Great Lake Studio is a Toronto based architecture and design practice founded by Rick Galezowski.
Whether building in the heart of the city or at the edge of the wilderness, Great Lake Studio aspires to invite the surrounding beauty of the natural world to be an enriching participant in our daily lives.
Inspiration is drawn from the specific features of a building's environment, with special attention given to framing views, dissolving or fortifying spatial boundaries, responding to terrain, and the poetic use of daylight.
Our process is collaborative and communicative, ensuring our client's most detailed needs and ambitions are clearly understood and met through every phase of a project. The results are buildings of exceptional quality and value, highly functional, uniquely personal, and a joy to inhabit.
Rick Galezowski (OAA, MRAIC) is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of exceptional Residential, Civic, Institutional, and Transit buildings. Throughout his career, Rick has built a reputation for providing excellent service to clients through his congenial and collaborative approach, clarity of vision, and project management skills. His design work has received awards from the Ontario Association of Architects, the City of Toronto, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Rick has a lifelong affinity for the natural world which strongly influences his design work. Between 1998 and 2005, Rick spent 4 years exploring remote landscapes of the world on a bicycle, living out of a tent and sleeping under the stars. More recently, he and his young family spend their free time exploring the Great Lakes region by canoe.