Studio

Our focus is creating thoughtful, well crafted spaces that articulate a clear idea and a heightened sense of place. We believe collaboration is essential to the making of a successful building. We respect and engage a process that is organic and iterative, governed by the principle that every client and site is unique. We strive to create inventive, beautiful spaces that are available to everyone and for any budget.

 
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Team

Michael Amantea B.Arch OAA, MRAIC
michael@amarchitects.ca

Michael Amantea was born in Toronto, Canada in 1977. He studied at the University of Toronto where in 2001 he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honor standings. Before launching his own practice in 2012, Michael was a lead associate with many significant Canadian architectural practices including Hariri Pontarini Architects and Ian MacDonald Architect. Michael’s portfolio demonstrates a diversity of projects, ranging from large-scale complex mixed-use developments to site specific private residences. Michael has received a number of awards including an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence, a Wood Works Residential Wood Design Award and a Wood Design Award of Merit.

 

Melissa Ng M.Arch BAS Hons
melissa@amarchitects.ca

Melissa Ng received a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2009 and a Master of Architecture in 2014 from the University of Waterloo. Her thesis work, focusing on the importance of hands-on material exploration in the education of an architect, earned her the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership and professional promise. As an amateur woodworker and potter, Melissa brings a craftsman’s sensibility to the design process.

 

Pascale Desbiens M.Arch
pascale@amarchitects.ca

Pascale Desbiens recently moved to Toronto after graduating with a Master of Architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture an Architectural Technologist Program from schools in Montreal and Quebec. Interested in both design and technique, she is motivated to develop simple and organized solutions that respond to complex problems in an economy of means. Pascale has a strong interest in aesthetics and a developed critical sense. Passionate and conscientious, she undertakes every project with great sensitivity, dedication and rigour.