RHAD Architects was founded in 2010 with an initial focus on the design of private homes, residential renovations and commercial interiors. Since its inception, the firm has developed into a multi-disciplinary studio that maintains its residential focus while continuing to pursue new genres, which have included multiple-unit apartment developments, townhomes, public buildings, public art installations and urban gardens. RHAD Architects is a two-time winner of the Lieutenant Governor Award for Architecture and was selected as one of Canadian Architect Magazine's “Top Ten Emerging Architecture Firms in Canada” in 2017.
RHAD aims to develop innovative design strategies for engaged clients in a collaborative studio atmosphere. We are now a team of six and occasionally take on students. We work in partnership with professional specialists with whom we have long-standing working relationships. These specialists include professionals working in structural design, cost consulting, specification writing, technical drafting, mechanical and electrical design.
The studio has been passionate about entering into a new evolution of green building design. We are studying ways to keep the crisp lines and detailing of classic modern architecture while developing new envelope strategies for more robust thermal resistance values. We have a certified Passive House Designer in-house. We also have several “Passive House-ish” projects, as we lovingly call them, currently underway. These projects use Passive House principles without planning to seek Passive House Certification. Our concern for the planet and our environment has lit our path towards sustainable design while also protecting clients against rising energy costs.