Founding Partner, M Arch, B Arch, OAA, MRAIC, NCARB, LEEDAP
Jodi Batay-Csorba is a founding principal of Batay-Csorba Architects with over 18 years of professional experience. She is a registered Architect, member of the OAA, MRAIC, NCARB and has been a USGBC Leed Accredited Professional since 2006. Jodi was born in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles with advanced placement and distinction in 2005, graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and also holds an Architectural Technology Degree. She was the recipient of several honors including the Franklin D. Israel Memorial Design Fellowship, the AIA LA 2x8 Award, the Honorable Merit Award, the Honor Award for Excellence in Design and has been widely published and recognized in several exhibitions. With over 14 years of professional experience before founding BCA, Jodi has been involved in projects in Canada, US and Europe, building numerous awarded construction projects from mixed use commercial, retail, multi-story residential, single family residential, hospitality, concert venues, stadiums and interior improvements and furnishings. Her practice also includes graphic and media design for published books, internal publications, web design, promotional marketing books, brand strategy print and packaging. Jodi worked at a number of prominent firms as a lead designer, project architect, project and construction manager including Gehry Partners, Morphosis, Aedas, Predock Frane Architects and Gensler. At these offices Jodi’s built work has won dozens of Awards, namely Club Nokia with Gensler an AIA/LA Design Award, Habitat 15 with Predock Frane Architects an AIA/LA Design Award and Colliers International with Biddison Architecture and Design an AIA/MI Design Award.
Founding Partner, M Arch, B Arch, OAA, MRAIC, NCARB
Andrew Batay-Csorba is a founding principal of Batay-Csorba Architects with over 15 years of professional experience. He is a registered Architect, member of the OAA, MRAIC, and NCARB. Andrew has taught, lectured and critiqued locally and internationally at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, The Institute Without Boundaries, Cornell University in Ithica and New York, UCLA, USC, Sci-Arc and Morphosis Academic Outreach Program in Los Angeles, California. Andrew was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles with advanced placement and distinction in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan in 2000. He was the recipient of several honors including the Franklin D. Israel Memorial Design Fellowship and the AIA LA 2x8 Award and has been widely published and recognized in several exhibitions. Andrew has been involved in projects in Canada, US, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Spain and Australia from museums, schools, high rise commercial/residential, hospitality, residential and transportation projects. From 2005-2010 Andrew was a lead project designer and manager at Morphosis in Santa Monica, California where he lead over twenty projects such as the winning submission for the Orange County Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and proposals for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), the National Jazz Center in New Orleans as well as several prominent urban design projects. Prior to Morphosis he worked at Smith Group in Michigan as a lead project designer on the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit, which received both an AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit Design Award.
Sacha is an Project Designer at Batay-Csorba Architects. He is a New Zealand trained graduate of the University of Auckland; he now looks to develop and broaden his design capabilities by continuing to gain work experience overseas. During the course of the last five years he has gained extensive experience working on multiunit residential, cultural, and single home projects, as well as designing and constructing installations and a family cottage addition on-site.
In a personal capacity, Sacha has an ongoing interest in design theory, speculative and installation projects. He was part of a team who won and constructed the Brick Bay Sculpture Trust Folly competition 2016. He also project managed a team commissioned by IGM Publishing to design and build an installation for Urbis Designday 2015. Sacha graduated with his thesis project awarded a Highly Commended at the NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards 2013 and a Gold Pin at the DINZ Best Awards 2014. The project was chosen to be part of the New Zealand Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016, where Sacha also contributed by fabricating several architectural models. His first-year masters project was the Student Winner at the AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards 2012 and he has twice received an Arts Blue at the University of Auckland Blues Awards.
Sacha’s interest in architecture and design focuses on landscape and siting, and materialisation and craft as much as this contributes to the phenomenological experience. This passion evolved from an internship at Aires Mateus Associates in Lisbon and was developed at a workshop at RCR Architects in Olot. Through travel, he has been exposed to and is inspired by alternative and novel approaches to the arts internationally. This fascination has been utilised through his role as a Design Tutor and Co-coordinator on the University of Auckland’s 2015 Studio Iberia and 2017 Alpine Studio architecture study tours, at the Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa with Manuel Aires Mateus and at the Universität Innsbruck with Gabriela Seifert-Kavan respectively.
Sam is a Project Designer/Project Manager at Batay-Csorba Architects. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, where she completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Commendation, and the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, where she completed her Master of Architecture degree. Throughout both of her degrees Sam was the recipient of several awards including a Design Excellence award, the University of Toronto Fellowship, the Frederick Coates Scholarship, and the Graduating Academic Honours Certificate. Her master’s thesis explored the opportunity for collective development of multi-unit housing on the borders of Toronto’s established neighbourhoods. This research garnered several awards and recognitions, including, the Howarth-Wright Fellowship, Second Prize for the Dialog Michael Evamy Memorial Scholarship, the Toronto Society of Architects Scholarship for innovative approach to city building and urban form, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Henry Adams Medal.
