Founded in 2004, Akb Architects is the Toronto-based architecture studio of Robert Kastelic and Kelly Buffey, architects dedicated to the practice and art of building. The quest to capture the poetic and ineffable qualities of space manifests in Akb’s design process, which prioritizes a clarity of vision, attention to detail, and a rigorous commitment to conceptual intent. The work of the studio benefits from Robert and Kelly’s extensive training in both architecture and interior design; a comprehensive strategy results in buildings of exceptional resolution and an uncommon level of refinement. A unified and holistic approach to interior and exterior space merges building and landscape into a seamless experience, transforming the ephemeral into the tactile.

Elements of volume, light, proportion and materiality are orchestrated to resonate and respond to each project’s unique site, context and program. Compelling in their tranquility and quiet simplicity, the resulting buildings are warmly engaging, elegant and functional. Akb recognizes the importance of a collaborative process in maintaining an open dialogue with their clients, ensuring all needs and desires are met. Meticulous research, precedent studies and the deployment of current sustainability strategies enable the studio to fuse the practical and the abstract in an architecture that is creative, inspired and enduring.

Principals

Robert Kastelic

Principal

Robert Kastelic (B Arch, B ES, OAA, MRAIC) brings an exceptional understanding and appreciation for the craft of construction to the studio. He has an outstanding aptitude for detail design combining pragmatism with innovation and elegance. With a rigorous attitude toward research and a critical approach to design, Robert directs technical excellence within the studio where he leads the team with enthusiasm. Following his completion of a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Robert received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Robert is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Kelly Buffey

Principal

Kelly Buffey (M Arch, B AA (ID), B A, OAA, FRAIC) drives the vision of the studio, conceptualizing the work with a distinct clarity for which Akb has become recognized. She has an exceptional aptitude for synthesizing client desires with design intent, harmonizing each project with thoughtfulness and innovation. With a discerning focus on the experiential qualities of architecture, Kelly leads a rigorous design process. Kelly received a Master in Architecture degree from the University of Toronto for which she was distinguished with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll and the Toronto Architectural Guild Medal. She also received a highly awarded Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Ryerson Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. Kelly is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Team

Aaron Finbow

Senior Architect

Aaron Finbow

Senior Architect

Aaron Finbow (BArch, OAA), joined Akb in 2014, bringing over 15 years of experience and skill in a diverse range of residential and institutional projects. Driven by a strong design sensibility and an astute ability to visually communicate spatial relationships and construction details through hand illustrations, Aaron can seamlessly resolve both design intent and technical complexity at various scales. He is well-versed in all aspects of project delivery, providing insight and a high-level of management through conceptual design, planning, coordination of consulting teams, construction documentation and contract administration. Aaron received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in 2001, graduating with high distinction and a position on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll. He is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects.

Shay Gibson

Architectural Designer

Shay Gibson

Architectural Designer

Shay Gibson (MArch, BFA) joined Akb in 2014 and enjoys resolving the inherent complexities involved in seeing a project from conceptual design to construction details. With experience in various municipalities throughout the GTA and Northern Ontario, he has developed a comprehensive understanding of zoning by-laws and sequencing of permits for both institutional and residential projects. As Project Architect, Shay brings a meticulous coordination and preparation of drawings and documents to support his astute management of projects. Shay received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from York University.  He is an intern architect working toward his licensure with the Ontario Association of Architects. 

Amanda Carson

Architectural Designer

Amanda Carson

Architectural Designer

Amanda Carson (BArchSc) recently joined Akb. She has seven years of experience working on single family homes, small retail and commercial projects. Amanda has gained valuable experience on numerous high-paced projects across Canada, seeing more than 30 projects through to completion in a short period of time. Her innate ability to understand a client’s needs, leads to well communicated, thought-out and functional design. Amanda has a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University and is currently working through the Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences program to become a Licensed Technologist OAA.

