RVTR operates a professional architecture practice in Toronto and an experimental design research lab at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning embedded within the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 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 complex systems approach to design.
Since our inception in 2007, the three directors – Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley – have worked to integrate design research within practice contexts as a means to advance both professional and disciplinary discourse and the quality of resulting work.
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 regularly collaborates with broad multidisciplinary teams of academic, scientific, industry partners and professional consultants - enabling a deep and informed approach to integrated design.
Our work has been recognized with numerous awards including a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture (2011), R&D Awards from Architecture Magazine (2010, 2016), 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. In 2016, RVTR represented Canada at the Venice Bienalle as part of the Extraction project team led by Pierre Belanger.