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

Architect

Byron White

Intern Architect

Shay Gibson

Intern Architect

Tim Wat

Intern Architect

Nicole Rak

Intern Architect