AM_A is a full service architecture and interiors practice based in Toronto.
Our clients include individuals, families, businesses, developers, major public institutions and not-for-profits. From conception to completion, our projects demonstrate our exceptional focus on client service and comprehensive design.
Our core principles are commitment, ingenuity, and artistry. Our buildings are expressions of the difference that great design makes.
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Anya Moryoussef, Director
BES M.Arch OAA MRAIC
A registered architect with over 15 years of experience, Anya has a broad portfolio of published and award-winning designs.
Anya founded her practice in 2014. Prior to that, she was the first named Associate at superkül, one of Canada’s leading design practices, where she was project architect on several internationally recognized and award-winning projects, including Steelcase Worklife and Compass House. Anya also spent several formative years at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (London, UK), where she was a key member of the design team for the RIBA award-winning Sandal Magna Primary School.
Anya’s work is driven by a strong interest in the reinvention of typology and the poetics of space. This approach, enacted in earlier lighting and installation projects, was crystallized in her Master of Architecture thesis, which earned her the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Medal. These interests have also been explored in many projects since, whether it’s working through texture and material, light and reflection, or in related fields such as literary fiction (with the publication of two short stories on architecture by non-architects) or archival research.
Since 2014, Anya has been on faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, her alma mater, and previously taught design studio (with Sarah Wigglesworth) at the Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. She is a regular guest critic at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto and the Ryerson School of Interior Design, and is a mentor to OAA Intern Architects.
Deborah Wang, Associate
BAS MFA M.Arch
Prior to joining AM_A as an Associate, Deborah was a Senior Architectural Designer at superkül, where she was project lead and interior designer on residential, commercial, and institutional projects, including the Gradient House, A Room with A View, Three Dormer House, and Art House. She began her architectural career working at KPMB Architects on high-profile cultural and institutional projects, such as the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall and the University of Waterloo’s Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.
Deborah holds a Master of Architecture from University of Waterloo, where she was awarded the RAIC Medal for academic excellence, and a Master of Fine Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U). She is Artistic Director and co-founder of DesignTO (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival), a non-profit arts organization. Her thoughtful approach combines her artistic sensibility with intimate knowledge of contemporary design, and is complemented by academic research in the ways people engage with cities artistically and architecturally. She guest curated ‘Urban Fabric: Portraits of the City’ for the Textile Museum of Canada, and has co-curated exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Ontario, Harbourfront Centre, The New Gallery (Calgary), and WantedDesign (New York).
Deborah taught at the Ryerson University School of Interior Design and OCAD U, and continues her academic and community engagement as a guest critic, an Artistic Advisor for Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program, and by lecturing on contemporary art and design for organizations such as The Bentway, Detroit Design Festival, and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Deborah has been interviewed by The Globe and Mail, Monocle Radio, and CBC Radio, and profiled in Azure Magazine.
James Swain, Senior Designer
James earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, during which time he studied and worked in New York, London, and Rome. His experience ranges from small-scale institutional to hospitality to residential projects, for a range of clients including art curators, collectors, and gallerists. At AM_A, he is a project lead on residential and civic projects.
James’ approach begins with a cultural, material, and spatial exploration of a building’s program and typology, which is processed through research and design. A recurring aspect of his work is a focus on the interplay of the unconventional and traditional. He has published writings in art publications such as K48, and presented research on the residential projects and queer social spaces of Paul Rudolph in the ‘In Series’ exhibition at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
City of Toronto Parks and Recreation
Canadian Manda Group
Specchio Shoes Men
Private Client, Wychwood
Private Client, Parkwoods-Donalda
Private Client, Swansea
Private Client, Riverdale
Private Client, Palmerston-Little Italy
Private Client, Greenwood-Coxwell
Private Client, Upper Beaches
Private Client, Leslieville
Private Client, Sheba's Island, Prince Edward County
Private Client, Lake Consecon, Prince Edward County