Connecting people to place

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.

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"Joining figure3 was a way for me to evolve as a designer."
Jamie Muszynski, Team Leader
"figure3 is full of creative and talented people. I can ask my colleagues anything and they're ready to help whenever I ask."
Surpreet Chawla, Team Leader

The people that make up our company are our most important competitive advantage. Get to know who we are.

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.

  • Brave

    We like to step off the well-travelled path, defy convention and see what others don't.

  • Bright

    We’ll truly interrogate your challenge, create fresh hypotheses around where the answers may lie and lay the groundwork for change.

  • Curious

    As designers, we've turned our curiosity into our profession.

  • Connected

    We believe people want to be connected to the places they inhabit and to each other.

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  • Alberto Hernandez
    Alberto Hernandez

    Project Designer
    BArch. BID. Intern ARIDO

    I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a town called “Primavera” which means “Spring”. I was trained as a teacher in rural towns at a young age, working with children on arts and crafts workshops and the community to improve their well-being. My favourite project: rural schools in the small communities. I helped those people build their own schools with natural resources. It was my first approach to architecture and sustainability, and most importantly, it helps me to appreciate people's needs, space and context. What is quirky about me: In my Canadian hometown, Ottawa, I am part of a Mexican folkloric dance group, the “Aztlan Ballet” and we perform traditional dances. Also, when I am not dancing, I do portrait and street photography with my Nikon. close

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  • Alivia Checchia
    Alivia Checchia

    Project Designer
    BID, Student ARIDO, IDC

    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

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  • Amanda Kavanaugh
    Amanda Kavanaugh

    Team Leader

    I was born and raised in Hamilton, actually I grew up in a town called Dundas. Yes, the town not the street. My favourite project: Novo Nordisk’s new head office is Mississauga. I had a lot of creative freedom which also challenged my technical skills.The design included a new internal staircase, which was a first for me. What makes me happiest: to be in the sun, the hotter the better! When sun’s out, you can find me soaking it up on a beach/park/patio, waking up early to see it rise or watching it go down in the evening. close

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  • Andre Hartono
    Andre Hartono

    Senior Team Leader
    BS 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

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  • Angie Luczak
    Angie Luczak

    Project Designer
    BID

    I was born and raised in London, Ontario, and moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University. My favourite project: GWLRA, it has been the largest project I have worked on and it had a unique central atrium. From interviewing each department, selecting furniture and finishes, to making weekly site visits, I was fortunate to be an integral part of the project team. What makes me happiest: escaping the bustling city to the great outdoors on weekend trips or spur of the moment adventures. I love relaxing in Canada’s beautiful landscapes, spotting wildlife, camping, and fly-fishing; but even when the winter falls, I’m out snowshoeing and skiing. close

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  • Anna Ivleva
    Anna Ivleva

    Project Designer
    BID

    Russian girl from Kazakhstan, living in Canada :) At this point, I fall in love with every project I work on - there is so much to learn, discover and to contribute. To me, seeing ideas come to life is utterly meaningful; and growing personally within this process is priceless. When I am happiest: long forest walks, deep talks about life, silent minutes on my yoga mat, reading by the water, any sunny day in Autumn, cooking for my family! close

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  • Anna-Lisa Frank
    Anna-Lisa Frank

    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

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  • Bonnie Leung
    Bonnie Leung

    Team Leader
    NCIDQ, LEED

    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

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  • Brett Carson
    Brett Carson

    Team Leader
    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

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  • Carly Block-Marcus
    Carly Block-Marcus

    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

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  • Christy Kunitzky
    Christy Kunitzky

    Procurement Coordinator

    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

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  • Daniel Norwood
    Daniel Norwood

    Team Leader
    BID, NCIDQ, IDC

    I was born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario. My favourite project is the OMERS Toronto headquarters. It was a three-year long journey, to bring 1,600 employees together under one roof, in 350,000 sq.ft. of new office space. The space turned out better than I imagined, and the client couldn’t have been happier. What makes me happiest: my cottage! My family has been going up to Woodland Beach, Georgian Bay since the 1930’s and it is the place I love the most in the world. Spending my summers with family in such a beautiful place has shaped who I am today. I can’t finish this without mentioning my love for Lady Gaga, I’ve seen her 11 times in concert, and counting… close

