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Creating innovative spaces with enduring values

Scott Shields Architects (SSA) is a boutique award-winning planning, architecture and design firm, headquartered in Toronto. Initially founded in Canada 40 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. The diversity within our studio office combines synergies, cross-pollination, expertise and resources to allow for custom boutique design sensitivity to all client project needs, with comprehensive big office capabilities and efficiencies.

Formerly, Lambur Scott Architects, then Scott Morris Architects, the firm’s original focus was in the highly technical fields of health care, laboratory and educational design; as well as significant urban design projects like Ceremonial Routes for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa and the study for Mississauga Civic Centre Precinct.

Over the years the firm expanded to add specialties in commercial office/retail environments, mixed use and custom residential design. Since becoming Scott Shields Architects, the firm has expanded further in high density mixed use and urban design projects.

Deborah B. Scott


Founding Principal

Andrew Shields

B. Eng., M. Arch., OAA, AIBC, MRAIC, LEED Green Associate

Managing Principal

Yolita Dambrauskiene



Charlie Tonin

B. Tech., A. Sc., C. Tech.

Associate, Sr. Architectural Technologist

Alex Lerinman

M. Arch., OAA. LEED AP (BD + C)

Senior Architect

Jacqueline Koos

B. Arch. Sci. , Revit Certification

Senior Project Manager

Yulia Belova

B. Arch., M. Arch., LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Associate, Senior Architectural Designer

Dejana Durdevic

B. Arch., M. Arch.

Project Manager

Kent Butkovich

Dip. Arch. Tech., B. A.

Architectural Technologist

Rachel Carter

Dip. Arch. Tech

Architectural Technologist

Andrew Hrycusko

B. Arch

Architectural Designer

Hayley Scott

B. Arch, LEED Green Associate

Architectural Designer, Communications


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 significantly 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, to exceed client expectations. SSA creates innovative spaces with ensuring values.

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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 40 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.


Pre-Design Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming
  • Redevelopment Studies
  • Development Regulations Analysis
  • Conceptual Designs
  • Rezoning / Committee of Adjustment
  • Applications Implementation Strategies
  • Image Visioning
  • Public Consultative Processes
Planning and Urban Design
  • Site Evaluation
  • Master Planning
  • Redevelopment Concept Design and Imaging
  • Built Form Studies
  • Development Guidelines
  • Streetscape Design
  • Site and Building Physical Evaluations
  • Programme Evaluations
  • Block Schematics
  • Rezoning
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Site Plan Approval
  • Design Development
  • Coordination of Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Construction Documents
  • Building Permits and Approvals
  • Construction Administration Services
  • Construction Review
  • Project Close Our Documents
  • Project Warrantee Review
Interior Design
  • Design Guidelines and Space Standards
  • Facility  Programming
  • Space Planning
  • Design Development
  • Coordination of Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Building Permits
  • Casework and Millwork Design
  • Furniture Selection
  • Material Finish Specifications
  • Move Management
  • Signage and Way-Finding Programs
  • Colour Studies
  • Artwork Selection and Installation
  • Construction Review
  • Construction Documents
  • 3D Imaging
Project Management
  • Consultant Team Selection
  • Construction Manager / Contractor Selection
  • Cost Estimating / Cost Control
  • Construction Management
Resource Conservation
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Energy Use Analysis
  • Energy Conserving Design
    • Cost Benefit Studies
    • Environmentally Based Planning Principles
    • Ecologically Conscious Design Approach
    • Energy Efficiency Strategies
  • Cost Benefit Studies
  • Environmentally Based Planning Principles
  • Ecologically Conscious Design Approach
  • Energy Efficiency Strategies