In 2010, Partners Andrew and Jodi Batay-Csorba brought their vast international professional experience back home to Canada, where they have since developed a defined architectural response to the design tradition unique to the region.
Batay-Csorba Architects (BCA) is an architecture and interior design studio that combines research and practice to create progressive projects across all scales. What our projects (and clients) have in common is a desire to create something extraordinary. Whether a home, retail store, ballet school, museum or a skyscraper, our projects all start with a critical eye, a question of “what if” and a curiosity to explore. Our projects are never alike, being less about formulaic style and more about restless innovation, boundary pushing and delight.
At BCA, we are committed to architecture as a place where ideas find expression. Our work evolves through exploration; distilling context, client aspirations, historical reference, typology, and materiality into a project concept that conveys a clear project vision and tells a story about our clients. This concept unifies the project and informs decisions at every scale of the project, from the architecture, to the interiors, furniture, landscape, infrastructural systems, signage, and branding.
We take our clients on a truly unique design journey, a process of discovery to create something extraordinary and unexpected, yet which truly reflects the client’s pragmatic requirements and aspirations, translating them into a project concept, architectural forms and user experiences.
We challenge premeditated ideas about function and performance. We rethink standard typologies in search for improved alternatives. We seek to be contextually responsive yet evolve into something altogether new. We explore movement and materiality to create intensified, pronounced—even ornamental—elements designed with a meticulous and purposeful in-your-face refinement. We look for spatial opportunities to evoke positive sensory responses such as joy, delight, and pleasure derived from the smallest details to grand spaces and experiences. We employ volume, geometry, light, scale, materiality, and texture, to create atmospherically rich spaces that elicit an emotional response. This design process results in engaging, expressive, and dynamic spaces that are original and unique, as exemplified in our diverse collection of contemporary work.
Our expertise comes from designing, managing, and executing over 96 internationally celebrated large-scale projects across the globe. Previous work experience includes leadership roles at award winning firms such as Frank Gehry, Morphosis and Gensler. This track record, coupled with a deep knowledge of building design, detailing and fabrication techniques brings value to each and every client.
Sacha is an Project Designer atBatay-Csorba Architects. He is a New Zealand trained graduate of the Universityof Auckland; he now looks to develop and broaden his design capabilities bycontinuing to gain work experience overseas. During the course of the last fiveyears he has gained extensive experience working on multiunit residential,cultural, and single home projects, as well as designing and constructinginstallations 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 andconstructed the Brick Bay Sculpture Trust Folly competition 2016. He alsoproject managed a team commissioned by IGM Publishing to design and build an installationfor Urbis Designday 2015. Sacha graduated with his thesis project awarded aHighly Commended at the NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards 2013 and a GoldPin at the DINZ Best Awards 2014. The project was chosen to be part of the NewZealand Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016, where Sacha also contributed byfabricating several architectural models. His first-year masters project wasthe Student Winner at the AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards2012 and he has twice received an Arts Blue at the University of Auckland BluesAwards.
Sam is a Project Designer/Project Managerat Batay-Csorba Architects. She is a graduate of the University of WaterlooSchool of Architecture, where she completed her Bachelor of ArchitecturalStudies with Commendation, and the John H. Daniels School of Architecture,Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, where she completed herMaster of Architecture degree. Throughout both of her degrees Sam was therecipient of several awards including a Design Excellence award, the Universityof Toronto Fellowship, the Frederick Coates Scholarship, and the GraduatingAcademic Honours Certificate. Her master’s thesis explored the opportunity forcollective development of multi-unit housing on the borders of Toronto’sestablished neighbourhoods. This research garnered several awards andrecognitions, including, the Howarth-Wright Fellowship, Second Prize for theDialog Michael Evamy Memorial Scholarship, the Toronto Society of ArchitectsScholarship for innovative approach to city building and urban form, and theAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) Henry Adams Medal.
At the office, Sam is the project manger for Goh Ballet’s Toronto DanceStudios, a 7600 sqft facility which is currently under construction in NorthYork.
Andrew is a Project Designer/Project Manager atBatay-Csorba Architects. Over his 7 years of professional experience, Andrewhas worked internationally for architectural firms in Toronto, New Yorkand The Hague, and studied at universities in Vancouver, Waterloo, Romeand Perth,Australia. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Architectural Studies atthe University of Waterloo in 2014. During his studies at Waterloo, Andrew wonseveral awards including a First in Class Engineering Faculty Scholarship, anOutstanding Design Work studio award, and the Smale Fellowship for thefourth-year student with high academic and design achievement who showsleadership ability and the potential to play a notable role in theprofession.In collaboration with a classmate, Andrew’s design-build projectentitled A Chair for Jorge Luis Borges was selected forexhibition at the 2013 Come Up to My Room Design Show at the Gladstone Hotel inToronto. Prior to studying architecture, Andrew completed a Bachelor ofApplied Science in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics Option) at theUniversity of British Columbia in Vancouver and worked as an intern mechanicaldesigner in custom equipment fabrication and high tech manufacturing.
Awards and Recognition
2020 DesigningCanada Interiors Award,
2018 P/a Award
2018 OAA Design Excellence AwardRecipient
2018 MCHAP:Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture Finalist
2018 Best ofCanada Award and Project of the Year
2017 OAA Design Excellence Awardfinalist
2017 Interior Design Magazine’s 40 @Forty Top International Interior Design Offices,
2016 CanadianArchitect Award
2015 Canadian Architect Award
2015 Twenty and Change Next Generation Award.