Christopher Simmonds, Principal


Christopher Simmonds

Since founding Christopher Simmonds Architect in 1996, Chris Simmonds has provided leadership and skills on a wide range of contemporary house and building designs, winning many prestigious awards for his work. Most recently, his firm was honoured nine times at the 2013 Ottawa Housing Design Awards, receiving accolades for six diverse projects.

Deeply influenced by travels in South Asia, Chris says that he can “listen” to a landscape, feeling the energy and flow of the space at a building site and translating that sense into a design. His firm prides itself on strong, innovative architecture that is respectful and reflective of each client’s needs and core vision. In his words, “Being an architect affords me the privilege of creating spaces that affirm human connections, inspire awe of nature, and help to heal rather than harm the planet.” His areas of expertise include sustainable design, healthy buildings, and “friendly” structures, envisaged to be both active and welcoming. In his spare time, Chris is a certified teacher of meditation and yoga and practices both on a regular basis.

Born and raised in rural England, Chris moved to Canada and received his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1978, before achieving his professional architecture degree from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1982. He became an accredited LEED® professional in 2007 and is considered a leader in the field of green building projects. He was awarded a Canada Green Building Council Leadership Award in 2008 and his firm is credited with designing the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, the first building in eastern Ontario to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

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