In practice since 1990, ERA Architects Inc. has over 85 staff members based in Toronto, Montréal, and Ottawa. They are specialized in architecture: building conservation and adaptive reuse and planning: regional and neighbourhood cultural planning.
Their core interest is in connecting heritage to wider considerations of urban design and city building, and to a larger set of cultural values that provide perspective to our work at every scale. Their core values are in generating professional integrity and expertise through research, education and mentoring.
ERA Architects, in joint venture with SvN Architects and Planners, has completed the deep energy retrofit of 4301 Kingston, a 419-unit complex completed in 1968 in east Scarborough which houses more than 1,000 residents, and owned by Toronto Community Housing. The project included major structural and envelope remediation including window and balcony door replacement, addition of thermostatic controls to individual units, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and a number of electrical and water conservation measures.
Working together with the owners of 35 Walmer, a considered program of architectural and landscape rehabilitation was developed that worked with the identified heritage features to preserve and renew this iconic architectural asset, designed by prominent Toronto modernist architect Uno Prii. The project restored the postwar building and landscape to its original design intent, including the upgrading of the existing deteriorated concrete at balconies and shear walls, and select brick replacement at East and West elevations.