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Toronto, Canada’s largest city, underwent an unprecedented building boom during the 20th and 21st centuries. From an array of perfectly designed condominiums, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Toronto-Dominion Centre, to iconic historic structures like the Flatiron Building and John Andrews’ CN Tower — which held the title of the world’s tallest free-standing structure for over three decades — Toronto is considered one of the most global and diverse architectural settings in the Western world.

In the early 2000s, Toronto became an alluring site for postmodernist architects such as Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry, who have also contributed to the city’s architectural landscape. Their designs: the Royal Ontario Museum’s extension Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and the Art Gallery of Ontario blend function with aesthetic and create architecture that is far from conventional.

Unsurprisingly, during the last couple of years, the focus of Toronto-based architects has shifted to sustainability and natural materials. Mass timber construction has become the go-to material for mid-rise and high-rise buildings, which include completed projects such as the 80 Atlantic and T3 Bayside, while the city’s environmental goal to achieve net zero by 2040 is already underway. Social housing has also developed into an emerging — and necessary — “architectural trend.” Introducing the concept of the “missing middle,” architects undertake mid-scale residential projects, creating neighborhoods that sit in between the towers and the suburban single-family homes, thus monitoring the density and population sprawling throughout the city.

With so many architecture firms to choose from, it’s challenging for clients to identify the industry leaders that will be an ideal fit for their project needs. Fortunately, Architizer is able to provide guidance on the top design firms in Toronto based on more than a decade of data and industry knowledge.

How are these architecture firms ranked?

The following ranking has been created according to key statistics that demonstrate each firm’s level of architectural excellence. The following metrics have been accumulated to establish each architecture firm’s ranking, in order of priority:

  • The number of A+Awards won (2013 to 2024)
  • The number of A+Awards finalists (2013 to 2024)
  • The number of projects selected as “Project of the Day” (2009 to 2024)
  • The number of projects selected as “Featured Project” (2009 to 2024)
  • The number of projects uploaded to Architizer (2009 to 2024)

Each of these metrics is explained in more detail at the foot of this article. This ranking list will be updated annually, taking into account new achievements of Toronto architecture firms throughout the year.

Without further ado, here are the 25 best architecture firms in Toronto:

25. BLDG Workshop

© BLDG Workshop

© BLDG Workshop

A design firm working primarily with architectural design but easily excited by lots of different stuff.

Some of BLDG Workshop’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped BLDG Workshop achieve 25th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 3
Total Projects 2

24. Odami

© Odami

© Odami

Odami is a Toronto-based design studio offering architectural, interior, and furniture design services. The studio was founded in 2017 by Spanish architect Aránzazu González Bernardo and Canadian designer Michael Norman Fohring.

Focusing primarily on residential and commercial projects, we work closely with clients and craftsmen, ensuring that every detail and need is thoroughly considered and well-executed. Our priority is to deliver thoughtful projects which are timeless, well-crafted, and functional, with a strong aesthetic presence.

For us, this comes through a profound respect for context and the needs of each client, allowing a unique character to emerge in each project. At the same time, our work is also driven by a keen interest in craft and materials.

Some of Odami’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Odami achieve 24th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Finalist 1
Featured Projects 3
Total Projects 4

23. rvtr

© rvtr

© rvtr

RVTR is a design research practice with studios based in Toronto, Ontario and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our work operates across scales to position design as an active agent in continually evolving ecologies. Our projects range from the visioning of the urban future of regional territories, to high performance building design, to prototype-based research in responsive envelope systems and to digitally crafted objects.

These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a systems based approach: one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and that actively leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents to drive new potentials for the work.In order to approach these complex issues, RVTR operates simultaneously as a professional architecture practice and as an academic
and experimental research platform.

Some of rvtr’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped rvtr achieve 23rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
Total Projects 3

22. Yabu Pushelberg

© Evan Dion

© Evan Dion

Yabu Pushelberg is an architecture and design firm headquartered in Canada with offices in the United States. Yabu Pushelberg’s design portfolio includes a variety of architectural projects, such as commercial, hospitality, sport, residential and more.

Some of Yabu Pushelberg’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Yabu Pushelberg achieve 22nd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 4
Total Projects 27

21. dkstudio architects

© dkstudio architects inc.

© dkstudio architects inc.

dkstudio is Toronto based architectural firm specializing projects in luxury retail, corporate interior, and unique contemporary residential designs.

