GPAIA Royal Hotel Architecture Details

from
the spoon

Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects (GPA) is a Toronto based design firm made up of over 40 architects, led by principals Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone. Expanding  the edges of our discipline – we design strategically to foster social relationships, inventively using materials to enrich the senses, and creating places of quality that improve  everyday experiences.

We engage at every scale, and do not separate urban design, from building or interior design strategy. Ideas drive our work regardless of project size or typology, and we believe every project significantly informs the conceptual and rigorous underpinning of the next.

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to
the city

Italian Architect, Ernesto Rogers’ declaration “Dal cucchiaio alla città” (From the spoon to the city) coined in 1952 at the Charter of Athens explains what the typical approach of an architect should be: designing a spoon, a chair, and a lamp and in the same day working on a skyscraper. Whether designing furnishings or interiors, buildings, or new urban communities, we shape the city at every scale. Quality design is essential for the wellbeing and inclusion of every citizen. Durability is at the core of our mandate for the greatest positive impact, with the smallest carbon footprint.

GPA’s projects have been published all over the world and have been the recipients of prestigious design awards from programs including IIDA, Ontario Association of Architects, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Ontario Wood Council, Best of Canada, ID Best of Year, and Hospitality Design.

Space

We are strategic artisans.

Space

We are strategic artisans.

Since our founding in 1995, our projects have been published locally and internationally, and have received prestigious design awards from The American Institute of Architects, the Ontario Association of Architects,Urban Land Institute's Global Excellence, Canadian Interior’s Best of Canada, Interior Design’s Best of Year, IIDA and Hospitality Design Awards. Our relationships span decades, shaping places, brands and innovative concepts for understanding that architecture is everywhere.

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Culture

Our culture focuses on the details
at every scale.

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Culture

Our culture focuses on the details
at every scale.

Our culture focuses on the details at every scale.

Potential lives at the intersection of contradiction. We are fun and rigorous, professional and informal, big and small.

The culture at GPA is driven by our love of the work. We are known for our attention to detail, dedication to craft, and thoughtful approach, but we care as much about the big ideas. We have equal conviction that the best ideas come from a culture that promotes equity, inclusivity, and diversity.

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History

Founded in 1995 by Ralph
Giannone and Pina Petricone

Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects was founded in 1995 by partners Ralph and Pina, who both have roots in the Italian-Canadian community of Toronto. Partners in life and work, they share a natural talent for design. Both graduated from the  University of Toronto with architecture degrees. Pina went on to do her masters at Princeton University, while Ralph worked at several of Toronto’s top firms.

Since starting their practice they have become thought leaders in the industry with an award-winning portfolio. Ralph’s unparalleled range of expertise from detailed environments to large scale urban design informs all of  GPA with a passionate ‘spoon to the city’ philosophy. Pina holds a professorship with the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto where she has conducted several award-winning research projects alongside the design practice at GPA.

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28
Years of Experience
45
Team Members
1000
Projects Worldwide
65
International Awards

“We tailor the design to the client. This tailoring involves an extensive process of research and discovery of a project's requirements, an intimate involvement in program development and infusing this information into detailing on both the macro and micro scales.” – Pina Petricone

Approach

No two projects are the same

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to architecture. Instead, each project is carefully tailored to the context of the site, project parameters, and ambitions which shapes a unique experience that transcends typology and allows us to remain agile in our execution for every scale of design. Much like custom tailors, we believe ‘city is in the details’ where material expression ranges from planting to glazing to streets, to portals, to vaults, to light fixtures, to public art.

Select Awards

2024
7th Annual GRAY Awards - Guest Room Winner
The Royal Hotel
2024
7th Annual GRAY Awards - Guest Room People’s Choice Winner
The Royal Hotel
2024
UrbanToronto - Best of 2023 Mid-Rise
55 Port Street
2023
Architecture MasterPrize - Honorable Mention
STOCK T.C
2023
Interior Design Best of Year Awards - Finalist Domestic Hotel Transformation
The Royal Hotel
2023
Canadian Interiors - Best of Canada Single Detail Winner
The Royal Hotel (Mushroom)
2023
Grands Prix du Design - Accommodation, Restaurant & Bar / Boutique Hotel Category Winner
The Royal Hotel
2023
Gold Key Awards - Excellence in Hospitality Design Hotel Upscale Finalist
The Royal Hotel
2023
THE PLAN Awards - Interior and Hospitality Finalist
STOCK T.C
2023
AHEAD Americas - Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design
The Royal Hotel
2023
Canada's 100 Best - Best New Restaurant Design Award
The Royal Hotel
2023
Italian Chamber of Commerce - Architecture and Design Award
Practice Excellence
2023
HD Awards - Upscale Public Space Finalist
The Royal Hotel
2023
AZ Awards - Interiors Commercial and Institutional Finalist
The Royal Hotel
2023
Architects Newspaper - Editors Choice Award
STOCK T.C
2022
Vaughan Urban Design Awards - Award of Excellence
Assembly Park
2022
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards - Hotel Category
The Royal Hotel
2022
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards - Heritage Building Category
STOCK T.C
2020
BILD Awards - Best Mid Rise Building Design
Three Two One Davenport
2020
BILD Awards - Best New Community
Brightwater
2020
Canadian Institute of Planners - Planning Excellence
Brightwater
2018
Ontario WoodWorks Awards - Interior Design
SUD Forno
2018
38th BILD Awards - Best New Community
Daniel’s Waterfront City of the Arts
2018
Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile
Italian Fallen Workers Memorial
2015
AIA/ LA Restaurant Design Awards
Terroni LA