Connecting people to place

We design exceptional spaces for people to work, live, and explore. Our work is inspired by a singular purpose: to change how people think, feel, decide, and behave.

“I'm proud to be part of a company that puts aside preconceived notions, and truly understands the needs of our clients. It's an empathetic approach which drives us to challenge ourselves and be that much more creative.”
Andre Hartono, Director, Residential Development
The Founders

figure3 Principals, Eric Yorath, Suzanne Bettencourt, Dominic De Freitas, Darryl Balaski

With 25 years of business success, figure3 is an award-winning, independent interior design firm influencing how we work, live, and explore.

Invoking design research and brand strategy with its unique Connection Point process, figure3 takes an in-depth look at the intersection of human behavior and client goals to rethink the physical environment, connecting people to place.

Based in Toronto, Canada, figure3 has a studio of 60+ designers, and works with some of the world’s largest and most exciting companies.

  • Alivia Checchia

    Alivia Checchia

    Team Leader
    BID, Student ARIDO, IDC

    Alivia Checchia

    I was born and raised in Mississauga.

    My favourite project: My undergrad thesis project. I created a wellness centre that aimed to maintain the health and wellbeing of caregivers of a loved one suffering from mental illness. It was actually designed for the needs of caregivers to allow them to recharge to be at their best for caring for someone living with a mental illness.

    What’s quirky about me: I am obsessed with Christmas movies! Every year I watch the same ones at least twice before Christmas Day. Espcially Elf and Love Actually.

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  • Ana Maria Konomi

    Ana Maria Konomi

    Project Designer
    BID

    Ana Maria Konomi

    I was born and raised in Tirana, Albania. The city is big enough to feel like a developed urban area, yet small enough where everyone knows everyone.

    My favourite project is a private villa I worked on with my father. The project blends the characters of a French chateau with modern, clean lines. My favourite part about it is the indoor swimming pool – it has a beautiful mosaic depicting one of Klimt’s paintings, and this mosaic’s colour tones are reflected in the pool’s mosaic tiles as well. The rest of the space is very minimalist, with floor to ceiling windows that create a soft curved ceiling at the top, allowing for light to naturally illuminate the mosaic and the shimmering pool water.

    I’m happiest at my family’s little beach house, drinking wine and eating cheese and prosciutto under the stars with my family and best friends.

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  • Angie Luczak

    Angie Luczak

    Team Leader
    BID

    Angie Luczak

    I was born and raised in London, Ontario, and moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University.

    My favourite project: GWLRA. It has been the largest project I have worked on and it had a unique central atrium. From interviewing each department, selecting furniture and finishes, to making weekly site visits, I was fortunate to be an integral part of the project team.

    What makes me happiest: escaping the bustling city to the great outdoors on weekend trips or spur of the moment adventures. I love relaxing in Canada’s beautiful landscapes, spotting wildlife, camping, and fly-fishing; but even when the winter falls, I’m out snowshoeing and skiing.

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  • Anna-Lisa Frank

    Anna-Lisa Frank

    Senior Team Leader
    ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, LEED AP

    Anna-Lisa Frank

    I was born and raised in a town called Bradford. It was primarily a farming community growing up since it is located beside the Holland Marsh and Green Belt.

    My favorite project: Tetra Pak would be my most memorable project. It had a lot of creativity, personality and hidden gems. It allowed the team to have fun with colour, graphics, blending retail with corporate.

    What makes me happiest: I am the happiest sitting on the patio at my favorite local pub eating nachos and having a cold beverage on a hot summer evening.

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  • Bonnie Leung

    Bonnie Leung

    Senior Team Leader
    NCIDQ, LEED

    Bonnie Leung

    I was born and raised in The Six. I’ve thought about moving to Barbados (or Australia or Costa Rica)…maybe one day.

    Favourite project: Probably Tableau, a condo development at Richmond and Peter. It was the first project that I put my blood, sweat and tears into from the start; although I didn’t stay long enough at that firm to see it completed it still feels important to me.