Some of dkstudio architects inc.’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped dkstudio architects inc. achieve 21st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
Featured Projects 2
Total Projects 23

20. PHAEDRUS Studio

© PHAEDRUS Studio

© PHAEDRUS Studio

PHAEDRUS Studio is an award-winning Toronto and New York based design and architecture practice working across and between disciplines to design and create objects, spaces, and architecture.

​Design is a process. Our role as designers is to foster that process through open-minded inquiry and dialogue while seeking to understand the dreams, desires, and values of those we design for. Through playful exploration and guided collaboration, we reveal solutions that could not initially or individually be imagined. Driven by an understanding and passion for art, craft, and technology, we emphasize design solutions that perform over preconceived notions of style. We recognize that performance is relative to a given project’s unique constraints and opportunities and create physical expressions of the ideas and inspirations exposed by the design process.

Some of PHAEDRUS Studio’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped PHAEDRUS Studio achieve 20th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
A+Awards Finalist 1
Featured Projects 2
Total Projects 6

19. Paul Raff Studio

© Paul Raff Studio

© Paul Raff Studio

Paul Raff Studio is a creative practice that incorporated as a full services architecture firm in 2003. Its collaborative environment is dedicated to creative vision of the highest caliber. Based in Toronto, the Studio assists clients locally and internationally to create projects where art becomes life.
The Studio is an internationally recognized leader in sustainable architecture, art, and design.

Each project is uniquely conceived for its particular situation, and advanced with proficient project management to achieve exceptional value and architectural quality. Projects and experience range in scale and scope, including residential, cultural, and commercial architecture, master planning and urban design, environmental and public art, private gardens and special features.

Some of Paul Raff Studio’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Paul Raff Studio achieve 19th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 4
Total Projects 8

18. B+H Architects

© B+H Architects

© B+H Architects

We think globally and act locally. We believe buildings should be timeless and inspiring, yet practical for both their owners and occupants.
We believe in responsible urban planning, sustainable communities, quality infrastructure and systems that enhance social accessibility.
We believe in the power of design to elevate people’s lives and we are committed to doing everything necessary to deliver environments that outperform our clients’ expectations, now and in the future.

Some of B+H Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped B+H Architects achieve 18th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 4
Total Projects 37

17. LGA Architectural Partners

© LGA Architectural Partners

© LGA Architectural Partners

LGA is an award-winning architecture firm with a diversified portfolio. We have been providing architectural services since 1989 and have a current team of 29 architects, including five partners and three associates, and an office manager. Our comprehensive consulting work in public and institutional sectors has proven our ability to find consensus while designing excellent buildings. Our designs celebrate the many ways to live and work.

The challenges unique to each project are an opportunity to innovate, to be inspired and to demonstrate how good design improves people’s lives. We have extensive experience in talking to diverse client groups about their needs and a history of making architecture a rewarding and fulfilling experience. We never lose sight of the context. We know that buildings are part of a bigger picture — socially, environmentally and culturally — and aim to make each design progressive, sensitive and relevant.

Some of LGA Architectural Partners’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped LGA Architectural Partners achieve 17th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Finalist 1
Featured Projects 4
Total Projects 47

16. BDP Quadrangle

© BDP Quadrangle

© BDP Quadrangle

BDP Quadrangle designs for the good of clients and communities. BDP Quadrangle is one of Canada’s leading architecture, design and urbanism practices. Based in Toronto, Canada, our expertise spans designing for the full spectrum of the built environment including mixed-use, residential, workplace, retail, transit, media, education and health. Transcending its growth, the studio’s philosophy has remained the same: to work as a multidisciplinary collective, applying knowledge and expertise to create ambitious projects at every scale.

Some of BDP Quadrangle’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped BDP Quadrangle achieve 16th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
Featured Projects 5
Total Projects 39

15. CORE Architects

© CORE Architects Inc.

© CORE Architects Inc.

CORE Architects is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm based in Toronto, Canada. Since our inception over thirty years ago, we have provided our clients with a complete range of integrated services for the planning, design and creation of built environments

CORE has been responsible for the design of 160 residential projects; 40,000 residential units; the urban-master planning of over 200 million square feet of residential development; numerous private residences; recreational and sports clubs; restaurants; hotels; resorts; offices, and over 1500 retail rollouts.

