Public Sector Projects

Public art, healthcare, heritage, transportation, cultural, religious buildings.

The spaces of public life define a city and offer a direct opportunity to positively influence lives. Civic institutions, libraries, galleries, and healthcare facilities often serve purposes beyond their immediate function and their design must combine attractiveness, durability, flexibility, and sustainability in equal measure. Our experience encompasses civic and public spaces and buildings, as well as the design of transportation infrastructure at both the small scale and large scale.

We take a socially-aware approach to looking at public spaces, and to building community across barriers. DWA’s senior staff are Public Interest Designers (PID) and we are committed to the 1+ programme with at least 1% of our time going to pro bono work each year. Most recently, DWA has worked with the artist-run-centre, Open Studio in Toronto, to assist them in the reconfiguration of their gallery and retail shop spaces to draw in visitors. We also assisted All Saints Church & Community Centre with their heritage grant application for masonry restoration as part of the 1+ programme over several years. Our approach is cooperative, responsive and user-oriented, and we employ a detailed discovery process to develop a design that is a true reflection of your organization’s mission and mandate while fulfilling your operational needs.

DWA’s Michael Donaldson and Dana Tosic also possess a strong background in visual art and have produced award-winning public art projects such as, How Bright is Our Future?, but we can also help clients procure artwork, manage competitions and coordinate the installation of technically challenging pieces.