Who We Are

Architecture

dpai takes projects from conception to construction, partnering with clients on every step of the process. Each job starts with a thorough analysis of the build-site and client expectations, emphasizing collaboration and elevating the language of design. With in-house rendering skills, an award-winning understanding of codes and permits, and an unwavering commitment to design, dpai delivers world-class architecture that is on-time and on-budget.

Interiors

Just as important as how a space looks is how it works. dpai’s award-winning interior spaces focus on design excellence and crafting environments that blend aesthetics with functionality. Once again emphasizing collaboration, dpai works with the client to understand their needs, designing a unique, custom-fit, space. With a portfolio of institutional, educational, commercial, residential and recreational interior spaces, dpai is prepared to take on any project, from a boutique office space to an award-winning library.

Urban Design

We design more than buildings. Urban Design is about shaping cities, and is intrinsically tied to architecture, buildings, and the spaces in between. We have Architects, Planners, and Urban Designers on staff with an outstanding track record in Formal Consultation, Conceptual Urban Design and District Studies, Rezoning, OPA Amendments, Site Plan Approval, Design Review Panel presentations, and OMB hearings.

Edward Winter

Architect

Edward was introduced to the world of construction at an early age, designing and building small pieces of furniture with his father for use in the family home.  Learning the proper use of tools and construction materials imparted an appreciation for all things mechanical, and instilled a desire to design beautiful functional objects that “just…

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David Premi

Principal Architect + CEO

Born and raised in Hamilton, David Premi has always been a passionate advocate for the arts. David was a founding director of Cabbagetown Theatre Company in Toronto where he acted, directed, and designed sets for live theatre. He has made short films and plays the guitar. Most recently he led the renaissance of the Hamilton…

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David Svoboda

Arch. Technologist

Since an early age David has always been fascinated by architecture and the concepts behind building construction. While growing up in Hamilton, David became increasingly interested in the ever-changing back-drop of the city. Having worked in Hamilton for 5 years with a focus on Residential and Commercial projects, David brings a solid understanding of architectural…

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Brady Kemp

Arch. Technologist

Brady graduated from Mohawk College with an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology, as well as a diploma in construction engineering. He always approaches his work with a passion for environmentally friendly design, and is an eager participant in dpai’s initiatives in shaping the future of the city. A lover of the arts, you can usually…

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Elena Balaska

Managing Director

Managing Director Elena Balaska was born and raised in Athens, Greece. After receiving her BA in International Affairs, Elena flew to Cardiff, UK to complete a MA in International Public Relations. Having worked across the fashion, arts and entertainment industries in Greece, United Kingdom and Canada for a decade, Elena brings a solid marketing and management…

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Siubhan Taylor

Interior Designer

Born and raised in Toronto, Siubhan Taylor has always been a creative person, expressing herself any way that she could. She decided to pursue Interior Design as a career, initially drawn to the idea of positively shaping the way people live and work through creative expression. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from…

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Pablo Navarro

Architect

Pablo Navarro is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Pablo holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Pablo has over 15 years of experience…

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Patty Clydesdale

Interior Designer, Director

Originally from New Brunswick, Patty Clydesdale began her career at the age of 19 with a major Canadian airline honing her French language skills in Quebec City before landing in Toronto to pursue a career in Interior Design. After receiving her Diploma with Honours at Humber College, Patty worked in the corporate commercial sector with…

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Molly Merriman

Architect, Director

Originally from Hamilton, Molly received her B.Sc in Environmental Science at McGill University before studying architecture at Dalhousie University, where she was awarded an M.Arch thesis prize for a Hamilton-based exploration of film, architecture and built heritage.  She has lived and studied in both Germany and Panama, and participated in a design build project at…

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Petra Matar

Intern Architect

Educated in Dubai, Petra Matar graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a degree in Architecture. A dedicated artist that draws inspiration from the arts, culture, modern physics, anthropometrics and mechanics, Petra found a perfect canvas upon which to express her eclectic interests when she moved to Hamilton. Committed to the local arts community,…

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