At the office, Sam is the project manger for Goh Ballet’s Toronto Dance Studios, a 7600 sqft facility which is currently under construction in North York.
Prior to joining Batay-Csorba Architects, Sam worked as a project designer at offices in Toronto and New York on various award-winning high-end residential and commercial interior projects. Over the past 7 years, her previous experience has included working for Williamson Williamson Inc. (Toronto, On), Young Projects (Brooklyn NY), Atelier Kastelic Buffey (Toronto, Ontario), and Peter Gluck and Partners (New York NY).
Melissa Gerskup is a Project Designer at Batay-Csorba Architects, currently completing her licensure with the OAA. She has received an Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction in architecture history and contemporary art practice at the University of Toronto. She has also received her Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto. While studying there, Melissa received the University of Toronto Excellence Award in the Natural Sciences and Engineering (UTEA-NSE) for the opportunity to research at gritlab (green roof innovation testing laboratory), whose focus is on the intersection between green roof technologies and the built environment. She received the W.J. McAndrew Family Scholarship, awarded to top students in the visual arts. Her undergraduate thesis was nominated for the BMO 1st Art! Award.
She had the opportunity to study post-war utopian British architecture abroad at Oxford University. She also was awarded several Teaching Assistantships for courses in architectural design, history and theory. Professionally, Melissa has interned with the design firms Williamson Williamson and Susan Spiegel Architect. She has worked as a building science project manager at BEST Consultants (building envelope science and technology). She also volunteers with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and C Magazine.
Mariano Martellacci is a Designer at Batay-Csorba Architects and currently in the process of completing his Masters of Architecture thesis at University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. He received his Bachelors of Design with Distinction from Ontario College of Art and Design University. While completing his degree at OCADU he was the recipient of the Nienkamper Scholarship for outstanding academic performance and served as the undergraduate student representative on the University’s Board of Governors. Mariano’s previous experience working with concrete in construction and fabrication prior to becoming a designer has built the framework for the focus of his design investigations which look at plasticity of form and absence of mass to create volume through the materiality of concrete, the fabrication of molds using digital and analog fabrication techniques with the intent of creating visceral architectural experiences. During his education Mariano has worked as an intern for notable local architects Ja Architecture Studio where he worked on a mixed-use commercial/residential/retail project faced with unique urban site conditions located on Queen St. West, Toronto and Office of Adrian Phiffer where he was a member of the design team working on international design competitions such as the renovation of the historic building of Riga Circus, Latvia which received an Honorable mention. Prior to pursuing a career in architecture, from 2000-2012 Mariano worked as a trade career professional in the construction industry predominantly as a concrete form carpenter. He worked on a range of projects from small scale highly detailed residential and retail projects to large scale industrial and commercial high-rise projects. Mariano worked fluidly between both precast concrete and cast-in-place concrete projects from structural concrete, facades to countertops and concrete basin projects where he was responsible for all aspects of the fabrication’s formwork/mold building, installation of reinforcement, placement and finish of concrete.
Andrew is a Project Designer/Project Manager at Batay-Csorba Architects. Over his 7 years of professional experience, Andrew has worked internationally for architectural firms in Toronto, New York and The Hague, and studied at universities in Vancouver, Waterloo, Rome and Perth,Australia. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Waterloo in 2014. During his studies at Waterloo, Andrew won several awards including a First in Class Engineering Faculty Scholarship, an Outstanding Design Work studio award, and the Smale Fellowship for the fourth-year student with high academic and design achievement who shows leadership ability and the potential to play a notable role in the profession.In collaboration with a classmate, Andrew’s design-build project entitled A Chair for Jorge Luis Borges was selected for exhibition at the 2013 Come Up to My Room Design Show at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Prior to studying architecture, Andrew completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics Option) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and worked as an intern mechanical designer in custom equipment fabrication and high tech manufacturing.
Andrew’s architectural work experience spans diverse building types and ranges from schematic design studies and competitions to construction documents and contract administration. From 2015 to 2019, Andrew was a Project Coordinator at Baird Sampson Neuert Architects in Toronto where he managed numerous civic and university projects. Andrew assumed key responsibility for consultant and supplier coordination of the McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, a 70,000 sqft extension to the Schulich School of Business at York University that was recently awarded a Green Building Excellence - New Construction Award from the Canada Green Building Council of Ontario. Throughout the development of construction drawings and site reviews, Andrew helped coordinate the high performance envelope and climate-responsive natural ventilation system featuring a 15 meter-tall thermal chimney. Throughout his design work, Andrew continues to draw from his dual academic background as he pursues interdisciplinary opportunities within projects, looking to meaningfully leverage technical systems in ways that offer moving experiences of buildings and cities.