magazine

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in In the Media


A frequent contributor to industry publications, Alex Temporale wrote two recent articles for OAA Perspectives, the official quarterly journal of the Ontario Association of Architects. The first, titled Back & Forth in Time is a reflection and assessment on 15 trends that Alex predicted would dictate the future direction of the architectural field back in 2000. The second called The Christie Antique Show (A Pop-Up Village) is about Alex’s bi-annual pilgrimage to this “special place that has been part of the culture of thousands of Ontarians for over 25 years.”

Read the Back & Forth in Time article here.

Read the The Christie Antique Show article here.


Banking on History

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in In the Media




ATA’s historic BMO/Anthropologie project was recently featured in Oakville Magazine. Read more about the project here.



Sustainable Design Strategies

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in In the Media

On Thursday February, 6 (from 6:00 – 9:00 pm), Mark Driedger of ATA Architects will be speaking at the Ontario Revit Users Group. The talk, called “Proving your Designs are Sustainable,” will focus on verifying radical sustainable design strategies using Revit, CFD and other tools. For more information, visit the ORUG website.



New Awards – Historic BMO / Anthropologie

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Awards


Heritage Cornerstone Award
ATA received a Heritage Cornerstone Award for its work on the historic BMO building in downtown Oakville. An adaptive reuse project, ATA was involved in the restoration and renovation of this designated historic structure (originally built in 1910 as the Merchants Bank of Canada). ATA’s approach created a balance between heritage conservation and progressive contemporary architecture. Alex Temporale received the award on behalf of ATA at the National Gallery of Canada.

Oakville Livable by Design Award of Excellence
ATA also recieved the Award of Excellence for the exemplary execution of heritage revitalization within downtown Oakville.

Learn more about the project here.

New Award – Bell Gairdner Estate

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Awards


Heritage Mississauga Award of Excellence
ATA Architects recently received the 2013 Cultural Heritage Property Award of Excellence in the category of Adaptive Reuse from Heritage Mississauga for its work on the Bell Gairdner Estate. The award is a recognition of excellence in the preservation and enhancement of a cultural heritage property. Originally constructed in 1937 the sprawling site stretches South from Lakeshore Road in Mississauga, down to the mouth of Joshua Creek and the Lake Ontario shoreline. ATA converted the site into a multifunctional indoor and outdoor wedding space/public park over a 2-year period.

Learn more about the project here.