Taymoore Balbaa received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and won the 2004 RAIC Medal for his thesis. In 2005, he received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, working and conducting research in Spain, West Africa, Greece, and Egypt. In April 2011 he received the inaugural Young Architect Award, granted by the RAIC. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Waterloo, and also studied architecture at Universitá Gabrielle D’Annunzio in Pescara, Italy.
A licensed architect in Canada (OAA) and in the European Union with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), in 2010 he became a founding partner of Atelier3AM, a multi-disciplinary firm based in Toronto and Hong Kong. With this practice, and as principal of Taymoore Balbaa Architect (since 2006), he is developing a body of work that includes libraries, housing, temporary structures, cultural centres, and projects of urban revitalization. Prior to this he worked in the offices of Menis Arquitectos (Tenerife, Spain), KPMB Architects (Toronto, ON), Massimiliano Fuksas (Rome, Italy), HLW International (New York, NY) and, in 1998, assisted on the Parthenon Restoration Project (Athens, Greece).
At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, Taymoore has taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto), and at Ryerson University’s Dept. of Architectural Science, and has lectured at universities in Berlin, Toronto, Napoli, Tunis, Istanbul, Halifax, Sardegna, and Ottawa. In 2012 he was appointed Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design.