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Lat49 Architecture Inc.


683 Water Street
2nd Floor
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1B5
info@lat49.ca

Tel: 709 753-7132

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Lat49 Architecture Inc.


683 Water Street
2nd Floor
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1B5
info@lat49.ca

Tel: 709 753-7132


Envisioning our place

The architects and technologists that are Lat49 Architecture Inc. have a vision for the built environment of our home, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a vision based on a foundation of scale and context, but it is one that reflects a tradition of adventure, a history of ingenuity and sense of independence.   Our environment presents many challenges, but architectural design must rise above these, otherwise it is without merit. Our aim is to find our role in this grand place. We envision something better, an architecture that speaks to us and to all those who experience it.

The most necessary and indispensible condition for the correct development of a project is a mental attitude of complete freedom of mind with respect to solutions that have already been studied for similar problems, or to fashions and stylistic trends of the moment.
— Pier Luigi Nervi


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Expertise


Expertise


Building Refit / Life Extension

We have a history of helping organizations extend the lives of their structures, whether they need an envelope retrofit or interior redesign. The spectrum of venues we have rejuvenated ranges from office and institutional complexes to air force bases and remote lighthouses.

Building Science / Technology

By continually upgrading our knowledge, processes, and abilities, we keep pace with the world's evolving technical challenges, state-of-the-art needs, and high-tech materials. Our integrated team approach includes clients in decision-making; together we pursue innovative, sustainable building solutions.

Commercial / Retail

We understand the distinctive pace and complexities of commercial and retail projects — intricate approvals, tight schedules, corporate needs — and meet the challenges. Ensuring increased visibility and curb appeal, proper and safe access, and a high recognition factor — all play a major role in our commercial / retail design solutions.

Design-Build Bridging Architects

Lat49's comprehensive knowledge of contractor needs and wide experience in cost-planning allows us to be innovative throughout design-refinement and construction, without sacrifice to quality or cost. Our solid reputation as a team player is also a key asset.

Multiple Housing

Lat49's has been designing low- and high-density housing since we first opened our doors. Our process, programming, and planning expertise allows us to maximize site potential; our experience yields design solutions that harmonize purpose, functionality, scale, materials selection, and the built and natural environments.

Offices / Public Buildings

Among our strengths is our ability to define and refine each project's requirements. Following proven programming techniques helps us — and our clients — clarify project parameters, purposes, and goals, so that every design direction is realistic, appropriate, and attainable on budget.

Restoration / Adaptive Re-use

At Lat49, we align technical and heritage expertise with creativity and vision. Applying in-depth knowledge of traditional building methods and contemporary materials and safety codes, we cost-effectively restore or replicate historic finishes and structures, while respecting each building's place in its community — yesteryear's, and tomorrow's.

Tourism / The Arts

Expertise in heritage-building restoration and the skills to renovate existing structures for arts- or tourism-related purposes often go hand-in-hand. We understand the realities and the intangibles of history, culture, and communication — and put them into play designing interpretation, exhibition, and performance spaces.

A great work of architecture will speak to us of a degree of serenity, strength, poise and grace to which we, both as creators and audiences, typically cannot do justice – and it will, for this very reason beguile and move us. Architecture excites our respect to the extent that it surpasses us.
— Alain de Botton

Awards

  • Peter Bloodoff MCIP Award for Planning Excellence (Canadian Institute of Planners) for our contribution to “The Downtown St. John’s Strategy for Economic Development and Heritage Preservation”, 2002
  • Formally recognized by the Cityof St. John’s on the 25th Anniversary of the Heritage Advisory Committee for “significant contribution to the preservation of the City’s Built Heritage”, St. John’s, 2004
  • Southcott (Heritage) Award for the Salvation Army Wiseman Centre (for homeless men), St. John’s 2006
  • Pearl Award, Excellence in Urban Design, Alliant Building, Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, 2007
  • Manning Award (Historic Sites Association) and Southcott (Heritage) Award for the Fisherman’s Advocate Building owned and operated by the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation, Port Union, Bonavista Bay, 2007
  • Pearl Award, Excellence in Urban Design, Carnell’s Funeral Home, Topsail Road, Mount Pearl, 2008
  • Southcott (Heritage) Award and Manning Award for the Garrick Theatre, Bonavista, NL, (Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation) 2010 and 2012 respectively
  • Southcott (Heritage) Award for the Tower Corporate Campus, St. John’s, 2011 (GJ Cahill)
  • City of St. John's Heritage Advisory Committee Recognition Certificate for the redevelopment of 336 Water Street, St. John's 2014 (Adelaide Group)
  • AZ Awards Social Good Award for Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, 2015
  • AZ Awards People's Choice Award for Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, 2015 
  • Pearl Award, Excellence in Urban Design Award, Reddy Kilowatt Credit Union, Mount Pearl, 2015
  • Pearl Award, Inaugural Green Lens Award, Reddy Kilowatt Credit Union, Mount Pearl, 2015 
 
