Enthusiasm for innovation runs deep at Edge leading us to continually explore new building methods and materials in pursuit of realizing sustainable and innovative design solutions. Our team exclusively uses 3D building information modelling (BIM) software and employs sophisticated digital scanning equipment for documenting existing conditions.
We realize that innovation is impossible without collaboration, and as such we prioritize relationship building. Our approach to project delivery relies on integration of industry partners including clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, authorities having jurisdiction, and other stakeholders, in the design process towards optimal project results.
We take our role as professionals seriously and always seek to uphold the Ontario Association of Architects Code of Ethics by acting with integrity, honesty, and professional competence. We endeavour to be respectful of the natural and cultural environments of the people and places that are influenced by our work.
Edge Architects Ltd. was founded by Principal Architects Matthew Bolen (BAS, M.ARCH, OAA, RAIC, CPHD) and Michael Trussell (BAS, M.ARCH, OAA). Matt and Mike first met as students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where they both completed the Undergraduate and Masters’ programs between 2002 and 2009. Matt and Mike decided to join forces in 2015 with the objective of creating a firm focused on achieving design excellence through innovation and collaboration.
In the subsequent years since Edge’s founding, the duo has focused on building strong relationships with industry partners and assembling a team of likeminded individuals who share their vision. Edge Architects Ltd. holds a Certificate of Practice to practise architecture as a Corporation in the Province of Ontario issued by the Ontario Association of Architects, and professional liability insurance provided by ProDemnity Insurance Company.
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA, CPHD
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA
BAS, M. ARCH
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA
BA, M. ARCH
BAS, M. ARCH
Respect and appreciation for the environment underlies our approach to architecture and informs our thinking on decisions from siting and orientation to building material and system selection. Whenever possible we look to incorporate sustainable features into our buildings including highly insulated envelopes, materials with low embodied energy, living walls, and green roofs.
In our pursuit of sustainability, we actively seek out opportunities to challenge conventional thinking in construction to bring about innovation. In practice this can include everything from identifying creative solutions to unlock the potential of challenging sites to incorporating modular systems to bring about greater material, cost, and schedule efficiency.
In collaboration with industry partners, we have been a part of multiple research and development initiatives exploring applications of mass timber construction systems as substitutes for more carbon intensive building materials and systems, and in 2021 we realized the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) mid-rise multi-residential building in Ontario.
We endeavour to combine carefully detailed and highly insulated building envelopes and energy efficient heating, cooling, lighting, and plumbing on all our projects. Edge Principal Matt Bolen is a Certified Passive House Canada Professional, and when requested by our clients the firm has pursued LEED Certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
We are firm believers in the potential for prefabrication to improve the affordability, efficiency, and precision of construction while reducing waste and decreasing the duration of on-site installation. In 2019 we tested these ideas via the design and construction of a factory-built modular accessory dwelling unit that was the first of its kind in Kitchener, ON.
Based on the client’s program of requirements, schedule, and budget, we first prepare documents that illustrate the scale and character of the project and how the parts of the project functionally relate to each other. Typical deliverables in this phase include conceptual two-dimensional site and building drawings and three-dimensional massing models.
Upon obtaining client approval of the Schematic Design documents, and any directed adjustments in the project requirements, schedule, or budget, we further develop the Architectural design. Typical deliverables in this phase include more refined two-dimensional drawings, renderings, and outline specifications for proposed building systems.
Upon obtaining client approval of the Design Development documents, we commence production of detailed Construction Documents, which will become the guiding documents for Permitting, Tendering, and Construction of the project. Typical deliverables in this phase include working drawings and written specifications.
Upon obtaining client approval of the Construction Documents, when so engaged we will prepare and issue tender packages and act as the lead contact during the tendering process. During the Bidding/Negotiation phase we respond to calls from contractors, subtrades, and suppliers and prepare and issue addenda, as necessary.
Our services during Construction range from General Reviews only to full Contract Administration, including attendance at site meetings, shop drawing review, monitoring of construction progress, payment certification, issuance of site instructions, proposed changes and change orders, and issuance of certificate of substantial performance.
In addition to our standard services, we offer Clients Additional Services including support in obtaining municipal approvals including Site Plan Approval and Building Permit. Our Services include coordination and submission of required documents and reports to the municipality and related correspondence with authorities having jurisdiction.