Patrick T. Y. Chan

Patrick was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1969. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1976 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture.

In 1983 he founded the firm Patrick T.Y. Chan Architect and found voice for an architectural vision grounded in modernism but imbued with his cultural heritage. Patrick's unique cultural sensibility affords him a deep understanding of Chinese traditions, landscape and the Chinese arts. Patrick is fluent in the written and spoken languages of English and Cantonese while also possessing a good understanding of Mandarin.

Patrick's interest in urban geography informs the vital nature of his design. He has found great success in his practice, winning a prestigious international competition for the design of Place Jacques Cartier, Montreal in 1990 and a design award for Burrows Library, part of the Scarborough Community Complex/Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. His skill as a consensus builder among city administrators, planners and municipal councillors has directly contributed to many successful projects.

Most recently, Patrick has been directing the design of the principal architectural elements that make up part of the master plan for the new town of Jiangyin in China. Locally, he is shepherding the development of the St. John's McNicoll Centre in Scarborough as the master plan ideas are brought to fruition.

As senior partner, Patrick is leading the firm to new strength with several high profile developments in China and exciting projects in Toronto.