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We Prioritize

...innovation, collaboration, and professionalism.


Edge Architects is a professional Architectural consulting practice based in Waterloo, Ontario, a Region which has become known as the Creative Capital of Canada. We thrive on collaboration to create enriched work that balances aesthetics and performance, construction costs and scheduling, and ensures project objectives are not only achieved but exceeded.

INNOVATION /

Enthusiasm for innovation runs deep at Edge, leading us to keep exploring new building methods and materials to achieve sustainable design and innovative construction solutions. Our team exclusively uses 3D building information modelling software and employs sophisticated digital scanning tools for documenting existing conditions.

COLLABORATION /

We realize that innovation is impossible without collaboration—so we prioritize relationship building. Our approach to project delivery relies on integration of industry partners including clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and authorities having jurisdiction in the design process towards optimal project results.

PROFESSIONALISM /

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.


Our Team

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 prestigious 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 like-minded individuals who share their vision. Edge Architects Ltd. is a professional Architectural consulting practice that holds a Certificate of Practice issued by the Ontario Association of Architects and professional liability insurance coverage provided by ProDemnity Insurance Company.


Matt Bolen


Principal, architect
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA, CPHD

Mike Trussell


Principal, architect
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA

Brian Torrens


associate, architect
BAS, M. ARCH

Mark Koppeser


Associate, technologist
C.E.T., OACETT

Kenneth Roy


Associate, technologist

Morgan Wright


Architect
BAS, M. ARCH, OAA

Ivana Rovic


intern, architect
BA, M. ARCH

Emma Moseley


Intern, architect
BAS, M. ARCH

Ryan Meaney


technologist

Muzamal Shafiq


technologist

Anita Helmers


technologist

Cassandra Robichaud


Office Administrator


Our Focus

We are passionate about sustainable design and innovative construction and have invested heavily in the exploration of mass timber, high performance, and modular building technologies.


SUSTAINABLE DESIGN /

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.

INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION /

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.


Our Process

We lead our clients through a clearly defined, yet flexible process tailored to the specific goals and objectives of their project.


1 / Schematic Design

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.

2 / Design Development

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.

3 / Construction Documents

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.

4 / Bidding / Negotiation

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.

5 / Construction

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.

6 / Approvals

In addition to our standard services, we offer clients support in obtaining municipal approvals including Zone Change, 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.