ABOUT

Design Partners in Architecture and Interiors (DPAI) is a collective of experts in architecture, interior design and urban design with a common purpose – to create sustainable work; environmentally and socially.

Our firm

Our work

Our commitment

What we do

As design partners, our collective approach empowers our practice. Driven by a relentless commitment to our values, we work as one to find solutions through design.

 

Our services include:

  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Development Approvals
  • Construction Documents and Specifications
  • Construction Tendering & Procurement
  • Construction Administration
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Management
  • Functional Programming
  • Building Assessment
  • Passive House Design

Who we are

 

Design Partners in Architecture & Interiors (DPAI) is a collective of experts in architecture, interior design and urban design with a common purpose – to create sustainable work; environmentally and socially.

Our firm stands as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, embracing a collective approach that shatters creative hierarchies and redefines the way we shape spaces. As Design Partners, we cherish the philosophy that every voice matters, that every perspective has the potential to illuminate unexplored avenues. We are not a solitary figure but a vibrant collective. We believe that it takes a team, united by a shared purpose, to transform good ideas into truly great ones.

Together we form a force for positive change.

We partner with purpose-driven community leaders, developers, housing providers and city builders to create enduring solutions. We forge partnerships with our clients to develop meaningful solutions tailored to the unique communities they serve, valuing the perspectives and voices of all stakeholders involved. Our empathy extends to everyone, enabling us to bridge the gap between understanding and innovation.

The future holds possibilities.

We are driven by an unwavering commitment to effect positive change through innovation. We push beyond the boundaries of existing sustainability practices, directing and inspiring multiple actions and experiences that address broader aspects of human well-being and a multi-dimensional sustainability agenda. Recognizing the imminent challenges posed by climate change, we acknowledge the need for a transformed approach in the sustainability discourse.

Our values

As a values-driven firm, we consider our designs in a larger local and global context – providing solutions and services within the built environment that create a positive impact. 

 

Our work proves that we are driven by strong convictions and our values create the framework for all we do. They define everything from what we do and how we do it.

 
OUR VALUES 
We work to sustain our communities;
We choose to be positive and humble;
We expect honesty and open communication;
We grow through discovery;
We succeed through our client-centered process.

PEOPLE

David Premi

Patty Clydesdale

Aasiya Aslam

Alea Reid

Alex Webster

Alifa Frebrian

Benita Whyte

Cecilia Turner

Jamie Schneider

Kaley Davidson

Mike Mazurkiewicz

Nala Phan

Natasha Arbon

Pablo Navarro

Petra Matar

Sebastian Lubczynski

Sebastian Lubczynski

Sebastian is a passionate and driven Senior Architect with a keen interest in enriching our built environment and enhancing the human experience. Having worked for over 15 years in the architectural profession, Sebastian’s design and management experience includes projects that range from emergency services, offices, health care, civic, hospitality, residential, and mixed use.

Sebastian holds a Professional Bachelor and Master of Architecture degree from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He remains actively engaged in architectural education and mentorship, teaching as a Sessional Instructor at Sheridan College Architectural Technology in the design studios and acting as a guest critic at student presentations.

A proud father with a unique sense of humour; Sebastian’s passion and creativity continually inspire him to design buildings that enrich lives and foster community.

Petra Matar

Petra Matar grew up in Dubai, UAE, and graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a degree in Architecture. She joined the firm in 2011 shortly after her graduation and has worked on a wide range of project types including institutional, commercial, residential, and urban design projects.

Petra is passionate about good design in all aspects of a project from its management to the end product delivered. Petra’s approach to work is highly organized both in process and presentation. She guides all her projects with a clear road map that helps everyone involved visualize the process and participate in it. Her work is marked by clarity in visual communication and good aesthetic.

As a Passive House Certified Designer, Petra brings this knowledge into projects she works on with the aim of designing a good product for the client, community, and the environment.

She is also a practicing visual and installation artist who values creativity and seeks beauty in everything she makes. Her work has been featured at Supercrawl and in several group and solo shows in Hamilton, Dubai and Sharjah. She is also a graphic designer with extensive self-taught knowledge in art direction and branding.

Pablo Navarro

Pablo holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Toronto, and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He has over 20 years of experience managing a wide range of projects throughout all phases of design and construction – from site planning, programming and schematic design to detail drawings and contract administration. Pablo brings a wealth of knowledge about building codes and accessibility standards as well as extensive experience working with municipal authorities throughout all phases of approvals.

Pablo was drawn to Hamilton’s authentic character and urban grit as well as DPAI’s urban renewal work. In his spare time, he can be found at film festivals, music concerts and soccer games. He can also be spotted going for long nighttime runs to keep his creative energy flowing.

Natasha Arbon

Natasha studied the Fundamentals of Interior Design at George Brown College prior to completing a Bachelor of Interior Design degree with Honors from Yorkville University. Natasha recently joined DPAI, bringing a strong background in space planning and architectural design. Her collaborative approach and ability to develop comprehensive layouts and finish package options will be a great asset to this project team. Together with Patty and Pablo, Natasha will deliver innovative design solutions that meet Concert Properties’ objectives and elevate the desirability of the building on the market.

