It All Starts With…
A challenge. From necessity comes an idea. Followed by a point. A line. A combination of patterns. We are constantly listening, learning and adapting. It is a careful balance of these principles that defines what we do. It is our commitment to sustainability that defines who we are. We put passion and care into shaping your environments because they shape you in return.
Vision + Mission
Our mission is to enable you. Our design solutions support your goals. For our team, the best way to achieve this is to focus on intelligent and creative design solutions. These solutions are informed by a relentless dedication to design excellence and sustainability. Our vision is to improve the world by creating remarkable environments. We want to create spaces that evoke transformative experiences.
Where We Come From
In 1996, Joanne McCallum and Greg Sather founded McCallum Sather Architects Inc. Now, with over twenty years of experience, our firm has achieved an impressive record of significant industry firsts. We designed and built the first LEED Gold Certified building under the CaGBC, the Region of Waterloo EMS Headquarters and built the first facility of its kind in the world, with the largest virtual lab environment, designed to study human communication at McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. In 2018 we completed the first Net Zero building in Ontario and largest Net Zero facility in Canada, the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation on the Mohawk College Campus. We recognize the strength of an integrated team. It led to our decision to grow in-house mechanical engineering and interior design divisions. We did this to facilitate comprehensive service on small renovation projects and improve coordination and system integration on larger projects. LEED Facilitation and Heritage Consultation strengthen our service, and help us deliver specialized, tailored solutions. We pride ourselves on being able to take on a variety of projects: everything from renovation to new construction, small community initiatives to multi-million dollar, one-of-a-kind projects. By employing our trusted Integrated Design Process, we’re able to remain relentlessly focused on achieving our clients’ goals, guided by a commitment to design excellence and sustainable solutions.
The Legacy We Leave
For 20 years, sustainability has been at the forefront of our mission and vision. It is our core principal and informs all of our work. It translates into beautiful, sustainable facilities that consume significantly less energy. They are delightful buildings in which to work, live and play. We pioneered the integrated design team approach, are one of the few architectural firms in Canada to offer complete LEED Facilitation services and our projects carefully balance social, financial and environmental objectives.
The Community We Call Home
We are involved in our community. We are a part of the conversation. We want to help. Because we care. We are active in many initiatives designed to strengthen both our city and our profession. Learn More