Paul Raff Studio is a creative practice that incorporated as a full services architecture firm in 2003. Its collaborative environment is dedicated to creative vision of the highest caliber. Based in Toronto, the Studio assists clients locally and internationally to create projects where art becomes life.

The Studio is an internationally recognized leader in sustainable architecture, art, and design. Each project is uniquely conceived for its particular situation, and advanced with proficient project management to achieve exceptional value and architectural quality. Projects and experience range in scale and scope, including residential, cultural, and commercial architecture, master planning and urban design, environmental and public art, private gardens and special features. Paul Raff Studio consistently produces exceptional work that is thoughtful, evocative and poetic.

The Studio’s designs have been recognized with numerous awards by the highest authorities, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. They have also been published internationally in such journals as Wallpaper*, ArchitectureAZURE, Objekt, and Landscape Architecture.

About Paul Raff Studio

About Paul Raff

Paul Raff

Paul Raff is the founding principal of Paul Raff Studio. He was born in Montreal, Canada, and spent much of his childhood in the Canadian Prairies, to which he attributes his interest in landscape and atmosphere. He graduated with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and worked in architectural firms in New York, Barcelona and Hong Kong. He now lives in Toronto.

Raff’s reputation for excellence was established at the outset of his career in 1993 with an award-winning design for Toronto’s waterfront redevelopment. His architectural experience includes involvement in world-class projects such as the Chinese Vice-President’s House in Shanghai and the Barcelona waterfront development. His art experience includes temporary environmental installations and permanent sculptural works such as the new Regina Gateway commissioned by the City of Regina.

In 2001, Paul Raff became the youngest ever recipient of the Ontario Association of Architects’ Allied Arts Award for lifetime achievement. In 2009, Raff was awarded the Allied Arts Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Raff is a frequent guest professor and lecturer. In 2006, he represented Canada at a NAFTA-sponsored architects’ lecture series at the University of Illinois at Chicago. More recently Raff lectured on sustainability and artistic innovation in architecture including at New York University, Art Gallery of Ontario, and York University’s Schulich School of Business.

About the Team

Paul Raff Studio believes in the genius of collaboration. Our dedicated team is composed of talented, dynamic, and experienced architects and designers.

We are an energetic and attentive group who, along with our extended network of specialist consultants and fabricators, are committed to creative production of the highest caliber.

We are also a diverse group in many ways, including in our respective pursuits outside the Studio. Among us are world travelers, real estate entrepreneurs, avid cyclists, art history buffs, painters, outdoor adventurers, and urban explorers. All these facets and cultural interests enrich our cosmopolitan perspective. This contributes to our fresh and informed approach to art, architecture, and sustainability.


Paul Raff Studio’s work has been recognized for design excellence with awards from the most respected authorities, including:

International Property Awards
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
International Interior Design Exposition
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Association of Architects
Design Exchange

Full list of awards


Paul Raff Studio applies the highest level of creative strategic thinking and design focus to the built environment at all scales. We work collaboratively with local and international clients in the creation of outstanding sustainable projects where art becomes life.

Our clients include:

Artists Garden Cooperative
Biosphere Sustainability Centre
Canadian Music Centre
City of Toronto
City of Regina
Concert Development
Oxford Properties
RIM (Research in Motion)
Toronto Transit Commission
St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
Waterfront Toronto
…and individuals and families.

About Paul Raff Studio Clients