    What’s quirky about me: I can fall asleep on any mode of transportation – car, boat, airplane, subway, bus, etc.

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  • Brett Carson

    Brett Carson

    Senior Team Leader
    BID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ

    Brett Carson

    I was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, which is why I’m East Coast nice. At 10 we moved to a Montreal suburb. Then Toronto at 20 for school…and to take on the world.

    My favourite project: Revera’s head office. It was the first big project I worked on from start to finish. I honed my Revit skills while also developing my first digital fly through. It holds a special place in my heart.

    What’s quirky about me: I talk really fast, I love Kraft Dinner, I started the dry cleaner sushi ‘Spicy Salmon Crunch’ (with extra spicy mayo inside) phenomenon at the office.

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  • Carly Block-Marcus

    Carly Block-Marcus

    Senior Team Leader
    BID, Arch.Tech, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    Carly Block-Marcus

    Toronto, baby! Born and bred.

    My favourite project: Each one is totally different and I can’t pick a favourite! I love seeing the construction come to life and when it’s move-in time for the client! A smile on their face is priceless…

    What makes me happiest: It’s all or nothing for me! Either totally relaxing or being on the go travelling and seeing new places and cultures. I love ALL types of food and getting to enjoy good meals together with friends and loved ones.

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  • Christine Stochl

    Christine Stochl

    Project Designer
    MID, Intern ARIDO

    Christine Stochl

    I was born in downtown Toronto, where I lived for a few years before moving to Oakville.

    One of my favourite projects was my Master’s thesis because I could explore all phases of the creative process with a typology I am very passionate about. It also exposed me to great opportunities, such as writing articles and competing as a finalist in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

    I am happiest when I can explore and experience new places – whether they be notable or unconventional. Travelling has always been a passion of mine, especially when it is spontaneous. After all, spontaneity is what keeps life exciting!

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  • Christy Kunitzky

    Christy Kunitzky

    Procurement Coordinator

    Christy Kunitzky

    I grew up in Aurora Ontario. Suburbia.

    What makes me happiest: Singing along loudly and badly to classic rock at karaoke, screaming very loudly while riding a rollercoaster, running around with a sparkler in my hand, eating delicious food in Mexico City, lying in the sand at the beach.

    What makes me quirky: I was there for the bat flip, greatest moment of my life.

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  • Daniel Norwood

    Daniel Norwood

    Team Leader
    BID, IDC, NCIDQ, ARIDO

    Daniel Norwood

    I was born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario.

    My favourite project is the OMERS Toronto headquarters. It was a three-year long journey, to bring 1,600 employees together under one roof, in 350,000 sq.ft. of new office space. The space turned out better than I imagined, and the client couldn’t have been happier.

    What makes me happiest: my cottage! My family has been going up to Woodland Beach, Georgian Bay since the 1930’s and it is the place I love the most in the world. Spending my summers with family in such a beautiful place has shaped who I am today. Also, I can’t finish this without mentioning my love for Lady Gaga, I’ve seen her 14 times in concert, and counting…

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  • Daphne Limjoco

    Daphne Limjoco

    Team Leader
    BID

    Daphne Limjoco

    I was born in the Philippines moved to Canada when I was 11.

    Favourite project: Four Seasons Head Office. This was my first project and I was involved with CD, CA and art inventory & procurement.

    What makes me happiest: The farmer’s market is my jam! St. Lawrence Market Saturday farmers market is my fave and I’m happy I can easily walk there from home. Meats, cheeses and breads… Oh My! I love the fresh local produce, the hustle and bustle and the fact that it’s Saturday and the weekend is ahead of me.

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  • Diana Cuello

    Diana Cuello

    Team Leader
    BID

    Diana Cuello

    I was born in “La Arenosa” – also know as Barranquilla, Colombia. I didn’t stay there long and grew up in a quaint little mining town called Mushaisa, La Guajira, in the far north of the country. I soon outgrew my small town and yearned for more, so I moved to Toronto to pursue my passion for design.

