The founding principals of Altius Architecture Inc. met as young architecture students, and formed a strong bond at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. They were drawn together by their belief that no established firms at that time were practicing architecture as they envisioned it. Altius was launched over 20 years ago, and we established our roots at Liberty Village in 1998. Our first home was the Boiler Building behind One Atlantic (pictured below). We moved a block north to the former Barrymore furniture factory in 2010, and have witnessed the transformation of the area to this present day. In December 2019, we decided to take another journey and moved to Parkdale. Central to our founding philosophy is the tradition of the master builder, and this idea still forms the foundation of much of our studio work. Much more than the mere creator of blueprints, the master builder considers and takes responsibility for all aspects of the project. Each one—planning, architectural design, interior design, landscape and construction—is executed as one part of an integrated, harmonious whole. Though we have since expanded and matured in our vision, the conviction of our founding ideals has strengthened our practice through over 20 years of designing and building experience.