 
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Our People


At LAT49 our core strength is our people. We are local architects and technicians united in our commitment to delivering a quality architectural product throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We are proudly independent, unfettered by multi-national obligations and corporate structures. Client satisfaction is what drives our engine.

Our People


At LAT49 our core strength is our people. We are local architects and technicians united in our commitment to delivering a quality architectural product throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We are proudly independent, unfettered by multi-national obligations and corporate structures. Client satisfaction is what drives our engine.

Jim Case

FRAIC, NLAA, NSAA

Jim Case was born in St. John’s and possesses a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (1979) and a Bachelor of Architecture (1981) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now DalTech).  Jim is a registered architect with the Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is a past president of the Newfoundland Association of Architects and member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada since 1995.

Jim is an enthusiastic member on the Municipal Affairs Committee of the St. John’s Board of Trade, and is active with various community groups dedicated the heritage and development issues in the downtown.  He is the Chair of The Rooms Site Development Committee and has also served on the Executive Board of the Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation. 

Jim has considerable experience in the design and project management of local, national and international projects, and possesses an extensive background in managing diverse, multi-discipline teams.  He has worked professionally throughout Atlantic Canada, and for extended periods in Montreal, Australia, Asia and Norway.

Recent notable works include the design of Fortis Place, a high-rise office building in the heart of downtown St. John’s which is slated for LEED Silver certification, the concept and detailed designs for the Hebron Offshore Living Quarters, and his efforts to make the Fogo Island Inn a reality for the Shorefast Foundation.  Jim is also proud of the work he has performed over the course of many years for the Canadian Coast Guard in the upgrading and preservation of remote lightstations throughout the province.

Chris Samson

Senior Project Manager

Born on Flat Island in Bonavista Bay and having worked “out west” for extended periods, Chris Samson epitomizes the LAT49 culture of understanding your roots while rising to the top of your game.  He is the firm’s senior project manager with over thirty years of technical design and project management know-how.  His expertise in multi-disciplinary coordination and attention to building details has been pivotal in the success of many of the firm’s largest commercial, retail and residential design projects.

Chris is well known throughout the province, having established himself and the firm as synonymous with quality design and owner satisfaction.  He has a large circle of corporate and public service clients, and understands the business of design consulting.

Having managed the firms retail portfolio for the past twenty years with a broad range of multi-national clients including Lawton’s Drugs, Sobeys, Canadian Tire, Crombie Properties, Aliant, and BMO, Chris is appreciative of private sector budgets and deadlines, consistently delivering a quality product that retains demanding clients.

Aside from recent designs for a host of high end automotive dealerships in the St. John’s region, Chris is also recognized for significant historical restorations and interpretive projects, most notably The Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, the Fisherman’s Advocate Building and Fish Plant / Retail Store in Port Union, Ryan Premises in Bonavista, Hawthorne Cottage in Brigus, the Labrador Interpretive Centre in North West River and the Point Amour Lighthouse on the southeast coast of Labrador.

 

Richard Symonds

MRAIC, NLAA, NSAA

Richard Symonds was born and raised in St. John’s and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memorial University (2001) and a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Toronto (2005). He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects, where he serves as the Chair of the Intern Architects Committee. Richard has been actively engaged in the study and practice of art, architecture and design since 1995 and is committed to providing quality, contemporary and economical design solutions.

Richard joined the firm in 2005 after first working as a student in 2003. Since that time he has taken a lead role in the design and construction of many notable projects in the St. John’s area, Corner Brook and Labrador. These include extensive renovations to the Signal Hill Visitor’s Centre; additions to Memorial University’s Burton’s Pond housing estate; an office building for PF Collins; the Buckmaster’s Circle Boys & Girls Club; the Law Courts Building for Corner Brook; the Labrador West Health Centre; and the complete redevelopment of the Salvation Army’s Wiseman Centre – which received a Southcott Award in 2007.