    One of my favourite projects: my undergraduate thesis for interior design. I designed my own wellness center based on the healing power of yoga, cooking, arts, and music. It is my dream to one day see this project become a reality and provide people the opportunity to experience a fuller, healthier lifestyle.

    What makes me happiest: when I’m surrounded by people that constantly inspire and challenge me to be better – not only as a designer, but also as a person, and every so often as a dancer. Ask anyone, I’m always dancing!

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  • Ernie Bongolan

    Ernie Bongolan

    Project Designer
    BID

    Ernie Bongolan

    I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Toronto when I was only one year old.

    My favourite project: it’s hard to choose as there are so many different aspects that I love about each project. One of the most memorable is the first one I ever saw completed – seeing the design vision come to life really is one of the most gratifying feelings!

    What makes me happiest: hanging out with my dog, Titan. Whether we’re playing at the dog park, swimming in the lake, or just lounging around at home, there are very few things I’d rather be doing.

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  • Heather Woods

    Heather Woods

    Project Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    Heather Woods

    I was born and raised in good ol’ Grimsby, Ontario. I loved growing up in the Niagara Region because of its close proximity to the escarpment which is where my love for hiking came from.

    My favorite project: Maritime Centre. We were asked to create a corridor program that represented the essence of Halifax. I was involved in concept development, finishes selection, and the construction drawing process. It is always a great experience to see a project from start to finish!

    Quirky thing about me: I am in love with everything having to do with the Christmas season… and I also love mermaids. Starting December 1st, you will see me wearing my light up ugly Christmas sweater and singing carols. Once the snow melts, you will find me at the beach channeling my inner Little Mermaid.

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  • Husam Putros

    Husam Putros

    Senior Architectural Technologist
    B.Sc.

    Husam Putros

    I was born and raised in Iraq, in a quiet area of Baghdad, and later moved to Oakville.

    I am an architect by training, but work in interior design firms in Canada. I have worked on many high-end residential and hospitality projects and I am proud of many of them. In particular the hotel Georgia project in Vancouver, which received many national awards.

    I am happiest when I see great results from my projects, when I am with my family, and when I win soccer games as a player on the team. I enjoy giving without asking for anything in return.

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  • Jessica Raven

    Jessica Raven

    Project Designer
    BA, HBID, Intern ARIDO

    Jessica Raven

    I was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario.

    My favourite project: my thesis. By having the freedom to explore new ideas and design strategies I was able to push myself creatively. The end result was a community and wellness centre for first responders, a unique topic that had not yet been explored, which was extremely rewarding.

    What makes me happiest: sitting on the beach watching the sunset off of Lake Huron with great company.

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  • Jordan Brasil

    Jordan Brasil

    Project Designer
    BID

    Jordan Brasil

    I was born in Toronto, raised in Mississauga. I wish I had a more interesting response, but that’s me! Maybe that is the reason why I love to travel and bask in other cultures.

    My favourite project: So far it’s a high-rise rental property in San Francisco, California. It is my very first project with this firm and I’m reveling in how much responsibility I’ve been given.

    What makes me happiest: Anywhere warm and anywhere with my family and closest friends! Sunbathing and oceanside drinks will always be on my vacation’s itinerary and sharing it with family and friends makes it that much sweeter.

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  • Katherine Egenberger

    Katherine Egenberger

    Team Leader
    BA, BID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    Katherine Egenberger

    I was born and raised in Etobicoke, ON

    Favourite project: Penguin Random House – I love reading! It was the first project I worked on at figure3 and my first project after graduating; it was serendipitous. The project combined two of my favourite things – design and books.

    What’s quirky about me: My love of British and Scandinavian murder mysteries! It all started watching Masterpiece Theatre – Agatha Christie as a kid. The first “adult” book I read was Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Since then I’ve been hooked!

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  • Megan Hayward

    Megan Hayward

    Team Leader
    BID

    Megan Hayward

    I was born in Toronto and raised in East York.

