Selected recent press hits

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Canadian Interiors

canadian interiors magazine press hit cottage design principles

COTTAGE DESIGN PRINCIPLES FROM A TO Z icon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

+VG Principal Peter Berton offers some lessons for the lakeside.

 

2020

Azure

press hit in azure magazine titled how good design can help schools safely re-open, thumbnail

HOW GOOD DESIGN CAN HELP SCHOOLS SAFELY RE-OPENicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

How can schools welcome students and teachers back? Through the inclusion of learning commons adaptable to all curricula. (The photo shows the soaring, 40-foot-high, wedge-shaped daylit atrium at +VG’s St. Mary’s High School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.)

press hit in azure magazine titled time to reboot, thumbnail

IT’S TIME FOR A REBOOT icon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Paul Sapounzi, President and Managing Partner at +VG, reveals how to make schools more versatile.

Building

+VG: ONTARIO’S UNOFFICIAL MUNICIPAL ARCHITECTicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

+VG has an unusual business model: designing public facilities for smaller municipalities, getting ratepayers on board, then securing provincial and federal aid to get the thing built.

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HEX PODSicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

To enable public schools to reopen safely during COVID, +VG reimagines the portable school classroom.

Canadian Architect

press hit in canadian architect magazine for oomph group

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?icon indicating an external link

The Oomph Group, headed by Johanna Hoffmann, relaunches to deliver integrated marketing and business development services to architecture, engineering, planning and interior design firms.

Media contact: David Lasker Communications

press hit in canadian architect magazine for burlington courthouse building

BURLINGTON POA COURTHOUSE OFFERS DEVELOPMENT MODEL FOR CASH-STRAPPED MUNICIPALITIESicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Images by David Lasker Photography

“We applied contextual inspirations to evoke the spirit of the place and imbue the facility with an imaginative sense of place and poetry that pays homage to the primeval forests, the lake and even the weather,” says Ed Bourdeau, Partner and Architectural Project Manager at +VG.

press hit in canadian architect magazine for hamilton courthouse building

+VG ARCHITECTS RESTORES MIDCENTURY-MODERN COURTHOUSE IN HAMILTONicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Images by David Lasker Photography

An iconic midcentury-modern heritage building in Hamilton, Ontario, has undergone an extensive revitalization that blends elements of the building’s proud heritage with new and modern amenities.

press hit in canadian architect magazine for peterborough public library

+VG ARCHITECTS RENOVATES THE PETERBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARYicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

The renovation and addition to the main branch of the Public Library in Peterborough, Ontario, exemplifies an important trend in urban living, explains +VG’s Peter Berton, the project’s Partner-in-Charge. “It’s a very big thing. More than just a library with books and internet, this is a community hub.”

press hit in canadian architect magazine for taro hall

+VG ARCHITECTS RENOVATES BROCK UNIVERSITY’S GOODMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESSicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

The project will have a big impact on Goodman’s 2,900 undergrads and 520 graduate students, said Barry Wright,  Interim Dean, when it launched. “This is about giving Goodman students a better advantage in launching their careers. Yes, the architecture will be beautiful, but importantly this project brings a new generation of teaching and learning facilities that are truly state-of-the-art.”

Canadian Interiors

canadian interiors magazine press hit titled a tangible conneection

A TANGIBLE CONNECTION: HOUSE ON HALIBURTON LAKEicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

This upscale +VG cottage project links the exterior to the interior, visually and spatially.

 

canadian interiors magazine press hit stacklab felt collection

FELT COLLECTIONicon indicating an external link

Client: Stacklab

Stacklab works with regional Merino wool manufacturers to take surplus off-cut and end-of-bolt felted wool out of the waste stream and turn them into furniture.

 

Canadian Press

toronto star newspaper canadian press press hit covid school

CANADIAN SCHOOLS FACE DAUNTING, UNIQUE REOPENING CHALLENGES DURING PANDEMICicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

We arranged for Canadian Press Reporter Michelle McQuigge to interview +VG President and Managing Partner Paul Sapounzi about making schools safe during COVID. Her story appeared in dozens of newspapers across Canada including, as shown here, The Toronto Star.

 

Construction Links Network

construction links network press hit Paul Sapounzi FRAIC

+VG ARCHITECTS MANAGING PARTNER PAUL SAPOUNZI “ONTARIO’S MUNICIPAL ARCHITECT,” APPOINTED RAIC FELLOWicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Our press release on +VG Managing Partner Paul Sapounzi’s appointment as Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada included the moniker “Ontario’s unofficial municipal architect.” The nickname, in full or shortened form, evidently appeals to editors.

