Clifford is recognized industry wide as the quintessential Developer’s Architect, widely respected for his ability to “think” like a developer. As a founding partner of KIRKOR, and as a member of the OAA since 1978, Clifford’s life‐work has been this symbiotic connection to the development community. Clifford has a unique ability to quickly identify site potential and opportunity towards the urban intensification that has become the foundation of KIRKOR’s work. He has a deep knowledge of the municipal and community politics in which our Client’s projects are born, and has a clear understanding of just how far the inherent challenges that come in these environments can – and should – be pushed with our Client’s projects. Cliff is also a highly respected expert witness at the Ontario Municipal Board as an architect and urban planner. From the time of preliminary sketched ideas, this wisdom is immediately available and relevant to our clients, and helps marry our clients’ goals together with Municipal aspirations. Clifford believes in success through forthright, collaborative engagement between our Client’s site development programs and Municipal policy, and works hard to find project “buy‐in” between these critical stakeholders.
As a founding partner of KIRKOR Architects, Steven has influenced a generation of architects in their ability to fully understand complex designs and shepherd their development into successful and responsible buildings. During his time at KIRKOR, Steven excelled at project analysis, expertly applying his 35 years of architecture and construction experience to guide their projects around the pitfalls of an increasingly complex approvals and construction environment. Steven had a deep understanding of the forces that affect project approvals. More importantly, Steven saw how these forces may immediately affect projects so that our clients may be armed with real‐time cause‐ and‐effect outcomes to inform those critical, necessary decisions ahead. Steven closely monitored changes to regulatory codes, and ensured that the studio remained at the forefront of their interpretation and application. Steven was passionate about clarity of communication, as this influences execution strategies, consultant and approvals management, to the content of issued documentation for critical project milestones. This was always a priority for KIRKOR in his studio mentorship, and is the legacy he has left behind for KIRKOR to continue building upon.
Carlos holds a deep passion for the systems that make architecture. Not just about the nuts, bolts and panels that put buildings together, but he is more importantly focused on the dynamics of strong project teams and working groups. Carlos is recognized across the industry as a patient project lead, enabling the most fulsome exploration of project execution across the many professional disciplines and stakeholders that great projects demand. His is an open process of testing and discovery, one that contributes to the development of KIRKOR’s knowledge base. Consequently, his approach helps to enrich those he is surrounded by in his work. Carlos’ skill has opened the KIRKOR experience to lead in the participation of significant large‐site, city‐building projects with fellow architectural firms both locally and internationally. Since joining the KIRKOR partnership in 2001, Carlos has also been the driving force behind KIRKOR’S mandate to explore evolving building information modeling (BIM) technologies to execute KIRKOR’s increasingly complex portfolio of projects. Carlos has proven his belief that BIM can reveal the deeply hidden challenges that make tough jobs tougher. Once revealed, the right solutions can be vetted out applying the full breadth of the project team’s experience.
Since joining the partnership in 2008, Brent absolutely believes in the role of the partner architect as a “builder of consensus.” Holding the big picture of a project firmly in mind, Brent applies a working philosophy that the best of ideas towards project success may be offered from the most unlikely of voices and/or disciplines. It is his belief that it is a partner’s responsibility to engage and test these ideas, confident in one’s own experiences and depth of knowledge to channel many of these ideas into successful building systems, supported by the design team as a whole. Highly skilled at managing complex design and large‐site challenges, Brent practices the establishment of strong communication channels with clear management goals as the basis of rich, collaborative engagement of working groups through design and construction. Brent works meticulously to protect the narrative of the complex designs presented by KIRKOR. In this work, Brent actively explores new building systems and detailing methods executed successfully in other areas of global architecture, finding ways to successfully implement into the language of construction for our developer client base.
David is KIRKOR’s design partner. Since joining the KIRKOR partnership in 2010, David’s approach to design exploration and solution testing is finding a new voice for KIRKOR in the process of city‐building. It is David’s committed belief that all sites demand the highest level of consideration, and he presents respectful, contemporary buildings to the communities in which they are situated : a building should be no less a landmark on a quiet side‐street as they may be on a grand avenue. David’s deep interest and understanding of global design trends, encompassing new technological possibilities, aesthetic opportunities, and evolving environmental considerations, inform the discourse David brings to each project. David confidently understands the language of a site, seeing what designs are possible in the climate of permissions and politics which affect all projects. David thrives in the environments of design charrettes, community consultations, and urban design review committees, demonstrating a unique insight as to just how far a project can and should be pushed before it is no longer a part of its own neighbourhood. David absolutely remains impassioned, within the studio and before clients, to the study of design through the art of the hand sketch. The commitment of vision to paper through one’s hand leads to the creation of an essential understanding on space and form, an understanding that cannot be digital alone.