Our Story

In the year 2000, we started this practice with a dream to approach design and planning from a broad, holistic perspective. As architects, planners, and urban designers it was the only way we could address the complexity of communities, cities and the diverse, interconnected natural and human-made ecologies we inhabit.

That dream has brought together a diverse array of forty-plus talented people working from studios in Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg: 

  • architects, landscape architects, artists, environmentalists, planners seamlessly working together;
  • Indigenous designers leading co-creation teams with Canadian professionals whose families have come from all over the world;
  • and young interns learning from this experience – while drawing us forward.

We work in the medium of the built and natural environments driven by a belief that we have been given an incredible gift in Canada, and an opportunity to get it right – to create environments where people can prosper and thrive while protecting the land, water, air and the other species that make life possible. This work is driven by a uniquely Canadian design ethos derived from research into place, diverse cultures, Indigenous world views, sustainability, natural materials, and the application of new technologies.

Communities / Client List

Over the years, Brook McIlroy has worked with a range of clients in Public Development Corporations, Universities & Colleges, Research and Bio-medical, Development and Investment Corporations and Municipalities.

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Brook McIlroy has been honoured with dozens of awards from professional organizations within Canada as well as internationally. These include top awards for the professions of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design/planning in Canada, with multiple awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Awards. The awards reflect the firm’s reputation for innovation across disciplines, including a dozen awards for wood design; new approaches to the planning and design of waterfronts, campuses, and cities; and new ways of integrating Indigenous Peoples into the fabric of the urban environment.

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