About Us

A focus to provide “concept-inspired" design that improves the quality of our lives; at home, at work, and recreation

A. Slade Architects Inc., Andrew Slade is a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) with a specialization in custom home design and over 15 years of diverse experience.  This ranges from public, institutional, assembly, multi-residential, commercial, and industrial projects from concept to construction completion. We understand that every project is unique, and every client comes with their own special set of requirements and challenges they would like solved.  For Andrew, drawing on his diverse background is an important factor to your project’s success.  However, architecture is also a passion for Andrew; it is a conversation, a relationship, and ultimately a devotion to his clients needs.  It is through this commitment, energy, and optimism that is intrinsic to every project at A. Slade Architects Inc., that we create the special environments and experiences you deserve.

Andrew Slade, Principal Architect, OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch, B.Arch.Studies

Throughout Andrew’s career, he has proven himself to be a hardworking and organized individual with sharp sense of design excellence and technical expertise.  He is fluent with numerous computer programs which not only provides his clients with a high level of clarity throughout the ‘design process’, but also helps walk them through the more complicated aspects of architecture and construction as well.  Site analysis and sustainable design, building science review and assessment, construction and permit drawing preparation, regulations and approvals, and ultimately the construction process itself are enhanced by means of detailed 3D modelled renderings, walk-throughs and other visualizations focused on communicating these processes clearly to all parties. Those who have worked with Andrew can attest, that his most important attribute perhaps, is simply that he truly ‘cares’ about his clients, their homes, and ultimately the practice of architecture and good design.

Andrew grew up spending his childhood exploring the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, rural landscapes, and characteristic towns unique to the Georgian Triangle area (Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe County).  From snowboarding and skiing at Blue Mountain to kiteboarding on Georgian Bay, Andrew has taken just about every opportunity available to enjoy the countless amenities exclusive of this area.

Moving from the small town of Thornbury to the ‘small town’ of big cities, Andrew spent his university years in Ottawa where he completed his undergraduate and Master of Architecture at Carleton University: Azreili School of Architecture and received the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and RAIC Honour Roll Certificate.  In 2013, Andrew went on to pursue his goal of working at one of the top design firms in downtown Toronto, Baird Sampson Neuert architects [BSN].  It is here that he gained a significant amount of experience in both the educational and the residential sector; ranging from high-profile university facilities and graduate residence towers to school additions, and detailed development of high-efficiency passive-solar, sustainable homes.

After spending two and a half valuable years in Toronto – and with his first born daughter on the way – Andrew decided to return to his roots in Collingwood and began a new position at Ted Handy and Associates Inc., Architect [THA] Barrie, ON in 2015.   Andrew spent the next six years here as a licensed Architect, and as of 2020, Senior Architect, designing a number of custom homes and other public, institutional, and commercial projects.  During this time, he excelled in client liaison, project and team management, sustainable site review and analysis, advanced 3D modelling, rendering and virtual reality development, working drawing production, detailed material specification, contract administration, and various other comprehensive skills from start-to-finish.

In the Spring of 2021, Andrew founded A. Slade Architects Inc., to focus on his desire to provide architectural services to clients that value “concept-inspired” design and how it improves our quality of life; at home, at work, and recreation.  Although Andrew’s specialization centers on the custom home market, he is equipped to handle a diverse range of other building typologies that provide him with a continuous education and thirst for best practices across the industry.  There are many evolving principles, techniques, and technologies that he extends from this experience in the residential sector;  however, it is equally important to note that Andrew also carries over many elements of hospitality, comfort, and even customer service practices unique to the custom home experience to all other types of his work; large or small, public or private.

Sheena Harrington Slade, MCIP RPP – Urban Planner and Office Manager

Sheena completed her Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 2009. Since graduating, Sheena has worked in both the private and public sector, including The Municipality of Grey Highlands, FoTenn Consultants, the City of Mississauga and the Town of Wasaga Beach. Sheena is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

At A. Slade Architects Inc., Sheena manages all areas of finance and administration while providing key planning input and support during the preliminary stages of design development. 

Michael Sirois, OAA Intern Architect – MRAIC, M.Arch, B.Arch.Sc.

With over 14 years of diverse experience in architecture, Michael Sirois has made significant contributions across various roles and sectors. Having worked at several prestigious firms, he has gained a wide range of experience in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. Currently serving as an Intern Architect at A.Slade Architects in which he brings a wealth of expertise and a deep passion for creating innovative and sustainable

Michael’s professional journey is marked by his strong background in high-end custom home design, with a dedicated focus on environmental and sustainable design practices. His advanced knowledge of leading industry software allows him to produce detailed 3D models and renderings, ensuring precision and excellence in every project. Bilingual in French and English, Michael effectively communicates with a broad range of clients, consultants,
and collaborators.

Throughout his career, Michael has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to architecture and design. In 2018, he was part of a team that received the prestigious American Institute of Architects “Design Recovery” award for their design for disaster-resilient housing in Joplin, Missouri. He is also an award-winning landscape photographer who has won consecutive awards at the Focus on Simcoe Photography Festival in 2018 and

Michael’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) in 2010. He further honed his skills through the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Syllabus program for five years before returning to complete his Master of Architecture at Laurentian University in 2024. His thesis focused on addressing food security issues driven by unsustainable practices, exploring how architecture and urban design can foster positive change while shifting mindsets on how we produce and consume food.

Beyond his professional achievements, Michael is also a devoted husband and father of two girls. With his family, he enjoys spending time outdoors, indulging in activities like hiking, camping, and fishing. As an avid gardener and landscape photographer, Michael is passionate about experiencing the beauty of nature, which continually inspires and informs his professional work in creating harmonious and sustainable architectural designs.