About Denegri Bessai Studio

Denegri Bessai Studio is a Toronto-based architecture and design studio committed to well-considered and thoughtfully designed objects and spaces that leverage the latest materials and technologies to the benefit of its inhabitants and the broader city. Naturally inquisitive and distinctively collaborative, our best work is the product of demanding constraints and unusual conditions that lead to innovative and unexpected solutions.
Projects in the studio are developed through an iterative design process that combines active client consultation, collaborative problem solving and experimental research to reach one-of-a-kind designs that address the brief beautifully and efficiently. This methodology is supported and enhanced by our commitment to research and teaching, as well as our in-house fabrication lab equipped with state-of-the-art prototyping tools which allow us to quickly and efficiently produce mock ups and models used to further inform our work.
Work from the studio has won numerous design awards and has appeared in a range of local and international publications including Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect, Azure and Plan Magazine.


Our Team


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Maria Denegri, OAA, FRAIC

MArch (UPC, Barcelona), BArch (UBC), BA (UBC)


With two decades of architectural experience under her belt, ten of which have been leading her own practice, Maria brings to the table extensive knowledge and leadership experience in the design and execution of architectural projects at a variety of scales, from residential projects to offices and assembly occupancies. Maria is known for her strong coordination skills – bringing together consultants, specialists, trades and builders to achieve design solutions that are on time and on budget.
Maria compliments her professional experience with a commitment to pedagogy and community. She is a core faculty member at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and is currently a visiting lecturer at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. She currently holds the position of Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.


Tom Bessai, OAA

MArch (UCLA), BArch (UBC), BA (U. Alberta)


Tom leads the prototyping, fabrication and computation arm of the studio, ensuring our work makes use of the latest materials and technologies. An accomplished researcher with a strong background in both academia and practice, Tom’s explorations on computation and fabrication have been widely presented and exhibited, including publications in both popular and peer reviewed journals. His research work is complimented by professional experience in forms both local and abroad, including Frank Ghery’s office in Los Angeles and Taylor Hazell Architects in Toronto where he contributed to several important civic institutional projects in Toronto including the renovation and extension of Humber College Lakeshore Campus library.
Tom has held a faculty position in design at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design since 2001.
Tzoline (Sol) Ternamian, LEED AP


Alexia Hovis

MArch Candidate (UOFT), Hon.BA (UOFT)


Mehdi Latifian

MArch Candidate (UOFT), BArch (Shiraz University) 

Joël León

MArch (UOFT), Hon.BA (UOFT)


Michal Bartosik

BArch (UOFT)





Past Contributers


Our commitment to pedagogy and learning is reflected in our staffing -our studio frequently providing the first opportunity for many architecture students to experience professional practice. 
We want to say thank you to all those that throughout the years have helped shaped our studio!


Shea Gouthro

Duncan Sabiston

Luísa Cassol

Dave Freedman

Leon Lai

Sophia Panova

Dave Reeves

Nicole Tomasi

Alex Warwick

Edith Yu

Yasmin Al-Samarrai
Andre Almeida
Billy Chung
Ehran Holm
Omri Menashe
Regina Park
Alexis Schneider
Evan Wakelin
Raquel de Vargas


Andrea Norris

Chansoo Byeo

Federica Costa

Francesca Joyce

Sávio de Oliveira

Andrea Pisanu

Sonja Tijanic

Cheryl Wan

Hamza Vora