Studio Life: Rolling into the Past

On a crisp and sunny Friday in February we gathered to unroll 50 years of architectural history!

For decades, we’ve stored the drawing rolls for projects spanning the history of the firm. From the 1960s onward, BNKC, in its different iterations, has played a role in shaping the GTA’s architectural fabric with projects like College Park, the Richmond Hill Civic Centre, Toronto City Hall Library, and many others. Founder, Joe Bogdan, has pledged the original drawings of some of the more historic buildings to The Toronto Archives. There, these pieces of Toronto history, will be protected for many generations to come… Bonus, we regain some much-needed storage space!

Over the course of one-day, BNKC volunteers joined Joe and his daughters Stasia and Lis to determine which projects should be gifted to the Archives, which needed to stay here at our studio, and which we could shred. It was a trip down memory lane and a meaningful day for Joe, his family, and some of our long-standing team members. Discipline was required to move swiftly. Every roll was a treasure, and it was easy to get caught up reminiscing.

In the end, more than 50 projects were earmarked for the Toronto Archives. Saying goodbye to these pieces of history was bittersweet, but spending the day immersed in the firm’s legacy is something we won’t soon forget.