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  • Daphne Limjoco
    Daphne Limjoco

    Team Leader
    BID

    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

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  • Diana Cuello
    Diana Cuello

    Project Designer
    BID

    I was born in “La Arenosa” – also know as Barranquilla, Colombia. I didn’t stay there long and grew up in a quaint little mining town called Mushaisa, La Guajira, in the far north of the country. I soon outgrew my small town and yearned for more out, so I moved to Toronto to pursue my passion for design. One of my favourite projects: my undergraduate thesis for interior design. I designed my own wellness center based on the healing power of Yoga, Cooking, Arts, and Music. It is my dream to one day see this project become a reality and provide people the opportunity to experience a fuller, healthier lifestyle. What makes me happiest: when surrounded by people that constantly inspire and challenge me to be better - not only as a designer, but also as a person, and every so often as a dancer. Ask anyone, I’m always dancing! close

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  • Ernie Bongolan
    Ernie Bongolan

    Project Designer
    BID

    I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Toronto when I was only one year old. Favourite project: It’s hard to choose as there are so many different aspects that I love about each project. One of the most memorable is the first one I ever saw completed – seeing the design vision come to life really is one of the most gratifying feelings! What makes me the happiest: Hanging out with my dog, Titan. Whether we’re playing at the dog park, swimming in the lake, or just lounging around at home, there are very few things I'd rather be doing. close

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  • Heather Woods
    Heather Woods

    Project Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    I was born and raised in good ol’ Grimsby, Ontario. I loved growing up in the Niagara Region because of its close proximity to the escarpment which is where my love for hiking came from. My favorite project: Maritime Centre - we were asked to create a corridor program that represented the essence of Halifax. I was involved in concept development, finishes selection and the construction drawing process. It is always a great experience to see a project from start to finish! Quirky thing about me: I am in love with everything having to do with the Christmas season… and I also love mermaids. December 1st, you will see me wearing my light up ugly Christmas sweater and singing carols. Once the snow melts, you will find me at the beach channeling my inner little mermaid. close

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  • Houman Rahimzadeh
    Houman Rahimzadeh

    Creative Lead, Residential

    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

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  • Husam Putros
    Husam Putros

    Senior Architectural Technologist
    B.Sc.

    I was born and raised in Iraq, in a quiet area of Baghdad, and moved to Oakville. I am an Architect by training, but work in interior design firms in Canada. I have worked on many high-end residential and hospitality projects and I am proud of many of them. In particular the hotel Georgia project in Vancouver, which received many national awards, during the process it drove me forward in my skills. I am happiest when I see great result from my projects, when I am with my family, and when I win soccer games as a player in the team. I enjoy giving without asking for return. close

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  • Isfak Tarek
    Isfak Tarek

    Finance Manager

    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

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  • Jaime Muszynski
    Jaime Muszynski

    Team Leader
    NCIDQ

    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

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  • Javier Saavedra
    Javier Saavedra

    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

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  • Jessica Raven
    Jessica Raven

    Project Designer
    BA, HBID

    I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. My favourite Project: My thesis. By having the freedom to explore new ideas and design strategies I was able to push myself creatively. The end result was a community and wellness centre for first responders, a unique topic that had not yet been explored, which was extremely rewarding. What makes me happiest: Sitting on the beach watching the sunset off of Lake Huron with great company. close

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  • Jordan Brasil
    Jordan Brasil

    Project Designer
    BID

    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

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  • Julia Ainsworth
    Julia Ainsworth

    Design Researcher
    B. Des

    A Torontonian from birth, I’ve rebelled against my east end roots, and I’m now a happy west ender. What makes me quirky? I love learning about different cultures, how people form their identities and how things work. So I’m kind of into everything, with a special emphasis on illustration, travel, movies and modern sub-cultures. My Favorite Project? Each project is an opportunity to discover how people relate to the world around them, and a challenge to uncover deeper human insights to act as the foundation of our designs, so whichever project I’m currently immersed in tends to be my favourite. close

