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.