 

Municipal World

municipal world magazine press hit st thomas police

THE NEW, COMMUNITY-FRIENDLY FACE OF LAW ENFORCEMENTicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

“I call this a community-friendly police building.”—Chris C. Herridge, Chief of Police, St. Thomas, Ontario.

 

Officeinsight

officeinsight ejournal press hit teknion nienkamper ergocentric

CANADIAN MANUFACTURERS COPE WITH COVID-19icon indicating an external link

Clients: Nienkamper, Teknion

Text by David Lasker

How are Canadian contract manufacturers coping with COVID? Better than expected. We interviewed the presidents of three Toronto-area firms: ErgoCentric’s Terry Cassaday, Nienkamper’s Klaus Nienkamper and Teknion’s David Feldberg. They’ve found imaginative ways to turn the massive economic disruption to advantage, even having fun along the way.

 

 

Toronto Star

toronto star newspaper press hit ernestine tahedl 1

SEE MUSIC THE WAY THIS KING CITY ARTIST PERCEIVES IT AT THIS TORONTO GALLERYicon indicating an external link

Client: Gallery 133

For feature editors at mass-market publications, abstract painting isn’t necessarily the most appealing topic. But by creating a story hook about synesthesia, we made Ernestine Tahedl’s music-inspired canvasses “sexy.”

2019

Blue Line

blue line magazine press hit titled a building suited to the changing face of law enforcement

A BUILDING SUITED TO THE CHANGING FACE OF LAW ENFORCEMENTicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Ontario’s new St.  Thomas Police Service building depicts the evolving change in crime patterns and the trend to more community- and detainee-friendly policing

 

Building

building magazine press hit titled improved public realm starts to take shape at university of windsor

IMPROVED PUBLIC REALM STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE AT UNIVERSITY OF WINDSORicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

To mark the University of Windsor’s 50th anniversary, the school engaged +VG to create a campus master plan with a vision for the next 50 years.

 

building magazine press hit titled lakeside disruptor

CAYMAN MARSHALL: LAKESIDE DISRUPTORicon indicating an external link

Client: Cayman Marshall International Realty

Text by David Lasker

Move over, Toronto and Vancouver. Look to the wilds of Muskoka, where Cayman Marshall International Realty has created Canada’s latest real estate hothouse.

 

Canadian Architect

canadian architect magazine press hit university of windsor

+VG ARCHITECTS COMPLETE FIRST PHASE OF U OF WINDSOR MASTER PLANicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

To mark the University of Windsor’s 50th anniversary, the school engaged +VG to create a campus master plan for the Ontario institution with a vision for the next 50 years.

 

Canadian Interiors

canadian interiors magazine press hit sales centres

SALES CENTRE AS PROPHECYicon indicating an external link

Client: Cecconi Simone

Text by David Lasker

How Cecconi Simone creates a cohesive vision of condominium amenity spaces, from presentation centres to the finished product.

 

Interior Design

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COMMUNITY AGENCY AND STACKLAB THINK GREEN FOR TORONTO’S DESIGN EXCHANGE MUSEUMicon indicating an external link

Client: Stacklab

Amid recycled wood chips and pine seedlings planted in glass vials strung from biodegradable polymer fishing line, winding maple plaques in Stacklab’s Wild Abode exhibit told the story of how natural wood makes its way into homes.

 

Officeinsight

office insight ejournal press hit integral business interiors

PORTRAIT OF A STARTUP SHERPAicon indicating an external link

Client: Integral Business Interiors

Text by David Lasker

Images by David Lasker Photography

Integral Business Interiors, a Toronto furniture dealership and workplace design firm, acts as a one-stop shop for startups making the transition from shared space in an incubator to their own office premises. “We mentor them once they’ve signed the lease,” says Integral co-founder Lorne Roberts.

 

 

Spaces4learning

space4slearning ejournal press hit university of windsor

BRINGING OUT THAT COMMUNITY FEELicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

To mark the University of Windsor’s 50th anniversary, the school engaged +VG to create a campus master plan with a vision for the next 50 years. The plan aims to enrich the student and community experience, update the feel of the campus and make the university more competitive.

 

 

 

2018

Building

building magazine press hit future proof school

CREATING THE “FUTURE-PROOF” SCHOOLicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

“Even if we can’t see what’s coming, our schools are flexible enough to accommodate it.”

 

 

building magazine press hit sheridan college

80,000 SQUARE FOOT THEATRE PLANNED FOR OAKVILLE’S SHERIDAN COLLEGE.

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

For Sheridan College, +VG designed a multipurpose hall with an orchestra pit and a tall fly tower, making it capable of hosting chamber music, dance, drama, musical theatre and orchestral performances as well as conference, film and lecture presentations.

