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Each client brings their own unique story. When we follow that story, and build an architectural form around it, the result is beautiful.

More than being aesthetically satisfying, we also feel it is our responsibility to ensure our buildings are efficient in the use of space, energy, and materials.

Constructing or renovating a building can be daunting. We are here to guide people through the process, making the experience as smooth as we can.

We design beautiful and efficient buildings for people.

​Each client brings their own unique story. When we follow that story, and build an architectural form around it, the result is beautiful.

​More than being aesthetically satisfying though, we also feel it is our ethical responsibility to ensure our buildings are efficient in the use of space, energy, and materials.

​Understanding that contemplating constructing or renovating a building can be daunting, we are here to guide people through the construction process, making it as smooth as possible for them.

 

dPA is a full-service architecture firm based in Toronto.  We take on many different types of projects, from large multi-unit residential projects to small-scale interiors, but our primary focus is on custom residential builds and renovations. We are humbled by the history of the lands where we work, and recognize our responsibility as its stewards. Ensuring the buildings we design have a light impact on the earth and are energy efficient is central to what we do.

We are fortunate to be able to be selective with which and how many projects we work on, and to focus carefully on those we do. As a firm, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important to us, as is being supportive of our employees and the other companies and professionals we work with. Our firm is one part of a network of professionals, builders, and trades that we actively maintain.

Duncan Patterson | Architect

​Duncan's unique perspective allows him to see the upside of things. After graduating with a Masters’ degree in architecture from the University of Waterloo in 2009, became an licenced architect in 2012 and founded dPA in 2017. Since then, Duncan has helped over 50 clients  (and counting …) make new homes for themselves. Duncan’s focus is on meeting his clients’ unique needs and desires, while also prioritising functionality and ease of construction in his designs. His belief that the success of a space depends on how well it supports and frames the lives of its inhabitants is underpinned by his extensive experience with construction materials and detailing. This enables him to easily integrate form and function, resulting in elegant and simple designs that enhance the lives of those who occupy them.

 

In addition to running dPA, Duncan has 3 children, keeps a vibrant garden in the summer, regularly bakes sourdough bread, and loves to make stuff. 

Duncan Patterson | Architect

​Duncan's unique perspective allows him to see the upside of things. Graduating with a Masters’ degree in architecture from the University of Waterloo in 2009, Duncan worked for a number of offices before founding dPA in 2017. Since then, Duncan has helped over 50 clients make new homes for themselves (and counting …). Duncan’s focus is on meeting his clients’ unique needs and desires, while also prioritising functionality and constructability in the design process. His belief that the success of a space depends on how well it supports and frames the lives of its inhabitants is underpinned by his extensive experience in construction materials and detailing. This enables him to easily integrate form and function, resulting in elegant and simple designs that enhance the lives of those who occupy them. 

 

In addition to running dPA, Duncan has 3 children, keeps a vibrant garden in the summer, regularly bakes sourdough bread, and loves to make stuff. 

Former Student Employees

Tina Lin, Odel Linetska, Matylda Schwartz, Stephanie Taban, Simone Hanna, Kinna Mistry, Brianna Brown, Todd Collis, Marisa Giammarco

Former Students

Tina Lin, Odel Linetska, Matylda Schwartz, Stephanie Taban, Simone Hanna, Kinna Mistry, Brianna Brown, Todd Collis, Marisa Giammarco

Naisha Khan | Architectural Assistant

Naisha is an ambitious architecture student at Toronto Metropolitan University who loves the creative process and learning about culture and architecture. Aside from being an architecture student, Naisha loves to draw, anything that lets her be artistic, read, and be outside. Naishas's love for learning and being creative pushed her to pursue an architecture career, and her ambition allows her to be a better designer.

Naisha Khan | Architectural Assistant 

Naisha is an ambitious architecture student at Toronto Metropolitan University who loves the creative process and learning about culture and architecture. Aside from being an architecture student, Naisha loves to draw, anything that lets her be artistic, read, and be outside. Naishas's love for learning and being creative pushed her to pursue an architecture career, and her ambition allows her to be a better designer.

GET IN TOUCH

​To initiate a conversation about your property, please take the following steps:

Schedule an introductory phone call with Duncan.
Tell us a little about your project.
Upload pertinent documents such as, photos, wish lists, existing drawings, land survey.
Once these steps are complete, we will reach out to set up a proposal meeting, where we outline our services and fees in greater detail.

​​To initiate a conversation about your property, please take the following steps:

Schedule an introductory phone call with Duncan.
Tell us a little about your project.
Upload pertinent documents such as, photos, wish lists, existing drawings, land survey.


Once these steps are complete, we will reach out to set up a proposal meeting, where we outline our services and fees in greater detail.

GET IN TOUCH
​Katy Cao| Architectural Assistant 

​Katy is a passionate architectural science student at Toronto Metropolitan University, who enjoys making a positive impact in the communities she engages with. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, sticker making, and playing the piano. Katy's love for music sparked her interest in the correlation between sound and architecture, making it an intriguing area of study for her.

Katy Cao | Architectural Assistant

Katy is a passionate architectural science student at Toronto Metropolitan University, who enjoys making a positive impact in the communities she engages with. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, sticker making, and playing the piano. Katy's love for music sparked her interest in the correlation between sound and architecture, making it an intriguing area of study for her.

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