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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Helping a Community in Need: Cape Dorset High School

Helping a Community in Need: Cape Dorset High School

In the late summer of 2015, Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset, Nunavut was destroyed by fire.  It was a devastating setback for this tightly-knit community of 1,400 people, just two weeks into the new school year.  Not only did this directly affect the 150 students and 22 staff members, but also the many community members and organizations that used the high school building for meetings and cultural events. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Mental Health Facility Design

Mental Health Facility Design

According to studies and research by camh, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and by the age of 40, one in two will have, or will have had, a mental illness. These numbers are staggering. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Trends in Correctional Facility Design

Trends in Correctional Facility Design

Robert Boraks is a Director at Parkin Architects Limited, Visiting Scholar at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, and a frequent guest speaker at international conferences where he shares his understanding of trends that will help shape correctional facility design here in Canada and around the world. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | ErinoakKids


By:  Lynne Wilson Orr, Principal, Parkin Architects Limited

There can be very interesting stories behind why we design the building features that we do. Design is sometimes a challenging profession as it can take many years to see the results of your efforts, particularly in healthcare design. But every so often, you see a tangible and welcome outcome from something that was a challenge identified by a client’s story. Recently, we toured a new client through the Brampton site of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development and talked with staff about some of their stories. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Social Architecture

Social Architecture

We are architects of social facilities; something we take seriously. Social facilities design requires the successful identification of naturally-occurring patterns, the development of new patterns, and the application of these to architecture. We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure our designs respond to the needs – personal, physical and emotional – of the users of the environments we design. Read more

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