studio

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

Architecture

We work with commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal clients on new buildings, renovations, additions, interiors, façade design, and adaptive reuse.

Interiors

For interior projects, we do space planning, furniture layouts, lighting and acoustic design, accessibility upgrades, custom furniture, fixtures, and finish and colour selections.

Landscape Architecture

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.

Public Realm

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.

Master Plans

We develop master plans for educational campuses, large-scale mixed-use developments, public parks, and streetscapes.

Feasibility Studies

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.

etcetera

We also wear many other hats and offer services such as integrated graphics, public facilitation, and custom furniture and lighting design.

Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, and Mary Tremain founded PLANT in 1994. Since then, we have grown to include a team of Architects, Landscape Architects, designers, and support staff. In 2017, Eric Klaver became the studio’s fourth partner.

We are based in Toronto, but we do work across Canada and Internationally.

We are currently hiring:

Intermediate Architect / Designer

For our office in Downtown Toronto, we are looking for a motivated and dynamic Architect or Architectural Designer who has an in-depth knowledge of the world of design and architecture. You will have the experience and education to demonstrate superior creativity and insight within the parameters of structure and building requirements. You will apply this skill and knowledge in a diverse range of settings to support project goals.

Responsibilities

This person will work closely with all members of the office including both the architecture and landscape architecture teams and will report directly to a partner. The work will include all aspects of a project from schematic design, design development, construction documents, tender, and construction administration. Projects will include multi-unit and single-family residential, commercial, entertainment, institutional, renovations and new construction, public realm, research and experimentation, and custom private commissions. Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage projects from concept through contract administration phases;
  • Develop and prepare concept and design development materials and refine projects under guidance of a senior leader;
  • Prepare presentations for meetings;
  • Develop designs and details with design intent, based on research and resolution of technical and design issues;
  • Perform effective analysis of applicable building codes, by-laws and other regulations and technical documents/reports to which a project may be subject to;
  • Prepare and coordinate designs for permits and other approvals;
  • Manage and coordinate consultants;
  • Assist senior staff in the completion of site visits/ building evaluations and reports.
  • Support the production of supplemental drawings, specifications, and interpretations in response to requests for clarification by contractors/ owners;
  • Responsible for managing own work and ensuring it meets office standards and project deadlines;
  • Prepare architectural drawings using Vectorworks, AutoCAD and other modelling software;
  • Develop strong relationships with clients and internal teams;
  • Other related duties will be assigned as required.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Licensed architect or architectural designer with 5+ years post-graduate professional office experience including coordinating, managing, and working on the design of small and medium-scale projects in restrictive urban settings, and with expertise in the following project types: institutional and commercial buildings, multi-unit housing, single-family residential, entertainment facilities, custom interiors, adaptive reuse projects and renovations;
  • BArch and MArch or foreign equivalent;
  • Project management experience including managing an internal team and project budgets;
  • Demonstrated strong project management and organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects in various stages of development;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a studio environment;
  • Ability to communicate design ideas and work collaboratively in a studio environment;
  • Familiarity with local building codes and authority approval processes;
  • Demonstrated experience in project phases from schematic design, design development, construction documents, tender, and construction administration;
  • A high level of graphic communication skills and spoken and written English;
  • Excellence in the following: traditional hand-drawing skills, technical construction document preparation (drawings and specifications);
  • Comfortable working on the Mac platform and proficient in the use of the following software: AutoCAD, Vectorworks, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Keynote/PowerPoint;
  • Excellent references;
  • Legally allowed to work in Canada;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Term: Permanent, full time.
Salary: based on experience.
Benefits: Dental care, extended health care, life insurance, paid time off.
Work Environment: Full in-office or hybrid
PLANT Architect is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. Our team is built on diversity, equity, and inclusion and we value its members’ backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you require accommodation to participate in our hiring process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to make your needs known in advance.

How to apply


Please send your resume to jobs@branchplant.com

You must include the following when submitting your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • References attesting experience
  • Link to web portfolio, copy of portfolio, or relevant work examples.

We thank all candidates for their interest and time; however, only those who are the most qualified for the role will be contacted.


As we are a multidisciplinary studio, the more skills you have, the better, both digital and traditional. Especially important are the ability to organize your thoughts and your work, and the ability to speak and write clearly in English. Our studio is primarily interested in bridging architecture and landscape, and engages in architecture, landscape projects, and the threshold in between. Candidates must be eager to explore these areas of research. Most importantly, we like to work with well-read, articulate, engaged individuals who enjoy working in a studio atmosphere.

If you are interested, please send a curriculum vitæ and abbreviated electronic portfolio, showing examples of both professional and personal work. No phone calls please. Please send your information to: jobs@branchplant.com.

Updated 2022-03-22