Paul Dowsett  Principal Architect, Co-founder  OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, CanPHI Passive House Planner, Congress for The New Urbanism Advocate  paul@sustainable.to   Paul Dowsett is the founding Principal Architect at Sustainable. With more than three decades of local and international residential, institutional, and commercial sustainable design and project management experience, Paul is uniquely qualified to lead a highly collaborative design team for projects of diverse scales, types, and complexities. At the core of Paul’s philosophy and practice is the belief that design and construction solutions should be simple, sensitive, and sustainable.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    I would like to see more adaptive reuse, deep green retrofit projects, with a strong social purpose, like the Egale Centre. These projects must work towards negative carbon emissions (carbon sequestration) through the construction and operation life cycles of the buildings.

Paul Dowsett
Principal Architect, Co-founder

OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, CanPHI Passive House Planner,
Congress for The New Urbanism Advocate
paul@sustainable.to

Paul Dowsett is the founding Principal Architect at Sustainable. With more than three decades of local and international residential, institutional, and commercial sustainable design and project management experience, Paul is uniquely qualified to lead a highly collaborative design team for projects of diverse scales, types, and complexities. At the core of Paul’s philosophy and practice is the belief that design and construction solutions should be simple, sensitive, and sustainable.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

I would like to see more adaptive reuse, deep green retrofit projects, with a strong social purpose, like the Egale Centre. These projects must work towards negative carbon emissions (carbon sequestration) through the construction and operation life cycles of the buildings.

David Daniels  Co-founder   david@sustainable.to   David Daniels, son of legendary developer John H. Daniels and a principal in the real estate investment company, Daniels Capital Group, saw an opportunity in an important and growing market. Says Daniels “I believe more and more home and business owners want to do the environmentally-correct thing. But overwhelmed by the complexity of the ‘green’ world, as I was, few know where or how to start their ‘green’ project. Sustainable is just that place.”

David Daniels
Co-founder

david@sustainable.to

David Daniels, son of legendary developer John H. Daniels and a principal in the real estate investment company, Daniels Capital Group, saw an opportunity in an important and growing market. Says Daniels “I believe more and more home and business owners want to do the environmentally-correct thing. But overwhelmed by the complexity of the ‘green’ world, as I was, few know where or how to start their ‘green’ project. Sustainable is just that place.”

Donald Peckover  Architectural Designer  BArchSc, LEED AP  donald@sustainable.to   Donald has experience in designing and building homes and communities across North America (including disaster-prone areas such as the Atlantic coasts of Florida and Far Rockaway, New York) as well as environmentally conscious designs for the Oak Ridges Moraine area in Ontario. In designing in these sensitive areas, it is important to respect nature and the environment in order to reduce disaster risk and promote positive change in homes and neighbourhoods.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    The climate emergency affects us all and we can help to make meaningful and impactful projects for everyone - from nations to neighbourhoods, and from planet to people.    Some may think that meaningful and impactful projects are the most successful at the largest scales. By working together we can have a meaningful positive impact on you and your project - regardless of size - building towards a more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful future.

Donald Peckover
Architectural Designer

BArchSc, LEED AP
donald@sustainable.to

Donald has experience in designing and building homes and communities across North America (including disaster-prone areas such as the Atlantic coasts of Florida and Far Rockaway, New York) as well as environmentally conscious designs for the Oak Ridges Moraine area in Ontario. In designing in these sensitive areas, it is important to respect nature and the environment in order to reduce disaster risk and promote positive change in homes and neighbourhoods.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

The climate emergency affects us all and we can help to make meaningful and impactful projects for everyone - from nations to neighbourhoods, and from planet to people.

Some may think that meaningful and impactful projects are the most successful at the largest scales. By working together we can have a meaningful positive impact on you and your project - regardless of size - building towards a more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful future.

 
Nicholas Discenza  Architectural Designer  BArchSc, LEED AP, CanPHI Passive House Planner  nicholas@sustainable.to   Nicholas is an Architectural Designer at Sustainable with a decade of professional experience in custom residential architecture. Since graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Architectural Science, Nicholas has worked on projects ranging from high-end traditional to energy-efficient contemporary. Placing value on practical, honest , and well-built architecture that enriches its context, Nicholas' work with Sustainable prioritizes passive design strategies over active technology to achieve energy savings and improve occupant comfort, while selecting natural, durable, and healthy materials to deliver simple and sustainable design solutions.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    Great architecture has the power to improve lives. Every decision we make as architects should benefit mankind and life on earth both now and for generations to come. Educating and empowering the next generation of designers and thinkers is critical for ensuring a sustainable future for all.

