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Marc Downing

"I strive to make the collective aspirations of the communities I serve into a reality. I love working with our clients to make great places for their communities to live, play, and grow old in good health."

Since 2005 at MJMA, Marc has been practicing his highly environmentally sensitive approach to architecture—first developed during the pursuit of a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture, both at the University of Waterloo. Before joining the firm, Marc helped design public and community architecture at Perkins+Will and worked on immersive installations for Philip Beesley Architect, both of Toronto, and led architecture instruction at OCAD U and the University of Waterloo. He has also served a guest critic at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, OCAD U, Boston College, Ryerson University, and Dalhousie University. As a core member of MJMA’s community and recreation design team, Marc has proven expertise in every facet of architectural production, from conceptual design to field review. His projects are typically part of a larger public precinct, forming relationships to existing buildings at the civic scale. His work is rooted in the idea that assembly space is always malleable; the challenges of multiple program types necessitate hybrid, multi-use design solutions. In his remaining time, Marc volunteers as the chair of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the environmentally sensitive Nottawasaga River embankment.