Laith El-Bahrani Laith El-Bahrani Architectural Design Manager B.Arch. University of Toronto, O.A.A. With a strong background in classical architecture, Laith brings a high-level of artistry to all of his work. He joined Audax in 2012 as Project Architect for Strata House after spending 19 years of his career developing a stately portfolio at Gordon Ridgely Architects, where he designed luxury city residences and cottages for Canada's most elite. With an impressive and unique talent in hand sketches and drawings, Laith takes great care in articulating a building's design language right down to the finest details. Notable Projects Strata House, several administrative and amenity campus buildings for Rothesay Netherwood School in Rothesay, N.B., and a string of high-end custom homes in elite neighbourhoods in Toronto, Charlottetown, Georgian Bay, and Hong Kong. What are your first memories of design? When I was in grade school, a teacher asked me why my drawings of buildings converged to a point. I did not know why. It just came naturally to me. I drew one-point perspectives without even thinking about what it was I was doing. I drew my first perspective of Paris when I was five years old. When I was a teenager, I drew the Acropolis in Athens and some buildings in Rome. That was the first time I paid attention to architectural details in my sketches. When designing high-end custom houses, what rooms do you enjoy working on the most? I enjoy working on the more formal areas of a home, such as a grand atrium, feature stair or formal dining room. These are the spaces that usually require a high level of detailing and architectural gestures that leave memorable first impressions. Ninety-nine per cent of architecture is in its details. A building needs to look just as nice up close as it does from afar. If not a designer, what would you be? A painter.