 

Canadian Interiors

canadian interiors magazine press hit mura table

STACKLAB AND JEFF GOODMAN STUDIO LAUNCH MURA LOW TABLEicon indicating an external link

Client: Stacklab

The Mura table will be produced in a limited-edition run of 25 units, with a list price of $US 60,000. It will be available exclusively at Maison Gerard, a leading New York gallery specializing in fine furniture, lighting and objets d’art by 20th-century masters and emerging contemporary designers.

 

 

canadian interiors magazine press hit wild abode

STACKLAB INSTALLATION A FINALIST FOR SBID INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDicon indicating an external link

Client: Stacklab

Stacklab’s Wild Abode installation was a finalist in the 2018 SBID International Design Excellence Award in the Public Spaces category. The competition, based in London, England, ranks among the most prestigious interior design award events on the global design calendar.

 

officeinsight ejournal press hit fig40

A VISIT TO THE STUDIO OF FIG40: A DESIGN DUO TO WATCHicon indicating an external link

Client: Fig40

Text by David Lasker

Images by David Lasker Photography

By their works shall ye know them. If the Toronto-based industrial design firm Fig40 doesn’t sound familiar, many of the products they’ve designed for American and Canadian manufacturers are. To mention only their 2017 introductions: Nienkamper’s CernOffice casegoods collection, which won a Silver award at NeoCon 2017; the F4 conference chair for Stylex, that won Gold; and Tayco’s Switch systems furniture. This year will see the launch of Cache, a high-density stacking chair designed for Groupe Lacasse; desktop divider panels designed for Symmetry Office made of a felt lookalike – PET (polyethylene terephthalate recycled from soda bottles); and, at NeoCon, a table collection for Tuohy and two concrete lines for Nienkamper: Cern Accessories and the Perplex Bench.

 

 

2017

Building

building magazine press hit titled tales from the crypt

TALES FROM THE CRYPTicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

Text by David Lasker

This past September, a cadre of suitably awed journalists saw the fruits of a 14-year, $128-million renovation of historic St. Michael’s Cathedral, the principal church of Canada’s largest English-speaking Catholic archdiocese, located at 65 Bond Street in the heart of downtown Toronto. Previously, the 169-year old monument, designed by Toronto architect William Thomas, seemed dark, drab and dreary. Now it is light, bright and resplendent.

 

 

building magazine press hit titled new project targets empty nester market gap

NEW PROJECT TARGETS EMPTY-NESTER MARKET GAPicon indicating an external link

Client: Culver & Henderson Building Design

What’s an empty-nester baby boomer to do? There are plenty of options for group and assisted living. But up to now, downsizing boomers who want to continue to live independently and age gracefully in place in their own house have had little to choose from.

 

 

 

Canadian Architect

canadian architect magazine press hit st michaels cathedral

+VG ARCHITECTS CELEBRATES COMPLETED RENOVATION OF HISTORIC ST. MICHAEL’S CATHEDRALicon indicating an external link

Client: The Ventin Group Architects (+VG)

The project is part of a series of extensive renovations by +VG instigated by the Archdiocese of Toronto and further encouraged by Cardinal Thomas Collins, who arrived in 2007 and had a vision to develop the cathedral as a centre of evangelization. To that end, “The cathedral should be a thing of beauty,” says architect Terrance White, Partner-in-Charge of the +VG team at the cathedral, who was assisted by David Ecclestone, +VG Partner and project architect. As the lead consultant, they worked with the archdiocese to create the renovation strategy and hire subcontractors.

 

 

 

 

Canadian Interiors

canadian interiors magazine press hit cecconi simone

KISHTI ON MEADSicon indicating an external link

Client: Cecconi Simone

Designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and Cecconi Simone Inc., Kishti on Meads is a luxury two-villa enclave on fashionable Meads Bay Beach in the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The villa with six main bedrooms has ensuite bathrooms offering garden or ocean views, rooftop and courtyard gardens, an infinity pool with ocean view beyond, and a hot tub.

 

 

 

 

The Globe and Mail

globe and mail newspaper press hit derek nicholson

HOME-BUILDER’S DIP INTO THE RED A PAINFUL LESSONicon indicating an external link

Client: Derek Nicholson

The houses that contractor Derek Nicholson builds are not your everyday, cookie-cutter suburban homes.

 

 

Zoomer

zoomer magazine press hit aqua therapy

AQUA THERAPYicon indicating an external link

Client: Culver & Henderson Building Design

Text by David Lasker

“Taking the waters, right at home? According to David Lasker, hydrotherapy pools might be an answer to easing pain and wear-and-tear on the body as we age.”

 

 

 

 

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