We design exceptional workplaces, retail and residential spaces. Our work is inspired by a singular purpose: to change how people think, feel, decide and behave.
Designers are drawn to work at figure3 by the interesting clients and challenging projects we address everyday. They stay because of the people. We work as hard at nurturing a warm, welcoming and friendly workplace as we do on the environments we design and build.
BID, Student ARIDO, IDC Project Designer
I was born and raised in Mississauga. My favourite project: My undergrad thesis project. I created a wellness centre that aimed to maintain the health and wellbeing of caregivers of a loved one suffering from mental illness. It was actually designed for the needs of caregivers to allow them to recharge to be at their best for caring for someone living with a mental illness. What's quirky about me: I am obsessed with Christmas movies! Every year I watch the same ones at least twice before Christmas Day. Espcially Elf and Love Actually. close
Senior Team Leader
B.S. Arch, M.B.A
I was born in Bandung, Indonesia and raised in Jakarta. I moved to Boston, MA, USA for Bachelor and Master. Favourite project: A penthouse unit in downtown Toronto for a private client. The client let me to be creative and actually implemented the design with very minor changes, which is pretty unusual! It was fun to really flex my creative muscles. What makes me happiest: Family gathering because there’s always a lot of delicious food! And oh yeah, catching up with relatives. close
I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I came to Toronto for Ryerson University. Favourite project: GWLRA because it has been the largest one that I have been a part of. I’ve loved being a critical part of the team from interviews with clients and space planning to the full design and construction process. What makes me happiest: Living downtown in the crazy city, I like to go on weekend trips or spur of the moment adventures to enjoy the great outdoors. I love relaxing in Canada’s beautiful landscape enjoying the wildlife, views and fly fishing in the river, camping, snowshoeing & skiing. close
Senior Team Leader
NCIDQ, LEED® AP, ARIDO, IDC
I was born and raised in a town called Bradford. It was primarily a farming community growing up since it is located beside the Holland Marsh and Green Belt. My favorite project: Tetra Pak would be my most memorable project. It had a lot of creativity, personality and hidden gems. It allowed the team to have fun with colour, graphics, blending retail with corporate. What makes me happiest: I am the happiest sitting on the patio at my favorite local pub eating nachos and having a cold beverage on a hot summer evening. close
I'm from Iran, a proud Persian! My favourite project: Opposite House. The house was a private commission in Scarborough and has an absolutely stunning view of Lake Ontario. What’s interesting about the house is the fact that it is as long as an Airbus A321 (146’ long). What's quirky about me: I’m a real water baby! I will jump into water almost anywhere as long as I know its deep enough not break my legs and it's not -40! Good thing I now live in a country that’s chock full of beautiful lakes to swim in! close
I was born and raised in The Six. I’ve thought about moving to Barbados (or Australia or Costa Rica)…maybe one day. Favourite project: Probably Tableau, a condo development at Richmond and Peter. It was the first project that I put my blood, sweat and tears into from the start; although I didn’t stay long enough at that firm to see it completed it still feels important to me. What's quirky about me: I can fall asleep on any mode of transportation – car, boat, airplane, subway, bus, etc. close
BID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ
I was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, which is why I’m East Coast nice. At 10 we moved to a Montreal suburb. Then Toronto at 20 for school…and to take on the world. My favourite project: Revera's head office. It was the first big project I worked on from start to finish. I honed my Revit skills while also developing my first digital fly through. It holds a special place in my heart. What's quirky about me: I talk really fast, I love Kraft Dinner, I started the dry cleaner sushi ‘Spicy Salmon Crunch’ (with extra spicy mayo inside) phenomenon at the office. close
Senior Team Leader
BID, Arch.Tech, ARIDO, NCIDQ
Toronto, baby! Born and bred. My favourite project: Each one is totally different and I can’t pick a favourite! I love seeing the construction come to life and when it’s move-in time for the client! A smile on their face is priceless... What makes me happiest: It’s all or nothing for me! Either totally relaxing or being on the go travelling and seeing new places and cultures. I love ALL types of food and getting to enjoy good meals together with friends and loved ones. close
I grew up in Aurora Ontario. Suburbia. What makes me happiest: Singing along loudly and badly to classic rock at karaoke, screaming very loudly while riding a rollercoaster, running around with a sparkler in my hand, eating delicious food in Mexico City, lying in the sand at the beach. What makes me quirky: I was there for the bat flip, greatest moment of my life. close
I hail from Ancaster, Ontario My favourite project: OMERS. It’s been a three-year long journey to bring a number of different business units under one roof. It’s been a great project to work on & will be beautiful when completed! What makes me happiest: Woodland Beach, my cottage! My family has been going up since the 1930’s & it is the place I love the most in the world. It’s serene and peaceful, the beach is amazing and I love that we’ve kept the tradition going for so long. close
