twenty seventeen.

A year in review. This year the studio has grown up. We incorporated, we moved into our own space, and we took the time to define what we do and why we do it. We’ve had some good days, met some great people, and shared some choice thoughts on the value of neon post-its.

We’ve had the opportunity to work on interesting projects with amazing people, and really tried hard to document as much of this as we can. Still, there are always pieces of the process that find themselves relegated to our shelves and to our server.

In the spirit of giving, we want to share with you a bit of what we've learned through the public engagement work we've been doing this year—a reflection on our thought process as we begin work on an engagement.

Moving from a black box between the desired outcomes of a good public engagement process ...


... to begin to define key considerations in how that process is designed ...


... then finally define these principles and understand how they fit in to the individual context of each project.


We welcome any and all thoughts on this, the year, and whatever else you're dying to tell us! Otherwise, we'll see you in the new year.


We are designers driven by curiosity, information and the human experience.


City of Experiences

As we enter the 21st century, the experience of life in the contemporary has surpassed the classic development models of the 20th century. We are living in the 50/50 (some might say 70/30), a fluid presence between the virtual and physical worlds. This is shaping alternative modes for how we exist, providing us with the potential to manage and create multiple realities and stories which influence how we want to be seen and understood. But how do we in turn adapt and understand ideologies, structures and systems in this new way of living, modifying the definition of cities to encompass the experiences of the invisible cities that extend beyond physical infrastructure?

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Pioneering Green Communities

The past two years of work with ReWilding and many of the communities around Lake Simcoe has been a huge opportunity for growth at DoUC. We’ve had the chance to contribute to exciting projects and activities, meet so many amazing people and most importantly, see the impact our designs have had on the community. These experiences have been rewarding for us in many ways, but it’s always nice (and humbling!) to receive some outside recognition.

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