Plant Architect

Plant Architect

PLANT Architect Inc. is an award-winning, Toronto-based practice that branches into architecture, landscape, and design. On projects ranging from modest residential renovations to urban renewal on a civic scale, our studio’s architects and landscape architects collaborate across disciplinary borders to reveal a site’s potential and explore its context. As designers, we heighten the experience of buildings and landscapes, often by strengthening the relationships between them.

Both meanings of “PLANT” inspired our name:

· Our studio is emphatically a place where things are made: we value process, craft and construction.

· We have a deep-rooted connection to the environment – to a sense of place, landscape, and natural materials.

Lisa Rapoport, Chris Pommer, and Mary Tremain founded PLANT in 1995. Eric Klaver, who joined the practice in 2013 as senior landscape architect, became PLANT’s fourth partner, in 2017. PLANT has earned national and international recognition, including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, an EDRA Great Places Award, multiple national and regional Urban Design Awards, and seven CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects) Awards, including a National Award of Excellence. Our projects for Toronto’s public realm include the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at City Hall (in joint venture with Perkins+Will Canada), Forest Hill Village North Gateway, Kew Gardens Streetscape, Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing, and Liza’s Garden, the Royal Ontario Museum’s green roof.

Among our current projects are landscape designs for Ryerson University, York University, and University of Toronto Mississauga, and several streetscape and public space master plans for Toronto BIAs. Our expertise in public space design includes urban infrastructure, master planning, and feasibility studies. We have designed memorials such as Toronto’s Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden, Dublin Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin, Ohio, and – in collaboration with artist and novelist Douglas Coupland – the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. Many of our architectural projects involve building renewal and repurposing: they include an extensive, AODA-compliant modernization of historic St. Augustine’s Seminary and the transformation of part of a 1930s industrial incinerator into the new home of Junction Craft Brewing. PLANT’s residential portfolio encompasses single-family homes and gardens, multi-unit residences, and amenity space for large-scale condominium developments.


· Each of our projects responds to the site and its context in an innovative, sustainable, and thoughtful manner; many of them involve an art component.

· Research-based projects are integral to our design practice. We love design that is responsive to its context, and we believe that unique, finely crafted places, spaces, and objects have enduring resonance and impact.

· We have extensive experience in stakeholder and public facilitation, maintenance plan development, technical design, consultant coordination, and municipal process management.

· We strive to create beautiful, durable design that fulfils people’s needs.

· We believe that creative design solutions are in no way incompatible with modest budgets.

· We demand precision and design excellence from ourselves at every stage of a project’s life.

Company information

Suite 208, 101 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5V 2K2, Canada
+1 (416) 979 2012

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Concord Canada House

Concord Canada House, Toronto, designed by IBI Group for Concord Adex
23 Spadina Av, Toronto | Concord Adex
Canada House at Concord CityPlace is where Spadina Avenue meets Bremner Boulevard. Currently the site is home to Concord Adex's headquarters and presentation centre, but it is to be replaced with ... go to project

Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation

Centre for Urban Innovation at Ryerson University, Moriyama + Teshima Architects
44 Gerrard St E, Toronto | Ryerson University
The new Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI), is a research, incubation and commercialization hub focused on solutions to urban infrastructure issues. Designed by the internationally-acclaimed ... go to project

Ryerson: Science Building & Student Residence

202 Jarvis St, Toronto | Ryerson University
41-storey Ryerson building at Jarvis and Dundas n Downtown Toronto, academic uses in the podium (with street-fronting retail) and student residence in the tower floors above. Designed by Henning ... go to project

Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Toronto by Plant Architect, Perkins + Will
100 Queen St W, Toronto | City of Toronto
Since opening in 1965, Nathan Phillips Square has served as Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction, and a national and provincial landmark. Every ... go to project

York University: Schulich Research and Graduate Building

Schulich Research and Graduate Building, Toronto, by York University
4700 Keele, Toronto | York University
York University's new Research and Graduate Building will merge with and link to the existing, award-winning Seymour Schulich Building and will feature extensive outdoor courtyards, green roofs, ... go to project