In recent years the WELL Building Standard has been gaining momentum in the design industry and focuses on creating built environments that can enhance users’ health and wellbeing. It is the first set of principles founded upon evidence-based medical and scientific research around building practice, design and development with a goal of improving human health.
The role of acoustics in healthcare design has been well documented, in particular, the detrimental effects of noise in healing environments. Excess noise can raise heart rate and blood pressure, increase pain after surgery, slow the healing process, and lengthen hospital stay. As architects and designers of healthcare facilities we can help mitigate the role of noise using specific acoustic principles and technology. Read more
It’s been another exhilarating and rewarding year for Parkin Architects Limited. We continued our work on a number of cutting-edge projects for the foremost healthcare, educational, recreation, justice, and research institutions across Canada.
Thank you to our incredible team. We wouldn’t be the award-winning firm we are today without your hard work and dedication. Together, we will continue to accomplish meaningful work and provide truly worthwhile services to our clients in the year ahead.
By Harland C. Lindsay, Director, Parkin Architects Limited
Our firm’s history started circa 1938, when John B. Parkin hung out his John B. Parkin Architect shingle in Toronto. Read more
By Mario Pistone, Vice President, Parkin Architects Limited
I still remember the childhood experience of magic with the View-Master – a red handset with two lenses for viewing stereoscopic slides bearing photographs and images of real and imaginary places, mounted on a rotary disc. Read more
Architects and Interior Designers were traditionally somewhat territorial when working together on projects. The Architects were nervous that the ‘decorators’ would want to add frills and furbelows to their pristine architectural interiors. The Interior Designers felt that Architects thought they were there to only pick colours and furniture. Nothing could be further from the truth in the Parkin office. Read more
Project: Qikiqtani General Hospital Iqaluit, Nunavut
Construction Cost: $19.7 million
Year of Completion: 2016
Northern Canadian public institutions, such as hospitals and schools, serve relatively small populations spread over immense areas. Read more