Scott Shields Architects (SSA) is a boutique award-winning planning, architecture and design firm, headquartered in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Initially founded in Canada 35 years ago, SSA is a client service based practice with projects across North America. Design and technical innovation, particular to the context of each project site and clients needs, is a key operating principle for the firm.

Each studio office has its uniqueness and functions as an independent unit. However, the combined synergies, cross-pollination, expertise and resources allow for custom boutique design sensitivity to client project needs, with comprehensive big office capabilities and efficiencies.

SSA specializes in mixed use development, creative and corporate commercial workplace, lifestyle residential solutions, innovative retail and hospitality, child care and education environments, health and laboratory design, and complex industrial solutions.


SSA advocates a “contextual” approach to design that seeks to establish the best possible fit between significant existing site/built form influences, regulatory requirements and the project goals and objectives. The end design solution is a programmatic and architectural response that effectively enhances its community. Client resources are always most effectively utilized.  A small team of SSA individuals is assigned to each project. Continuity of the SSA team is maintained through project execution to ensure accurate project realization.


SSA believes that good design should always be inherently efficient, from both a sustainable and a financial point of view.  Design solutions are successful only insofar as they improve the client/user’s quality of life, and meet the project goals with resourceful strategies, for on time and on budget project delivery.  With 35 years of extensive experience on a wide range of projects, the firm has the  ability to apply strategic thinking to solve design problems at all scales of development.


SSA projects are recognized for their sustainable design approach. SSA strives to incorporate environmentally friendly thinking into all of their work. An inherent part of the firm’s approach is to “humanize” the environments it creates. Scott Shields designs buildings that are environmentally responsive and can be adapted to changing needs and technologies.


It is essential to our design approach to find formal solutions that meet the individual needs of each client, from both a lifestyle and financial point of view.  We, at SSA, see architecture as an investment, and use our design skills and technical expertise to optimize each client’s real estate investment. Stretching beyond design, SSA recognizes that real estate is an increasingly valuable asset.

At the same time, SSA is intuitive and proactive to analyzing the change opportunities and dynamics of the real estate industry – for each project’s advantage in a highly competitive market.

With an approach that is contextual and timeless, our team brings well-honed execution skills that are the underpinnings of our value chain.


Hands-on client service, with clear and direct communication, fosters the development and sustenance of our successful long term working relationships with our clients No project is too big or small for consideration. Most of SSA’s work is repeat business or by referral.

Working with our clients to provide them with the best possible solutions is a most enjoyable part of our work.


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