Nala Phan

Nala Phan earned her M.Arch degree from Toronto Metropolitan University in 2020 with a thesis focused on leveraging daylight and biomimicry design for human comfort. Rooted in a deep appreciation for nature and care for human well-being, she remains dedicated to researching sustainable design methods, blending her strong technical skills with her creative vision. Before joining DPAI, Nala acquired valuable design experience in the healthcare sector. Possessing an expertise in BIM and has applied BIM for nearly 10 years, she works effectively in integrated teams, coordinating with multi-disciplinary consultants across all project stages, from conceptualization to contract administration. Her diverse portfolio spans from cozy café corners to high-rise mixed-use towers.

Whenever a bit of extra time graces her schedule, you will find Nala sharing Revit knowledge through laid-back online classes. Outside the architectural world, Nala immerses herself in gardening, creating a green haven that supplies her culinary adventures.

Mike Mazurkiewicz

Mike’s ongoing objective is to understand and produce well-conceived and well-constructed projects that are beautiful, functional, and adaptable for their occupants. Mike works at the nexus of architecture and building science, with experience across institutional, single-family and multi-unit residential, and public art projects. As a Certified Passive House Designer, he has enthusiasm for passive design strategies and alternative or provocative approaches to sustainability.

Mike holds a Master of Architecture from Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) where he was named to the RAIC Honour Roll and received funding for a term program in Vienna. His graduate thesis, Enclosure as Metaphor, treated the building enclosure as a cultural artifact and was awarded the OAA Guild Medal.

On Sundays he makes French toast and runs the Rail Trail, Bayfront, and Dundas Valley.

Kaley Davidson

Born and raised in Hamilton, Kaley graduated from McMaster University with a combined honours B.A in Art History and Cultural Studies + Critical Theory before pursuing a career in design.

Since completing a Bachelor of Interior Design from the SID at Toronto Metropolitan University, she has spent the past 5 years working on a variety of projects ranging from multi-family developments, luxury residential, hospitality, and commercial – always striving to create spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

Kaley loves to travel and is always excited to explore new cities – seeking out art, design, and food wherever she goes.

Jamie Schneider

Jamie is DPAI’s Senior Architectural Technologist and BIM Coordinator with a passion for technology and advancing our BIM capabilities.  During the last +15 years, he has worked in England, New Zealand and Canada.  Most recently, he worked with a leading design firm in NZ and had the privilege of collaborating with some of the best architects and technologists in the country.  There he helped transition the team from traditional CAD to BIM while gaining experience working on many award wining projects.  He has been busy implementing and refining our BIM processes into our project workflow.  Jamie has a stellar track record of successfully meeting deliverable targets, receiving positive feedback from clients and end-users.

Away from the office he can be found enjoying the outdoors, trail running, bike riding or hiking with his family.

Cecilia Turner

Cecilia is an experienced financial manager and is exceptionally skilled at strategic growth planning and improving profitability. Prior to joining the dpai team, Cecilia worked for notable e-commerce and retail brands such as Cleo and Carters OshKosh. With her warm and upbeat nature, Cecilia exemplifies the people side of finance and enjoys the teamwork and camaraderie that comes with her role.

Cecilia is deeply devoted to her family and cares immensely for her community and supporting cause-driven initiatives. She has both planned and participated in large-scale fundraisers for organizations such as the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Society and Diabetes Association, to name a few. In her daily life, Cecilia is always considering ways that she can give back, be it making regular donations to her local library or participating in regular blood drives.

Benita Whyte

Originally from Ottawa, ON, Benita studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal, where she specialized in textiles, printmaking and video art. Benita moved to Hamilton in 2014, where she co-founded Casino Artspace and the music group Persons. Passionate about strength training and fitness, when not at DPAI, Benita can be found at the downtown YMCA where she is an instructor and personal trainer.   

Benita is an artist and musician who writes and performs in the group Persons. Originally from Ottawa, ON, she studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal, where she specialized in textiles, printmaking and video art. Benita moved to Hamilton in 2014, where she co-founded Casino Artspace. She has a passion for group fitness and can be found teaching classes at the YMCA.

Alifa Frebrian

Alifa is an artist and designer who graduated from University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. She is happy to be back working in her hometown of Hamilton. Before DPAI, she worked in Vancouver and Toronto architecture firms assisting on residential, commercial, educational, and urban design projects. She endeavors to use architecture to tell a story of a place and the people who belong to it.

For fun, Alifa enjoys expressing her creativity with illustration, animation, and tiny sculptures.

Alex Webster

Alex is an Intermediate Interior Designer with almost a decade of professional experience on projects across North America, ranging in size and budget. She has worked at three of Toronto’s top design firms and possesses a breadth of project knowledge from luxury hotels and residences to retail and restaurants, to corporate commercial and beyond. Creating meaningful spaces that push the boundaries of design from overall concept to nuanced details is paramount to her design aesthetic. In addition, she takes a keen interested in social and design forecasting, and implements future trends to achieve timeless designs. Alex incorporates inspiration from her love of travel and exploration through art, culture, fashion, and food into her work.