    My favourite project: My favourite Project was Great Gulf Idea Centre because it was my first and I got to see it finished. It is what I am most proud of and we had freedom in selecting whatever finishes we wanted and had serious design freedom.

    What makes me happiest: At my cottage doing puzzles, reading + kayaking. At BATL (axe throwing) Villiers hanging out with my BATL family and throwing axes. Line dancing with my best friends most Fridays. Having wine and charcuterie at Le Petite in Peterborough. Playing Zombicide (board game) with my boyfriend.

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  • Mia Clemente

    Mia Clemente

    Office Manager

    Mia Clemente

    I was born in the Philippines and raised in Montreal and Toronto and during the summer all over Europe.

    What makes me happiest: Sitting at a table, eating good food with good friends catching up, laughing. Or with bare feet, burying my toes in warm sand getting ready to play beach volleyball.

    What makes me quirky: Will travel for good food. I’ll road trip anywhere to satisfy food cravings. I’ll happily drive 45 min to get ice cream. I’ll also watch the crappiest movie and enjoy it. If there’s dancing, lots of gun shots, martial arts, zombies and magic I’ll watch it…probably more than once.

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  • Michela Kochanski

    Michela Kochanski

    Project Designer
    BID

    Michela Kochanski

    I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and later moved to Toronto for school in interior design.

    I really can’t single any project out as being my favourite – they all have some aspect about them that can be classified as a favourite, because each is a different design, a different learning experience, a different creative process, and result.

    What makes me happiest: food, specifically cooking! Similar to design in the sense that I love the creative process and to craft something new and challenging for everyone to enjoy! Travelling is also something that makes me happy, and it can go hand in hand with my appreciation for good food – I love travelling and going to new cities, specifically with the intention of trying out the local restaurants.

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  • Naji Mourani

    Naji Mourani

    Senior Team Leader
    ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, LEED

    Naji Mourani

    I was born in Beirut, Lebanon – one of the oldest cities in the world.

    My favourite project: Mazagan Beach Resort – Morocco. I relocated to Morocco for 18 months to be the client’s consultant on site (Kerzner International). It was one of the most enriching experiences on both sides Professional and Personal.

    What makes me happiest: sunsets on the Mediterranean.

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  • Nicole Hoppe

    Nicole Hoppe

    Team Leader
    BID, ARIDO, IDC

    Nicole Hoppe

    My favourite project? A concept design for a Canada Goose retail flagship. It was so exciting to take a project through a collaborative design process from research to design intent. We really experimented and showed off our skills.
    What makes me quirky? I love to cook and learn about the way different cultures grow and prepare food. My partner and I started brewing our own beer, and I’ve started to get interested in the traditions of pickling, canning, and fermenting.

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  • Romulo Polastri

    Romulo Polastri

    Team Leader
    B.Arch, OAA IA, TSA

    Romulo Polastri

    I was born and raised in Peru, then I fell in love and moved to Toronto.

    My favorite project: Tim Peru Tower, although it wasn’t built in the end, it won first place in a national open architectural competition. It is very important to me, because it represents what I was able to achieve.

    What makes me happiest: being with my family, seeing my daughters enjoying life, singing and playing everywhere.

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  • Sonia Theriault

    Sonia Theriault

    Project Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    Sonia Theriault

    I was born in Burlington, ON. A quaint and safe area to grow up in.

    My favorite Project: Brookfield Exchange Tower Presentation Suite. It was the first project that I truly “designed”. Every aspect in this space was thoughtfully detailed, ultimately honing my skills as a designer.

    What makes me happiest: bike riding. It gives me a sense of freedom that I cannot get anywhere else. My most memorable bike ride was when I went to Amersfoort, Netherlands to visit my family. We biked through the countryside, full of beautiful trees, rivers, and winding paths.

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  • Srinalie Wijeyeratne

    Srinalie Wijeyeratne

    Project Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO

    Srinalie Wijeyeratne

    I was born and raised in a tiny island in the Indian ocean called Sri lanka (proud to be an Island girl!)

