Established in Toronto, our studio was founded on the belief that a small design firm could be both substantive and pragmatic, a philosophy that continually informs our people and practice.

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Daniel Harland Design Director

Daniel, along with Gary Westwood, founded Roundabout Studio in 2003, and is the Design Director of all of Roundabout’s projects. Daniel was raised in London, England, where his family moved frequently and fixed up their family homes only to move to the next exciting project, getting a taste early on from his carpenter father of the hard work and satisfaction inherent in building and design.

Daniel enjoys immersing himself in the world of art and design, currently acting as member of the Public Art Advisory Committee of Guelph, serving on the board of directors for the Arts Council of Guelph, and keeping his skill set and interests sharp by teaching structures and thesis courses at OCAD. When Daniel isn’t running projects at Roundabout or teaching at OCAD, he’s often spending time back in Guelph chasing his kids, learning guitar or making beautiful food and mean cocktails for friends and family.

Through his various experiences, he’s learned that to make a house is a practice in labour, but making a home is a labour of love, and finds great fulfillment in connecting with clients to understand their needs, appreciating the opportunity to rise to the unique and interesting challenge each new project brings.

Gary Westwood Managing Director

Gary started Roundabout Studio with Daniel Harland back in 2003. Gary manages client contracts and budgets, as well as day-to-day operations at Roundabout Studio—he makes the trains run on time.

Although Gary studied Commerce in University, he developed an interest in architecture in the last two years of school: He was friends with a couple of people who worked in the industry, and he helped by holding the other end of the tape measure on a few site visits. Since then he has spent his entire career applying sound financial and project management practices to the business of design, working for and consulting with architects, interior designers, graphic designers, and photographers.

Gary has also taught Design Management at Ryerson University, and sits on the Executive Committee of Habit for Humanity’s annual Pride Build (where he was top fundraiser for two years in a row). In his spare time, he enjoys live theatre, squash, and has recently taken up yoga. Gary feels privileged to have the opportunity to help create an environment where design can flourish as his day job, and appreciates the advice and counsel shared with him over the years by mentors and colleagues.

Heidi Phillips 

Heidi has been with Roundabout since 2007, and has worked on projects of various sizes, ranging from custom millwork to new houses. Heidi has a background in architecture and is especially interested in interior design. She prides herself on having the best shoes in the office, thanks to her extensive Fluevog collection.

Mark Friesner 

Mark has been with Roundabout since 2014. He typically works on single-family and increasingly dual-family residential projects from Schematic Design, Detailing and Construction Documentation, to Contract Administration during the Build. Mark brings to the Studio backgrounds in both Architecture and Industrial Design, which he mixes with contemporary building science to push each new project further than the last. Mark likes to balance time spent behind a desk with time spent getting his hands dirty; whether it’s building something new or fixing something old. And when the lighting is right you can often find him around town with a camera over one eye.

Nate Fisher 

Nate has been with Roundabout since 2017 working on various projects, ranging from landscape design to completely new builds. He has a background in architecture mainly focusing on institutional buildings. However, after renovating his own home he discovered his interest in residential design. In his free time, Nate enjoys kicking back and relaxing up in cottage country or catching a Jays game in the City.

Amanda Mota 

Amanda joined Roundabout in 2017 and has worked on projects ranging from bungalows to three-storey split units. She brings a background in architecture and graphic design and has a knack for imagery and presentation in the studio. Amanda has been involved in volunteer design work throughout Toronto, as well as art installations within the City. Occasionally you may run into her if you happen to be at a pottery class or an antique market.

Ilya Skok 

Ilya joined Roundabout Studio in 2017 and has since worked on several renovations of various scope, as well as interior design projects. After working on a range of mixed-use developments, institutional architecture and civic master planning, he decided to focus on more intimately scaled residential projects. Outside of design, he takes pleasure in mountain biking and exploring the different neighborhoods of the city on foot.