I was born in the Philippines moved to Canada when I was 11. Favourite project: Four Seasons Head Office. This was my first project and I was involved with CD, CA and art inventory & procurement. What makes me happiest: The farmer’s market is my jam! St. Lawrence Market Saturday farmers market is my fave and I’m happy I can easily walk there from home. Meats, cheeses and breads… Oh My! I love the fresh local produce, the hustle and bustle and the fact that it’s Saturday and the weekend is ahead of me. close
Senior Team Leader
I was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Montreal when I was teenager. My favourite project: Trinity Bellwoods Townhomes by Urban Capital. It was my first town house project. It was very exciting to combine the condo and residential worlds. Super clean project and an awesome client. Final product was dope and won multiple awards! What's quirky about me: I have a weird habit of collecting things! Love designer toys and sneakers! I also have a weird passion about Japanese tattoos and samurais! Maybe I was Japanese in my previous life? Who knows! close
I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was raised in my grandfather's home with a big mix of family around me. All my uncles lived there too with their families in a four storey house; we shared the kitchen and the dining room! What makes me happiest: Anytime I'm by the water; river, lake or ocean. What feels like home: When I want to feel at peace, I imagine my perfect home. It's by a waterfall, with lots of wildlife. I imagine waking up to the birds chirping and there would be a crystal clear creek where I could reel in fish to feed my family. close
I was born in Newmarket, but raised in Mississauga. My favourite project would be one that isn’t complete yet! The client engaged us to conduct various Connection Point activities with them in order to inform a Workplace Strategy unique to their organization. I’m really looking forward into translating what we have uncovered into 3-dimensional space. Stay tuned! My apartment in Queen West feels like home because I’m greeted like a rock star by my dog (Spiderman) every time I get home! We explore the neighbourhood on the daily and often spend our weekends relaxing in Trinity Bellwoods Park. close
Senior Team Leader
B.Arch, M.Arch COAM
I was born in Zaragoza, Spain. After 1.5 years we moved to Madrid. We lived close to Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid’s field) and I played soccer all the time. My favourite project: Paramount Theme Park in Murcia, Spain. A once-in-a-lifetime project! €300m, 90,500 sq. m. including shows, rides, restaurants, retail, theatres, hotels and landscaping. I acted as design developer for two areas, design manager for the whole five areas and as a liaison between Madrid and LA. What makes me happiest: When my kids and wife are happy. That’s the feeling I’m working for in this life. Cheesy but it’s the truth. close
I was born in Toronto, raised in Mississauga. I wish I had a more interesting response, but that's me! Maybe that is the reason why I love to travel and bask in other cultures. My favourite project: So far it's a high-rise rental property in San Francisco, California. It is my very first project with this firm and I’m reveling in how much responsibility I’ve been given. What makes me happiest: Anywhere warm and anywhere with my family and closest friends! Sunbathing and oceanside drinks will always be on my vacation's itinerary and sharing it with family and friends makes it that much sweeter. close
BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC
I was born and raised in Etobicoke, ON Favourite project: Penguin Random House - I love reading! It was the first project I worked on at figure3 and my first project after graduating; it was serendipitous. The project combined two of my favourite things - design and books. What's quirky about me: My love of British and Scandinavian murder mysteries! It all started watching Masterpiece Theatre - Agatha Christie as a kid. The first "adult" book I read was Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Since then I've been hooked! close
I'm from Toronto. My favourite project: Centrecourt’s Axis in downtown Toronto. It was one of my first projects at figure3 and I’ve been able to follow the process, working on all aspects of the project. It’s a project that pushed a lot of boundaries and had some really imaginative amenities that were lots of fun to design. Where feels like home: Home is anywhere that I get to unpack my things a bit, and bring my chef’s knife and pepper mill. close
MDes Hons, BDes, ACIDO, IDSA
I was born in Tehran, Iran and spent my childhood all over the place. That’s the result of having a diplomat for a father. favourite project: I’m really proud of the work we did for Penguin; it’s an award winning book shop that’s only 158sf. In a previous life, I worked on a pop -up concept for Kenzo at NYC Fashion Week which was great fun. happiest?: I’m happiest when there’s some combination of creativity + speed + height! Home: Being half-French Paris will always feel like home to me. I get back there as often as I can. close
