New Awards – Alderlea Restoration Project

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Awards


Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals – Case Study Award
ATA Architects was the proud recipient of yet another award from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) for its work on the Alderlea Due Diligence and Adaptive Reuse and Business Case Study. The Alderlea estate, a heritage property dating back to approximately 1865, is located in the Historic Four Corners of Brampton. The city wished to restore the building and its grounds to its former grandeur while making it a viable, self-sustaining facility. ATA was retained to undertake a two-phase study. The first phase consisted of a detailed analysis of the existing structures and recommendations regarding short-term remedial action and a quote for the full restoration of the site. The second phase established the best use of the building in consultation with the City of Brampton stakeholders and the public. Alex Temporale, Principal at ATA, accepted the award at the joint Heritage Canada/CAHP conference in Ottawa.

Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals – Heritage Planning Award
Alex Temporale also received an Award of Merit from CAHP in Heritage Planning for the Alderlea Estate Adaptive Reuse Report. Jury members were picked from the CAHP membership as well as from the cultural and urban community.

Learn more about the project here.

Energy Saver

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in In the Media

ATA_AzaResidence2ATA recently attended the open house for a new building we designed in conjunction with Ryerson University, the National Research Council of Canada and Autodesk. Located in Smithville, Ontario, the dwelling was designed to be as much a machine as an architectural stucture. And, from the swept delta form to the innovative battery in the basement, it was also designed to save energy.  The process used to develop the Aza house provided a glimpse into the future. Using simulations and fluid modelling systems in conjunction with Building Information Modelling, ATA was able to get a better idea of how the building would perform in real world conditions. The end result – a sustainable, forward-thinking and  aesthetically pleasing architectural structure – was enthusiastically received by all in attendance.

New Award – Unipetro

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Awards

awards_uniATA Architects is proud to announce that it was presented with the Citation for Most Promising Project in the 2012 Brampton Urban Design Awards for its Unipetro project. Located at the intersection of Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue in Brampton, this 24-acre development includes a gas bar and a green office building. Although the structures have an aggressive contemporary aesthetic that is reflective of the “Googie” architecture of the 1950s automotive culture, the design is intended to have a human scale and be a welcome oasis to the public.  Principal Alex Temporale and Associate Fernando Lima attended the reception at the Rose Theatre in Brampton to receive the award, which acknowledges “the creativity and excellence of the individuals, organizations and firms that strive to make Brampton a great place to live, work and play.”

Read more about the project.

Azure Commercial Block

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in New Projects


The Town of Grimsby is seeking to develop a one-acre site near the QEW. ATA’s unique proposal design is for a 60,000-square-foot building that houses commercial space at ground level and 4 storeys of residential space above. This distinct structure creates a bold statement by juxtaposing striking dark elements with lighter ones. As for the residential units, they are angled in such a way as to give residents a lakefront view. The end result is a viable mixed-use centre that proves beneficial to the retail stores and the tenants.

Downtown Toronto Revitalization Project

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in New Projects


Formerly the Metropolitan Building Materials yard, this downtown Toronto site – at 354 Pape Avenue – is being completely revitalized. Proposed as a mixed-use property by ATA, the building’s design features one storey of retail at ground level, a second floor of artist studios and 60 additional units occupying the higher levels. A playful pattern of coloured glass and a wall of creeping plants (which extend up the building) provide visual interest and intrigue to the structure. The Pape project is well underway and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on developments.

Mark Driedger Featured in Construction Canada

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in In the Media

ATA_wall_assemblies-article2Mark Driedger (Senior Architect at ATA) recently had an article published in Construction Canada, the national magazine for design/construction professionals. The feature delved into the need to develop an objective database for wall assembly performance. As Mark explains, ATA met this need by creating an innovative system that “allows design professionals to make informed decisions regarding wall type use at the start of the drawing process.” To read the full article, click here.

ATA’s Restoration of the Bell Gairdner Estate Well under Way

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in New Projects


The Bell Gairdner Estate, a Mississauga heritage landmark originally built back in 1938, was in dire need of restoration. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, the city decided to convert the building and surrounding lands into a public park. When it came time to select a firm to lead the retrofit, the City of Mississauga chose ATA for its extensive experience with similar projects, including the recent rehabilitation of the historic Merchant’s Bank. ATA’s winning proposal ensured that the grounds would be suitable for various events (see rendering above). Restoration to the original structure has already begun with excitement building for the grand opening slated for summer 2013.

New Joint Venture with ATA Selected by Halton Health Services

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in New Projects


Halton Health Services has chosen ATA (as part of an architectural joint venture with Montgomery Sisam Architects, The Torgan Group and MPI Group) to design, finance, construct and operate a new medical office building. This state-of-the-art facility (at 80,000 square feet) will be located at the entrance to the Oakville Hospital (which is currently under construction). Designed to LEED Silver standards, the medical building will include a living green wall, light harvesting, a two-storey atrium, and a rooftop lounge for doctors.

Ryerson University Partners with ATA

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in In the Media


Students at Ryerson University recently joined forces with ATA Architects Inc. to create a sustainable energy strategy for Hearth House (located in Smithville, Ontario). To find out more about this innovative project, read the article in Construction Canada.

ATA Honoured in Interior Design Magazine’s Best of 2012 Awards

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 in Awards
ATA Honoured in Interior Design Magazine’s Best of 2012 Awards

On November 29, 2012, over 800 people from the design community (designers and manufacturers) gathered at the state-of-the-art auditorium and event space at 200 West Street in New York City to celebrate the best projects and products of 2012 as selected by Interior Design magazine. ATA’s Don Montgomery Community Centre was selected from over 550 project submissions as a Best of Year Project Design honouree by Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen and a jury of design leaders.