KIRKOR ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS
KIRKOR ARCHITECTS INTERIORS
Started in 1981 as Kirshenblatt Korman Architects, KIRKOR ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS has grown into a studio of 150 architectural and design professionals in Toronto and Calgary. From our roots in community-based housing and in the early days of condominium development in Toronto, KIRKOR is recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent development architecture firms with world-class expertise in large-site development and master-planning, development and planning negotiations, tall-building and mid-rise architecture, all with a dedicated focus on complex mixed-used, residential primary building programmes.
KIRKOR has successfully executed over $2 Billion worth of development construction over the past five years, delivering full-service architecture and master-planning, as well as acting as the lead Architect of Record in many joint ventures with both local and global design architectural firms. We recognize that, in the size of projects we deliver, we have a unique and distinct role in the building of our communities. To do this, we speak confidently in a design language that: respects diversity of culture and age; promotes responsible sustainability and health; creates the built-environment framework to enable rich, cohesive experiences and uses; and, are economically viable, for both our clients and their ultimate users.
Our longevity, and the security this provides for our Clients, is a testament to the strong leadership in our Partnership and senior staff. Our success speaks to our valued Clients who return to Kirkor time and again to oversee the development of their lands and architecture. We are privileged to find nearly all of our project work in repeat clients, in referrals from Municipal Authorities, Planners and Planning Lawyers, and through our Professional Consultant Partners. Most importantly, our referrals come from our clients such as yourself. These referrals are our highest honor, and they speak not only to the successful design and execution of great projects, but to a Client-Architect collaboration where the experience of architecture is opened to all of our clients as the skillful practice of careful listening.
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A key to Kirkor’s success lays in the very fact that we are a consultant and advisor to many clients who have a common need to the dedication and professionalism of architecture that comes with the specialized experiences that is Kirkor’s 40-year history. As lead participants in the creation of vibrant and sustainable communities with our clients, Kirkor is recognized as knowledge leaders in our industry. This starts and ends with the strength of the relationships that we have come to respect and nurture through our years of practice, through the course of concurrent projects with varied (or the same) clients, and our work with familiar faces from project to project. Whether with fellow consultants, community associations, developmental authorities, constructors, experiences from our other clients, or politicians, these important relationships allow us to question our own work, test design and implementation strategies, and gauge the current tenor of the necessary political forces whose support we certainly rely upon so that we can continually fine-tune our approach to design, presentation, and execution. We understand that design and development strategies must at times be fluid to address the needs of many a varied interest in the shape of our projects, but we also know when to lean on our relationships when the design is to be defended in acknowledgement of the diligent efforts committed to date.
To create unique and innovative Architecture that helps nurture and grow the surrounding context.
Our vision is to mentor and inspire Architects to create extraordinary work that continues to foster exploration in Architecture.
GUELPH URBAN DESIGN AWARD | Award Of Excellence | Metalworks Phase 1
BILD | Best Suite Design | Odyssey, The Ripple
BILD | Best Suite Design (Large) | Aqualuna
BILD | Best Innovative Suite Design | Westwood Gardens
BILD | Project of the Year Mid-/High-Rise | Aquabella
BILD | People’s Choice Award | Aquabella
BILD | Best Luxury Suite Design | Aquabella
BILD | Best Suite Design | The Vanguard
BILD Finalist | Project of the Year Mid-/High-Rise | ARC2 at Erin Mills
BILD | Best New Community | Hullmark Centre
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
BILD | Community of the Year | Centro Square Condos
KIRKOR Interior Architecture (KIA) is a collective of independent professionals who have committed to work with KIRKOR to execute the most challenging of interior design projects together with our in-house architectural and interior professionals. This specialist team has been carefully curated to bring to bear on your project the most diverse and current project experience and delivery methodologies in the industry, each representing years of practice and execution of successful interior programmers across North America.
