Derek Nicholson as both builder and client has been involved with numerous projects that have received the recognition of local and international awards and publications. These distinctions are a result of Derek’s dedication to excellent design, management and construction, and to the high caliber of the architects and designers with whom he collaborates. Awards include four Governor General’s Medals – the greatest honour for architecture in Canada.


2017 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Award Winner for best Renovation – York Valley House, Superkül

2016 Canadian Green Building Award National Winner- Grange Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2015 OAA Design Excellence Finalist- Port Hope Residence, Teeple Architects

2015 OAA Award of Excellence Finalist- Grange Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2014 Canadian Architects Awards- Fox Lake Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2014 Interior Design Best of Year Awards- Pilot Coffee Roasters, Williamson Chong Architects

2014 Residential Architect Design Awards- Howland Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2014 Residential Architect Design Awards- Blantyre Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2010 Governor General’s Award – Craven Road Studio, Shim Sutcliffe Architects

2007 City of Toronto Urban Design Award – Galley Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2007 Design Exchange Award – Galley Residence, Williamson Chong Architects

2006 Wood Design Award of Honor – Craven Road Studio, Shim Sutcliffe Architects

2004 Governor Generals Award – Weathering Steel House, Shim Sutcliffe Architects

1999 Governor Generals Award – Ledbury Park – Shim Sutcliffe Architects and G+G Partnership

1998 International Design Award, Environments, Best of Category – Ledbury Park – Shim Sutcliffe Architects and G+G Partnership

1997 City of North York Urban Design Award of Merit – Glen Long Community Centre – Stephen Teeple Architect

1996 City of North York Urban Design Award of Merit – Stanley Park Community Centre – Natale Scott Browne Architects

1996 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence – Ledbury Park – Shim Sutcliffe Architects and G+G Partnership

1994 Governor Generals Award – Emery Yard Maintenance Building – Julian Jacobs Architects

1994 City of North York Urban Design Award of Merit – Barbara Frum Library and Community Centre – Phillip Carter Architect

1994 City of North York Urban Design Award Emery Yard Maintenance Building – Julian Jacobs Architects

1994 City of North York Urban Design Award – Hendon Park – NAK Design

1989 Internationaler Argeitskreis Sport Silver Award for Exemplary Sport and Leisure Facility, Republic of Germany – Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre – Moffat Kinoshita Architects

1988 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence – Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre – Moffat Kinoshita Architects

1987 International Facility Management Association Award


Lewsen, Simon. “Raise the Roof: How a Lofty Ceiling Conquered the Dusty Attic“. Designlines. January 2018.

Newman, Alex. “Curved on a grade way out in the wilderness of Ontario, a curiously shaped house bends along a tricky ridge.” Dwell. January 2018: 84-87. Print.      

Massey College Chapel designated Canada’s third Chapel Royal

catalogodiseno, “Williamson Chong Architects hace eco del terreno en la Casa Bala Line, ” Cátalgo diseño, March 8, 2016.

Martha Uniacke Breen, “Family builds its multi-generational forever home,” National Post, Saturday, April 2, 2016, p. 4.

Philip Stevens, “Williamson Chong transforms narrow Toronto home with a relocated stairwell,” Designboom, March 9, 2016.

Alex Bozikovic, “Architecture For The Ages,” Globe and Mail, February 25, 2016.

Bayliss, “A Well-Rounded Reno Anchored by a Dramatic Staircase.” Designlines, October 13, 2015.

Scott Norsworthy, “It’s a winner!” Globe and Mail, May 8, 2015.

Alex Bozikovic, “Inside the New Canada House, ” International Architecture and Design, Spring, 2015.

Cindy Allen, ed., “Best of Year,” Interior Design, January 2015, p. 114.

Philip Stevens, “Williamson Chong designs tasting bar for pilot coffee roaster in Toronto,” Designboom, January 27, 2015.

Leslie Jen, ”All lined up,” Canadian Architect, June 2014, p. 22-26.

Alison Garwood-Jones, ‘Office Drama: Three Brilliant Interiors Reinvent the Nine-to-Five’, ” Bean Counters,” Azure Magazine, June 2014.

Alex Bozikovic, “Doors Open Toronto: 10 things you need to see this weekend,” The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2014.

Metropolis Editors, “Towards a New Pro Forma,” Metropolis Magazine, May 2014.

