Robert Smyth

Founding Partner

Robert Smyth

B.E.S., B. Arch, OAA, RAIC, 
AIA int’l Associate

A founding partner of Taylor Smyth Architects, Robert has designed many of the firm’s public sector, educational, recreational and university projects.  With over thirty years experience, he is recognized for his expertise designing a variety of imaginative community projects, and his collaborative client centred approach.

Robert believes well designed community projects that embody a strong urban form, a careful attention to detail, and the inventive use of materials, are vital to the creation of a rich and enduring public realm.   This belief guides much of his work, including recent additions to three public schools – Cedarvale Community School, JR Wilcox Community School, and Highfield Junior School. He is currently overseeing a major capital project for the Toronto District School Board; an addition to Swansea Junior and Senior Public School, and is contributing to a new build $32 million Lawrence and Midland High School in Scarborough, Ontario.  

Robert’s post secondary academic projects, include numerous projects for York University including the School of Social Work, Finance Department Offices, Nadal Management Centre, Glendon College Welcome Centre, and Osgoode Hall Law School renovations. He has also completed projects for the University of Guelph and George Brown College, as well as the City of Toronto.

Sustainable design is central to Robert's design approach.  He has completed two LEED projects to date, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Regional Headquarters, and Taylor Smyth Architect’s own office.  Other sustainable projects of note include the Highfield Junior School addition, featuring a storm water wetland meadow, and the Nadal Management Centre.  

Robert has guest lectured at the University of Toronto, and has been a guest critic at the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science.  He also served as president, and a board member for two childcare centres and served as both a member and chair of the Ontario Association of Architect’s - Experience Requirements Committee.  

Education

1987

University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Architecture

1982

University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Affiliations

Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Toronto Society of Architects (TSA)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Recent Experience

Education - K-12 Projects

Swansea Junior and Senior Public School
Cedarvale Community School
J. R. Wilcox Community School
Highfield Junior School and Childcare Addition
Earl Haig Full Day Kindergarten
Hillcrest Full Day Kindergarten
Humewood Community School
Lawrence Midland Secondary School
Full Day Kindergarten Year 4 and 5 Renovations to 15 Schools, TCDSB
Finch Public School
Brookview Middle School Renovation
Exemplary Outdoor Learning Environment Project
F.H. Miller Junior School Gymnasium Addition
Kimberley Beaches Public School Library Addition
Drewry Secondary School Renovation
Playhouse Childcare Centre, Greenland Public School
Glen Park Public School
Dalemount Childcare Centre

Post-Secondary

George Brown College, Student Association Lounge
School of Social Work, York University
Department of Finance, York University
Glendon College Welcome Centre Addition, York University
Nadal Management Centre, York University
East Residence Upgrades, University of Guelph
Arts Advising Renovation, York University
Osgoode Hall Law School Renovations, York University
Faculty of Education IS Program Renovation, York University
West Office Building Renovation, York University
Office of Research and Hospitality Services Renovation, University of Guelph

Community

Phil White Arena Renovation
Wabash ‘Green’ Community Centre Feasibility Study
O’Connor Community Centre Addition
Centennial Community Centre
Victoria Village Gymnasium Addition
Scarborough Centennial Recreational Centre, Feasibility Study
Former Canadian Tire Lands Mix-use Development
Stephen Leacock Arena, Feasibility Study
Port Union Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study
Jesse Ketchum Public School, Artificial Turf Field and Playground
Clarke Pulford Field, Northern Secondary School
Rose Avenue School, Artificial Turf Field and Playground
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Artificial Turf Playing Field