architects and beyond
Committed specifically to the needs of the non-profit sector, the ARK studio engages a close knit team of young Canadian designers to explore and challenge the boundaries of architecture. Beyond traditional disciplines: master planning, architecture, urban and interior design, the ARK team has expanded the limits of design to integrate a wide range of related services including functional program development and spatial needs analysis, branding, signage, wayfinding and graphic design. Licensed to practice across Canada, with Building Code Designation and LEED certification, the ARK team has demonstrated design leadership in Sustainable Design and Universal Accessibility. Building consensus amongst complex stakeholders, engaging diverse community groups and senior communities, and municipal / regional authorities are notable fields of excellence.
research and leadership
Internationally recognized, ARK has demonstrated leadership in the architecture of health and wellness. In September 2013, the Palliative Care Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre was selected by the international design community for a site visit demonstrating Canadian excellence in design. The ARK team conducted tours for over 50 international delegates. Demonstrating leadership at the associated 2013 International Union of Public Health Group Forum (UIA/PHG) and Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Meeting at the IIDEX Conference, ARK was a selected speaker presenting a Paper entitled "INPATIENT.OUTPATIENT.OUTREACH." which comparatively examined the application of ambulatory clinical design in the hospital context. ARK has received numerous accolades and awards including most recently, a 2014 Interior Design Award - Highly Commended for Mount Sinai Hospital Sherman Health + Wellness Centre by the International Academy of Design and Health, the Papers delivered at the 2014 and 2013 Design and World Health Congress in Toronto, Canada and Brisbane Australia respectively, and the 2013 OCAD Urban Ecologies Conference at the AGO. Published frequently, ARK has contributed extensively to the profession of architecture through appointments at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design), Syracuse University, Ryerson University, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Ontario Association of Architects, and the National Certification Architectural Registration Board Program. ARK has been the recipient of several federal research grants for projects which engage community stakeholders to explore critical issues related to wellness and universal accessibility. Demonstrating leadership on the impact of the design environment on the quality of healthcare,
knowledge and experience
Over 50 years in construction creates a knowledge-base of building technology and construction reality. Challenged by the specific financial and scheduling demands of the community wellness sector, ARK has demonstrated an ability to operate creatively within a framework of fiscal responsibility, both in terms of capital construction budgets and long term maintenance costs. Combined strengths in Project Management and Document Coordination are critical fields of excellence that have resulted in long standing working relationships with many municipalities, public bodies, and charitable organizations. We have an excellent track record acting as Prime Consultant, in completing complex phased architectural projects on time and on budget.
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