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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.