People: Natalia Bakaeva

This January, DesignTO mounted inspiring exhibits in the city’s many nooks and crannies. BNKC architect, Natalia Bakaeva, who is one-half of design collective Interspatial, participated with an installation at 55 St. Clair West.

Inverted Valleys explores the topography of Toronto’s ravine system. It inhabits underused spaces in the city, encouraging viewers to consider the importance of our natural systems and the forgotten in-between places in our built environment.

Created from more than 10,000 acrylic rods, the suspended sculpture incorporates LED lighting to trace the path of the Don River. Inverted Valleys was featured in a sold-out tour during DesignTO and received rave reviews from visitors and critics.


Natalia joined BNKC in November 2019 as an Architectural Designer. She holds Master of Architecture and Urbanism from London Metropolitan University in the UK and post-graduate certification in Construction Management from Centennial College in Toronto. At BNKC she’s working on a few of our exciting projects including 5509 Dundas Street Purpose Bult rental high-rise tower in Etobicoke.


Our team has been enriched by Natalia’s passion for design. Her artistic perspective and ability to tell visual stories is inspiring, as is her friendly nature and willingness to go the extra mile for her craft. Just last month, Natalia became an officially licensed architect with the OAA. Congratulations, Natalia!