Our group has a long history of active interest in laneways and residential design. As architects, developers, planners, and community leaders, our experience is ideal for uniting civic leaders with the public and private sectors to create a generative framework for laneway suites.
Craig’s design process focuses on environmental and contextual sensitivity. His skill in crafting buildings that fit sensitively into their surroundings has engendered a passion for laneway development. His career has been enriched by practice in Italy and Portland. It was during his time on the west coast that laneway housing was conceived as a legitimate housing concept, allowing Craig to become intimately familiar with the advantages and challenges of this emerging housing typology.
In addition to being an architect at Toronto firm Sustainable.TO where he designs environmentally and socially-conscious residential and commercial projects, Craig privately designs and develops infill properties in Toronto’s east end.
Andrew began his career working as a planner in the private sector, and for the Committee of Adjustment at the City of Toronto. His initiatives have sought to advance quality design, product innovation, and in doing so, creatively test the real estate market in Toronto.
Andrew is a private residential developer in Toronto, and Chair of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPFP), an independent partner organization of the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division. The TPFP is developing and implementing program initiatives with assistance and funding from Toronto City Council.
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As an undergraduate student Alex studied business, with a major in real estate and housing. His education and career experience developing residential and commercial real estate has enhanced his knowledge of urban economics and the impact of regulation on land uses, both of which play a critical role in the development of cities.
Alex’s interest in laneway development is driven by a passion to marry thoughtful new housing forms into existing neighborhoods while fostering urban intensification, promoting the utilization of existing infrastructure, and expanding affordable housing opportunities throughout the city.
Cassandra is an urban designer and furniture designer, whose interests are rooted in projects related to positive community development and urban design initiatives. As a post-graduate from the Sustainable Urban Design Program at Lund University in Sweden, her master’s thesis focused on linking Toronto’s laneways into walkable, bike-able path systems which enabled diversified laneway development.
Cassandra currently teaches design at the Design Exchange and has worked on several laneway-centric initiatives in recent years, such as Victoria Taylor’s “Laneway Punctures.”She is also a co-founder of KARCASS.
Mark Francis is an intern architect and installation artist based in Toronto. A post-graduate of UBC and a graduate of York University, his design explorations have focused on informal urban typologies in Latin America and Asia, as well as their applications toward small-scale urban interventions at home in Canada.
Mark is also co-founder of the design collective Interspatial, which specializes in constructing architectural installations, which have been featured at Nuit Blanche, the Evergreen Brick Works, and PULP.
Ryan is a graduate of the Architectural Science program at Ryerson University. While studying architecture, he developed a design philosophy around environmental consciousness and sensitivity. In 2017, Ryan and a team of students from Ryerson and UofT won the US Department of Energy’s prestigious Race to Zero competition with a proposal for net-zero energy laneway housing.