I was born in Toronto and raised in East York. My favourite project: My favourite Project was Great Gulf Idea Centre because it was my first and I got to see it finished. It is what I am most proud of and we had freedom in selecting whatever finishes we wanted and had serious design freedom. What makes me happiest: At my cottage doing puzzles, reading + kayaking. At BATL (axe throwing) Villiers hanging out with my BATL family and throwing axes. Line dancing with my best friends most Fridays. Having wine and charcuterie at Le Petite in Peterborough. Playing Zombicide (board game) with my boyfriend. close
I was born in the Philippines and raised in Montreal and Toronto and during the summer all over Europe. What makes me happiest: Sitting at a table, eating good food with good friends catching up, laughing. Or with bare feet, burying my toes in warm sand getting ready to play beach volleyball. What makes me quirky: Will travel for good food. I’ll road trip anywhere to satisfy food cravings. I’ll happily drive 45 min to get ice cream. I’ll also watch the crappiest movie and enjoy it. If there’s dancing, lots of gun shots, martial arts, zombies and magic I’ll watch it…probably more than once. close
Born in Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural hub. Raised in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital. My favourite project: My university thesis project. The question asked was ‘What is emotive space?’ An ordinary space can be interpreted in limitless ways by anyone. The title of my project was ‘VOID’ - an investigation in the disparity between what outer space is and what our minds construct it to be. The discord between inner, imagined space and outer, real space. My answer- emotive space doesn’t exist – its within you. What’s quirky about me: I can mimic anyone’s laugh and make them laugh harder. close
I was born and raised in Scarborough, but my parents moved us around a little during my childhood. Scarborough, Whitby, California, then Whitby again! My favourite project: A concept design for a Canada Goose retail flagship. It was fun because we went through the entire process from research to design intent. We really experimented and showed off our skills. What makes me quirky: I love to cook and learn about the ways humans have grown, prepared, and harvested food of all kinds. My partner and I started brewing our own beer, and I’ve started to get interested in traditions of pickling, canning, and fermenting. close
Senior Team Leader
I was born in Johannesburg (now Gauteng) & matured on the fine streets of Vancouver. My favourite project: A competition inspired by William McDonough. We designed sustainable modular housing for low income neighbourhood rehabilitation. It was farfetched but as time passes the feasibility gets closer with technology & general awareness. It is a great reminder to reach beyond yourself & your time with creativity and ideas. What makes me happiest: Hitting the open road to see the world one mile at a time.The smell of high octane fuel & old leather wafting through the cabin isn’t bad either. close
I was born in a small Bulgarian town called Silistra by the Danube river. I grew up on the beaches of the Black Sea in Varna City. My favourite project: I worked on the façade design and room layout of a student residence project in the Netherlands. It had a cool white double skin façade with circular windows top to bottom on all sides and the room design was super small but extremely functional - the planning of it was like playing Tetris! Where feels like home: Home is where my heart is, it is anywhere in the world. close
BA, MA, BID
I hail from Pictou, Nova Scotia. I’m a Maritimer through and through: both my blood and my language can get pretty salty. Favourite project: The project that made me drop out of my PhD program and pursue design instead. I designed a tour for an exhibit of Roman Art from the Louvre at the Seattle Art Museum. It made me think about the greater role that design can play in human thought and behaviour. And the rest is history! What's quirky about me: My love of multi-part history documentaries, particularly if they’re about Roman emperors or Imperial Russia. Scandalous dynasties are my thing. close
BID Intern ARIDO
I was born and raised in a tiny island in the Indian ocean called Sri lanka (proud to be an Island girl!) My favourite project: QuadReal Toronto. The finishes and furniture selection, which I was a part of, was exciting to put together and the team that I was a part of made it fun to work with. What makes me happiest: When I make others happy, sounds cliché but that’s what makes me genuinely happy and sometimes CAKE! close
Senior Team Leader
I'm from Taiwan. My favourite project: TELUS G2. There was intricate industrial design for various features that I got to dig right in with design solutions and detail every single millimeter of the fixtures and space! What makes me happiest: I am split in the middle with two happy moments - when design ideas come while solving a challenging puzzle, I draw and sketch in my notebook – feeling inspired and creative. And playing guitar and getting into the zone of creative inspiration – even blues songs make me happy! close
I'm from Delhi known as dilwalo ki dilli meaning "belonging to large hearted people". My city offers such a rich diversity of cuisines, I'm a punjabi who loves to eat! My favourite project: At my last company, when I got a chance to work on my first big project; the Income Tax Department - Civic Center at New Delhi (500,000 sq ft. office space). What makes me happiest: Living a balanced life makes me happy. I'm so passionate about my work, but I love to spend time with my family and most importantly with the new love of life - my daughter. close
