Whiting Design is a licensed architectural firm that provides sustainable building design in Ontario. Our office is based in Kitchener-Waterloo.
We are driven to do better, to reduce our impact on the planet, and provide you with space that is efficient, intelligent, and inspiring. We specialize in exceptional houses, low to mid rise multi-unit residential, and small to medium scale commercial projects such as retail, restaurants, facades, offices, and wellness facilites. We enjoy working with historic structures, and bring new function, light and life as well as vastly improved efficiency to many older buildings. We can design to Passivhaus or Net Zero / Net Positive standard, or provide you with a healthy, incredibly efficient, budget conscious design to whatever level you desire. Areas of exploration and development include permaculture design, tiny homes, and accessory dwellings in urban areas.
We participate, listen, and strive to understand your needs and the needs of our shared environment. We work towards building communities that are healthy, modern, efficient, and fun. We create space for you that is bright, simple, and facilitates joyful working and living.
Our design approach is collaborative and less hierarchical than most, in that all designers are also project managers, and we are all involved in every project. This leverages the multiplying advantage of more brain power and creativity, and provides a variety of styles and approaches to every project. Our role is not only to present our creative solutions to your problems, but to facilitate and curate your ideas and bring them into built form. We work with an expanded team of specialists, from a variety of engineering and design disciplines, who we call on to assemble the best combination of skills for your project. If for whatever reason we are not the right firm for you, we also have a curated referral network of designers, engineers, contractors, and architects in the region.
Graham Whiting is a University of Waterloo graduate architect with over 20 years experience locally and abroad. His focus on sustainability has been a lifelong pursuit, and he is dedicated to innovative local solutions to global issues. A pioneer of residential green building in Ontario, he works at the forefront of building science knowledge and maintains strong connections to the construction and research worlds. Graham is a father to 3, teaches at the SEED School at UW and is a member of the board for CAFKA, a local biennial contemporary art exhibition.
Elizabeth Laing is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. Elizabeth brings a diversity of experience to the team, having previously worked on a variety of commercial, residential, multi-unit and mixed-use projects. She specializes in residential design, 3-D modelling, and brings a deep and dedicated interest in creating thoughtful design solutions. She has a great enthusiasm for passive sustainable design and developing building science strategies, as well as a passion for home-brewing and bad jokes. Elizabeth’s past studies and artistic practice have included such wild adventures as blacksmithing and glassblowing.
Margaret McColl brings a unique range of skills to our team with five years previous experience in LEED consulting, mechanical design and drafting, and energy modelling for a broad range of project types. She is a graduate of Conestoga College with an Advanced Diploma in Architecture-Construction Engineering Technology and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She is well-versed in technical drafting and the Ontario Building Code and is working toward becoming a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.). Margaret has a strong passion for low-impact living and practices various forms of urban homesteading including gardening, beekeeping and herbalism.