Established in 2015, Giaimo is a Toronto-based architecture firm integrating design and heritage conservation. They specialize in developing contextual and creative solutions within existing buildings, fostering environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable places through adaptive reuse, renovations, and interventions, and integrating new with old. As architects, designers, and heritage specialists, they have over two decades of experience in all project stages, including research, heritage assessments, feasibility studies, concept design, detailed design, and construction. They like the idea that their work starts with what is already there. They find the existing ones valuable. Whether it is the ordinary, the mundane, or the extraordinary, they consider each with a value that must play into the process of design. They always recognize the wealth that exists around them. They invest in the potential of these conditions. And they intend to find a means—through architecture—to reinvigorate these surroundings. This is the attitude they take towards all their work.
Collaboration is at the core of their studio, and they actively engage in Canada’s architectural culture through mentoring, teaching, research, publishing, volunteering, and exhibitions. Their studio is actively engaged in the architecture and heritage community and passionate about advocating for design excellence, as seen in their involvement with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC), the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAI). Source: Giaimo