A R C H I T E C T S
Urbanscape Architects is an emerging architectural practice, dedicated to the contemporary design of private residences, multi-unit residential, and commercial buildings. Founded by Ali Malek, the practice is driven equally between the playful exploration of site, typology, and materiality, as well as the pragmatic principles of constructability, sustainability, and creating work of lasting value.
Working in a studio setting, the team at Urbanscape Architects brings a collaborative approach to each project. Their work is rooted in the belief that architecture has a fundamental role in shaping and expressing how we experience the world. Consequently, each project is carefully considered and researched, evolving from the site’s context and the client’s goals and resources. The final design leverages the story of its occupants to create intimate spaces that truly feel like home.
Urbanscape advocates for sustainable building practices including the use of renewable and recycled materials; reuse of building elements and systems with the dual objective of waste and cost reduction; utilization of efficient and sustainable energy systems; and green roof installations wherever possible. By keeping the economical, ecological, and cultural needs of each project in mind, the practice creates architecture that engages its context, residents, and the public realm.
For Urbanscape Architects, great design unifies pragmatic principles with innovative ideas. A process that results in honest, innovative work of enduring value.
M.Arch, OAA, MRAIC
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
Ali Malek has over 25 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and construction of a range of architectural projects; from single family homes and condominiums; to multi-unit residential buildings, mixed-use complexes, as well as community and institutional developments.
His design philosophy focuses on sophisticated simplicity and volumetric playfulness; clean lines, classic forms and minimal elements characterize his design aesthetic. Ali pays close attention to keeping his projects human-centred and is driven by integrating client goals with design intent. Ali leads a dedicated studio team from feasibility design to contract admin and project completion with a focus on integrating modernist design with high-tech components, minimalism with sustainability.
Ali is passionate about architecture. If he had to do it over again, without question, he would choose the field of architecture again and again. He began his career at a young age by participating in a co-op program and completed his master’s degree in 1995. Ali is a registered licence architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
OPERATIONAL MANAGER, CLIENT RELATIONS
Mary manages the day-to-day operation of the firm. With an extensive background in finance, she oversees the efficiency and on-time delivery of the projects, attending to the needs of the clients. Fluent in French, Farsi and English, she is well-versed in cross-cultural communications.
M.Arch, OAA Intern Architect
Architectural Job Captain
Ali Shams has more than 10 years of professional experience in the design, coordination, administration, and management of architectural projects. From single family homes to high-rise condos and mid-rise institutional projects, he believes that accurate drawings and site management result in quality construction.
Ali is passionate about art in general and architecture specifically. He believes that site and context is the main source of design inspiration and, together with an understanding of geometry, will bring out the potential of any project. As a Job Captain at Urbanscape Architects, he brings a scrupulous attention to detail to every project – from design to production, administration to construction drawings. Ali believes in teamwork and strives to deliver the best projects through clear communication and cooperation with all the members of his team as well as subconsultants.
Ali completed his master’s degree in 2007 and is currently an Intern Architect working towards accreditation with the Ontario Association of Architects.
Carmen Boyadjian has over eight years of interior design experience specializing in
residential, retail, and commercial projects. For Carmen, every project is an opportunity to express numerous design possibilities and ultimately, to create beautiful spaces that reflect a client’s taste and personality.
As an Interior Designer at Urbanscape Architects, Carmen interprets a client’s style and vision, from design to execution, by seeking to compliment the architecture of each space.
M.Arch, B.Arch, MBA
Saeed Saraei has over 15 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Urbanscape Architects, he worked on a range of projects including public, institutional, residential, mixed-use, and urban design projects at award-winning architectural firms in Iran.
As a Project Manager, he believes in working collaboratively with his team and clients to develop fresh and innovative ideas during the design and bring those ideas through to construction to deliver a successful project. With a passion for design and strong interpersonal and organizational skills, Saeed fosters a team-oriented studio environment.
Saeed holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture as well as an MBA in Project Management and is working towards accreditation with the Ontario Association of Architects.
M.Arch, OAA Intern Architect
Mina Ghavidel has more than 20 years of professional experience with a focus on commercial, industrial, and residential projects.
Since joining Urbanscape Architects, Mina has brought her passion and decades of experience into every phase of a project – from schematic design to detailed construction drawings, administration, site visits and various permit applications. She listens to client's needs and coordinates all aspects of project administration to facilitate a seamless communication with the construction site.
Mina is an Intern Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects working towards accreditation.
Md Injamul Haque
B.Arch, CACB, OAA Intern Architect
Injamul Haque is a recent graduate with two years of professional experience.
Since joining Urbanscape Architects, he has been involved in several projects ranging from single family residential to commercial interiors. He believes that functionality and aesthetics should always be in harmony and is driven to provide a functional and experiential environment for the end-user of every project.
Injamul is an Intern Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects currently working towards becoming a registered architect.
B.Arch & Urban Planning
Patricia Rocha is a recent graduate with four years of professional experience working primarily in residential and commercial projects.
Patricia believes that the quality of our environment influences the quality of our lives. She is motivated by a passion for architecture and urban design and wants to use technology, art, and innovative ideas to make buildings that are interconnected, pleasant, and joyful at the human-scale.
With both an architecture and urban planning degree, Patricia is working towards accreditation with the Ontario Association of Architects.