ERA Architects, Inc. has been in business since 1990 and has over 85 employees in Toronto, Montréal, and Ottawa. The firm specializes in architecture, landscape, and planning, with a focus on heritage protection, cultural engagement, democratic design, and values-based community building. The ERA founders are members of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP), as well as Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Their primary focus is on connecting history to broader issues of urban planning and city construction, as well as to a larger set of cultural values that offer context for their work at all scales.
Their principles include professional ethics and competence generated via research, education, and mentorship. For that aim, ERA routinely collaborates with other businesses to engage in city construction, historical architecture preservation, and building improvement. They also create books and exhibitions about Toronto and the built environment in Canada. Recent and ongoing building conservation and adaptive reuse projects by ERA Architects Inc. include Toronto’s Distillery District, Maple Leaf Gardens, Renaissance ROM, Transformation AGO, the Evergreen Brick Works, Union Station, the Artscape Wychwood Barns, Bridgepoint Health (the former Don Jail), Massey Tower, La Cour d’appel du Québec, and the Government Conference Centre.