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.


2018 Architecture Masterprize Winner (Rooms & Zones) - A Room with a View, Superkül

2018 Remodeling Magazine Grand Winner (Bathroom Remodeling) - A Room with a View, Superkül

2018 Architizer A+ Award Winner (Residential Interiors) - A Room with a View, Superkül

2018 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence - Birch Grove, Fox Whyte Landscape Architecture & Design Inc.

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

2017 Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Finalist (Urban House/Townhouse) - A Room With a View, Superkül

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

2015 OAA Design Excellence Honourable Mention - 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 of Merit – 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


Maher House: Cunningham, Sara. “5 Majestic Houses Wrapped in Black Wood.” Designlines. October 16, 2019.

Lady Marmalade: Gibson, Eleanor. “Omar Gandhi brightens Lady Marmalade eatery in Toronto with skylights & baltic wood.” Dezeen. August 4, 2019.

Lady Marmalade: Pagliacolo, Elizabeth. “Meet Toronto’s Most Wanted: the OG Architect.” Designlines. June 11, 2019.

A House in a Grove: Phull, Amrit. “4 Summer-Ready Backyards.” Designlines Issue 2. 2019.

Booth Avenue Residence: Ljubanovic, Kristina. “Favourite Room: Finding the light.” The Globe and Mail. March 9, 2019: p. P12.

Airdrie Road Residence: Ljubanovic, Kristina. “Favourite Room: Going with the flow.” The Globe and Mail. March 2, 2019.

A Room with a View: Architizer. “The World’s Best Architecture.” Phaidon Press. February 20, 2019.

House on Bala Line: Phull, Amrit. “Bala House Mimics the Feeling of Stepping Down into a Ravine.” Designlines Issue 1. 2019.

Port Hope: Caufin, Alexandra. “Meet Lebel & Bouliane, DL’s First Designer of the Year.” Designlines Issue 1. 2019.

Lady Marmalade: Cunningham, Sara. “Inside Five New Toronto Restaurants Where Design Runs Wild.” Designlines. December 4, 2018.

Lady Marmalade: Manzocco, Natalia. “Inside Lady Marmalade’s new home on Broadview.” Now Magazine. November 28, 2018.

Lady Marmalade: Scriver, Amanda. “10 Festive New Venues for 2018 Holiday Parties in Toronto.” BizBash. November 28, 2018.

A House in a Grove: Uniacke Breen, Martha. “Sylvan Retreat in the City.” The National Post. November 24, 2018.

Lady Marmalade: Fleming, Rebecca. “What’s on the menu at Lady Marmalade, the new location of Leslieville’s popular brunch spot.” Toronto Life. November 22, 2018.

House on Walker: Bozikovic, Alex. “In Summerhill, Omas:Works Crafts a Young Family’s Forever Home.” Designlines Issue 4. 2018.

Sherwood House: Uniacke Breen, Martha. “Breezes From Brazil.” The National Post. September 25, 2018.

Haliburton: Uniacke Breen, Martha. “Shaping Light.” The National Post. September 1, 2018.

A House in a Grove: CSLA, "Birch Grove Residence." Landscapes/Paysages. Summer 2018.

A House in a Grove: Lewsen, Simon. "In a Lush Oakville Grove, Wood is Superkul." Designlines Issue 3. 2018.

A House in a Grove: Cummings-Grady, Mackenzie. "Superkül Designs a Minimalist, Charred Wood–Clad House in the Toronto Suburbs." Metropolis. April 23, 2018.

A Room with a View: Reeves, Lynda. "A Fine Balance." Canadian House & Home. April, 2018: p. 54-55.

A Room with a View & Haliburton: Hague, Matthew. "Above it all." The Globe and Mail. Saturday, March 17, 2018: p. 6.

Russell HillLewsen, Simon. "Raise the Roof: How a Lofty Ceiling Conquered the Dusty Attic." Designlines. February 6, 2018.

Oblong Lake: Newman, Alex. "Curved on a grade way out in the wilderness of Ontario, a curiously shaped house bends along a tricky ridge." Dwell. January 29, 2018.

A Room with a ViewSykes, Tanisha. "Ontario Residence by Superkul." Architectural Record. January 5, 2018.

Abenbare House, Port Hope, & Valley HouseGreen Building + Architecture. "On the Cutting Edge." Green Building + Architecture Magazine. June 21, 2016.