As responsible professionals, we consider our projects as more than discreet objects. In all our projects, we advocate appropriate densities that make the best use of the site, support mass transit options and provide healthy living environments for people.

Some of CORE Architects Inc.’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped CORE Architects Inc. achieve 15th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 5
Total Projects 17

14. AAmp Studio

© AAmp Studio

© AAmp Studio

AAmp is a BIPOC-led architecture and design studio committed to creating beautiful, informed and transformative experiences. We focus on design at multiple scales, ranging from commercial, cultural and residential architecture, to branding and graphic identity.

We pride ourselves on an innovative, thoughtful, and collaborative approach to design: from initial concept through realization, we work closely with our clients to find creative solutions tailored specifically to their needs. In short, we believe design is a cultural experience that is layered, democratic and fun — so, let’s do it!

Some of AAmp Studio’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped AAmp Studio achieve 14th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 5
Total Projects 18

13. RDH Architects

© RDH Architects

© RDH Architects

RDHA is a Toronto-based studio specializing in architecture for the public realm. Founded in 1919, the firm has a wide-ranging body of work, encompassing corporate headquarters, industrial facilities, academic buildings, transportation facilities, recreation centres, libraries, secure buildings and interiors.

Over the past 15 years we have focused on producing intelligent, concept driven architecture of the highest caliber. The firm now feels and acts like an emerging design studio, while our 100+ year legacy provides a solid backbone of technical and managerial experience.

Consequently we have re-emerged as one of Canada’s most acclaimed design firms, winning more than 70 provincial, national and international awards –most notably four Governor General’s Medals, the 2018 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Architectural Firm Award, and the 2014 RAIC Young Architect Award for design partner Tyler Sharp.

The firm’s name was changed from Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects Inc in 2018.

Some of RDH Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped RDH Architects achieve 13th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
A+Awards Finalist 3
Featured Projects 6
Total Projects 12

12. Altius Architecture

© Altius Architecture, Inc.

© Altius Architecture, Inc.

Altius has continued to move forward towards a complete, holistic and collaborative approach to building. We believe that the best buildings are achieved when architects, engineers, consultants, constructors and clients come together to achieve something greater than the sum of their individual parts. We subscribe to a team approach to building and believe that the confluence of architecture, structure, mechanical systems and building technology must meet at the commencement of the design process in order to successfully meet the needs of our clients, their budgets and respond to our modern times.We have established close relationships and continue to share knowledge with the best consultants available to us in the fields of structural, mechanical and sustainable systems design.

Some of Altius Architecture’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Altius Architecture achieve 12th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 6
Total Projects 24

11. PLANT Architect

© Steven Evans Photography

© Steven Evans Photography

PLANT Architect is an award-winning practice that branches into the domains of architecture, landscape, and design. Our studio operates across spatial scales and disciplinary borders to reveal a site’s potential, distill client-needs into a clear design vision, and create timeless spaces that heighten one’s experience of a site, city, building, or natural landscape.

We specialize in institutional, commercial, and residential architecture and landscape architecture, interiors, urban infrastructure, feasibility studies, and master planning. We also offer a broad range of value-added services that include furniture and lighting design, public facilitation, and integrated graphics. Our interdisciplinary design approach allows us to build important connections between people, places, and ideas, and it remains central to our firm’s ongoing commitment to public engagement.

Some of PLANT Architect Inc.’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped PLANT Architect Inc. achieve 11th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Finalist 3
Featured Projects 4
Total Projects 40

10. Moriyama Teshima Architects

© Moriyama Teshima Architects

© Moriyama Teshima Architects

Moriyama Teshima Architects (MTA) is a team of architects, planners, and designers, collaborating with visionary clients to build inspiring and enduring spaces that transform communities and reinforce civic identity.

The office offers services in architecture, master planning and urban design, interior design and program development. Our extensive portfolio of Canadian and international projects comprises museums and art galleries, university buildings, schools, corporate and government headquarters, recreational facilities, libraries, restoration and renovation projects, and urban/campus planning.

Under the leadership of Partners Jason Moriyama, Diarmuid Nash, Carol Phillips, Brian Rudy, Ronen Bauer, and Emmanuelle van Rutten, MTA has cultivated a dynamic team of young, innovative designers around a long-standing core of design traditions that continue to define the practice.

