David Colussi

David directs the studioís architecture projects. He is an architect who is interested in the relationship between buildings and public space. David will listen to a clientís needs and respond to their vision with an inspiring and unique solution every time.

David has more than fifteen years of experience designing buildings for communities and commercial clients. He has worked in the UK, Finland and across Canada on projects ranging from $100,000 to over $30 million in construction value. He has successfully delivered innovative spaces for offices, schools, community centres, social housing, mixed-use and commercial buildings, museums and more.

Workshop Architecture is committed to the 1+ program, providing at least 1% of our time to pro bono work. Davidís long-standing interest in education has led him to volunteer his skills in elementary school classrooms and as a committee member for new school buildings. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia and a thesis mentor at Ryerson University.

David studied architecture and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo, where his thesis explored models of learning spaces and was recognized with the Alpha Rho Chi award in 2000.

Helena Grdadolnik
 BES, MArch

Helena leads the studioís urban design work, creative and cultural projects. She loves to collaborate with other disciplines and is always open to new challenges. She has more than fifteen years of expertise in urban design, planning, policy, community engagement, education and public art.

Helena has worked with non-profits, private companies and public sector organizations in Canada, USA and the UK. She brings a fresh approach to all her work and to public consultation in particular. Her project highlights include: developing a national public engagement project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; creating a public art program for the City of Mississauga; and initiating the Green Line hydro-corridor park project in Toronto.

Workshop Architecture is committed to the 1+ program, providing at least 1% of our time to pro bono work. Helena has volunteered her skills in elementary school classrooms, in the development of the Green Line, for the David Suzuki Foundationís Homegrown National Park, and as a member of the Toronto Society of Architects Executive Committee, Active Neighbourhoods Canada Advisory, City of Toronto Public Art Commission and the Creative City Network of Canadaís PAN Advisory.

She has been a lecturer and guest critic at the University of Toronto, OCAD, Sheridan College, York University, UBC and Emily Carr University. Helena is the co-author of two books: Towards an Ethical Architect and The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis. She studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, where her Masterís thesis was recognized with the RAIC gold medal.