December 19, 2017

Happy Holidays!

We at Stanford Downey Architects wish you peace and joy this Christmas and for the coming year.  We are closing Friday December 22nd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.


May 18, 2017

Moving Closer to a Home for the Toronto Wildlife Centre

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority will shortly consider greater participation in securing funding to build the permanent home for the Toronto Wildlife Centre.  The TRCA approved, in principle, a long-term lease on a part of the Rouge National Urban Park for the TCA to build what will become the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in Canada, caring for upwards of 5000 injured, sick or orphaned animals yearly.  Stanford Downey Architects heads the team of dedicated professionals working to make the Centre's home a reality.


May 8, 2017

Union Chicken Opens at Sherway Garden

As the first of several planned locations, Union Chicken Sherway offers rotisserie-cooked, organically-grown chicken from local sources.  The interior is somewhat understated by its use of natural materials and finishes accented by revival lighting, together creating a casual dining atmosphere.


April 18, 2017

Celebrating 40 Years

On May 1, 1977, a new architectural firm was started by three young architects at 3 Church Street in Toronto.  It grew rapidly in business volume, but we opted to keep a small & talented group of Architects, Designers & Technicians to provide our clients with excellent service from a tight & cohesive team.  Since 1977 the make-up of the practice has changed but not our commitment to good service.  Stanford Downey Architects inc. will mark the 40th Anniversary of the practice on May 1, 2017.  We want to thank our many Clients and Consultants for their contributions, and our Team, who continue to provide the dedication and skills that have contributed to our success.

Stanford Paul Downey                                                                                                 B.Arch., OAA, MAA, FRAIC


January 30, 2017

A New Service Station on the Trans Canada

As the first building of a planned development by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Griswold, Manitoba, this Petro Canada station is clad in Tyndall stone, a distinctive mottled limestone unique to Manitoba, that will be used throughout the new development.


January 13, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Niagara Falls, NY

Overlooking the Upper Rapids at the head of the Falls, this new 192 room hotel includes 16,000 square feet of banqueting facilities, a 550 person ballroom, a signature restaurant with outdoor patio facing the river as well as a gym and indoor pool.

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December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Stanford Downey Architects wish all of you peace and happiness during the Holidays, and prosperity in the coming year.  We will be closed on Friday, December 23rd reopening Tuesday, January 3rd 2017, to continue offering interesting and practical architectural solutions.


November 29, 2016

The Camera's Perspective

As interesting as a design might be, it requires intelligent and sensitive photography to communicate that good design.  Greg Van Riel has photographed over 20 of our projects, and in each, he finds that point of view, that quality of light that best expresses our creative intent.  We invite you to view Greg's descriptions of his work on several of our restaurants in the following videos.  Part 1 and Part 2.


November 7, 2016

1 King Street West

The 1 King West tower has become a familiar landmark in the downtown banking district, demonstrating how to successfully marry an important Heritage building with a very tall tower.  Not surprisingly the structure's designer was presented with unique challenges: of constructing the tower with a minimum of impact to the venerable existing building, of bracing it to meet current seismic standards and then extending the tower to 51 storeys while contending an unusually slender width to length ratio.  The solutions to these problems are explained with great clarity in an article by Aga Hasan, P.Eng of Halcrow Yolles, the project’s structural engineer, in “STRUCTURE” magazine to which we provide this link.


October 3, 2016

Jamie's Italian Opens in Square One

The latest in the worldwide chain of Jamie Oliver restaurants, Jamie's Square One follows the successful Jamie's Italian Yorkdale into Canada.  Seating 200, its interior design continues their signature rustic expression of barnboard cladding, reclaimed wood tables, and a eclectic variety of seating and lighting.


September 7, 2016

Alloa Reservoir and Pumping Station Progresses Out of Its Deep Excavation.

Stanford Downey Architects has designed the pavilion-like enclosure to the pumping station, the only visible component to this 35 mega/litre underground reservoir that is intended to meet the future municipal water needs of the Region of Peel.  Much work remains to its completion in October 2017.


August 12, 2016

Stanford Downey Architects Inc.
New Website Launch

Stanford Downey Architects Inc. would like to introduce our new website design!  Along with a new layout and features, there is now a News section:  
A way for SDA to provide updates of the projects we are working on, those recently completed, and much more. 


October 7, 2015

Roy Wilwerth Precast Concrete Architectural Recognition Award

On October 7, 2015, Stanford Downey Architects Inc. was presented with the Roy Wilwert Precast Concrete Architectural Recognition Award from the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry in; architectural design, sustainability, innovation and change; for positive leadership, industry-altering development and expansion; and for accelerating the growth of the Canadian precast prestress concrete industry from within the architectural and design communities.