T B A is a small but growing multidisciplinary studio focusing on architecture and design. The award-winning practice, established by Tom Balaban in 2009, is currently involved in residential, commercial, and small-scale institutional projects that focus on making cultural contributions, while also providing meaningful social and physical experiences.

T B A does not give preference to any single rhetoric, tool, or method. Committed to the principle that good architecture does not emerge from marking off items on a check list, the studio approaches architecture as a dynamic system of interrelated hard and soft issues. Each project is a direct result of its own specific evolution and process, achieved by the means and methods best suited to the desired outcome.

We are continuously engaged in research and speculative work and actively participate in the academic environment. We seek out every opportunity to challenge standard conditions, expand current conventions, and create better environments. Our work is memorable, engaging, and responsive to contemporary culture.

We are actively seeking to expand and develop larger institutional and cultural projects in Montreal and abroad.


Tom Balaban, OAQ AAPPQ MRAIC received his professional architecture degree from McGill University. He has worked for Frank O. Gehry & Associates/Gehry Partners for several years in Los Angeles as well as for Saucier+Perrotte in Montreal. In 2012 he was appointed professor in practice at the School of Architecture at Université de Montréal. He was previously an adjunct professor at McGill University's School of Architecture, teaching design studio from 2006 to 2012. Tom Balaban is originally from Bucharest.

Past and present designers and collaborators:
Rami Abou-Khalil, Hamza Alhbian, Matthew Balean, Justin Boulanger, Andrew Chau, Justine Chibuk, Naomi Frangos, Louis-Charles Lasnier, Maxime Lefebvre, Julia Manaças, Jean-Marc Renaud, Elliott Sturtevant, Jennifer Thorogood, Roland Ulfig

Image credits:
Unless indicated otherwise all images by TBA. Portrait of Philip Johnson by David Bailey, background 21 photos by Anna & Bernhard Blume @ Hamburger Bahnhof, Raymond-Lévesque Library photo by Marc Cramer.

Site credits: Indexhibit