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.

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.