Over the last seven years, Giaimo has grown to 10 staff with expertise in architecture, design, project management, BIM, cultural heritage, conservation, and sustainability.
Ria is a Project Manager and Designer with a decade of international experience in architecture. Over the last six years at Giaimo, she has overseen countless projects from concept design through construction administration. Her project delivery is intuitive. Whether it is designing an extension to a home, restoring a 15-storey heritage facade, collaborating with consultants, refreshing weary interior spaces, intensifying the city’s properties, or producing fantastical hand-drawn illustrations - she brings an extraordinary versatility to her work. Her current projects include The Oculus, 211 Yonge Street, and Sunday School Lofts, and dozens of multi-unit residential refurbishment projects across Ontario.
Ria’s interest in blurring the boundaries between theory, visual arts, photography, and architectural design is evident in her academic work and continues to bring a valuable perspective to her professional practice. She has been a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators since 2015 where her architectural illustrations were published and recognized with three distinction awards. Her most recent group photography exhibit, Where One is Far and Gone was showcased at 401 Richmond’s Gallery 44 in Toronto.
Michelle is an Intern Architect with five years of experience working at a range architecture, urbanism, and landscape architecture firms in Canada, the USA, France, Spain, and Indonesia. Whether collaborating on the adaptive reuse masterplan of a castle or the design of a winter sports education facility for youth, her work has focused on crafting contextual and sustainable places for community growth. At Giaimo, she’s currently working on creating new amenity spaces for residential buildings as well assessing a series of heritage properties for reuse at an Ontario university campus. Her graduate research at the University of Waterloo investigated how flood infrastructure can perpetuate social inequity and explored the interplay between top-down strategies and bottom-up tactics in resilient design.
Over the last six years at Giaimo, Joanne has ensured that the studio is always running smoothly. She currently oversees HR and accounting, balancing the operational performance of the practice while fostering a positive and productive environment. She has over a decade of diverse experience in the brokerage business, from project coordination to research and analysis.
OAA, MRAIC, CAHP
Joey brings more than 25 years of experience in the architectural, heritage and engineering professions, including an extensive portfolio in integrating design and conservation. He founded Giaimo in 2015 with an approach to architecture that sources the value and characteristics of existing buildings and spaces. This process recognizes and records the state of things as they are, and intervenes with them in respectful and sensitive ways. He thinks it is better to be less compulsive when designing. There are no hard and firm rules, the process is always open and collaborative.
Joey’s projects have received numerous awards, and during his tenure at ERA his work on the Allandale Train Station and at Casey House was acknowledged with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. His involvement in architecture regularly extends beyond practice. He currently serves on the City of Hamilton's Design Review Panel (DRP), and is co-author of the award winning "Vancouver Matters", a book that takes a critical stance on the city’s acclaimed urbanism. He is also an instructor at the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and has been a visiting critic and thesis advisor for several academic institutions including the University of British Columbia, OCAD University and the University of Waterloo.
Faisal is an Intern Architect and Designer with expertise in REVIT, Rhino, Grasshopper, MicroStation, and AutoCAD. Over his seven years of study and work experience, he has cultivated a passion for conscientious design, community transformation, and coordinating building systems. He has developed his extensive technical skills on a diverse range of projects, from large scale residential developments and transit infrastructure for public sector clients to renovations of heritage buildings for private developers, throughout all phases of design and construction.
Since joining Giaimo, Faisal has streamlined the REVIT models for our most complex renovation projects, coordinating with large consultant teams to ensure an integrated design and delivery. When he’s not developing scripts and working in visual programming environments, you’ll find him drawing comics and streaming the process on Twitch.
Stephanie is a cultural heritage strategist with a diverse background in architectural history and theory, digital media, visual arts, and environmental and technology studies. As Creative Director, she oversees strategic planning, business development, and communications, while collaborating with the studio on design initiatives and research. With over eight years of unique experience, from working for heritage non-profits and design firms to residential developers and tech start-ups, her work focuses on creative and critical approaches to understanding, communicating, and promoting the connection between people and places. She is passionate about advocating for design excellence, cultural heritage, and sustainability in the built environment and public realm, and currently serves as the Vice President of Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO)’s Toronto Branch, is a member of City of Toronto’s Montgomery’s Inn Museum Art Committee, and sits on the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Sustainability Committee. Her multi-disciplinary background allows her to provide unique insights in architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and heritage conservation through research, writing, creative strategy, design thinking, content development, community engagement, programming, and placemaking.
Mitchell is an Architect and Project Manager with a decade of experience in design and conservation projects across Ontario. Over the last seven years at Giaimo, his work has focused on exploring the relationships between new and existing architectures. From restoring designated heritage buildings and designing complex brewery additions, to renovating retail spaces, developing custom CNC fabricated truss gusset plates, and Nuit Blanche laneway spectacles, Mitchell brings significant knowledge, respect, and creativity to the profession. Prior to joining Giaimo, he worked with Professors Marco Polo and Colin Ripley at Ryerson University to research and document Canada’s Centennial projects where his work formed part of the exhibition Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On. His commitment to design excellence is evident in the number of award-winning buildings he’s contributed to, including the Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre (MJMA), Allandale Train Station (ERA Architects), and South House (Giaimo). He has also led a series of research initiatives at Giaimo, which have been presented at the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) annual conferences.
Shanze is an Architectural Designer and Illustrator committed to creating contextually and historically meaningful spaces. Her experience at a range of conservation, architecture, and visualization firms in Toronto has resulted in a portfolio that blends innovative design with sensitive solutions. With an interest in adaptive reuse, urbanization, and sustainability, Shanze has worked on a diverse range of projects at Giaimo such as the feasibility study, massing, programming development, and concept design for an infill project on a heritage site in Ontario. Her creativity extends beyond architecture into the visual arts, as seen in her painting, drawing, and ceramic art work.
Sara is an Architectural Designer with international study experience in China, Germany, Italy, and Canada. With a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University, she contributes to a range of projects at Giaimo from residential renovations and building condition assessments to design exhibits and heritage interpretation installations. She’s also pursuing a Certificate in Digital Photography from George Brown College and assists the studio with content creation, visual communications, and award submissions. Passionate about heritage conservation, Sara volunteers for the non-profit Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO), where she sits on the Ontario Place Sub-Committee advising on the preservation of Ontario’s modernist landmark and serves as an ACO NextGen Executive Liaison.
B.Arch.Sc., M.Arch, LEED Green Associate
John is an Intern Architect and Project Manager with five years of experience in a range of research and design projects across Ontario. As a LEED Green Associate, his work focuses on sustainable building, accessibility, cultural heritage, adaptive reuse and resilient design. Since joining Giaimo in 2019, he has contributed to over a dozen residential refurbishment projects that look at reimagining existing spaces and creating new additions, as well as the conservation and renovation of 211 Yonge Street in Toronto. Prior to this, he worked on a number of notable projects during his time at ERA Architects including Adaptive Reuse works in Distillery, the Train Shed Revitalization at Union Station, and Accessibility Upgrades at the Canada Life Insurance Building. As a Graduate student at Ryerson University, his thesis focused on the Adaptive Reuse of Detroit’s abandoned Industrial architectural heritage. He was also a representative for the Building Science Studio at the US Department of Energy’s “Race to Zero” Design Competition in Denver where they won the Design Excellence and Systems Integration Award.