June, So Far

June has been an eventful month for our team so far. On June 4th, Evelyne Cardinal was officially inducted into the OAQ (Ordre des architects du Québec) .     On June 8th, Toon Dreessen was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.     We invite you to visit our Facebook …

RAIC: Who is, and who isn’t

On April 28, 2016, the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada announced it was changing its designation categories. Starting in a year, only licensed architects can use the term RAIC (and interns can use RAIC (Intern) to reflect the importance of the internship process to the profession). This announcement, in RAIC news was also posted to the …

2016 RAIC Fellows

Each year, The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship in recognition of outstanding achievement. Among 2016’s 41 new Fellows is our very own Toon Dreessen, OAA, AIA, LEED AP. The criteria for Fellowship include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community. …

Urbanism: How Public Transit is Shaping our City

All across Canada, city planners are working towards more livable communities with the goal of providing residents with increasing opportunities for a better quality of life. Public transit plays a major role in shaping where people choose to live, work, and spend time. Businesses and developers are focusing on building in areas close to mass …

Project Spotlight: 360 Lofts

The 360 Lofts Condominium brings sophisticated and contemporary architecture to the urban-Ottawa Byward Market neighbourhood. Located at 360 Cumberland Avenue, between York and George Streets, the 38 unit building is an in-fill construction with a style and unique design that aims to get Ottawa locals excited about architecture. The location of the building provides convenience …

Creating Secure Environments

Every type of building, whether in a commercial, residential, or a secure environment, must meet specific standards to ensure the structure can meet safety requirements and function to the intended program while raising the human spirit through its timeless beauty. One of the more difficult structures to design, from an architectural standpoint, is a secure …

Be an Informed Consumer

Recently, I’ve been involved in a number of conversations on Twitter relating to unhappy buyers of new homes and their dissatisfaction with the design and construction of their investment. Many of these conversations show the frustration homeowners have with Tarion, the body that is supposed to provide the warranty for new home construction in Ontario. …

Architecture as Artistic Expression

Like art, great music and architecture pushes boundaries a little bit at a time. Taking raw materials and putting them together to create something beautiful and interesting. Whether it’s paint and canvas, guitar and piano sounds, or glass and steel, it’s up to the designer or artist to assemble the pieces however they see fit. …

Farrow Dreessen Architects Inc becomes Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc

Building on decades of experience and a spirit of innovation and collaboration, Toon Dreessen is pleased to announce the following evolutionary changes to the firm:  Evelyne Cardinal, Steve Lajeunesse, and Derek Ruddy will join Toon as partners, and the firm will now be known as… Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc A Group of Architects While our commitment to quality, …