    My favourite project: QuadReal Toronto. The finishes and furniture selection, which I was a part of, was exciting to put together and the team that I was a part of made it fun to work with.

    What makes me happiest: When I make others happy, sounds cliché but that’s what makes me genuinely happy and sometimes CAKE!

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  • Steve Tsai

    Steve Tsai

    Senior Team Leader
    B. Des

    Steve Tsai

    I’m from Taiwan. My favourite project: TELUS G2. There was intricate industrial design for various features that I got to dig right into. It was great to come up with design solutions and detail every single millimeter of the fixtures and space.

    What makes me happiest: I am split in the middle with two happy moments – when design ideas come while solving a challenging puzzle, I chart and sketch in my notebook – feeling inspired and creative. Also playing guitar and getting into the zone of creative flow of making music and conveying emotion – even the blues make me happy!

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  • Suzette Ilustre

    Suzette Ilustre

    Business Development Coordinator

    Suzette Ilustre

    I was born in the capital city of the Philippines – Manila. I was raised in Manila and in Rizal. When I was 21 I moved to Toronto. I finished my Bachelors of Science degree in Physics.

    What’s quirky about me: Growing up in Asia I have experienced and survived a lot of natural and unnatural disasters magnitude 6 earthquake, , volcanic ash fall, wading in chest deep flood in Manila and even the People Power Revolution in the Philippines! So I’d say something unique about me is that it takes a lot to frazzle me!

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  • Tamara Rooks

    Tamara Rooks

    Creative Lead
    BID, ARIDO

    Tamara Rooks

    I was born in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Raised in Cuba, then moved to Newfoundland where I learned to speak English. After that my family moved to Ontario.

    My favourite project: Rich’s Canada. The project was full of a lot of firsts for me as I was entering a different stage in my career and the team I worked with had a huge impact on my growth.

    What feels like home: I use to define home as one specific location, Cuba, where I have roots…something in the smell of the air. Recently I’ve had the same feeling when I’ve connected with a place and culture.

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  • William Gray

    William Gray

    Team Leader
    MID, BEnvD

    William Gray

    One of seven children, the eldest of identical triplets, I was Newfoundland born, and Prairie raised. I completed my Bachelors of Environmental Design in Interior Environments and Master of Interior Design at the University of Manitoba in 2014.

    I’ve worked in the design industry since 2011, literally coast to coast, from Boston, MA to Victoria, BC. I have worked in education, corporate, residential, and cultural spaces. I am interested in nostalgic environments, the way spaces mean and develop meaning, and the significance of colour in space. I am proud to be part of the Fit Team at Figure 3, contributing to their culture of innovation and creativity in interior design.

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Where We Started

Allan Guinan, Caroline Hughes and Chris Wright founded the company in 1995, with a design vision and a philosophy that still grounds who the company is today.

The trio instinctively understood that it was essential to be able to combine robust strategic planning with a considered creative vision to deliver superlative spaces for clients.

The Founders

figure3 founders, Chris Wright, Caroline Hughes and Allan Guinan.

Today, figure3 has grown into a 60+ strong studio filled with a mix of talents, backgrounds, and specialist skills from strategy and design researchers to industrial designers to graphic brand and textile experts who complement and amplify our core interior design expertise.

Formed by combining two established firms, Guinan and Wright’s figure3 with Hughes’ Network Design, the multi-disciplinary nature of the firm was codified from day one with a client mix that included corporate workplaces and retail design and would subsequently expand to include residential development.

As the company grew, so did the curiosity to explore new avenues and approaches. Early on, the firm championed an approach that seeks to understand the people we are designing for before rushing to design solutions. Paired with a forward-thinking approach to design founded on a European aesthetic, our reputation as a design firm whose approach was as considered as it was creative blossomed.

Determined to preserve what was built over the years, the decision was made to remain independent. With the succession of the business to the new partners now complete, the future of figure3 looks brighter than ever.

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