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The Signs That Define Toronto: A new book from ERA and Spacing 

Collage of 4 photos showing landmark Toronto signs: El Mocambo neon palm tree; Golden Star vertical sign; Brown Derby Tavern lightbox; and Sam the Record Man's iconic neon "spinning" records.

We are happy to announce the release of The Signs That Define Toronto. Published and produced with Spacing, ERA partner Philip Evans and architect Kurt Kraler team up with Spacing’s Matthew Blackett and 20 contributors to reveal the history, culture, and stories of the city through its unique signage. The book is packed full of gorgeous historic and vintage photography and is accompanied by thoughtful essays on the social and cultural value of the city’s signage.  

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University College: Revitalization and Accessibility 

Interior of University College Library from second floor balcony.
photo: doublespace photography

The University College is an architectural gem within the already famously picturesque University of Toronto campus. In a way, it’s the centre of the university, and when you look north up King’s College Road, your view terminates in what ERA’s Max Berg calls a “postcard building” from the 1850s. 

It has been home to a library, a museum, a chemistry lab, and various class space. It survived a fire in the 1890s, and major renovations in the 1970s, with wings being added over time, and major interior and functional changes occurring throughout the building’s history. But the time has come, once again, to reimagine the building — especially where accessibility is concerned — while still maintaining its charm and style. 

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Announcing the Frank Darling Book Project

Disponible en français ci-dessous.
David Winterton—Sr Associate, ERA Architects

Over the past six years I’ve been researching and occasionally lecturing at SSAC conferences on Canadian architect Frank Darling (1850–1923) and his ultimate firm, Darling & Pearson. A clear narrative has evolved that outlines his leadership in developing an official “Edwardian” architecture in Toronto and beyond, the firm’s tremendous output of bank designs in the early twentieth century and, more generally, that period’s cultural and imperial context in English Canada.

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Une nouvelle vie pour l’ancien hôpital Royal Victoria à Montréal

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Depuis 2019, le bureau montréalais d’ERA Architectes contribue en tant que spécialiste en patrimoine à la requalification d’un des lieux emblématiques de Montréal, l’ancien hôpital Royal Victoria. La silhouette iconique de l’ensemble, perché sur le flanc du mont Royal, représente un repère visuel autant à partir du centre-ville que du parc du Mont-Royal. Le projet du Nouveau Vic, mené par Diamond Schmitt/Lemay Michaud Architectes, en collaboration avec Claude Cormier et Associés, l’Enclume, Arup, Cima +, Pageau Morel et associés, et Bouthillette Parizeau, vise la réhabilitation de la partie la plus ancienne du complexe pour la convertir en centre de recherche et d’enseignement pour l’Université McGill. 

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Dressing The Webster

Three rows of thumbnail image squares show the overall colour palette of neighbouring buildings on a streetscape

If you look closely enough, you’ll notice that every neighbourhood has its own unique colour palette, which helps define its character. Some are strictly uniform and monochromatic, while others are a wildly chaotic patchwork of distinct colours. Many of these shades and swatches stem from the materials used in a neighbourhood’s construction throughout the years. These material sources, over time, create a palimpsest which speaks to the local history. Continue reading…

ERA annonce ses nouveaux associés à Montréal | ERA Announces New Leadership in Montréal

ERA annonce ses nouveaux associés à Montréal

ERA Architectes est fière d’annoncer la nomination de Ève Wertheimer et de Jan Kubanek en tant qu’associés à la tête du bureau québécois de l’agence. 

ERA Architectes œuvre au Québec depuis 2012 sur des projets de mise en valeur de l’environnement bâti existant, pour plusieurs clients des secteurs privés et publics. La nomination de Ève et de Jan consolide notre engagement à l’endroit de nos collaborateurs locaux, en appui à diverses initiatives architecturales et culturelles. Continue reading…

Canada’s Ken Soble Tower certified as world’s largest residential Passive House EnerPHit retrofit

One of the first of its kind in North America, the 18-storey affordable seniors tower serves as a model for low-carbon, resilient future

Ken Soble Tower, a white-clad 18-storey tower viewed from a vantage at ground level and looking high up into the sky.

January 19, 2022 (Hamilton, ON) – ERA Architects (ERA) and PCL Construction (PCL) announce the Ken Soble Tower in Hamilton, Canada, has become the world’s largest residential building retrofitted to the Passive House standard – achieving the renowned EnerPHit certification – while also marking the first retrofit of its kind in North America. Continue reading…