Donald Chong is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Donald has firmly established himself in Toronto’s architecture culture through his inventiveness and investment in place making. His project skills volley between the strategic planning of large-scale institutional work and the detailing of finely crafted furniture. Throughout this range of expertise, he brings open and engaging leadership to both clients and collaborators.
Donald received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1994. He spent the next decade working in Toronto’s most prestigious architecture firms gathering significant experience in mid to large scale public and institutional projects. The Mitchell Field Community Centre and McKee Public School with KPMB and the Governor General’s Award winning Schulich School of Business at HPA were critical milestones in his early career. Balancing this large scale work was an internship at Shim Sutcliffe Architects where he worked on two Governor General’s Award winning residential projects and developed a love for the craft of architecture.
Prior to establishing Williamson Chong, Donald was principal of Donald Chong Studio Incorporated where he won a Toronto Urban Design Award and a Design Exchange Award for Galley House and was nominated in 2009 for the Marcus Foundation International Prize for Emerging Architects. In 2007, he was selected as one of four Canadian designers showcased at the ‘Offspring’ Space at the Interior Design Show and produced ‘Small Fridges Make Good Cities’ which is recognized as a concise manifesto on both urban living and refined design culture.
Donald maintains an active relationship with academia and graphic design, having assisted with graduate studios at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, a product of which was the award winning publication Site Unseen: Laneway Architecture and Urbanism in Toronto.
Donald currently sits on the Design Review Panel for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and the Tafelmusik/Trinity-St.Paul’s Architectural Board.