Steffanie Adams, Dipl.Ty (Arch); B.A. (Arch); M.Arch


Steffanie Adams is a LEED accredited professional and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. She has taught sustainable design courses to many of Canada’s largest general contractors (AECON, Ellis don, Kenaiden, and more) and has been involved in comprehensive energy efficient research projects and publications. Currently, Steffanie is a professor at George Brown College teaching in the Architectural Studies program with a focus on “building green” in lectures and studios and is a founding member of George Brown College’s Green Team: a committee designed to assess, monitor, and initiate environmental strategies at the College.

Steffanie also works closely with one of Canada’s largest sports recreation developers and operators on a number of projects as LEED designate including: Upper Canada College (LEED Gold) twin-pad, the BMO Centre (LEED Silver equivalent), Amherstburg’s Libro Credit Union Complex (LEED Silver), and the Dartmouth 4-pad (LEED Silver) and the University of Saskatchewan new arena complex.

Academic Credentials

Member: Royal Architecture Institute of CanadaMember: Canada Green Buildings CouncilMember: Association of Architectural Technologists of OntarioMasters of Architecture, University of Toronto, 2002Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Architecture), University of Washington, 1992Diploma, Architectural Technology, Mohawk College, 1990

Areas Of Specialization

Architectural Studies

Areas Of Expertise

Materials and Methods, Design Studios, Building Science Basics

Career Highlights

2000-present: Principal, arki design group2003-2005: Senior Associate, Pace Architects/ Brook McIlroy2000-2003: Senior Associate, Johnson Chou Inc.1999-2000: Intern Architect, SKMV Architects1994-1996: Intern Architect, Hilditch Architects1989: Intern Architect, Hilditch Architects1987: Intern Architect, Hilditch Architects1992-1994: Freelance Designer, Megaron Arkitekturbo, Zurich; Quiroz y Puelma, Chile, Mercado y Asociados, Mexico

Other Activities

Principal at arki design group - focus on LEED consulting and graphic design projects


Selected Designers for the DX “Design for the Cold” Competition, 2005 WearWhere: Winter Wonder Wheel, moimoi designWinning Submission, Manchester Letherium Competition, 2005 Vitrine, moimoi designCity of Toronto, Visions & Master Plans, Architecture & Urban Design Award, 2003 Laneway Architecture and Urbanism, University of Toronto’s and Master’s StudioCanadian Interiors Magazine Best of Canada Award, 2002 TNT Woman, Johnson Chou Inc.Interior Design Show’s Gold Award for Outstanding Booth Design, 2001 JCI Booth, Johnson Chou Inc.University of Toronto Fellowship 2000, 2003 Hattie A.Sommerville Scholarship, 2000


TEETH: Best Research Project, Steffanie Adams (author) Better Builder Magazine, Issue 19, Autumn 2016

An Innovative Building Enclosure Retrofit for an Existing Solid Masonry Double Wythe Brick Home In A Cold Climate, P. Christopher Timusk (author), Steffanie Adams (coauthor) James Henderson (coauthor), PLEA Conference 2015, Bologna, Italy

Retrofit Guide for Existing Buildings in a Cold Climate, P. Steffanie Adams (author), P. Christopher Timusk (coauthor), PLEA Conference 2015, Bologna, Italy

Site Unseen: Laneway Architecture in Toronto, Brigitte Shim, Donald Chong (authors), Steffanie Adams (contributor), University of Toronto Press, 59 pages, Toronto, 2000

Diplomado: Architectura Urbana: Regeneracion Urbana en la Zona sur de la Alameda with A. Mercado y J. Andrade 1993