Some of Moriyama Teshima Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Moriyama Teshima Architects achieve 10th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
A+Awards Finalist 1
Featured Projects 7
Total Projects 27

9. Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

© Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

© Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio committed to creating thoughtful projects that embody sustainable approaches. Led by fourth-generation architect Heather Dubbeldam, the studio has garnered acclaim for its forward-thinking approach, design research endeavours, and dedication to crafting sustainable environments. They are recognized as one of Canada’s leading architecture practices for their commitment to architectural excellence and dedication to social responsibility through advocacy.

Dubbeldam’s work exemplifies bold design and meticulous craftsmanship. With a diverse portfolio incorporating a wide range of project types, their work ranges from homes, multi-unit residential projects, workspaces, hospitality, and mixed-use buildings to landscape design and architectural installations.

Some of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Dubbeldam Architecture + Design achieve 9th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 4
Featured Projects 9
Total Projects 19

8. Teeple Architects

© Teeple Architects Inc.

© Teeple Architects Inc.

Teeple Architects shapes buildings through an open and collaborative process. Founded in 1989, our practice integrates sustainability and technical expertise with formal exploration to create buildings that are representative of the communities they serve. Our Toronto and Vancouver studios draw on the collective skills and expertise of a diverse and talented team of design professionals. Under the leadership of Principals Stephen Teeple (Founder), Chris Radigan (Emeritus), Myles Craig, Tomer Diamant, Avery Guthrie, Richard Lai and Wes Wilson, we work with discipline and imaginations to shape ideas into places that bring aspirations to life.

Some of Teeple Architects Inc.’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Teeple Architects Inc. achieve 8th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
Featured Projects 10
Total Projects 24

7. Diamond Schmitt

© Stephane Brugger

© Stephane Brugger

Diamond Schmitt is a global architecture firm designing transformative, purpose-driven, and highly sustainable buildings from its four studios located in Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Calgary. Creating innovative design solutions while drawing inspiration from each site’s surrounding community, architectural, and historical contexts, Diamond Schmitt’s visionary designs can be found in more than 50 cities around the world.

Some of Diamond Schmitt’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Diamond Schmitt achieve 7th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
A+Awards Finalist 4
Featured Projects 8
Total Projects 35

6. Akb Architects

© Akb Architects

© Akb Architects

Founded in 2004, Akb Architects is the Toronto-based architecture studio of Robert Kastelic and Kelly Buffey, architects dedicated to the practice and art of building. The quest to capture the poetic and ineffable qualities of space manifests in Akb’s design process, which prioritizes a clarity of vision, attention to detail, and a rigorous commitment to conceptual intent. The work of the studio benefits from Robert and Kelly’s extensive training in both architecture and interior design; a comprehensive strategy results in buildings of exceptional resolution and an uncommon level of refinement.

A unified and holistic approach to interior and exterior space merges building and landscape into a seamless experience, transforming the ephemeral into the tactile. Elements of volume, light, proportion and materiality are orchestrated to resonate and respond to each project’s unique site, context and program.

Some of Akb Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Akb Architects achieve 6th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
A+Awards Finalist 3
Featured Projects 12
Total Projects 16

5. Hariri Pontarini Architects

© Hariri Pontarini Architects

© Hariri Pontarini Architects

Established in 1994, Hariri Pontarini Architects, is a leading Canadian full-service architectural practice known for creating modern landmarks such as the award-winning Bahá’í Temple for South America, the acclaimed McKinsey & Company headquarters in Toronto, the international competition-winning Ivey School of Business and the Governor General’s Medal-winning Schulich School of Business. Founded by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini, the firm has delivered a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects, libraries, schools and academic buildings. Hariri Pontarini Architects has become known for designing projects of exceptional quality, with a strong conceptual basis derived from the specific needs and aspirations of each client.

Some of Hariri Pontarini Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Hariri Pontarini Architects achieve 5th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 5
A+Awards Finalist 3
Featured Projects 8
Total Projects 19

4. Atelier RZLBD

© Atelier RZLBD

© Atelier RZLBD

Atelier RZLBD is a boutique art and architecture practice based in Toronto founded by architect Reza Aliabadi (OAA, MRAIC); whose work extends to designing buildings and objects, curating installations and expositions, and publishing a zine called rzlbdPOST. The practice is not just an ordinary operation that serves, rather like a positive virus, it contributes, communicates, challenges, and adapts itself to the needs of each project and its context.

