Whiting Design provides modern sustainable building design in Kitchener Waterloo and surrounding areas.
We are driven to do better, to reduce our impact, to provide you with space that is intelligent as well as beautiful. Our focus is modern, with the understanding that this is the vernacular of our time, and a design method that yields simple, beautiful, efficient results. We specialize in residential and small to medium scale commercial projects. We enjoy working with historic structures, and have had numerous successes bringing new function, light and life as well as vastly improved efficiency to many older homes and buildings.
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. We hold regular design charrettes during which all projects are put on the table for creative and critical input. We also 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.
Valerie Wright is our lead residential designer, with over 8 years experience in modern design solutions for a variety of communities. She has worked for firms on international award winning projects, is a LEED accredited professional, and brings a bright enthusiasm and incredible skill set to the design team. She has most recently volunteered her skills to TEDxWaterloo and Building Waterloo Region, and recently completed a Masters level thesis on the topic of urban residential evolution.
Graham Whiting is a University of Waterloo graduate architect with 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. He works at the forefront of building science knowledge and maintains strong connections to the construction and research worlds. Graham teaches at the SEED School at UW and chairs the board for CAFKA, a local biennial contemporary art exhibition.
Kathy Hurley is a graduate of the Fanshawe Interior Design Advanced Diploma program, as well as holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She brings a potent skill set of both technical drafting and design knowledge, as well she has a great creative eye for residential and commercial interiors. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Interior Designer in Ontario and is an intern member of ARIDO. Kathy is also our resident party coordinator, never missing an opportunity to get everyone else laughing at with the unfortunate birthday person.
Elizabeth Laing is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. Her studies and artistic practice have included such adventures as glassblowing, blacksmithing, and a general love for all things craft. She specializes in residential design and 3-D modelling and is the dark horse winner of nearly every arbitrary contest of the month here in the office.
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.