Nicholas Discenza
Architectural Designer

BArchSc, LEED AP, CanPHI Passive House Planner
nicholas@sustainable.to

Nicholas is an Architectural Designer at Sustainable with a decade of professional experience in custom residential architecture. Since graduating from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Architectural Science, Nicholas has worked on projects ranging from high-end traditional to energy-efficient contemporary. Placing value on practical, honest , and well-built architecture that enriches its context, Nicholas' work with Sustainable prioritizes passive design strategies over active technology to achieve energy savings and improve occupant comfort, while selecting natural, durable, and healthy materials to deliver simple and sustainable design solutions.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

Great architecture has the power to improve lives. Every decision we make as architects should benefit mankind and life on earth both now and for generations to come. Educating and empowering the next generation of designers and thinkers is critical for ensuring a sustainable future for all.

Laura Casas Martin  Architectural Designer  BArchSc  laura@sustainable.to   Laura has got a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from ETSAM Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. Her background is wide and heterogeneous, including the development of architectural, interior design and workplace consultancy projects, ranging different typologies as commercial, residential and research facilities. She is committed with people, as "design users", and believes that an smart and efficient utilization of the space is key to support sustainability.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    I want to develop impactful projects that make people happy. I want them to be innovative, feasible and transforming. I want to design efficient spaces that inspire socialization, collaboration and well-being.

Laura Casas Martin
Architectural Designer

BArchSc
laura@sustainable.to

Laura has got a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from ETSAM Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. Her background is wide and heterogeneous, including the development of architectural, interior design and workplace consultancy projects, ranging different typologies as commercial, residential and research facilities. She is committed with people, as "design users", and believes that an smart and efficient utilization of the space is key to support sustainability.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

I want to develop impactful projects that make people happy. I want them to be innovative, feasible and transforming. I want to design efficient spaces that inspire socialization, collaboration and well-being.

Joel Gilbert Anderson  Architectural Designer  BDes, Certified Passive House Designer  joel@sustainable.to   After graduating from OCAD University, Joel fled the suburbs in search of walkable neighbourhoods and locally roasted coffee. With a broad range of experiences in technology, customer service, and teaching, Joel brings his hands-on approach to learning into each project. He believes diversity informs us everyday, and that, like architecture, we must continue to adapt to the context within which we find ourselves.

Joel Gilbert Anderson
Architectural Designer

BDes, Certified Passive House Designer
joel@sustainable.to

After graduating from OCAD University, Joel fled the suburbs in search of walkable neighbourhoods and locally roasted coffee. With a broad range of experiences in technology, customer service, and teaching, Joel brings his hands-on approach to learning into each project. He believes diversity informs us everyday, and that, like architecture, we must continue to adapt to the context within which we find ourselves.

 
Bilal Khan  Architectural Designer  MBA, MArch  bilal@sustainable.to   Bilal is passionate about exploring solutions to complicated and often overlooked social and environmental issues through design. He believes that Architecture is a tool to better the daily lives of people. Prior to studying Architecture to become a designer, Bilal has worked on large scale infrastructure and transportation projects in Canada and the USA. He is actively interested in finding opportunities to engage his diverse background to create a hybrid style of architecture practice. Bilal actively advocates equality in the architecture profession and has a Masters degree in Architecture and also holds an MBA degree.

Bilal Khan
Architectural Designer

MBA, MArch
bilal@sustainable.to

Bilal is passionate about exploring solutions to complicated and often overlooked social and environmental issues through design. He believes that Architecture is a tool to better the daily lives of people. Prior to studying Architecture to become a designer, Bilal has worked on large scale infrastructure and transportation projects in Canada and the USA. He is actively interested in finding opportunities to engage his diverse background to create a hybrid style of architecture practice. Bilal actively advocates equality in the architecture profession and has a Masters degree in Architecture and also holds an MBA degree.

Josh Reiniger  Architectural Designer  B.URP  josh@sustainable.to   Josh holds a degree in urban and regional planning with work experience in transportation research, urban planning, and architecture. He focuses his attention on creative forms of housing, infill development, and urban design. Thinking about design though an urbanism lens helps create contextual, connected, and adaptable places that contribute to the community they are in. He has a passion for seeing new places to gain a greater perspective on how to use architecture to contribute to vibrant, happy, and sustainable communities.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    I am interested in fostering engagement to open architecture up to a broader set of perspectives and push for greater social sustainability/social impact in projects. I also echo Brad's comment- adding low rise 'missing middle' soft density to existing neighborhoods is critical.