Our work has been distinguished with numerous accolades including the Architecture Master Prize (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), American Architecture Prize (2017) and Ontario Association of Architects Awards (2009, 2011); exhibited in many venues.

Some of Atelier RZLBD’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Atelier RZLBD achieve 4th place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

Featured Projects 14
Total Projects 25

3. MJMA Architecture & Design

© MJMA Architecture & Design

© MJMA Architecture & Design

MJMA is a Toronto, Canada-based design practice of 60+ designers and architects. MJMA has evolved from a 30 year strong legacy of making community buildings, to building communities—in towns and cities, on campuses, within organizations and across playing fields. Our increasingly diverse portfolio speaks to an innovation culture at MJMA that drives all our designs. This spirit of innovation, cultivated with clients who are enthusiastic about creating meaningful architecture that positively contributes to the built environment, has resulted in more than 75+ national awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and 2016 RAIC Architectural Firm Award.

Some of MJMA Architecture & Design’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped MJMA Architecture & Design achieve 3rd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
Featured Projects 14
Total Projects 35

2. KPMB Architects

© KPMB Architects

© KPMB Architects

For more than three decades, KPMB has evolved in response to a changing world and worked to change it for the better. Established in 1987, KPMB is an internationally recognized architectural practice based in Canada. Our wide-ranging work has earned over 400 respected awards, including 18 Governor General’s Medals, Canada’s highest honor.

Our founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg, have all received the Order of Canada for their personal achievements and for KPMB’s collective contributions to improving people’s lives through the built environment. In 2021, we expanded our leadership team, including the naming of seven new partners: Kevin Bridgman, Steven Casey, Phyllis Crawford, Andrew Dyke, Mitchell Hall, Paulo Rocha and Bruno Weber. As a full-service practice, we provide expertise in building design, interior design, master planning, workplace strategy, project management, stakeholder engagement and sustainable design.

Some of KPMB Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped KPMB Architects achieve 2nd place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 1
A+Awards Finalist 4
Featured Projects 19
Total Projects 67

1. Omar Gandhi Architects

© Omar Gandhi Architects

© Omar Gandhi Architects

Omar Gandhi Architect is a Canadian architecture practice with small studios in both Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. Specializing in custom, modern design, OG works to connect with each and every client on a personal level, designing with careful consideration for the lives that will be lived within the finished product.

Some of Omar Gandhi Architects’s most prominent projects include:

The following statistics helped Omar Gandhi Architects achieve 1st place in the 25 Best Architecture Firms in Toronto:

A+Awards Winner 2
A+Awards Finalist 1
Featured Projects 24
Total Projects 29

Why Should I Trust Architizer’s Ranking?

With more than 30,000 architecture firms and over 130,000 projects within its database, Architizer is proud to host the world’s largest online community of architects and building product manufacturers. Its celebrated A+Awards program is also the largest celebration of architecture and building products, with more than 400 jurors and hundreds of thousands of public votes helping to recognize the world’s best architecture each year.

Architizer also powers firm directories for a number of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Chapters nationwide, including the official directory of architecture firms for AIA New York.

An example of a project page on Architizer with Project Award Badges highlighted

A Guide to Project Awards

The blue “+” badge denotes that a project has won a prestigious A+Award as described above. Hovering over the badge reveals details of the award, including award category, year, and whether the project won the jury or popular choice award.

The orange Project of the Day and yellow Featured Project badges are awarded by Architizer’s Editorial team, and are selected based on a number of factors. The following factors increase a project’s likelihood of being featured or awarded Project of the Day status:

  • Project completed within the last 3 years
  • A well written, concise project description of at least 3 paragraphs
  • Architectural design with a high level of both functional and aesthetic value
  • High quality, in focus photographs
  • At least 8 photographs of both the interior and exterior of the building
  • Inclusion of architectural drawings and renderings
  • Inclusion of construction photographs

There are 7 Projects of the Day each week and a further 31 Featured Projects. Each Project of the Day is published on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Stories, while each Featured Project is published on Facebook. Each Project of the Day also features in Architizer’s Weekly Projects Newsletter and shared with 170,000 subscribers.

 


 

We’re constantly look for the world’s best architects to join our community. If you would like to understand more about this ranking list and learn how your firm can achieve a presence on it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at editorial@architizer.com.

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