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How to Choose the Best Toronto Architect for a Modern Home

Why is Modern Architecture Perfect for Your Home?

What is it that distinguishes modern architecture, and why has it gained such traction in home design? There is a lot of creativity and innovation within modern architectural principles, yet, even so, there are tenets that guide the style. Some of the primary tenets are the use of clean lines (especially vertical and horizontal lines), a lack of ornamentation, minimalism of materials, the incorporation of industrial materials like concrete and steel, the preeminence of functionality, an emphasis on order and technology, a preference for open floor plans, and thoughtful use of angles and materials to maximize natural light and to frame attractive views. 

Over the past few decades, more and more homes are being built with modern architectural principles in mind, and many existing homes are being renovated to adopt this style. There are several reasons for this. Not only does modern architecture provide minimalism that is visually restful in our often overcrowded lives, but also the principles that govern modern architecture lend themselves to high functionality (think energy efficiency and smart technology) and reduced expenses (both in terms of smart home design and in terms of economical materials).

How to Choose the Best Modern Architect for You

If you want to select the best modern architect for your custom home build or home renovation in Toronto, there are a few steps you should go through to vet your prospective architect partner. Starting with word-of-mouth recommendations is always smart since friends and neighbours have tangible results for you to view and a personal testimony of working with a particular architect.

Beyond this, you should also research an architect’s online reviews and whether or not their work has garnered recognition within the wider professional community through awards and through belonging to a local architect association. For example, we at SevernWoods are proud to have been recognized as premier Toronto builders by receiving the BILD award six times for our renovations and custom homes, and we recommend that our clients seek similar recognitions in the architects they contact. 

Other awards to look for include the “Best of Canada” design competition, the Ontario Association of Architects People’s Choice Award, NOW Magazine’s Toronto’s Best Design Firm Reader’s Choice, the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, and more.

At SevernWoods, we have personal experience successfully partnering with many outstanding modern architecture firms.

How to Find an Architect with Modern Green Building Experience

One of the biggest trends we’re seeing in modern home design is a desire for green or sustainable design. Some architects specialize in green building, including sustainable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly designs.  If a sustainable design is what you are looking for, here is a list of leading architecture firms:

Altius Architecture

Dubbeldam Architecture and Design 

Paul Raff Studio

Solares Architecture


Organizations like Passive House Canada offer certifications for architects and designers and you can see a list of their members here


Best Modern Homes: Builder and Architect Collaborations

Eager to see inside a modern home created by a top Toronto architect and an award-winning builder? This BILD award-winning home in Rosedale was built with highly durable materials, including brick, painted aluminum, glass, and extruded terracotta. A masterpiece of modern design, this home utilizes clean lines to showcase natural materials with a layout created to fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape. 

On the home’s inside, you’ll find a celebration of materials like sandblasted Eramosa limestone, veneered walnut, dark iron spot brick, distressed European oak, and a steel screen designed according to the Golden Mean. This stunning home is the result of a collaboration between KPMB Architects and SevernWoods Fine Homes. Please note that in complex builds like these that utilize high-end materials, it’s advisable to involve the builder early for successful communication and collaboration with the architect. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you’re ready to consult on your modern home renovation or custom home build.

To help you get started, here is a list of highly qualified Modern Architecture Firms in the Toronto area. 

Taylor Smyth Architects

Willamson and Williamson Architects

Altius Architecture


Dubbeldam Architecture and Design

AKB Architects

Batay-Csorba Architects

Jillian Aimis Architect

Omar Gandhi Architect

Drawing Room Architecture

Lebel and Bouliane

Lieux Architects

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