ALEX HORBER, Principal at Bortolotto
Alex is a principal of the firm and joined Bortolotto in 2003. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Alex has an exceptional understanding of building envelope, building technologies and system integration, architectural detailing, and heritage restoration. Alex brings his nurturing nature to work every day in and outside of the office; as a mentor as well as through his attentive approach to others’ needs.
Alex studied Architecture at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University. Alex transforms innovative, sustainable and technical designs into an atmosphere that uplifts the human experience and promotes a state of well-being. Alex is the lead project architect on the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at OCAD University as well as Student Central at Lakehead University, the revitalization of the Allandale Train Station in Barrie and the restoration work at the wonderful Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
Victoria College Restoration, Victoria University in the University of Toronto
PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE
Alex Horber is the principal in charge and the project architect for this restoration project for the central building of Victoria University in the U of T. Victoria College is a 8,350m2
/90,000sf heritage building; a Romanesque limestone structure dating from the 1880’s that houses the Universities’ senior administration, faculty offices and teaching spaces. The restoration project encompasses structural and ornamental masonry repairs and replacements, rebuilding of original double hung wood windows, replacement of slate roofing and custom copper flashings and trims to match the original design. The 3 phased project is currently in its final stage.
Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University
Alex is the project architect for the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at OCAD University in Toronto, expected to open in September 2016. Alex manages the project team and is responsible for the coordination of all consultants and the technical, building science and sustainable aspects of this adaptive reuse of an existing University building. The Rosalie Sharp pavilion is intended to be a model of sustainable design for the university as well as prominent gateway for the campus. The use of the building is intentionally flexible to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning requiring careful and thoughtful design of interior spaces and infrastructure for both maximum flexibility and efficiency.
Steven Holl Architects – John H Daniels Faculty of AL&D Competition - University of Toronto
Bortolotto was responsible for the project in the capacity as associate architect and architect of record for the planned upward expansion and reconstruction of the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design. Alex was responsible for coordinating concept designs with the local building code and planning/zoning requirements.
ROCK, Burlington, ON
PARTNER IN CHARGE
Alex is the project architect for ROCK, is the direct contact for the client and manages the consultant team. ROCK is a children’s mental health expansion project expected to open in July 2016. The design is inspired by Reggio Emilia’s philosophy based on the natural development of children and the close relationships they share with their built environment; the connections they make to the outside world and experiential learning. The 2,000m2/21,500sf expansion will contain administration functions, teaching and training spaces as well as academic spaces that allow this agency to partner with local universities and colleges.
- Master of Architecture, University of Toronto
- Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science,
professional qualifications + memberships
- Architect, Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
- Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)