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History

Founded by Steven Kirshenblatt and Clifford Korman as Kirshenblatt Korman Architects in 1981, KIRKOR Architects and Planners is recognized as one of the leading practices in Canada undertaking large-site, urban intensification projects comprising complex, mixed-use programs. From our early successes on major urban projects in Vancouver to masterplans for municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area, KIRKOR’s experience and knowledge base continues to grow as Carlos Antunes (2001), Brent Whitby (2008) and David Butterworth (2010) have joined the partnership. Building on our past experience, together with a dynamic studio culture, KIRKOR is driving a new urban analysis focused on addressing the urgent demands of our growing cities. KIRKOR pursues a discipline of architecture that speaks directly to the context of its setting. We invite deep questioning, responding to what we hear, and believe this is absolutely necessary to fulfill both the aspirations of our clients and those who live among our work. KIRKOR will continue to lead the way with visionary thinking and transcending design solutions to create desirable, multi-faceted, sustainable communities.

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Values

KIRKOR believes in active leadership. In every phase of a project – from first concept to final completion – direct involvement and oversight of partners is central to the way we work. This approach reflects our philosophy of service. And it fuels the strength of our firm. We fully embrace the responsibility to foster close relationships with all of our partners and stakeholders, from local residents to civic officials. Design solutions are found in the voices of many. And careful listening encourages a strong, collaborative and supportive project community that is essential to executing complex urban intensification efforts. This spirit of collaboration informs all aspects of KIRKOR’s work, including how we support our growing studio. Partner involvement is essential to our process, pushing us to continually test and re-test designs. This approach allows for a more inclusive and thoughtful engagement of many perspectives. It informs better strategies. It develops better leaders. And it is fundamental to our project success.

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Recognition

2017

BILD
Project of the Year Mid-/High-Rise
Aquabella

BILD
People’s Choice Award
Aquabella

BILD
Finalist
Project of the Year Mid-/High-Rise
ARC2 at Erin Mills

2016

BILD
Best New Community
Hullmark Centre

2015

BILD
Community of the Year
Aquavista at Bayside

BILD
People’s Choice Award
The Academy

REX
Project of the Year
Hullmark Centre

OHBA
Award of Distinction
The Metalworks

2013

BILD
Community of the Year
Centro Square Condos

2012

Ontario Concrete Award
Cinema Tower

2011

PUG
Best Commercial/Institutional

BILD
Community of the Year
World on Yonge

OHBA
Outstanding High-Rise
World on Yonge

OHBA
Outstanding Mid-Rise
Madison Eglinton

Toronto Urban Design Awards
TIFF BELL Lightbox

2009

PUG
Honorable Mention
Kilgour Estates

2008

Mississauga Design Award of Excellence
One Park Tower

2006

Mississauga Design Award of Excellence
The Capital

Markham Design Excellence Award
Award of Merit
Times Galleria Masterplan

2004

Community of the Year
The Waterclub

2002

Community of the Year
NY Towers

Best Building Design
The Empire

Best Building Design
The Capital

Best Model Suite
10 York Mills

Partners

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Clifford Korman

Founding Partner / ArchitectBES / B.ARCH / OAA / MAIBC / OPPI / RPP / MCIP / NCARB / AIA / MRAIC / AAA

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.

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Steven Kirshenblatt

Founding Partner / ArchitectBES / B.ARCH / OAA / MAIBC / MRAIC / LEED AP

Steven has been a member of the OAA since 1978. 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. Steven excels at project analysis, expertly applying his 35 years of architecture and construction experience to guide KIRKOR’s projects around the pitfalls of an increasingly complex approvals and construction environment. Steven has a deep understanding of the forces that affect project approvals. More importantly, Steven sees 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 monitors changes to regulatory codes, and ensures that the studio remains at the forefront of their interpretation and application. Steven is 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 has always been his priority for KIRKOR in his studio mentorship, and is the legacy KIRKOR continues to build upon.

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Carlos Antunes

Partner / ArchitectB.TECH (ARCH) / M.ARCH / OAA / MRAIC

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.

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Brent Whitby

Partner / ArchitectBES / M.ARCH / OAA / MRAIC / MAA / AAA

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 believe 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.

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David Butterworth

Partner / ArchitectBA (HONS) ARCH / DIP ARCH (OXFORD) / OAA / ARB / RIBA / MRAIC

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.