Grange Triple Double: Uniacke Breen, Martha. “Family builds its multi-generational forever home.” The National Post. Saturday, April 2, 2016. Print

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

Bala LineDis-Up, “Williamson Chong Architects hace eco del terreno en la Casa Bala Line.” Dis-Up Magazine. March 8, 2016.

Grange Triple DoubleBozikovic, Alex. "Architecture For The Ages." Globe and Mail. February 24, 2016.

Derek Nicholson: Bleasby, John & Payne, Steve. "Reno Focus 2015." Canadian Contractor. January/February 2016: p. 20-25. Print

AugustaSardone, Andrew. "Green From the Ground Up." Now Magazine, April 18, 2011.

Vessel Loft: Bozikovic, Alex. "How one architect creates a condo space within a space." Globe and Mail. March 31, 2011.

Galley House & Weathering SteelCasciato, Daniel. “Derek Nicholson Inc.” Luxury Home Quarterly. March, 2011: p. 30-31.

Galley House: Lavigne, Lucie. “Construire, Rénover, Transformer." Les Editions: La Presse. February 17, 2011. Print

Galley House: Dwell, "100 Kitchens We Love." Dwell. January Special Issue, 2011. Print

Blantyre & Galley HouseJones, Will. "Toronto Infill." Oris Magazine. Issue #69, 2011.

Galley HouseLavigne, Lucie. “Le Beau Probleme.” La Presse. September 19, 2010.

Galley HouseArchitectural Record. "Galley House." Architectural Record. August 16, 2010.

Galley House: Dwell. "100 Houses We Love." Dwell. Summer Special Issue, 2010. Print

Craven Road Studio: Canadian Architect. "Craven Road Studio." Canadian Architect. May 1, 2010.

Small Fridges Make Good Cities & Vessel Loft: Nuttall-Smith, Chris. "The Urban Farm." Azure Magazine, May 2010. Print

Galley HouseMur + Betong, "Galley House Toronto. 2009" Mur + Betong. Issue #4, 2010: p. 15-17.

Galley House: Friedman, Avi. "Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design." Princeton Architectural Press. 2010: p. 98-103. Print

Craven Road Studio: RAIC. "Architecture Canada 2010: The Governor General." Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. 2010. Print

Galley House: Galindo, Michelle. "Collection: Houses." Braun. 2009: p. 332. Print

Galley HouseBozikovic, Alex. "Narrow Modernist Three-Story Home In Toronto." Dwell. December 1, 2009.

Craven Road Studio: Phaidon Press Editors. "10×10/3." Phaidon Press. June 6, 2009. Print

Galley House: Gregory, Rob. "Urban Infill: Working within the Constraints of As-found Urban Sites." Architectural Review. March 2008: p. 60-63. Print

Galley House: "Toronto Urban Design Awards." Reno & Decor. February/March 2008: p. 56-57. Print

Craven Road Studio: Phaidon Press Editors. "The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture." Phaidon Press. 2008: pp. 619. Print

Galley House: Galindo, Michelle. "1000x: Architecture of the Americas." Braun. 2008: p. 100. Print

Galley House & Small Fridges Make Good CitiesChodikoff, Ian. "Sites & Scenes." Canadian Architect. November 1, 2007.

Galley House: Bentley Mays, John. "The Fine Art of Building on a Tight Site." Globe and Mail. August 3, 2007

Small Fridges Make Good Cities: Donnelly, Erin. "Small Fridges Make Big Impact." Canadian Interiors. July/August 2007: p. 21. Print

Craven Road Studio: Ceferin, Petra. "Craven Road Studio." HISE. April 2007. Print

Weathering Steel: McCann, Paul. "Weathering Steel House." Wallpaper. January, 2007. Print

Massey College Alterations: Smith, Karen. "Library Design." teNeues. 2007: p. 92-95. Print

Galley House: West East. "From Home to Office." West East. Issue #11, 2007. Print

Galley House & Small Fridges Make Good CitiesDubbeldam, Heather., & Sheppard, Lola. "Twenty + Change 01: Emerging Toronto Design Practices." Riverside Architectural Press. 2007

Craven Road Studio: Johnson, Bernadette. "The Wood Design Awards 2006." Canadian Wood Council. 2007: p.16-23.

