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.
WHAT SETS US APART?
· 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.