RVTR is a design research practice with studios based in Toronto, Ontario and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our work operates across scales to position design as an active agent in continually evolving ecologies. Our projects range from the visioning of the urban future of regional territories, to high performance building design, to prototype-based research in responsive envelope systems and to digitally crafted objects. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a systems based approach: one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and that actively leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents to drive new potentials for the work.
In order to approach these complex issues, RVTR operates simultaneously as a professional architecture practice and as an academic and experimental research platform. Since our inception in 2007, the three directors – Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley – have worked to blur boundaries between these two aspects of design practice. Our studio environments operate as experimental think tanks - horizontally organized to engage the full breadth of our team’s input in each facet of project development. RVTR team members bring specific expertise, deep focus and dedication to the execution of projects within the office. RVTR also regularly collaborates with broad multidisciplinary teams of academic, scientific and industry partners enabling a deep and informed approach to integrated design.
RVTR has received numerous awards including a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture (2011), an R&D Award from Architecture Magazine (2010), the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts (2009), the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (2008). The work has been exhibited and widely published internationally.