Brenda Bjarnason graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Design with a Bachelor of Interior Design, Honours where her academic achievements included the Thesis Prize, Dean’s Honour List and the Alumni Scholarship.
Following graduation, Brenda firmly established her career with Ove Design in Montreal. In 1985, she became an associate and opened Ove Design Interior’s Toronto office.
Bjarnason + Associates Interiors Inc. was founded in 1988 and was re-named Bjarnason Design Inc. in 2017. Brenda Bjarnason’s design experience covers a broad range of project types with a portfolio that encompasses corporate office design, non-profit and arts organizations, community facilities such as early learning and youth centres, private residences, condominium projects, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care, retail, and hospitality. Brenda has been honoured with the following design awards:
ARIDO Award of Excellence Category: Private Residence Project: Stratford Cottage
ARIDO Gold Award Category: Corporate Project: The Strategic Council
ARIDO Silver Award Category: Corporate Project: Ontario Trillium Foundation
Bjarnason Design Inc.’s portfolio includes corporate and commercial design, non-profit and community facilities and residential projects ranging from renovations, additions and new construction. Our services include:
Space Utilization & Feasibility Studies
Conceptual Space Planning
Detailed Planning & Interior Design Development
Working Drawings & Specifications
Tender, Project Coordination & Follow up
Our team is committed to generating design solutions that respond to the clients’ needs and reflect their functional and organizational or personal requirements, goals, objectives and philosophy. Creative and constructive communication between the client and design team plays an important role in the design process, resulting in imaginative, innovative and functionally cost effective design solutions. Inclusive, universal and barrier free planning, design and detailing, as well as the use of environmentally safe building products and finishes are integral to our proposed design solutions. Prior to finalizing the proposed planning and design solutions, we review them with the client to confirm that they meet the design criteria and budget, and can be implemented within the schedule guidelines. Once these aspects have been approved by the client, we prepare working drawings and specifications, coordinate the tender process, and supervise construction and post move in follow up. All of these elements are paramount to the success of the design process and ensure that the final project reflects the original objectives and blueprint design.