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A Deeper Look at Parkin

Parkin Architects Limited is an employee-owned and award-winning firm, and a long-standing leader in institutional architecture.

The history of Parkin reaches back to the 1940s.  Since this time, Parkin has designed some of Canada’s most notable buildings, establishing a track record in practical, innovative and economical design.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes Parkin the firm it is today.

Who are we and what do we do?

Parkin is staffed with well over 100 experienced architects, designers, project managers and administrative staff, including LEED, Evidence-Based Design, and Lean accredited professionals – all of whom are dedicated to specific market sectors.

Our institutional design expertise spans across many industries, including education, recreation, justice, laboratory and healthcare. In fact, we are well known as the most specialized healthcare architect firm in Canada.

Why do we do it? And why do our clients pick us?

We’re experienced. Clients choose Parkin for its proven track record and expertise – both of the company and its people. Every project we undertake has the direct involvement of Directors and Principals.

We are not “starchitects.” We’re practical; we design things that work. (And yet our innovative and imaginative designs have still won us many awards for style). We believe in personalizing the design experience for clients and maintaining a hands-on approach to projects.

We listen. We sit down with our clients and decipher their needs, and then we answer to these demands. Our outstanding teams, integrity, proven practical approach, top-tier cost control and global insight enable us to deliver designs that reflect the unique needs and priorities of our clients. Promoting mutual trust, we address the full scope of a facility’s operational requirements, from technology and space needs to optimizing everyday movements, as well as employee wellbeing and productivity. Our unique ability to provide truly meaningful services to our clients is largely derived from the partnerships that we foster with them.

We’re passionate. We love what we do, and our clients love it too. It is the collaborative efforts of Parkin’s employees and our clients that have led us to where we are today. Parkin’s clients include some of the foremost institutions in Canada, many of which have been with our firm for more than 20 years. Together, we continue to grow, to learn, to adapt, and to fuel the passion that unites us.

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