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Team

Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee

Architect / Associate
Ahmed Elgendy

Ahmed Elgendy

Intern Architect
Ainy Malick

Ainy Malick

Intern Architect
Akshay Joshi

Akshay Joshi

Project Architect
Alex Pitton

Alex Pitton

Junior Architectural Technologist
Ali Lal

Ali Lalmohammadi

Project Architect / Arch. Technologist / Project Manager
Alireza K

Alireza Kordmahalleh

Architect / Senior Architectural Technologist
Arash Fekri Ershad

Arash Fekri Ershad

Architectural Designer
Aurelie Amable

Aurelie Amable

Intern Architect
Babak Teimoori

Babak Teimoori

Intern Architect
Bahram Pezeshki

Bahram Pezeshki

Project Architect
Bonnie Chan

Bonnie Chan

Architect / Senior Associate
Boyan Song

Boyan Song

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Brandon Kivimaki

Brandon Kivimaki

Architectural Technologist / BIM Specialist
Brett Fine

Brett Fine

Architectural Designer
Christina Lee

Christina Lee

Architect / Associate
Cindy-Tran

Cindy Tran

Manager Accounting / Administration
Cody Lee

Cody Lee

Junior Architectural Technologist
Darius Gumushdjian

Darius Gumushdjian

Intern Architect
Dickson So_2

Dickson So

Associate
Doris Ascano

Doris Ascano

Bookkeeper
Dumitru Borcan

Dumitru Borcan

Sr. Architectural Designer
Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
Erik Johnston

Erik Johnston

Material Specialist / Contract Administrator
Farzad Gordjidooz

Farzad Gordjidooz

Project Manager
Frank Mazzulla

Frank Mazzulla

Associate
Frank Tarkanyi

Frank Tarkanyi

Senior Architectural Designer
Gigi Hui

Gigi Hui

Architectural Designer
Hananel Romer Segal

Hananel Romer Segal

Architectural Technologist / Project Manager
Harria Byun

Harria Byun

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Harry Marthinez

Harry Marthinez

Contract Administrator
Henry Meng

Henry Meng

Senior Architectural Designer
Howard Tuchman

Howard Tuchman

Architect / Senior Associate
IIlya Lukyanov

IIlya Lukyanov

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Ilana Ionadi

Ilana Ionadi

Administrative Assistant / HR Assistant
Jayesh Dayabhai

Jayesh Dayabhai

Architectural Designer
Jennifer_

Jennifer Le

Accounting Clerk
Kwesi Addo

Kwesi Addo

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Lara Gumushdjian

Lara Gumushdjian

Intern Architect
Leonardo Mones

Leonardo Mones

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Llewellyn Lawrence

Llewellyn Lawrence

Architectural Technologist
Loc Nguyen

Loc Nguyen

Junior Architectural Technologist
Lucas Tavares

Lucas Tavares

Architectural Technologist
Mahzad Yalpanian

Mahzad Yalpanian

Intern Architect
Manuel Carvalho

Manuel Carvalho

Project Manager
Marvyn Monsod

Marvyn Monsod

Junior Architectural Technologist
Matthew Trepanier

Matthew Trepanier

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Micah Vernon

Micah Vernon

Architectural Technologist
Michael Afonso

Michael Afonso

Project Manager
Michael Nonis

Michael Nonis

Senior Architectural Technologist
Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos

Junior Architectural Technologist
Murielle Cheng

Murielle Cheng

Architectural Designer
Neil Cairns

Neil Cairns

Contract Administrator
Orlando Cabanilla

Orlando Cabanilla

Senior Project Architect
Patrick Dormer

Patrick Dormer

Architect / Contract Administrator
Paul Milne

Paul Milne

Junior Architectural Technologist
Philip

Philip Ionadi

Contract Administrator / Sr. Archectural Technologist
Renee Chansingh

Renee Chansingh

Architectural Designer
Roman Pevcevicius

Roman Pevcevicius

Intern Architect
Sandro Zanini

Sandro Zanini

Senior Project Manager
Sandy Mand Kaur

Sandy Mand Kaur

Administrative Assistant
Shazad-Mohammed

Shazad Mohammed

Associate
Stephen Wong

Stephen Wong

Architectural Designer
Subodh Das

Subodh Das

Senior Architectural Technologist
Sylwia Sajdyk

Sylwia Sajdyk

Intern Architect
Tao Tao

Tao Tao

Architectural Designer
Troy Tisdall

Troy Tisdall

IT Systems Administrator
Vladimir Chekman

Vladimir Chekman

Associate