Marc Downing
Marc Downing
Marc Downing
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

Public and community architecture, Water and architecture, Architecture and music


Marc is an architect based in Toronto. His career focuses on public and cultural work. He has maintained ties with academic institutions throughout his professional life.

Marc spent the first ten years of his career focusing on library, school and University work. Notable projects include the Graduate Residence at the University of Toronto (Teeple Architects), the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, and the Whitby Library and Civic Square (both with Shore Tilbe Irwin Architects and Engineers). All these projects earned multiple design awards.

During this period, Marc was adjunct faculty at the University of Waterloo. He coordinated studios in the third year, focusing on high-density urban infill design projects. His particular focus was on the complex marriage of music and architecture.

Marc joined MJMA in 2005. He became an associate in 2014. The office functions as a collaborative studio. He is a core member of the community and recreation design team.


University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, B.E.S., 1993

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, B.Arch., 1996

Professional Experience

Practicing Architect:

MJMA, Toronto, 2005-present
Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects and Engineers (now Perkins + Will), Toronto, 2001-2005
Philip Beesley Architect, Toronto, 1999-2000
Stephen Teeple Architects, Toronto, 1997
Zeidler Roberts Partnership Architekten, Berlin, 1994

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, 1998-2000

Awards \ Grants

With MJMA:
RAIC Firm of the Year, 2016
Brampton Urban Design Award, 2007
Design Exchange Award, 2006
Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence, 2006

With STI+Partners:
OAA award, 2002
Toronto Urban Design award, 2000


CCA, Venice Biennale of Architecture, 1996

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Ontario Association of Architects

LEED Accredited Professional