The human element must always be emphasized in design, painstakingly developed through the process. At GTA, we do not design or interact in isolation, but work as a cohesive team.

PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY

The built environment – whether it is a home, office building or cultural centre and museum – must be in harmony with its surroundings.

As designers, we are translators of these ideas and moods which often have deep roots in culture, history and social structures. The most successful designs always have these as governing factors, and a design can only be successful when it fulfills the needs and vision of the people and community.

COMMUNICATION

We place a high priority on both internal and external communication. All staff and team members are kept abreast of a project’s progress. We encourage meetings on a regular basis between Owner, Architect and the Consultant Team to interact and exchange ideas.

TECHNOLOGY

Today’s complex buildings and the evolving Building Codes and Design Guidelines require unique and eclectic ideas and solutions to ensure the consistency and of the design intent. Through the various stages of design, our office uses an extensive palette of tools that allow us to convey the design of your building to you, the Client, the Stakeholders, and ultimately the contractor who will build the project.

Our office takes advantage of the latest software, including AutoCAD and Revit, Sketch Up, Photoshop; that allow us to work in a virtual three dimensional environment. We have found that working in this virtual space reduces the occurrences of transitional problems between drawings. Although these newer technologies are very powerful tools, they have not fully replaced some of the more traditional techniques which at times can still be the best methods to represent a design idea. Our design collaborative still uses hand sketches, and even physical models to help communicate the design when appropriate.