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OAA Awards of Design Excellence Finalists

superkül is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted – twice! – in the 2020 Ontario Association of Architects’ Awards of Excellence program. Two of the firm’s residential projects – Woodhouse and What Remains to be Seen – were chosen as part of a select group of 20 finalists. Juried by a panel of design and architecture experts, this prestigious selection of projects will be further refined into a list of 10 winners, to be announced on April 3rd. Read more.

superkül named Designer of the Year!

superkül is delighted to announce that we have been selected as 2020 Designer of the Year by Designlines magazine. The award recognizes the firm’s design acumen, and the accompanying article in Issue No. 1, 2020 of the magazine describes superkül as “a firm with superpowers [that] tackles every type of project with style and grace.” Seven of our projects are featured to illustrate the breadth and quality of our work: “super contemporary and innovative private homes – and cool additions to the city’s public realm.”

A celebration is being held to recognize superkül and other Toronto design luminaries on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), the city’s latest destination for cutting-edge local and international art. Taking place during the city’s vibrant DesignTO Festival, the party is a great opportunity to meet, mix and mingle – as superkül claims its 2020 Designer of the Year title!

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto. Free parking is available across the street.

Firm Leadership Update

superkül is pleased to announce the promotions of Kevin James, Shea Gallagher and Will Elsworthy to the role of Associate. Kevin, Shea and Will join the firm’s leadership team alongside Associate Ian Douglas and Principals Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. Together, this group leads the practice in pursuing and delivering projects to the highest level of design, sustainability and client service. 

A skilled and versatile designer, Kevin has developed a keen ability to manage complex and challenging projects with a particular talent for fostering client relationships. He has led the design of several award-winning single-family residences, and is the lead architect on sustainable housing initiative called Passivhaus on the Laneways. As Associate, Kevin will continue to leverage his unique set of skills and experience in providing leadership to the residential team, and contributing to the design and development of the firm’s institutional portfolio.

Shea joined superkül in 2011 and is the project lead for a number of multi-unit residential and commercial projects including Junction House, Stratus Centre and 421 Roncesvalles. Shea has been instrumental in the practice’s growth as it completes larger and more complex projects. His dedication to technical excellence combined with his attention to detail and strong project management skills have made him a central member of our team and a natural mentor to his junior colleagues. Shea has a particular interest in sustainable design, and we look forward to strengthening his position in this area as he steps into his Associate role.

Will has distinguished himself as an exceptional designer and project manager at superkül. As an advocate for design and technical excellence, Will contributes his expertise to a wide range of projects of all scales across the studio including single family homes, Universal Music Canada and University of Toronto Student Commons. His commitment to innovation in building science and the use of computer technologies is highly valued by the studio. Will is very active in the Toronto architecture and design community including involvement with Design TO.