Our collaborative strategy is unique in its practice, and will quickly suss out the design priorities of all participants and stakeholders to set exciting design directions. These directions are then developed concurrently with the architecture. Interior spaces should directly relate to the architectural purpose, siting and narrative which ultimately define the architectural form.
Our collaborative process with our clients, integrated with the purposeful and ongoing in-house dialogue of all architectural priorities (an extension of the collaborative process), will succeed in finding the most appropriate story and language for the project as a whole. Once this narrative is set together with you and your team, coordination and development is facilitated under an extension of the primary architectural coordination service. As this service is completed under one roof, oversight redundancy and conflict is eliminated: the partner(s)-in-charge for the delivery of KIRKOR’s architectural services will be the same partner(s)-in-charge for delivery of interior architectural services.
This streamlining is purposefully developed to facilitate higher coordination of interior spaces within work already being done by KIRKOR Architects. And ultimately, results in a lower cost to our clients.
Our vision is to mentor and inspire designers to think beyond the framework of the space, foster exploration in their development of the project solution.
Our mission is to create distinctive experiences which enhances the end users connection to the built environment.
WORKING PARTNERS AND PRINCIPALS
Simply put, KIRKOR’s Partners will work on your project.
Kirkor’s Partnership, and our partners-to-be in our company Principals, will remain on your team from the moment we are introduced into your project, until the last occupancy and substantial performance. We believe in continuous partner engagement directly with our clients, our consultant partners, your constructors, and their trade sub-contractors throughout your project. We recognize our place as leaders in your project, and believe that this leadership is strengthened when we can bring the full breadth of the partner and principal experience to the table. We still have lots to learn, but we are skilled in provoking the necessary conversations to reveal what we know, and what we will need to know, to ensure the efficient and successful delivery of your project.
We will speak honestly with you. We are, after all, your advisor. We recognize that in our strategies and directions, we are spending your money – and most times, lots of it. We will advise you truthfully, laying out the costs and benefits of our various design strategies, respectfully challenging our own thinking and the thinking of others to be able to offer you our best guidance rooted in 40 years of project delivery. With partners and principals at the table throughout your project, or looped tightly into the daily strategies of your project, we are able to facilitate the decision making processes that are essential to the timely delivery of your project because we are not just aware of the issues that can mire complex projects, but we are leading your team through their solutions in all aspects and phases of your project because we are at the table.
Our team will be ever-present in your project, consistently with the same team and decision makers, supported by the authority of the Kirkor Partnership. Our Partners and Principals are key players, and they will see your project through.
SUCCESS FOR ALL
In our work together, you will regularly hear our Kirkor mantra: “We must set you up for success”. This is one of KIRKOR’s most important and foundational mission statements behind how we work and manage our projects. It is our responsibility to ensure that all members of a project team have the necessary information and decisions throughout the life of a project to make their own work successful. Whether this is our clients before their own committees, planners seeking support from municipal councilors, our consultant design and engineer partners, our constructors and their sub-trades, or our internal design studio team members, the Kirkor partnership fundamentally believes it is the architect’s responsibility to look way ahead of the various tasks that define a project, and work to anticipate the information that we need to furnish, the decisions that need to be made, or the strategies we need to hatch.
This comes from the skillful discipline of listening. To hear what is being said requires practiced leadership, and is as much a disciplined process of attending to our stakeholders needs and aspirations as it is provocatively “shaking the bushes” to see what pitfalls lay hidden behind. This fact-finding is rooted in our 40 years of experience, where we may not know all the answers, but we know the questions to ask, and whom to ask, to help others in their own work. Whether this is of our Clients, Municipal Authorities, Engineering and Design Consultants, Constructors and Trade Consultants alike, we know how to orchestrate this information into a comprehensive action plan against which project stakeholders can plan their own efforts to be successful.
To be most successful in our work, we need everyone else to be successful. It is a fundamental truth in all aspects of our everyday lives, that respects who others are and what they have to say to us. And it shapes Kirkor’s everyday approach to our work.