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The Directors

Roland Rom Colthoff


Founded by Roland Rom Colthoff in 2007, RAW has collaborative and irreverent ethos. While RAW has designed new and striking mid rise buildings in many communities across Canada, they have also created temporary art installations and environments for special events.


Roland was born in Rotterdam in 1957 and was educated at Carleton University and the Architectural Association, in England. In 2007 he founded RAW to realize the full potential of his design vision (exemplified by CUBE lofts and BMW Toronto) and to have a working culture that matched his professional goals. Roland's design experience has typically included large urban residential and mixed-use projects with complex public approvals processes and significant design challenges. His corporate work extends to the multiple-award-winning BMW Toronto showroom, which received a 2004 Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects. His ongoing passion for architecture has led to entries in a number of important competitions (Absolute, Winnipeg Crossing, Edmonton Art Gallery) which have garnered awards and honourable mentions. Roland has lectured and been a guest critic at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Institute Without Boundaries, and George Brown College. In recognition of his contributions to design in Toronto, Roland was recently named to the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panels.



Ted Merrick

Ferris + Associates

Ferris + Associates Inc. has developed a reputation for providing innovative design solutions that have helped shape many of Ontario's most notable landscape designs including Fallsview Casino Niagara, National Trade Centre, and the Humber Bridge site. The firm has a proven track record for the implementation of large-scale landscape architectural projects and are committed to establishing and maintaining quality relationships with both private and public sector clients. Inherent to the projects' success is responding to client requirements and exploring cost effective methods of implementation while maintaining integrity of design. We have demonstrated superior competence in developing creative and innovative solutions to meet the challenges presented by these projects while remaining sensitive to the project objectives and budgets.

They have developed a strong working relationship with public art consultants and artists in both the public and private realms. Some of these projects include the National Trade Centre, Concord Cityplace, and the Prince Arthur Condominium. Through past experience, the success of the process is dependent on including the artists in the development team at an early stage of design and working drawings. This facilitates that the installation is conceived within the contextual relationship of the building and landscape. As the majority of these installations have occurred in the publicly accessible landscape, the relationship between artist and landscape architect is often critical to the success of the installation.


Born and raised in Alberta, Ted migrated to Southern Ontario to graduate from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1979. Since that time his portfolio has concentrated on large scale high density urban residential developments. He has happily been the director of the design studio at Ferris + Associates for the last twenty years.



Justin Ridgeway


Curio is an art and design disciplines communications consultancy practice primarily deployed for the implementation of large, urban-scale public art projects. Since 2007, Justin Ridgeway has worked on public art projects with such artists as Vito Acconci, James Carpenter, Douglas Coupland, Mark DiSuvero, Geoff McFetridge, Troika, James Turrell and United Visual Artists. Now, as director of Curio, his clients include infrastructure constructors, municipal agencies, public relations firms and media production companies. He is presently the public art manager for Ottawa's new Light Rail Transit system, Confederation Line, involving thirteen stations and over nineteen artists.

Curio's curatorial focus is on developing permanent and transitional artworks involving emerging interactive, digital, and other new media that blur the boundary between architecture, art and design. Curio is curious about the relationship between our architectural and cultural landscapes, envisioning the places we inhabit as potential massive museums or collective galleries for rare, unusual and intriguing objects.


Justin Ridgeway was raised on a farm outside Caledon, Ontario, Canada. He has lived in Alberta's mountains and on Costa Rican beaches. He currently divides his time between Toronto and New York City. Justin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in cultural studies and critical theory and a Masters of Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Toronto.



Aaron Hendershott


Aaron Hendershott was born and raised in the Beaches neighborhood in Toronto. He studied and worked in fashion design before shifting his interests to architecture. He holds a Master’s degree in architecture from Ryerson University and currently works as a project architect at RAW design and as a studio instructor at Ryerson University. His portfolio includes a number of mixed use, multi-unit residential projects, and a number of public art works, installations and initiatives throughout North America. He is a recipient of the OAA award and Toronto Urban Design Award for his work in this area.



Tomek Chwieszczenik


Tomek Chwieszczenik was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland but raised in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph and currently works at Ferris + Associates as a Project Manager/Landscape Designer where his portfolio boasts multiple prominent high-rise developments. Tomek is the designer of the Tailored Twins installation which was installed as part of the Ice Breakers art exhibition in 2017.