2019.05.10
Project Milestone: Ground breaks on the new private residence in Toronto, targeting Passive House Institute US (PHIUS+) certification.
2019.01.01
Professional Milestone: J. Alejandro Lopez, OAA, receives his Architecture License.
2018.09.01
Project Milestone: A second accessibility project completed at the University of Guelph’s south campus residences at the John Andrew’s historic Prairie Hall building.
2018.07.01
Project Milestone: Our design for the expanded ’Bumble Bee Academy’ Phase 2 daycare and early childhood learning centre starts running classes.
2017.09.11
poiesis architecture’s ’Fallow’ installation featured at main entry to the OAA Move event, and invited to participate in the Ottawa Festival Week of Architecture 2017.
2017.09.01
Project Milestone: Our design for the new daycare and early childhood learning centre ’Bumble Bee Academy’ opens in Toronto’s Leslieville September 2017.
2017.09.01
Project Milestone: Our design for the improved accessibility to University of Guelph’s south campus residences at the John Andrew’s historic Mountain Hall building open to the students and faculty.
2017.08.15
A new addition to the design studio team: J. Alejandro Lopez joins the practice as project manager and designer.
2017.08.01
poiesis architecture’s installation proposal ’Fallow’ for the OAA Move competition one of ten projects jury-selected for the Fall 2017 event.
2017.01.01
poiesis architecture featured in Design Lines 2017 spring issue.
2016.10.10
Project milestone: Design underway for new daycare in Toronto’s east end.
2016.10.01
Project milestone: Revitalized entry for the University of Guelph’s Department of Population Medicine completed!
2016.09.01
Project milestone: Design underway for new private residence in Toronto.
2016.06.01
Project milestone: Design underway for new four-plex building in downtown Toronto.
manda group

size:
4500 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2014
with sibling architects

u of g accessibility

size:
115 sq ft
location:
guelph, on.
completed:
2017

469 s

size:
3800 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
ongoing

576 d

size:
480 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2016

5 e

size:
2500 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2015
with sibling architects

145 w

size:
550 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2015
with sibling architects

131 g

size:
760 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2014
with sibling architects

36 a

size:
240 sq ft
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
ongoing
with sibling architects

fallow

size:
7 1/2' x 17 1/2'
location:
toronto, on.
completed:
2017

remedios terrarium

size:
n/a
location:
montreal, qc.
completed:
2008
with topological media lab

Process
Before we put pencil to paper, we have a conversation. Listening to your needs and aspirations forms the foundation of the design process.
As architects, our deep understanding of building and construction allows us to present you with a design that is feasible and visionary. We’re with you at every step along the way, from initial concept to complete product. We ensure that the results are as inspiring as that first conversation.
We bring together talented professionals, engineers, fabricators, and builders, who are as committed to making your vision a reality as we are. We work with a range of budgets. And we manage the process of obtaining permits and working with the authorities.
Values
We are dedicated to capturing light, creating spaces that flow effortlessly, and using materials that last generations. All of this in the service of crafting a project that responds to the particular way you live.
Our mission is twofold: to elevate your everyday experience of your environment. And to provide you with a service that ensures you enjoy the process of making that space.
Biography
Gregory Beck Rubin
M.Arch, OAA, LEED AP
Gregory’s curiosity has driven him to work with clients on projects ranging from custom homes to community centres, learning and research environments to workplaces and showrooms, art installations to stage sets.
He has worked for leading design professionals in Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, London and San Francisco and is an advocate for design excellence. Closely engaged with his client’s needs and aspirations, he draws on his varied experiences to design and shepherd through innovative results. Sustainability is an important element of Gregory’s design process. He was the Toronto office’s Sustainable Design Leader for Perkins+Will.
Prior to establishing poiesis architecture, Gregory co-founded Sibling Architects, an architecture studio focusing on modern design.
Gregory is the recipient of the 2009 Manitoba Association of Architects Comprehensive Design Thesis Medal and he has presented and published his work in Canada and China. He has been an invited critic to design studios at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto. He is a member of the Sessional Faculty at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture.



J. Alejandro Lopez
M.Arch, OAA
Alejandro has expertise in mixed-use, high-density buildings, learning environments, and bespoke residential projects. His enthusiasm for architecture is grounded by an interdisciplinary background in human-centric design, building science, and cities.
Recently, his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) Design Thesis project, "Stuff Cloud: A Smart Infrastructure for Buying, Selling, Sharing, Swapping, and Remaking Things in Cities" was awarded an honourable mention in the OAA’s inaugural Shift 2019 Infrastructure and Architecture Challenge. It was also awarded 1st runner-up at the IAAC Barcelona 4th Advanced Architecture Contest City Sense.
Prior to joining poiesis architecture, Alejandro worked for Toronto’s preeminent high-rise design firm, architectsAlliance. While there he was the project lead for ’500 Lakeshore Boulevard,’ an adaptive-reuse commercial & residential project where an historic building, new commercial spaces, two residential towers and an urban plaza link Toronto’s waterfront with The Bentway.
Alejandro received his M.Arch from the University of Toronto. While studying there, he received the 2010 Power Corporation of Canada Award – a Canada wide competition – and with two other recipients conducted research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Quebec. He is a member of the Sessional Faculty at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture.
193 Sorauren Avenue,
Toronto M6R 2E7