About the firm

Chmiel Architects, established in 1996 is an Award Winning Architectural Design practice located in Ottawa, Canada.

At Chmiel Architects we focus on an integrated, strategic design process, to help our clients envision a better built environment where we help them leverage thoughtful design’s ability to produce innovative solutions that effect real place transformation.

Every project is conceived to support an essential belief in the power of architecture to influence real world conditions. Our firm is comprised of a core group of highly motivated and skilled professionals who work collaboratively to ensure every design solution balances architectural vision with a pragmatic project delivery process which is environmentally responsible and strives for architectural excellence.

Our approach prioritizes the making of architecture of the highest quality in a manner that supports our clients’ program and success, and to achieve projects which balance the interaction of social, functional, financial, aesthetic, and environmental elements.

The firm is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ontario Association of Architects and the Canadian Green Building Council. We have built a reputation on innovative design, technical expertise, and dynamic leadership.


  • Consultation / Advocacy
  • Performance Specifications
  • RFP Preparation and Project Management
  • Payment Certification Process
  • BOMA Studies
  • Building Condition Reports & Analysis
  • LEED Facilitation


  • Pre-Design / Programming
  • Needs Analysis
  • Space Equation Development
  • Site Analysis
  • Project Budget Estimates
  • Organizational Vision and Brand Articulation
  • Feasibility Studies


  • Architectural Design and Delivery
  • Site Planning
  • Detailed Design Studies
  • Cost Estimation
  • Design Brief Documentation
  • Scheduling
  • Construction Drawings and Specifications
  • Tender Administration and Evaluation
  • Contract Administration
  • Warranty Review
  • BIM for Simulation and Management
  • Project Management via Newforma Project Center


  • Interior Design
  • Functional Programming
  • Needs Analysis
  • Space Planning
  • Furniture Selection
  • Furniture Specifications
  • Furniture Procurement including RFP preparation

Design philosophy

Any built project, whether an interior environment or a three dimensional architectural form, responds to and communicates with its environment spatially and in an affecting manner. At Chmiel Architects it is our desire and intention to ensure that this interplay is focused and strategic, meeting our clients’ business objectives and responding to the human condition with its architectural expression.