Who We Are


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.


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.

Our Values:

We work to sustain our communities.

We choose to be positive and humble.

Be true to yourself.

Vulnerability is a prerequisite for growth.

We expect open and honest communication.

Good process yields great results.

Experimentation and improvisation are vital.

Every project is our most important project.

We demystify design through education and advocacy.

Good design takes time.

Efficiency is beautiful.

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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Pablo Navarro


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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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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Edward Winter


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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Petra Matar


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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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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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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