Firm Profile

Firm Name: SvN Architects + Planners Inc.
Address: 110 Adelaide Street East, 4th Floor
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Postal Code: M5C 1K9
Phone: 416.593.6499
E-Mail: info@svn-ap.com
Website: http://www.svn-ap.com
Organization: Corporation
Principals: John van Nostrand
Andrew D. Sinclair
Firm Profile: SvN is a team of architects, planners, community developers and urban designers immersed in the practical art and science of building resilient communities.

We engage with the dynamic social, economic and environmental forces that define and govern the places where we work.

This involves studying local histories, anticipating emerging economies, identifying social and environmental risks and opportunities, and planning and designing in response to rapid growth and change. We work in partnership with public and private clients and stakeholders to create visionary ideas, and find ways to render them viable.

Over the past forty years, our team has helped to shape the built environment in regions, cities, and towns across Canada, and around the world. We%u2019ve revitalized industrial waterfronts, developed many new forms of affordable housing, designed resilient neighbourhoods, and promoted the economic development of both rural and urban regions.

Our plans, designs and strategies are both particular and flexible: they respond to the specific needs of people and their environments, but are designed to adapt and change in response to new conditions as they arise.
Areas of Practice: Commercial
Laboratories & Research Facilities
Performing Arts
Places of Worship
Residential Multiple
Residential Single
Additional Services: Building Envelope
Expert Witness
Feasibility Studies
Urban Design
Experience Profile: Over the past four decades, SvN has been responsible for the planning, design and construction management of urban and rural development projects across Canada, and around the world.

Founded by John van Nostrand in 1978, SvN builds on a legacy of innovation in affordable housing and incremental growth initiated in Canada, and then consolidated through our work overseas. These strategies and precedents for sustainable, inclusive development have deeply influenced our approach to planning, design and building, in every context.
Awards: Eglinton Connects
2015: Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit
2015: Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence
2013: Institute of Transportation Engineers for the Toronto Section Project of the Year Award

Thompson Economic Diversification Plan
2014: Award of Planning Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners
2014: Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Award for Community Engagement and Environmental Excellence, Finalist. Mining Association of Canada (2014)

Lawrence-Allen Revitalization Plan
2011: Award for Excellence in Planning. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Greater Amman Municipality Zoning Regime
2010: Award for Planning Excellence %u2013 International Development. Canadian Institute of Planners

%u201CShaping the Toronto Region%u201D
2009: Award for Planning Excellence %u2013 Planning Publication. Canadian Institute of Planners

40R Shaftesbury Avenue
2009: Award of Excellence. Ontario Association of Architects

Amman Master Plan Project
2008: Award for Planning Excellence (Honorable Mention) %u2013 International Development. Canadian Institute of Planners

Drew Sinclair, Principal
2008: Canada Council Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners

The Amman Plan
2007: World Leadership Award for Town Planning. World Leadership Forum

Places to Grow: The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
2007: Daniel Burnham Award. American Planning Association
2007: Award for Planning Excellence %u2013 Re-urbanization. Canadian Institute of Planners

Evergreen at the Brick Works Master Plan
2007: Award of Excellence, Urban and Community Design. Ontario Professional Planners Institute
2006: %u201CBrownie%u201D Award for Brownfields Redevelopment %u2013 Best Project, Heritage/Adaptive Reuse. Canadian Urban Institute

John van Nostrand, Principal %u2013 for Contributions to the City%u2019s Vitality
2004: Jane Jacobs Award. Ideas That Matter

Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant
2004: National Citation %u2013 Site Design. Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
2004: Planning Honor Award %u2013 Site Design. The Waterfront Centre (Washington DC)
2002: Award of Excellence %u2013 Site Design. Canadian Architect

Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto%u2019s Waterfront
2002: Peter Bloodoff Award of Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners

York University Computer Science Building
Governor General%u2019s Medal. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Evergreen at the Brick Works Master Plan
2004: Award of Excellence, Urban and Community Design. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan
2001: Award of Excellence (Hon. Mention). Ontario Association of Architects

Pro-Home: A Planned, Progressive Approach to Affordable Housing
2001: Award of Excellence. Ontario Professional Planners Institute

St. George St Revitalization
1997: Urban Design Award. City of Toronto

West Bank Development Project %u2013 East London, South Africa
1995: Association Award for International Excellence. CIDA/Canadian Exporters

Queen/Sackville Non-Profit Housing
1994: Design Award. City of Toronto

Seaton Community Plan
1994: First Place %u2013 International Competition. Province of Ontario

Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel
1993: Award of Excellence. Canadian Architect

Bill White Cooperative Housing
1992: Design Award. Ontario Association of Architects

Lesotho Urban Upgrading Project
1991: World Habitat Award. Building & Social Housing Foundation
1991: Award of Excellence. Canadian Institute of Planners