Weiss Architecture & Urbanism
Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited is committed to providing creative design solutions for clients who value the spaces where they live, work, play and learn. Listening carefully and working in a collaborative manner with clients, consultants, stakeholders and authorities, the firm’s design process breaks established patterns to examine the art and technology of building in new and inventive ways.
Spinning off from his previous partnership, Larkin Architect Limited, architect and urban designer, Kevin Weiss established his new firm in August 2012 to concentrate on and better serve the areas of expertise that he has developed through his over 20 years of work in the profession. These areas include educational and civic facilities, as well as custom residential projects. With an education and second professional degree in urban design, Kevin has the unique ability to thoughtfully consider all his projects in the greater context of the city, its neighbourhood and its physical setting.
Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Kevin studied architecture at the University of Manitoba and University of Toronto. Graduating in 1989, Kevin had the opportunity to work closely with some of Canada’s preeminent architects, including Diamond Schmitt Architects where for several years he was the Project Architect for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In 1999, Kevin returned to the University of Toronto’s for its inaugural year of the Master of Urban Design program. Subsequently, Kevin has taught architecture and urban design, lectured and guest reviewed at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph and University of Illinois, Chicago. He is currently teaching a Master’s studio at University of Toronto entitled ”Urban Particularities”.
In 2000, Kevin established his first design practice weissbau incorporated. Along with a series of residential projects, Kevin’s firm was short-listed with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol as team urban design consultant in the International Harbourfront Parks and Open Space Competition. Kevin also began a long relationship with Larkin Architect Limited as the design consultant for St Gabriel’s Parish, the first LEED Gold project completed in the City of Toronto. Later, as a firm Principal, Kevin established a new and exciting design direction for Larkin Architect Limited. His noted projects include Regis College at the University of Toronto, Kingsway College School, Stan Wadlow Public Outdoor Pool, Temple Kol Ami, Grace Church Scarborough and the Belanger / Simpson House.