Design firm Ware Malcomb announced it has opened its third Canadian office in Ottawa, Ontario. The firm also announced John Holland has joined the firm as regional director to lead the new office. In this role, Holland will be responsible for the overall growth and management of the firm’s operations in Ottawa.

“John has been involved in the industry since 1986 and has a wealth of sought-after expertise,” said Frank Di Roma, principal, Ware Malcomb. “We are extremely pleased he has joined us and look forward to his leadership and contributions as we continue to expand our Canadian presence.”

Holland’s broad architectural experience includes the design of industrial, office, retail, mental health and drug rehabilitation facilities, mixed-use, multifamily, and institutional and educational projects. A licensed architect in Ontario, Holland is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Newfoundland Association of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and industry organizations including NAIOP and the Toronto Construction Association.

Ware Malcomb first entered the Canadian market in 2007, through an acquisition, and has since grown and diversified its business in Canada, completing over 1,200 projects. The firm currently has active projects in six provinces across the country, and its newest Ontario office will support its growing Canadian client and project base.

“We already had a strong presence in Toronto and Vaughan,” said Christina Kolkas, Regional Director for Ware Malcomb. “This third office solidifies our Canadian presence and allows more accessibility to clients seeking our expertise. It’s an exciting time for our firm in this region.”


The firm’s most recent work in Ottawa includes completion of Building C, at National Capital Business Park, an industrial spec warehouse space developed by Avenue 31. Ware Malcomb provided the architectural, interior design and branding services for the 200,000 square foot industrial facility, which was built on one of the most prominent undeveloped industrial pieces of land in Ottawa. Strategically located at exit 109 on Highway 417 at Hunt Club Road in Ottawa, the structure sits on 99 acres of land zoned heavy industrial and leased on a long-term basis from the National Capital Commission.

Other recent Ware Malcomb projects in Ottawa include providing interior architecture and design services for a flagship store located at the Rideau Centre, interior design services for various tenants, site planning services on a 650 acre site and branding services for a 100-acre, six building industrial park.