rvtr is a Toronto based practice that has very definite ideas about residential living spaces, the design of large urban systems and networks, the development of economically viable, ecologically sound building strategies and the underlying fundamental role of applied research.
Founded by partners Kathy Velikov, Geoffrey Thün, Colin Ripley and Paul Raff in 2006, rvtr has recently begun making waves internationally as the recipient of the prestigious Young Architects Forum Award (2008) from the Architectural League of New York, and for being selected as the only North American firm amongst the12 shortlisted finalists and ultimately achieving an Honourable Mention from an original field of 246 entries, in the Living Steel 3rd International Architecture competition for Sustainable Housing: Extreme Housing (2008). In the spring of 2009, Geoffrey Thün will lead the pan-Canadian Team North in the construction of their North House design at the Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington D.C.
Here at home, rvtr is balancing the development of large scale research projects (ranging from the 401 highway corridor between Toronto and Windsor Ontario, to the ‘Acqua Alta’ crisis facing Venice, Italy), with the design and construction of S.W.A.M.P. House (Canadian Architect Award of Excellence), Paul Raff’s recently completed Cascade House and the rigours of academic and teaching careers.