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Powers Brown Architecture Announces International Expansion – Firm Opens Canada Headquarters In Toronto

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Powers Brown Architecture announces the opening of the firm’s Canadian Headquarters in Toronto, providing architecture, interior design and urban design services to Ontario and surrounding provinces. Building upon the firm’s successful Canadian operations, this brings the firm’s total number of offices to five ¬– including the two-year-old Atlantic Canada location and the firm’s first international office, along with its Houston, Washington, D.C. and Denver offices.

Angelo Jr. Rapanos, OAA, AIBC, AAA, MRAIC, will serve as managing principal for all Canadian operations. Rapanos received his master’s degree at the University of Calgary, Alberta, after graduating from Royal St. George’s College in Toronto. He has been practicing for the last 10 years in Ontario and has experience in both the Vancouver and Calgary markets. His extensive experience has included stints at Arthur Erickson and Regional Leader for Western Canada with HOK.

“I’ve seen several American firms come into Ontario in the past several years but none as culturally well-suited to the market as Powers Brown Architecture. I believe the firm’s approach will be well received by the client base here. In addition, they have been working in Canada, so we have a good running start,” said Rapanos. “I am excited to be leading the way.”

Rapanos will expand on the successful effort of the Atlantic Canada Office led by Principal Bruce Walck, AIA, OAA, NLAA, MRAIC. The Atlantic Canada office, located in St. John’s, designed and will oversee construction of Canada’s first four-story Value Office™ building, and was Design Architect for the country’s first Zero-Net Carbon Warehouse in Nova Scotia. Other notable projects include a town hall renovation for the Town of Torbay, Nexen Energy’s St. John’s office, Verafin’s interior office expansion, Freedom 55 Financials St. John’s office, a new Senior Living facility, and a new apartment facility.

“Powers Brown Architecture’s approach to our work and clients is a cultural system we believe in and Angelo believes in as well. We know he will have better success creating our Toronto location on that system rather than having to acquire a firm and work to integrate cultures,” remarked Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, OAA, NLAA, founding principal. “Many of the developers we currently do business with in our U.S. offices do business in Canada as well, and with the success of our Atlantic Canada office, we determined it was time to expand into Toronto with plans for further expansion into additional Canadian markets.”

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