Josh Reiniger
Architectural Designer

B.URP
josh@sustainable.to

Josh holds a degree in urban and regional planning with work experience in transportation research, urban planning, and architecture. He focuses his attention on creative forms of housing, infill development, and urban design. Thinking about design though an urbanism lens helps create contextual, connected, and adaptable places that contribute to the community they are in. He has a passion for seeing new places to gain a greater perspective on how to use architecture to contribute to vibrant, happy, and sustainable communities.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

I am interested in fostering engagement to open architecture up to a broader set of perspectives and push for greater social sustainability/social impact in projects. I also echo Brad's comment- adding low rise 'missing middle' soft density to existing neighborhoods is critical.

Pearl Chan  Intern Architect  MArch  pearl@sustainable.to   Pearl received her Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2017. Her experiences with non-profit architectural organizations prompted her to find different ways of doing architecture. She's happy to be part of Sustainable to expand her experiences in discovering and learning about what does sustainable practices can do for the greater community as a whole.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    Projects that widen the audience for architectural services and a committed engagement with the community involved. This should include a diverse range of individuals and interest groups. Sustainable development means commitment to holistic practices that is inclusive and available to everyone.

Pearl Chan
Intern Architect

MArch
pearl@sustainable.to

Pearl received her Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2017. Her experiences with non-profit architectural organizations prompted her to find different ways of doing architecture. She's happy to be part of Sustainable to expand her experiences in discovering and learning about what does sustainable practices can do for the greater community as a whole.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

Projects that widen the audience for architectural services and a committed engagement with the community involved. This should include a diverse range of individuals and interest groups. Sustainable development means commitment to holistic practices that is inclusive and available to everyone.

 
Brad Tapson  Intern Architect  MArch  brad@sustainable.to   Brad holds a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and has an architectural background ranging from large-scale commercial to small-scale residential. He is passionate about sustainability, driven to keep learning and innovating, and views design as a way to make the world a better place.   What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?    I am especially interested in the 'urban scale' of sustainability - finding creative solutions to the problem of housing, developing the 'missing middle,' and making an impact on people by giving them a place to call home.

Brad Tapson
Intern Architect

MArch
brad@sustainable.to

Brad holds a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and has an architectural background ranging from large-scale commercial to small-scale residential. He is passionate about sustainability, driven to keep learning and innovating, and views design as a way to make the world a better place.

What makes a project meaningful and impactful to you?

I am especially interested in the 'urban scale' of sustainability - finding creative solutions to the problem of housing, developing the 'missing middle,' and making an impact on people by giving them a place to call home.

Tristan Rouse  Building Scientist  BArchSc, majoring in Building Science  tristan@sustainable.to   Tristan recently graduated from Ryerson University in Architectural Science. He found an interest in sustainable design and chose to specialize in Building Science in his fourth year of study, giving him an integrated knowledge of both design and building analysis. Wanting to complete a Masters degree in Building Science at Ryerson University, Tristan sees the importance of environmentally friendly design and believes that this thinking is the way of the future.

Tristan Rouse
Building Scientist

BArchSc, majoring in Building Science
tristan@sustainable.to

Tristan recently graduated from Ryerson University in Architectural Science. He found an interest in sustainable design and chose to specialize in Building Science in his fourth year of study, giving him an integrated knowledge of both design and building analysis. Wanting to complete a Masters degree in Building Science at Ryerson University, Tristan sees the importance of environmentally friendly design and believes that this thinking is the way of the future.

Todd Collis  Architectural Technologist Intern   todd@sustainable.to   Todd is a new member of the Sustainable team, working and enjoying his role as a technologist intern. He is currently studying Architectural Technology at George Brown College and has a passion for residential construction. Todd continues to learn about new and innovative ways to integrate sustainability within his work and daily life. He believes that there is a bright future for sustainable architecture and hopes to further contribute to the positive impact it has.

Todd Collis
Architectural Technologist Intern

todd@sustainable.to

Todd is a new member of the Sustainable team, working and enjoying his role as a technologist intern. He is currently studying Architectural Technology at George Brown College and has a passion for residential construction. Todd continues to learn about new and innovative ways to integrate sustainability within his work and daily life. He believes that there is a bright future for sustainable architecture and hopes to further contribute to the positive impact it has.