Richard has considerable experience with community wellness and recreational architecture. Earlier in his career he was involved with the redevelopment of the King George V Soccer Complex in St. John’s and the Wellington Street Soccer Complex in Corner Brook. Recently, Richard was the architect for the Ches Penney Family Y, a swimming pool, fitness, and childcare facility completed in 2011; and the Marystown Recreation Centre, a similar facility which began construction in 2014. 

Jeremy Bryant

MRAIC, NLAA, NSAA

Jeremy entered into the profession in 2004 while working in British Columbia, after graduating from Dalhousie University with a Masters in Architecture. Prior to this Jeremy had working experience with firms in both the United States as well as locally, in St. John’s. Being a native of the St. John’s area, it wasn’t long before Jeremy moved back to the East Coast of Canada returning to St. John’s in 2006; ultimately working with LAT49  Architecture Inc.

Jeremy is currently an elected council member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Architects association and holds the position of President. He is also a former member of the City of St. John’s Heritage Advisory Committee and the Imagine Paradise Municipal Plan Committee, providing input to various municipal councils.  Jeremy has an interest in how local history and culture influence architecture and believes it is essential to understand this relationship whether designing a contemporary building or integrating with a historic property.

Jeremy has completed many local projects including the recently constructed Offshore Operations Simulator at the Marine Institute, the Crosbie Group of Companies corporate HQ and the new Reddy Kilowatt Credit Union

Jeremy is the project Architect for the adaptive reuse and addition to the former Battery Hotel Property for Memorial University, the new cultural complex for Theatre Newfoundland's Gros Morne Theatre project, the new Marine Base for the Marine Institute of Memorial University as well as the redevelopment of the Salvation Army's Springdale street property in downtown St. John's. 

 

Michela Boschetti

M.Arch, Politecnico
di Milano

Intern in Architecture

Michela Boschetti was born in Vercelli, Northern Italy, and graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 2008 with a Masters of Architecture. During her graduate studies, she specialized in Interior Design with Professor and Architect Pierluigi Cerri, a leading figure in Exhibit and Interior Design in Italy. Michela is a member of the Architects Register of Vercelli Province and the Italian National Trust (FAI) – a group dedicated to the promotion of a tangible culture of respect for Italy’s natural heritage, art, history and traditions.

Over the course of her studies, she collaborated on the design of a dwelling according to the sustainable principles of green construction.  Earlier in her career, Michela worked with several architectural firms in Northern Italy where she gained valuable experience in space planning, architectural design, interior design, green construction and safety coordination.

During her employment in Milan, Michela managed the renovation and space planning of a variety of corporate offices for Biotronik Italia Headquarters, which involved the integration of the corporate identity into the overall design. She also took part in architectural and design competitions, including the redevelopment of a public park and a new mixed-used building.

Michela joined LAT49 in September of 2013 as an Intern in Architecture. She has been involved in both architectural projects, such as the design of the luxury condo complex “The Madison”, and various high-end interior design projects.

Michela’s interest in sustainable design and heritage preservation in Italy, has served her well in her new home with the LAT49 team.

Dwayne Gill

A. Sc.T., Senior Project Manager

Dwayne Gill hails from Fogo Island and currently resides in Paradise with his wife and two children.  He has been with the firm since graduating at the top of his class from the Architectural Engineering Technology program at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s.  He remains actively involved with the CNA program, and currently sits on its Advisory Committee.

 As a technologist with the firm, Dwayne has always been proficient in standard 2D drafting software.  In 2008 he helped the firm pioneer the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software in the province.  Since this time Dwayne has played a pivotal role in bringing the firm to the current level of more than ten employees formally trained to use AutoDesk Revit Architecture design software, one of the leading Building Information Modeling packages available.

 Dwayne’s current role with the firm focuses on overseeing of the working drawing product to ensure state-of-the-art building science principles and current building code requirements are incorporated into all of LAT49’s deliverables. In addition he is responsible for interdisciplinary coordination of working drawings with other consultants, and has a host of construction contract administration duties in the field.

 Dwayne has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some exceptional projects undertaken by the firm in recent years, including the Fogo Island Inn, Ches Penney Family Y, the Jack Byrne Arena, Corner Brook Law Courts, Terra Nova Motors, Remote Coastal Lightstations Redevelopment, and Memorial University’s Student Centre.  Dwayne also assumes the role of Project Manager on many of the firms “tenant improvement” designs (in existing or just completed buildings) for multi-national companies.