The team, led by Dermot Sweeny, John Gillanders and Caroline Richard, sees every project as a partnership with clients to create better buildings, interior spaces, and cities.
Dermot, Architect and President/Founder of Sweeny&Co Architects Inc. is an industry innovator. He brings together building design, urban design, urban economics, real estate development, and often, architectural heritage and adaptive re-use to maximize the value of each of the firm’s projects for the benefit of Occupants and Owner’s alike.
Dermot has brought global and national corporations such as Microsoft, Loblaw, TELUS, RBC Financial Group, RBC Dexia, and BMW to the forefront of sustainability. His commissions include commercial office towers, head offices, mixed-use, transit oriented and residential developments, academic institutions, hospitality, and retail interiors. This broad base of clientele and project typologies is further served with real-estate development, financial proforma analysis, development consulting and project management. His passion for sustainability has evolved to include health and wellness in the design of facilities that dramatically reduce carbon footprint, reinforce brand and increase profit, while exceeding standards in occupant comfort, performance and flexibility. Many of his Class AAA commercial office buildings are LEED Platinum, WELL Building and Wired Score Certified. In addition, with more than3000 residential units completed and another 12,000 in design, Dermot and the firm are also focused on bringing award winning, mixed use residential developments to market and designing residential buildings, whether market or luxury, that lead the market in sales and contribute to the community. Focus on Smart Density and City Building has allowed Dermot and the firm to build and maintain trusted investor, tenant and institutional client relationships with aligned goals to create exceptional buildings.
Caroline, Principal at Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. has a portfolio that spans over 30 years and includes multi-residential buildings, office and retail that exemplify her core motivating drivers-innovation, value and excellence in design. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Caroline leads each project with a detailed understanding of approvals, design and complex construction. She leads the Residential Studio and multi-residential projects that span both luxury and market mid and high-rise condominium, rental and mid rise that offers affordable housing solutions as well as student housing. Many of the firm’s current projects are mixed use with residential, retail and often include office space. These award winning, urban residential solutions are efficiently designed to optimize return on investment but also extend the public realm, help build community and achieve sustainable targets.
An established industry leader and designer, John is an Architect and Principal of Sweeny&Co Architects Inc.. A Graduate of University of Waterloo, he has provided design expertise for commercial, industrial, residential, retail and hospitality environments for over 30 years. John has led and managed prominent commercial high-performance office and mixed use projects in Canada that range from 100,000 sf to 2M sf and include office, retail, and residential among other uses. With many transit-oriented developments in tight urban setting, he also brings unique experience with municipal approvals on complex projects and adaptive reuse of heritage as well. His strong work ethic and talent is echoed in the success of award-winning projects such as Microsoft Canada Headquarters, Loblaw Companies Limited Headquarters and more than 16coveted design awards for Queen Richmond Centre West. In addition to architecture, John’s broad experience comprises master planning, interior design, furniture, and fixture design. His collaborative style and in depth knowledge bring enthusiasm and confidence to both clients and colleagues.