ZAS Architects

“Designing schools within a community has an immense impact on how communities grow and are represented. Their design is very important to society and that’s a great motivation for us.”

Design is an important strategic asset – it affects how people think, feel and act; it reinforces each organization’s unique positioning, values and brand; and, it expresses each client’s unique vision, values and priorities. ZAS’s strategic thinking is the magic that connects them all.

ZAS is a full service architecture, interior design and planning firm that builds high performance environments of lasting value. Our quarter century of success is rooted in a studio culture that emphasizes entrepreneurial energy, accessible project leadership and a thorough understanding of each client’s business. Client loyalty is our performance metric.

ZAS began in 1984 as a Canadian architectural partnership focused on high-quality design supported by expertise in service and management. It has since expanded into a multifaceted consulting organization with a high-profile international clientele.

  • Paul Stevens
    Partner, OAA, MAIBC, Intl. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
    Paul Stevens

    Paul Stevens is an innovative architect and design team leader who has directed many high-profile projects across Canada, Asia and the Middle East. He is known for working creatively with many forms and scales of architecture - from libraries and universities, to high-rise residential and airports. Innovative projects include Digital Media Lab at the University of Waterloo, which features the largest digital screen in North America and Bill Crothers School for Athletics & Healthy Active Living – Canada’s first school to combine sports and academics. He has won over 20 industry and design awards for his efforts. Paul is also a guest critic and lecturer at Harvard, Toronto, York and Ryerson Universities.

  • Peter Duckworth
    Principal, , B.E.S., B. Arch., LEED AP
    Peter Duckworth

    Peter brings over 15 years experience gained on projects as diverse as “off-grid” green homes to corporate campuses to master planning of entire urban precincts. As a specialist in sustainable design, Peter has worked on over 30 “green” building projects in Canada, the Middle East, Africa and China. Recent local sustainable projects include: the Bill Crothers Secondary School (LEED Silver). Most recently, Peter has turned his knowledge of sustainable design into a Green Schools Design Manual for the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Association of School Board Officials. Peter is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture.

ZAS Architects
517 Wellington Street West
Suite 404
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1G1 Canada