We like the idea that our work starts with the existing. We find the existing to be valuable.

Who we Are

Established in 2015, Giaimo is a Toronto-based architecture firm integrating design and heritage conservation. We specialize in developing contextual and creative solutions within existing buildings, fostering environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable places through adaptive reuse, renovations, interventions, and integrating new with old. As architects, designers, and heritage specialists, we have over two decades of experience in all project stages, including research, heritage assessments, feasibility studies, concept design, detailed design, and construction.

Collectively our staff have worked on hundreds of projects, ranging from housing and offices to museums and community spaces, and have been honoured with numerous awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation, the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Award. Collaboration is at the core of our studio, and we actively engage in Canada’s architectural culture through mentoring, teaching, research, publishing, volunteering, and exhibitions.

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Our Team

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Our studio is actively engaged in the architecture and heritage community and passionate about advocating for design excellence, as seen in our involvement with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC), Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

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Our process

Design is in everything we do. We bring this attitude to all projects, exploring architecture conservation through a series of lenses, from sustainability and adaptability, to cultural heritage and stewardship.

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