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Danielson Architecture Office Inc. (DAO) is a contemporary architecture and design-build company. Our approach to architecture is diverse, inquisitive and integrative.

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As an architecture firm we provide a myriad of custom design services the familiar way to meet our client's aspirations. We can coordinate a variety of unique design requirements based on a thorough understanding of each specific setting. We can work on a diverse range of project types, are committed to comprehensive problem solving, and strive for meaningful design rooted in each context. We use the latest technological tools in combination with enduring cultural strategies to support a healthy balance among our society, city and environment. We believe in collaboration so we focus on merging the skills and enthusiasm of our architectural team with the aspirations and experience of our clients and collaborators. 

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At DAO we also have an associated arm for our R&D and commercialization activity to digitally program genetic design products or buildings that can automatically adjust to fit the needs of many different clients. The programming of a genetic design is similar to making a seed, where genetic information governs the design variation so each seed produces a unique finely tuned tree, yet despite their differences, they are all collectively identifiable as the same type of tree. This genetic design appraoch is valuable for many reasons, for instance we believe our work has the potential to transform molten slag from a waste product into a valuable architectural material. We also deepen our project impacts by seeing our genetic design work through to production as part of our evolving design process. Our research, development and commercialization work takes place with a diverse team of specialists in other fields to suit the specific needs of the innovative work.

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Patrick Danielson   Principal   Architect OAA & AIBC   MRAIC

Patrick is a registered architect in both British Columbia and Ontario as well as a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He graduated from the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia following a degree in Biomedical Science. He merged these two fields to create a genetic design approach as an evolving architectural strategy and has filed patents resulting from this research. Patrick has been the recipient of several awards, including those from the government, private sector, and academia. Patrick has also previously taught as a Sessional Instructor at the McEwen School of Architecture.

Jeremy Upward   Intern Architect   MArch   BAS

Jeremy is an Intern Architect who graduated from the McEwen School of Architecture in its charter class. His focus is centered around emerging technologies and their potential role in the industry. Jeremy’s thesis challenged the norms of computer aided design to allow for a more fluid design process. He believes technology should not bind us, but allow more freedom and expression.

Leila Angrand
  Associate   MSc OT   MBA
Michael Danielson   Associate   P.Eng   MBA
Rick Danielson   Associate   PhD


2019    Formid Seat - Pulp Art Spring Gala - The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte 
2019    Formid Seat - Studio North - Interior Design Show, Toronto
2018    Formid Seat | The first made-to-measure, active seat - Kickstarter
2011    Cascading Biospheres - Architectural Institute of British Columbia + Vancouver Archives
2010    Swarmscreen + iLands - Vancouver International Airport + UBC Fred Kaiser Building

teaching + lectures

2019    Guest Critic - Waterloo School of Architecture

2018 - 2019    Guest Critic - McEwen School of Architecture

2015 - 2017    Sessional Instructor - McEwen School of Architecture 
2017    Independent Study Course - McEwen School of Architecture
2016    Freeze-Thaw Winter Stations - McEwen School of Architecture

2016    Reactive Designs - McEwen School of Architecture

2016    Slag Rehabilitation - Sudbury Protocol Conference - Treaty for UN, Dynamic Earth

2016    Formid - Norcat Pitch - United Steel Workers Hall 

2015    Architectural Plasticity - McEwen School of Architecture

2011    Teaching Assistant - Advanced Computational Design - UBC SALA
2011    Teaching Assistant - Advanced Structures - UBC SALA
2010    Teaching Assistant - Design Media II - UBC SALA


2020    Sudbury Vision for the Future - Special Publication
2019    Domtar Newsroom - Paper Seat Rethinks 5,000 Years of Chair History
2017    Patent Submission (CA, US, EU) - Ergonomic Chair Made from Paper Substrates with Embedded Sensor
2012    UBC Thesis - Metakinesial Architecture - Slag Structures
2007    LU Thesis - Habitat Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity in Morphology of Pimephales promelas

awards + grants

2019    U.S. Patent No.: 10,368,650 Granted
Bell Business Excellence Award - Innovation Finalist
    Successful Kickstarter Campaign
2018    Norcat Grant - Communications
2017    NOHFC - Applied Research and Technology Development Projects
2016    Judge's Choice Award - Norcat Pitch
2016    FPInnovations Grant - Paper Substrate R&D
2016    Norcat Grant - Provisional Patent
2014    Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) - Marmomacc Latin America
2011    Ductal Concrete Prototype Competitition Winner
2011    Stantec Scholarship in Architecture
2010    Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Achievement Award
2010    Arthur Huller & Dorothy Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
2009    EMAAR Canada Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Architecture
2008    Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Grant


Custom Design

Interior Design

Genetic Design

Industrial Design

Molten Slag

Mining Waste

Formid Seat

Parametric Seed
Structural Paper
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