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  • Katherine  Friedbacher
    Katherine Friedbacher

    Team Leader
    BID

    Born and raised in the country but a city girl at heart. Favourite project: I have many favourites! But the most enjoyable projects for me come from the mindset of wanting a space that is creative and unique. What makes me happiest? Travelling to different places near or far and exploring while meeting new people. close

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  • Katherine Egenberger
    Katherine Egenberger

    Team Leader
    BA, BID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    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

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  • Kristina Simonsen-Chiu
    Kristina Simonsen-Chiu

    Project Designer
    BID

    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

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  • Mardi Najafi
    Mardi Najafi

    Director, Retail Design
    MDes Hons, BDes, ACIDO, IDSA

    I was born in Tehran, Iran and spent my childhood all over the place. That’s the life of having a diplomat for a father. Favourite project: I’m really proud of the work we did for Penguin Shop: it’s a multi 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. When I am happiest: I’m excited when there’s speed + height involved! Where's home: Being half-French Paris will always feel like home to me. I get back there as often as I can. close

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  • Megan Hayward
    Megan Hayward

    Team Leader
    BID

    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

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  • Mia Clemente
    Mia Clemente

    Office Manager

    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

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  • Michela Kochanski
    Michela Kochanski

    Project Designer
    BID

    I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and later moved to Toronto for school in interior design. I really can’t single any project out as being my favourite – they all have some aspect about them that can be classified as a favourite, because each is a different design, a different learning experience, a different creative process, and result. What makes me happiest? Food, specifically cooking! Similar to design in the sense that I love the creative process and to craft something new and challenging for everyone to enjoy! Travelling is also something that makes me happy, and it can go hand in hand with my appreciation for good food – I love travelling and going to new cities, specifically with the intention of trying out the local restaurants and food in the areas. close

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  • Mohammad Ali Khan
    Mohammad Ali Khan

    Project Designer
    BID

    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

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  • Naji Mourani
    Naji Mourani

    Senior Team Leader
    ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC, LEED® AP ID+C

    I was born in Beirut, Lebanon - one of the oldest cities in the world. My favourite project: Mazagan Beach Resort – Morocco. I relocated to Morocco for 18 months to be the client’s consultant on site (Kerzner International). It was one of the most enriching experiences on both sides Professional and Personal. Where it makes me happiest: Sunset on the Mediterranean. close

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  • Nicole Hoppe
    Nicole Hoppe

    Team Leader
    BID, ARIDO, IDC

    My favourite project? A concept design for a Canada Goose retail flagship. It was so exciting to take a project through a collaborative design 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 way different cultures grow and prepare food. My partner and I started brewing our own beer, and I’ve started to get interested in the traditions of pickling, canning, and fermenting. close

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  • Patrick Rechtorik
    Patrick Rechtorik

    Creative Lead, Workplace
    DID

    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

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  • Rexzander Regua
    Rexzander Regua

    Senior Architectural Technologist
    Arch. Tech.

    I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but grew up in Scarborough, Ontario. My favorite project: the boutique store for TAG Heuer in Nassau Bahamas. I had the pleasure of detailing and strategically ensuring that all the millwork was possible to build, as well as maintaining the intention of the designer’s vision. Every single millwork detail was well researched, from the layout planning, down to the gauges of metals, and types of screws to be used. I also had the chance to learn and create photorealistic renderings of each and every piece of millwork. This project also tied really well with my passion for horologie. What makes me happiest: I am happiest when I am exploring new experiences, whether it’s a new culture, trying different exotic foods (eventhough my stomach can't handle it), or any activities that has something to do with water, like scuba diving or portaging. close

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  • Roksena Nikolova
    Roksena Nikolova

    Team Leader
    HBAS, DID

    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

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  • Romulo Polastri
    Romulo Polastri

    Team Leader
    B.Arch, OAA IA, TSA

    I was born and raised in Peru, then I fell in love and moved to Toronto. My favorite project: Tim Peru Tower, although it wasn't built in the end, it had won the first place in a national open architectural competition. It is very important to me, because it represents what I was able to achieve. What makes me happiest: is to be with my family, see my daughters enjoying life, singing and playing everywhere. close

