DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
Jan 21
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Join DesignTO for an exclusive tour of MCM’s workshop where they integrate state-of-the-art equipment with skilled craftsmanship to fabricate custom environments such as Bar Raval in Toronto and the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa. Architects from five leading firms – Diamond Schmitt, KPMB, iN STUDIO, Partisans, and Bartlett & Associates – will speak about the process and collaboration between designer and fabricator to realize one-of-a-kind projects.

The tour will start at The Gladstone Hotel, where attendees will board a bus to MCM’s Fabrication Workshop, located near Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue. At MCM, the group will tour its expansive facilities totalling 235,000 square feet, where five architecture firms will present projects they worked on in collaboration with MCM:

  • Bartlett & Associates on Lenczner Slaght offices, Toronto, 2018
  • Diamond Schmitt on The Senate of Canada Building, Ottawa, 2019
  • iN STUDIO on Spin Master’s office, Toronto, 2018
  • KPMB on the Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, 2019
  • PARTISANS on Bar Raval, Toronto, 2015

The tour ends with refreshments at MCM, and a return bus trip to the Gladstone Hotel.

Established in Toronto in 1988, Millworks Custom Manufacturing (MCM) is recognized as a leader in custom millwork and fabrication. Evolving facilities and processes integrate state-of-the-art equipment with skilled craftsmanship, aggressive delivery schedules, and precise execution to produce projects to the highest standard.

MCM has worked with leading architects, designers, and corporations to build custom environments for national and international brands and institutions. Through extensive experience MCM has acquired the in-depth knowledge and rigor required to meet complex challenges with solutions that exceed the needs and expectations of their clients.

Bartlett & Associates is an award-winning boutique interior design studio, based in Toronto. Still going strong in its 37th year, our firm is known for designing contemporary yet timeless spaces that are defined by the unique creative details we conceive for each client. Specializing in workspace environments, B|A has applied its holistic design approach to projects for a range of noteworthy clients, including Saatchi & Saatchi, MAC Cosmetics, Estée Lauder, Anatolia Tile, Edelman Canada, and McCann Worldgroup.

Diamond Schmitt are a Canadian based architecture firm with global perspective. They believe that architecture can empower organizations, communities, and people to harness change for the greater public good. From a foundation of social purpose and collaboration they design buildings that transcend and enrich people and society.

iN STUDIO is an innovative interior design firm committed to a “design first” focus. iN STUDIO’s growing team of creative thinkers delivers bold, unique, and inspiring interiors that are custom tailored to be a true reflection of their client’s brands. Each iN STUDIO project incorporates thoughtful details, contemporary materials, products, and finishes individual to each client. The firm takes a holistic approach, designing every aspect of a project down to the smallest detail, leading to client relationships that last long after a project is completed. iN STUDIO’s growing portfolio includes projects ranging from corporate interiors, retail, as well as work in the hospitality sector.

KPMB Architects is an internationally renowned Canadian design firm located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto. Our designs prioritize the quality of the human experience through the creation of vibrant communities and sustainable cities and places. An overriding theme of the practice has been placing contemporary architecture in an evolving dynamic relationship with what exists to support the vitality of the urban condition and contribute to cultivating an open, civil and pluralistic society.

PARTISANS is an award-winning Toronto-based architecture studio that specializes in the integration of design and technology, invention and programming, culture and creative services. Led by Alex Josephson, Pooya Baktash and Jonathan Friedman, the studio consists of a diverse team of architects, researchers, storytellers, entrepreneurs, builders, and cultural enthusiasts devoted to a cause: smart, high-performance design that strives to make the impossible probable.

‘Design TO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop’ is supported by the Ontario Association of Architects. A certificate for 1 hour of OAA ConEd will be issued to attendees who complete the sign-in sheet after the tour.

Note that the venue is barrier-free, but the coach bus is not.


Bartlett & Associates, Diamond Schmitt, iN STUDIO, KPMB, MCM, PARTISANS



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DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
MCM 2001 Shop, photo by Tom Arban
DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
The Senate of Canada Building, Diamond Schmitt
DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
Bar Raval, Partisans
DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge, KPMB, photo by Adrien Williams
DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
Spin Master, iN STUDIO
DesignTO Tours: MCM Fabrication Workshop
Lenczner Slaght Offices, Bartlett and Associates, photo by Tom Arban