Weathering Steel: Berton, Monica. "Home: New Directions in World Architecture and Design." Millenium House. 2006: p. 164-167. Print

Bracondale: LeBlanc, Dave. "Where Old Man Winter Meets the Boys of Summer." The Globe and Mail. December 1, 2006. 

Weathering Steel: Weber, Cheryl. "Embedded Architecture." Residential Architect. September 13, 2006: p.62-68.

Galley House: Bentley Mays, John. "Tall Order." Azure. Jul/Aug, 2006: 64-67. Print

Weathering Steel: Heo, Su Eun. "Weathering Steel House." Archiworld. Issue #146 January 2006: p. 98-107. Print

Galley House: Donnelly, Erin. "Couture Kitchens." Canadian Interiors. July, 2005. Print

Weathering Steel: C3. "House II." C3. 2005: p. 198-207. Print

Weathering Steel: Webb, Michael. "Art / Invention / House." Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 2005: p. 182-189. Print

Weathering Steel: Rochon, Lisa. "Up North: Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land." Key Porter Books Limited. Toronto, 2005. Print

Weathering Steel: Barreneche, Raul. "Water Reflects and Illuminates Shim-Sutcliffe Architects’ Weathering Steel House." Architectural Record. July, 2004: p. 178-182.

Weathering Steel: Chodikoff, Ian. "Weathering Steel." Canadian Architect. May 1, 2004: p. 26-29.

Weathering Steel: Phaidon Press Editors. "The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture." Phaidon Press. 2004: p. 647-648. Print

Weathering Steel: RAIC. "Architecture Canada 2004." Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. 2004: p. 102-111. Print

Weathering Steel: Beaver, Robyn. "Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses." The Images Publishing Group. 2003: p. 296-299. Print

Weathering Steel: Browne, Kelvin. "Clandestine Contemporary." Toronto Life. October, 2003: p. 92-101. Print

Weathering Steel: Raymaker, Derek. "Designing homes for a global city." Globe & Mail. February 14, 2003: p. G18. Print

Weathering Steel: Davey, Peter. "AR House: Canadian Weatherman." The Architectural Review. August, 2002: p. 76-79. Print

Weathering Steel: World Architecture. "Steel House." World Architecture. August, 2002: p 68-71. Print

Weathering Steel: Barreneche, Raul. "Metal as Warm as Brandy." The New York Times. May 16, 2002: p. F1 & F10.

Weathering Steel: Carter, Brian. "Steeling Home." Azure. May/June, 2002: p. 92-95. Print

Weathering Steel: Pesce, Gaetano. "Weathering Steel, Steel-Clad House, Toronto, Canada." Praxis. Volume One, 2000: p. 26-43.

Ledbury Park: Frampton, Kenneth. "A Critical Mosaic: Canada and the United States: Ledbury Park, North York, Ontario, Canada 1997." China Architecture & Building Press/Springer – Verlag Wien. 2000: p. 238-239. Print

Weathering Steel: Barreneche, Raul. "Modern House Three." Phaidon Press. 2000: p. 42-49. Print

Ledbury Park: Polo, Marco. "Recreation Centres: Patron of the Parks." Canadian Architect. July 1999: p. 22-27. Print

Ledbury Park: RAIC. "Architecture Canada 1999: The Governor General" Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. 1999. Print

Ledbury Park: I.D. Annual Design Review. "Environments Best of Category." The International Design Magazine. July/August 1998: p. 158-159. Print

Ledbury Park: Ingersoll, Richard. "Tectonic Garden: Shim Sutcliffe Architects Crafts a Sophisticated Urban Park in Toronto." Architecture. July, 1998: p. 86-91. Print

Ledbury Park: Canadian Architect Editors. "Award of Excellence Ledbury Park." Canadian Architect.  December, 1996: p. 20-23 & 36-39. Print

Ledbury Park: Filler Martin. "Husbands & Wives: Shim-Sutcliffe." Architecture. June 1996: p. 124-129. Print

Ledbury Park: Kapusta, Beth. "Recreation Centre 3: Stanley Park Community Centre." Canadian Architect. April, 1996: p. 26-27. Print

Ledbury Park: Kapusta, Beth. "The Politics of Recreation." Canadian Architect. April, 1996: p. 18-19.

Emery Yard Maintenance Building: Clarkson, Owen. "The Governor General’s Awards for Architecture." Architecture Canada. 1994. Print