I was born in sunny southern Alberta, a small town called Lethbridge. I'll always be an Albertan in my soul. My favourite project: I loved working on RBC Dominion Securities projects. We won the project via a design competition and once we completed the first project the team gelled. We completed tens of thousands of sf in BC, Alberta, and Ontario over a ten year period. We had a lot of fun and laughs despite the crazy deadlines. It had an incredible influence on how I work today. What's quirky about me: The Killers - I'm a superfan and have travelled far and wide to see them live. close
Business Development Coordinator
I was born in the capital city of the Philippines – Manila. I was raised in Manila and in Rizal. When I was 21 I moved to Toronto. I finished my Bachelors of Science degree in Physics. What's quirky about me: Growing up in Asia I have experienced and survived a lot of natural and unnatural disasters magnitude 6 earthquake, , volcanic ash fall, wading in chest deep flood in Manila and even the People Power Revolution in the Philippines! So I'd say something unique about me is that it takes a lot to frazzle me! close
I was born in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Raised in Cuba, then moved to Newfoundland where I learned to speak English. After that my family moved to Ontario. My favourite project: Rich’s Canada. The project was full of a lot of firsts for me as I was entering a different stage in my career and the team I worked with had a huge impact on my growth. What feels like home: I use to define home as one specific location, Cuba, where I have roots...something in the smell of the air. Recently I've had the same feeling when I've connected with a place and culture. close
I'm from Montreal My favourite project: Park Lane condos because it was fun to be able to design a mixed use building and to get the chance to play with different design options. What makes me happiest: When I’m racing on the track. I first started at the age of 12, I started with go-karts and I was on a team for a bit then continued without a team and switched over to racing cars when I was 18. I just like the feeling of speed. My father was always into racing cars so I think I got a lot of it from him. close
Senior Team Leader
DID, ARIDO, BCIN
I'm from Oakville, Ontario My favourite project: NATIONAL Public relations. Not only was our client looking for a modern, bright aesthetic, they were also looking to drastically change their culture from 99% enclosed offices to 99% open offices. The final solution was bright, airy, with pops of colour and afforded variety of work settings away from their assigned desk. What makes me happiest: Wherever my family is which includes my husband, toddler and two cats. I grew up camping at Kilbear in the summer and love taking my son there now. close
I was born in Bosnia and Hercegovina and raised in Montenegro by the Black Sea. What makes me happiest: I love going to the gym to get a good work out in. I also love to play tennis. Travelling around the world and going on adventures...as long they involve eating some good food! What's quirky about me: I have a young daughter who, like all girls her age, is obsessed with the movie Frozen. Unlike most parents, I actually love watching the movie with her again and again! close
Born in Newfoundland, moved to Saskatoon and did most my growing up in Winnipeg. I stayed there for my undergrad in Environmental Design, University of Manitoba. Since graduating in 2014, I’ve worked in Boston, MA and Victoria BC. My favourite project: My favorite project to date was the concept design for law firm Thompson Dorfman & Sweatman. I’m really proud the project team produced a strong, innovative design package for the client. What's quirky about me: I am one of seven children, and the oldest of triplets. So sharing has always been a strong suit of mine, mostly because I was forced to... close
Allan Guinan, Caroline Hughes and Chris Wright founded the company in 1995, with a design vision and a philosophy that still grounds who the company is today.
The trio instinctively understood that it was essential to be able to combine robust strategic planning with a considered creative vision to deliver superlative spaces for clients.
figure3's founders (L to R), Chris Wright, Caroline Hughes and Allan Guinan.
Today, figure3 has grown into a 50+ strong studio filled with a mix of talents, backgrounds and specialist skills from strategy and design researchers to industrial designers to graphic brand and textile experts who compliment and amplify our core interior design expertise.
Formed by combining two established firms, Guinan and Wright’s figure3 with Hughes’ Network Design, the multi-disciplinary nature of the firm was codified from day one with a client mix that included corporate workplaces and retail design and would subsequently expand to include residential development.
As the company grew so did the curiosity to explore new avenues and approaches. Early on, the firm championed an approach that seeks to understand the people we were designing for before rushing to design solutions. Paired with a forward-thinking approach to design founded on a European aesthetic, our reputation as a design firm whose approach was as considered as it was creative blossomed.
Determined to preserve what was built over the years, the decision was made to remain independent. With the succession of the business to the new trio of partners now complete, the future of figure3 looks brighter than ever.