 
Mike Mazurkiewicz  Architectural Designer  BArchSc  mike@sustainable.to   Mike began his architectural career after cooking in some of Toronto’s most innovative kitchens - an experience which reinforces his understanding of the human appetite for quality and our global dependence on ecological systems. While at Sustainable, he has led and contributed to high-performance projects ranging in scale from a boutique Niagara winery to Toronto’s Egale Centre. In 2018 he presented work at the OAA Annual Conference. Mike is presently completing his Master of Architecture at Ryerson University with an interest in rethinking material systems and the poetics of reutilization.

Mike Mazurkiewicz
Architectural Designer

BArchSc
mike@sustainable.to

Mike began his architectural career after cooking in some of Toronto’s most innovative kitchens - an experience which reinforces his understanding of the human appetite for quality and our global dependence on ecological systems. While at Sustainable, he has led and contributed to high-performance projects ranging in scale from a boutique Niagara winery to Toronto’s Egale Centre. In 2018 he presented work at the OAA Annual Conference. Mike is presently completing his Master of Architecture at Ryerson University with an interest in rethinking material systems and the poetics of reutilization.

Joanne Malakassiotis  Office Manager   joanne@sustainable.to   Joanne has a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design from OCAD University. Upon graduating, she launched an online jewelry design business and frequented craft shows around Ontario. As someone with a constant thirst for knowledge, Joanne also completed the culinary program at George Brown College and worked as a pastry chef at some of Toronto's top eateries. Joanne has nearly a decade of administrative experience supporting senior executives and small business owners. When she's not working at Sustainable as the new Office Manager, you can find Joanne walking her dog, frequenting playgrounds with her tot, perusing farmer's markets, and finding new ways to attract pollinators to her rain garden.

Joanne Malakassiotis
Office Manager

joanne@sustainable.to

Joanne has a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design from OCAD University. Upon graduating, she launched an online jewelry design business and frequented craft shows around Ontario. As someone with a constant thirst for knowledge, Joanne also completed the culinary program at George Brown College and worked as a pastry chef at some of Toronto's top eateries. Joanne has nearly a decade of administrative experience supporting senior executives and small business owners. When she's not working at Sustainable as the new Office Manager, you can find Joanne walking her dog, frequenting playgrounds with her tot, perusing farmer's markets, and finding new ways to attract pollinators to her rain garden.

Karen Rankin  Number Cruncher  BES  karen@sustainable.to   Karen brings to Sustainable her inherited accounting skills in combination with an undergrad in Architecture, a passion for sustainable building, and a BCIN for residential design. She operates independently as a bookkeeper and designer/draftswoman, the latter work being almost entirely with the restoration and adaptation of early barns and log houses.

Karen Rankin
Number Cruncher

BES
karen@sustainable.to

Karen brings to Sustainable her inherited accounting skills in combination with an undergrad in Architecture, a passion for sustainable building, and a BCIN for residential design. She operates independently as a bookkeeper and designer/draftswoman, the latter work being almost entirely with the restoration and adaptation of early barns and log houses.

 
Dakota Park  Designer  BDes  dakota@sustainable.to   Dakota has Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, specializing in advertising. His focus for the past 6 years has been brand strategy and identity, while previously working in a number of global digital design agencies. He has always had a strong passion for architecture, interior design and sustainability, so joining the team at Sustainable was a perfect fit.

Dakota Park
Designer

BDes
dakota@sustainable.to

Dakota has Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, specializing in advertising. His focus for the past 6 years has been brand strategy and identity, while previously working in a number of global digital design agencies. He has always had a strong passion for architecture, interior design and sustainability, so joining the team at Sustainable was a perfect fit.

Nero  Office Cat  Nero is an integral part of the Sustainable team. His work ethic reflects youthful energy, a dedicated mindset, and a strong passion for detail.

Nero
Office Cat

Nero is an integral part of the Sustainable team. His work ethic reflects youthful energy, a dedicated mindset, and a strong passion for detail.

Moose  Guard Dog  Skeptical Moose ensures that the mailmen behave. He is 46 lbs of unmatched, ‘faux' intimidation.

Moose
Guard Dog

Skeptical Moose ensures that the mailmen behave. He is 46 lbs of unmatched, ‘faux' intimidation.