PARTISANS designs objects, designs architecture, designs cities, designs concepts, and even ideas. We strive to make the improbable possible and the impossible viable, at all scales and media. Our curiosities are insatiable and our drive to create them is central to our project. We are an award winning, internationally published studio founded in 2011 by Alexander Josephson and Pooya Baktash.
ALEX JOSEPHSON (Co-Founder) studied art and architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture as well as at the University of Rome where he worked in the offices of Massimilliano Fuksas. In 2011, Alex left the Architecture Association School (AA) in London, England to start PARTISANS. He is the only Canadian recipient of the New York Prize Fellowship from the Van Alen Institute in New York. In 2013, he received The Globe and Mail Catalyst Award for architecture and design. Alex is a design lecturer at the Daniels School of Architecture at the University of Toronto.
POOYA BAKTASH (Co-Founder) studied architecture at the University of Azad in Tehran, Iran and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. In 2011, he co-found PARTISANS and has a record of achievement on major civic projects including, but not limited to, the Union Station Revitalization Project in downtown Toronto.
JONATHAN FRIEDMAN (Partner) OAA, MRAIC, AIA Intl. Assoc., LEED GA, MArch, BES; studied architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, where he was the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for his graduate work. Jonathan has worked in the offices of numerous architects including HOK where he was a project architect working on major civic buildings. Born and raised in South Africa, Jonathan has lived and travelled extensively around the world. He is a licensed architect in Ontario and member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.