Duff Balmer

OAA, NSAA, MRAIC
Principal, Toronto

Duff comes from a long line of architects and builders.  Growing up, he was immersed in the craft and conversation of building things, and inspired by the buildings his great grandfather had created.  At an early age, he understood architecture’s legacy and the lasting impact that buildings have on the communities in which they are built.  It instilled in him the belief that meaningful places and socially responsible solutions are derived through an inquisitive dialogue with the people and communities in which one builds.

Through a perpetual desire to learn new things, and an eagerness to work in new places and building types, Duff has produced a wide spectrum of award-winning projects around the globe, from community recreation centres and libraries across the Greater Toronto Area to large transit stations and networks in Montreal and Mecca.  Each project is designed to meet the needs of the community it serves, not only in the present, but with a promise to endure for future generations.

“Good architecture is all about connections that arise from the social, urban and environmental context. The more we focus on these connections, the more we are able to create meaningful places, strong communities and a deeper awareness of the environment around us.”
Aaniin Community Centre and Library
Markham, Ontario

Duff's Featured Work

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Aaniin Community Centre and Library
Markham, Ontario
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Fleming College Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre
Peterborough, Ontario
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York Recreation Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Rendering showing view of elevated station from freeway.
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Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM)
Montréal, Québec