Erin Langille, “Pilot Coffee Roasters,” blogTO, March 13, 2014.

Steve Payne, “A Bungalow Renovation Like You’ve Never Seen, ” Canadian Contractor, November, 2013.

Leslie Jen, “Keeping up with the Joneses” Canadian Architect, April, 2013.

Argyris, Eileen. “Space & Light, Freedom and Joy,” Our Homes Magazine, Spring 2013, p. 38-48.

Bozikovic, Alex. “Renovation re-connects an older home to a raw and evocative suburban landscape,” Globe & Mail, April 5, 2013, G8.

“Don Mills re-done,” The Globe & Mail, 1 March 2013, G14.

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Baird, Daniel, “The Houses Issue,” Azure Magazine, January 2013.

Jones, Will. “Into the Wood.” Design Lines Toronto, Fall 2012, p. 74-78.

Raskin, Laura. “Blantyre House Toronto” Architectural Record, September 2012, p. 116.

Bentley Mays, John. “Infill in Sync,” Globe and Mail Real Estate, August 10, 2012, p. 2.

Amanda Dameron, ed., “Slim Fit.” dwell Outdoor, Spring 2012, p. 12-13.

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Jones, Will. “Magazine for architecture and culture” Oris Magazine, 2011.

Sardone, Andrew. “Green From the Ground Up,” Now Magazine, April 18, 2011.

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Bozikovic, Alex. “How one architect creates a condo space within a space.” The Globe & Mail 31 March 2011: G1 and G2.

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Daniel Casciato, “It’s a winner!” Luxury Homes, March, 2011. p. 30.

Lavigne, Lucie. “Galley House,” Construire, Rénover, Transformer, February 17, 2011.

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“Governor General’s Awards.” Canadian Architect May 2010: 28-29.

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Architecture Canada 2010: The Governor General

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Shumon Basar, Mercedes Daguerre, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Bart Goldhoorn, et al., “Shim-Sutcliffe Architects,” 10×10/3, June 6, 2009.

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Phaidon Press Editors. The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. Phaidon Press, London, England. 2008; pp. 619.

Chodikoff, Ian. “Galley House,” “Small Fridges Make Good Cities,” Canadian Architect, November 2007.

Bentley Mays, John, “The Fine Art of Building on a Tight Site,” The Globe and Mail, August 3, 2007, B2.

Erin Donnelly, “Small Fridges Make Big Impact,” Canadian Interiors, July/August 2007, p. 21.

Karen Smith, John Flannery, “Robertson Davies Library,” Library Design, 2007, p. 92-95.

Ceferin, Petra. “Craven Road Studio,” HISE, April 2007.

McCann, Paul. “Weathering Steel House,” Wallpaper, January, 2007.

The Wood Design Awards 2006. Ottawa: Canadian Wood Council, 2007. 16-23.

Cuthbert, Alexander and Monica Berton. Home: New Directions in World Architecture and Design, 2006, p. 164-167.

Weber, Cheryl, “Embedded Architecture” Residential Architecture, Sept/Oct 2006, p.62-68.

Bentley, Mays, John. “Tall Order.” Azure Jul./Aug. 2006: 64-67.

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The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. New York/London: Phaidon, 2004: 647-648.

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Browne, Kelvin. “Clandestine Contemporary.” Toronto Life Oct. 2003: 92-101.

Raymaker, Derek. “Designing homes for a global city,” The Globe & Mail, 14 February 2003: G18.

Davey, Peter, ed., “AR House: Canadian Weatherman.” The Architectural Review August 2002: 76-79.

Barreneche, Raul, “Metal as Warm as Brandy.” The New York Times 16 May 2002: F1 and F10.

Carter, Brian, “Steeling Home” Azure May/June 2002: 92-95.

Pesce, Gaetano, “Weathering Steel, Steel-Clad House, Toronto, Canada.” Praxis, Journal of Building and Writing, Volume One, 2000: 26-43.

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Polo, Marco. “Recreation Centres: Patron of the Parks,” Canadian Architect, July 1999, 22-27.

Architecture Canada 1999: The Governor General

Ingersoll, Richard, “Tectonic Garden: Shim Sutcliffe Architects Crafts a Sophisticated Urban Park in Toronto.” Architecture Jul. 1998: 86-91.

“Award of Excellence Ledbury Park.” Canadian Architect Dec. 1996: 20-23, 36-39.

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