about

Workshop Architecture was established in 2010 to create innovative buildings and public spaces. Our studio provides a full range of architectural services for public and private clients. We welcome client commissions and we identify and initiate our own community-based projects too.

We are an architecture and urban design studio based in Toronto that also specializes in public art and urban interventions – and we are always open to applying our design approach to new challenges and new places! We have no house style, but respond to unique design problems with innovative solutions. We love to collaborate with other disciplines and with our clients.

Our studio is led by architect David Colussi and urban designer Helena Grdadolnik, who have over 30 years of combined experience in architecture, urban design, public art and community engagement.


Public Workshop is the name that we give to our work that is focused on engaging people with architecture and public space. Through creative community engagement, events, exhibitions, design competitions and education programs, we seek to meaningfully involve the people who will be most affected by physical changes to an area. These projects are often temporary and only sometimes physical, but they can catalyse permanent improvements to buildings or spaces.

Our engagement projects inform and strengthen our architectural practice, to make Workshop Architecture a studio with a strong theoretical and social base, that is also grounded in built practice. We are based in Toronto but, as our designers have lived and worked across Canada, US, UK, Europe and Asia, we bring an international perspective to our work.

AWARDS:
2016 Architizer A+ Award Special Mention, Red Blanket installation
2016 Vivre le chantier Sainte-Cath design competition finalist
2015 TRCA Living Green Award, The Green Line Park
2014 Winnipeg Warming Huts winner
2013 Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit, The Green Line Park vision
2013 Ontario Association of Architect’s Best Emerging Practice
2010 John Street Square design competition finalist