Mark Ross

Architectural Designer

Mark Ross

Architectural Designer

Mark Ross (MArch, BENDS) recently joined Akb. With over eight years of experience with award-winning firms across Canada, he brings an exceptional commitment to design excellence matched by strong technical skills in building technology and project leadership. Since joining, Mark has contributed to the design development of several single-family homes in unique rural Ontario settings, by exploring simple and refined design solutions that integrate eloquently into their respective landscapes. Mark holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto, where he received a Faculty Design Graduation Award; and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia, where he received the Design Merit Award in recognition of his high achievement and ability as demonstrated over the course of his studies at the faculty.

Tim Wat

Architectural Designer

Tim Wat

Architectural Designer

Timothy Wat (MArch, BArch) joined Akb in 2015. He has a great appreciation for the value that architecture brings to everyday life, as explored through his education, research, and travels. His graduate research and architectural interests are focused on how ideas are embedded within space and material, and how these elements influence the everyday as our life-story unfolds within them. Tim is passionate about the social good of architecture, and he enjoys contributing to the making of spaces that foster positive and engaging experiences. Tim received both his degrees from the University of Waterloo where he was distinguished with the AIA Henry Adams Award for his outstanding research. He is an intern architect working towards licensure with the Ontario Association of Architects.   

Mateusz Nowacki

Architectural Designer

Mateusz Nowacki

Architectural Designer

Mateusz Nowacki (MArch, BAS) joined Akb in 2019, and is driven by the compelling dialogue between architectural spaces and daily life. Through a delicate design sensibility and an expressive pragmatism, his work explores a diverse range of experiences and scales; from early beginnings in residential wood-frame construction to the design of large institutional projects. His interest in synthesizing the role of architecture within domesticity is reflected in his thesis, Pause City, which was awarded the Kuwabara-Jackman Thesis Gold Medal. Mateusz completed his studies with a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto, graduating with the AIA Henry Adams Award as the second highest ranking student in his class. He is currently an Intern Architect working towards his licensure with the Ontario Association of Architects.

Duncan Patterson

Architect

Duncan Patterson

Architect

Duncan Patterson (MArch, BEDS, DipArchTech, NSAA) recently joined Akb, bringing eight years of experience designing critically acclaimed, custom residential homes that endeavoured to bridge the gap between the poetic and the practical. Raised between the city of Regina and his family’s cattle ranch in the hills of southern Saskatchewan, Duncan is guided by a creative disposition coupled with a lived, agricultural, pragmaticism. He enjoys the complex process of resolving conceptual ideas into tangible form as well as managing the collaborative development of each project.  Duncan has a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor or Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, where he was awarded the Barry Johns Design Award and a position on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll for high academic achievement. He is a registered architect with the Nova Scotia Association of Architects.

Antonio Morais

Architectural Designer

Antonio Morais

Architectural Designer

Antonio Morais’ bio coming soon

Heather Purcell

Chief Financial Officer

Heather Purcell

Chief Financial Officer

Heather Purcell’s bio coming soon

Vanessa Guillen

Communications Director

Vanessa Guillen

Communications Director

Vanessa Guillen (MArch, BA) recently joined Akb as an independent consultant, bringing over 13 years of experience in storytelling, presentations, profile raising and brand management. With a keen eye for detail and design, she has led and produced prize-winning submissions, opened international architecture projects, organized exhibitions and events, managed book publications, directed and produced films, and created photography, all with the goal of elevating the way in which we tell the story of a place. Vanessa holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor in English and Art History from McGill University. 

We Are Hiring

Senior Architect

We Are Hiring

Senior Architect

We are looking to hire a senior architect (8+ years of experience) to join our team.

Applicants should have strong experience in technical detailing, construction documentation & administration, high proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD, outstanding interpersonal/client relations skills and work well in teams.

We are striving to better the balance and highly encourage female architects to apply.

Please email your CV to info@akb.ca