Background

Design Team


The architectural concept for Edgemere Private Residences was developed with the highest regard for the Estate's unique cultural and natural qualities and with a view to preserving these elements for posterity. The design of Edgemere Private Residences was heavily influenced by the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement, which, in its time, inspired the original architects of Edgemere, Burke and Horwood. This tremendously important movement dominated English and North American design during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and sought to re-establish the connection between materials, designers and craftsmen.



Architects Alliance

Principal: Peter Clewes
Over 25 years of practice Peter Clewes has established a reputation as one of Canada's most accomplished architects and author some of the most innovative residential buildings in North America. Peter has extensive experience in all aspects of the design and building process, from planning and economics to design and construction. In 2005 Peter was appointed to the Waterfront Design Review Panel for the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, a committee that provides independent design advice on the development of Toronto's waterfront. Peter's most notable projects include the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Bio-molecular Research at the University of Toronto, the Kaiser Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of British Columbia, various mixed-use development projects in Canada, the United States and Europe, and the first green student housing in Canada: the Pond Road Residence at York University.

Clewes's innovative projects have been published internationally and have received awards from the Ontario Association of Architects, Canadian Architect, the City of Toronto, the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architectural Record and Business Week Magazines.

Architects Alliance has built condominiums and classrooms, laboratories and research buildings, affordable housing and entire communities. Its work is prominent throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and the long list of national and international awards attest to its well-earned reputation as one of the most innovative design firms in Canada.



NAK Design Group

Principal: Robert Ng
NAK Design Group is a professional consulting firm specializing in residential landscape architecture, environmental planning, community development, and urban design. Established in 1987, NAK's award-winning Toronto studio is committed to developing creative design solutions that deliver lasting value to its clients and partners. Founding partners Robert Ng and Silvano Tardella have more than thirty years of experience as prominent landscape architects in Canada and abroad. Emphasizing form, sensibility and historical imperatives, NAK has collaborated on the design of numerous residential estates and has become recognized for its memorable and distinctive designs. Always ahead of the trends, sustainable design strategies are standard in its work.

For a ten-year period beginning in 1995 NAK designed and guided the implementation an ambitious landscape development and restoration program for Edgemere Estate. That experience provided NAK with intimate knowledge of the Estate's extensive heritage gardens and structures. NAK's work was substantial and included the design of extensive new gardens to enhance the Estate's buildings and terraces while framing stunning lake views. Robert and Silvano also directed the restoration of various historic walls, steps, terraces and gardens dating back to 1910 when the estate was first developed.

Other notable NAK projects include the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and Mount Pleasant Village in Brampton.