Alea Reid

Alea’s interest lies in experience-based design, where she designs for the curation and enrichment of how individuals and communities interact and experience space. Alea’s multidisciplinary background and passion for cross-pollination in design allows projects to have a holistic approach. She sees the value from art to architecture and everything in between.

Alea holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Toronto Metropolitan University School of Interior Design (previously Ryerson School of Interior Design). After studying and working in various cities across the country, Alea returned to her hometown of Hamilton, where she uses her passion to build better communities symbiotically, sustainably, and inclusively.

When Alea isn’t in the office, you can catch her cooking, sculpting ceramics, kayaking, or adventuring out to hike the Rocky Mountains…or just binge watching her favourite shows.

Aasiya Aslam

Aasiya’s fascination for art and architecture sparked from having lived in various cities of the world. Originally from India, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Measi Academy of Architecture, India, and a Master’s in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Sheffield, England. Prior to joining DPAI, she worked with firms both in India and the Middle East on several high-rise residential, commercial and institutional projects. Her focus in design is to create social, interactive spaces that foster well-being.

Aasiya is an advocate of eco-conscious practices and is trying to implement them in her daily life. She wants to explore the ideas of sustainable and responsible travelling and a lifestyle of minimalism. She is a passionate nature lover, enjoys creative writing, reading, hiking and exploring the city.

Patty Clydesdale

Patty is a Principal of the firm, and a Registered Interior Designer, ARIDO who brings more than 16 years’ experience in architecture and interiors. Since joining DPAI over 11 years ago, she’s made invaluable contributions to the firm’s growth with the development of a flourishing interiors division within the corporate commercial, public and post secondary design sectors.

Patty is motivated by people engagement and loves the relationship-building aspect of her profession. She gains inspiration through her values-based approach, continuous self-education, and the perspectives and lived experience of people she meets.

Inclusive design is the root of Patty’s approach, advocating openly and transparently for equitable participation and representation of people and communities affected by the design process who’ve traditionally not seen themselves in the spaces they inhabit. Patty adds meaningful input to conversations about equity and inclusion, what it means to the design process, and the resulting experiences we create.

Patty is currently Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with Hammer City Roller Derby, and recently appointed by ARIDO’s Board of Management as a member of the Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Advancement Community Outreach Sub-Committee.

David Premi

David is regarded as a community leader in his hometown of Hamilton, ON. He serves as a board member for the Chamber of Commerce and is the former chair of the Hamilton Arts Council. David’s advocacy led to the establishment of a Design Review Panel in Hamilton.

Throughout his 30-year career, his focus has been on elevating the language of design, its place in the community and its relationship to city building—an approach that’s typified by an OAA Award of Excellence, and a Chicago Athenaeum Award for the design of Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market.

Our team is the best
part of our firm.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Senior Architectural Technologist

THE OPPORTUNITY

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Architectural Technologist to join our growing team. As a Senior Technologist at DPAI, you’ll have the opportunity to support our architectural projects from conception to completion in a fully integrated REVIT environment. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of working experience in a comparable role and a strong background in architectural design and construction documentation. You will play a vital role in ensuring that our projects are executed with precision, meeting quality standards and timelines. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about sustainable design, and who is eager to learn and grow with our team.

REPONSIBILITIES

In this role, you will collaborate closely with Architects and Project Managers to create architectural drawings, schematics, and construction documents primarily utilizing REVIT. You will coordinate construction contracts by overseeing project specifications, issuing change orders, conducting site visits, and ensuring alignment with design intent and industry standards. Maintaining quality control across all project phases, encompassing document preparation, design development, and construction, will be a primary responsibility. Additionally, you will collaborate with diverse teams comprising engineers, contractors, and consultants to ensure efficient project coordination and communication. Staying current with building codes, regulations, and industry best practices to guarantee adherence to standards in project designs is essential. Furthermore, you will directly engage with clients, addressing their inquiries, concerns, and feedback throughout the project lifecycle, while also preparing comprehensive project documentation, encompassing reports, specifications, and construction administration records.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Diploma or degree in Architectural Technology or a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of industry experience.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD, Microsoft Suite, Adobe DC Pro, Sketchup, and other relevant software.
  • Strong knowledge of construction materials, methods, and detailing.
  • Strong knowledge of Building Codes, including the capability to perform Code reviews, fill out OBC Data Matrix, and competence in SB-10 and SB-12 requirements.
  • Proficient in sourcing ULC assemblies to suit various architectural situations.
  • Experience in Construction Phase and Contract Administration work.
  • Proficiency in writing and reading 3-part specifications.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work.
  • Professional accreditation or certification is a plus.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email your resume, samples of work, and cover letter to work@dpai.ca. While all applications are sincerely appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

DPAI is committed to an inclusive, equitable, and accessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact us.

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