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  • Sarah Prest
    Sarah Prest

    Team Leader
    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

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  • Shane Morris
    Shane Morris

    Project Designer
    BID

    I am a big city boy with a small town heart. I grew up on a dairy farm near Windsor Ontario milking cows and working in fields. My favourite projects have been truly harmonious collaborations with my client. Walking into a new space is the most satisfying when it is not only beautiful and functional but the client is excited because they feel like they were a part of its creation. I can’t sit still I must constantly be moving and experimenting. When I’m not working I am at home painting, gardening, sewing, baking or crafting up some new idea. I love learning new skills and honing them with practice. close

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  • Shannon Kehoe
    Shannon Kehoe

    Project Designer
    BFA, BID, Intern ARIDO

    Born in Ottawa, moved to Mississauga when I was still very young, and spent a lot of my childhood summers with my grandparents in Montreal. My favourite project: the Union Station location for the clothing brand Peace Collective. It was really exciting to work with a company that is so emblematic of Toronto’s personality. My Happy Place: I love the outdoors, and I like to challenge myself by playing hockey, snowboarding, and hiking with friends. However, most people know that I’m often my happiest when I am at home cuddled up with my two boxers, Owen and Ruby (even if they hog the couch!) close

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  • Solee Kim
    Solee Kim

    Graphic Designer
    BID

    I was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Toronto. My favorite project: I had a chance to design an outdoor furniture collection in the past. After lots of tears and sweats, it was an awesome experience to see the design come alive. What makes me happy? Beach vacations, minimalistic designs, gummy bears, patio nights and a good night sleep! close

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  • Sonia Theriault
    Sonia Theriault

    Project Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    I was born in Burlington, ON. A quaint and safe area to grow up in. My favorite Project: Brookfield Exchange Tower Presentation Suite. It was the first project that I truly "designed". Every aspect in this space was thoughtfully detailed, ultimately honing my skills as a designer. What makes me happiest: Bike riding. It gives me a sense of freedom that I cannot get anywhere else. My most memorable bike ride was when I went to Amersfoort, Netherlands to visit my family. We biked through the countryside, full of beautiful trees, rivers and winding paths. close

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  • Srinalie Wijeyeratne
    Srinalie Wijeyeratne

    Project Designer
    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

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  • Steve Tsai
    Steve Tsai

    Senior Team Leader
    B. Des

    I'm from Taiwan. My favourite project: TELUS G2. There was intricate industrial design for various features that I got to dig right. It was great to come up 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 chart and sketch in my notebook – feeling inspired and creative. Also playing guitar and getting into the zone of creative flow of making music and conveying emotion – even the blues make me happy! close

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  • Surpreet Chawla
    Surpreet Chawla

    Team Leader

    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

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  • Susan Jefferson
    Susan Jefferson

    Director, Workplace

    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

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  • Suzette Ilustre
    Suzette Ilustre

    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

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  • Tamara Rooks
    Tamara Rooks

    Team Leader
    BID, ARIDO

    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

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  • Vanessa Tantalo
    Vanessa Tantalo

    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

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  • Vesna Romic
    Vesna Romic

    Office Reception

    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

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  • William Gray
    William Gray

    Project Designer
    MID, BEnvD

    One of seven children, the eldest of identical triplets, I was Newfoundland born, and Prairie raised. I completed my Bachelors of Environmental Design in Interior Environments and Master of Interior Design at University of Manitoba in 2014. I’ve worked in the design industry since 2011, literally coast to coast, from Boston, MA to Victoria, BC. I have worked in education, corporate, residential, and cultural spaces. I am interested in nostalgic environments, the way spaces mean and develop meaning, and the significance of colour in space. I am proud to be part of the Fit Team at Figure 3, contributing to their culture of innovation and creativity in interior design. close

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Where We Started

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.

The Founders

figure3's founders (L to R), Chris Wright, Caroline Hughes and Allan Guinan.

Today, figure3 has grown into a 70+ 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.

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