We are PLANT. We are architects and landscape architects and we make personal and public spaces for people like you.
We’ve been doing this for twenty-five years. We’ve done a lot of beautiful, weird, and interesting things, and we bring that knowledge to every new project. Including yours.
Research and critical thinking are fundamental to the way we work. We use our love of debate and iteration to create projects with a strong cultural-historical grounding, a sensitivity to the nature of individual sites, and a deep interest in how people live in and experience space.
We call ourselves PLANT because, like a plant, we have a deep-rooted connection to the environment and a strong sense of place. Like the other kind of plant, we also make things; we value process, craft, and construction. Sometimes we like to plant things – like ideas in people’s minds, or unexpectedly delightful moments in a place – and of course beautiful flora in landscapes.
design that listens
We come from different disciplinary backgrounds and we challenge each other to explore design problems from many perspectives. When we begin a project, we research, investigate, experiment, and sometimes debate like crazy. We take no aspect of the design as a given; we question everything, and commit ourselves to pursuing the questions until a hard-won consensus is reached. As a result, our design solutions are strong, flexible, and responsive to the needs of many different types of people.
design that lasts
Though our work is unquestionably contemporary, it delves deeper than simply following the latest trend. We ground our designs in a deep reading of the cultural, physical, and historical context of the place and community, and develop our projects with precision and careful consideration of details to ensure they stand the test of time.
design for public good
We are committed to building communities – one living space, one workplace, one public space at a time. Whether our clients are individuals or large organizations, we find opportunities to fulfil their requirements while also contributing to the public good. We create spaces that inspire cultural discovery, promote intellectual inquiry, value contemplation, and are there for people to enjoy and engage with. We use resources wisely, and value stewardship of our shared environment.
design at any scale
We understand that the small details are just as important as the big vision. The design of a chair can have as much impact on someone’s life as the design of a building or a major urban square. We get excited about how both big and small things are made, and how small details can affect people’s experience in big ways.
what we do
We work with commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal clients on new buildings, renovations, additions, interiors, façade design, and adaptive reuse.
For interior projects, we do space planning, furniture layouts, lighting and acoustic design, accessibility upgrades, custom furniture, fixtures, and finish and colour selections.
We work in both the public and private realms on projects as diverse as community parks, town squares, plazas, memorials, streetscapes, landscape restorations, green roofs, residential gardens, and commercial and institutional landscapes. On public projects, our scope often involves community consultation, public art, accessibility enhancements, and custom detail design.
We work with municipalities to develop and improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, trails, bridges and streetscapes. Public realm projects involve coordinating between municipal departments and other stakeholders such as transportation services, planning and development, utility companies, and conservation authorities.
We develop master plans for educational campuses, large-scale mixed-use developments, public parks, and streetscapes.
We conduct feasibility studies assessing technical, economic, legal, and cultural opportunities and constraints for architecture, landscape architecture, and infrastructure.
Art & Installations
Sometimes we just need to scratch an intellectual itch, get down and dirty, have fun and make something. We take pleasure in testing our ideas by building them, and we believe that well-crafted, beautiful objects and places have enduring resonance.
We also wear many other hats and offer services such as integrated graphics, public facilitation, and custom furniture and lighting design.