LineBox Studio inc. is a fully licensed architectural office in Ottawa and a design firm in Toronto. We provide a fresh and progressive outlook on how people live, work and play in the architectural context.
As an Architect I understand design as a cultural act which engages our everyday experiences and brings together individuals with their built environment. Our design philosophy is grounded in a basic conviction and fundamental belief that great architecture is less about style and more about discovery. This belief is what drives our relentless pursuit of connecting client needs and desires, project budget, context, and artistic expression into a truly unique sense of place. LineBox is a small collaborative design studio that is interested in all project types regardless of size and budget. Unlike large corporate firms our clients benefit from having direct access to the principal of the firm throughout the entire project.
“As designers of the built environment, it is our goal to bring our clients unique concepts in how they inhabit and experience space.” – Andrew Reeves
Sustainable design is the practice of designing physical objects and the built environment to comply with economic, social, and ecological consciousness. By this we mean integrating living spaces with the natural environment in a harmonic way. We identify and utilize the specific characteristics of the land in each design in order to ensure the home is well suited to its surroundings. In every project we look to incorporate sustainable elements to the extent that the client wishes to do so. We look to optimize key success factors of sustainable design including: passive heating and cooling, reclaimed materials, green roofs, geothermal heating / cooling and harnessing all the natural energies in the environment.
M. Arch., RAIC, OAA – Principal
Originally from Windsor, Ontario Andrew grew-up in a family with strong ties to the automotive industry. From a young age however Andrew discovered his passion lay outside this industry and decided to pursue what quickly became a very clear journey in his life, Architecture. Andrew’s passion for the discipline continued to grow during his first employment at Archon Architects inc. and during his first years at St.Clair College and Lawrence Tech University.
In 1997 he moved to Ottawa to seek better opportunities and attend the School of Architecture at Carleton University. While attending Carleton, Andrew was hired as a Junior Designer at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects. He progressed in his role at BBB to become a Senior Project Design Lead reporting to Ritchard Brisbin, a partner at the firm. In this role Andrew gained invaluable experience working on a wide range of large-scale projects including: The Ottawa Airport, Lansdowne Park Redevelopment, Ottawa Congress Center and The Ontario Medical Association Headquarters. Working on large-scale projects provided Andrew will great skills but left him feeling disconnected from the projects and their clients. In 2006 Andrew left BBB to open his own firm, Linebox Studio Inc. He identified a need in Ottawa for modern sustainable infills and looked to provide people and businesses with fresh, sustainable and progressive design options.
“I passionately believe that Architecture is less about style then it is about discovery.” – Andrew Reeves
In the early projects Andrew acted as both the designer and developer. To maintain cashflow in his business he accepted consulting work with the Federal Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he produced feasibility studies, concept design strategies and theoretical design guidelines for Canada’s Embassies and Consulates around the world. It was during this time that Andrew completed his NCARB exams and became a fully licensed Architect (2008) allowing him the freedom to practice completely independently and according to his own design philosophies.
“I’m most interested in developing a context that responds to the scale of its surroundings by incorporating the principles of sustainability into a truly holistic design, and connecting with roots often traceable to indigenous design. My design philosophy is grounded in a basic conviction and fundamental belief that great architecture is less about style than it is about discovery. These beliefs are what drive my relentless pursuit of finding ways to connect function, environment, context, and sustainability to form a truly unique sense of place”– Andrew Reeves
Andrew soon found that people outside of Ottawa were interested in his work. He was asked to design a large residence in Toronto and shortly after expanded his operations outside Ottawa. Linebox has found a niche in the market place for clients looking for alternatives to conventional building types. The firm is contemporary in its approach to architecture and strives to bring sustainable and fresh ideas to its clients. Since its inception Linebox Studio has designed over 20 homes in several cities and currently employees four full-time staff in offices in Toronto and Ottawa. Linebox has been published in: Canadian Interiors, Dwell Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, Globe & Mail and recognized as a trend setter for 2010 in Style Magazine and Linebox has also been awarded the Ottawa Construction association “house of the year under 2,500s.f.” and the “green” renovation of the year.