TSA Guide Maps

TSA Guide Map-unfoldingIn 2003, as the culmination of a two-year project, the TSA produced a guide map to Toronto architecture from 1953 to 2003. The guide map was intended to serve as a catalyst to encourage the exploration of the City of Toronto, and to educate the public about its modern architecture. While a number of these projects are already well known, there are many that are not, and they deservedly await further discovery. The guide map was compiled in the hope that many will be inspired to unearth and explore the rich history of contemporary architecture in the City.

The map is organized chronologically by date of construction, with projects of the Greater Toronto Area on one side and of Downtown Toronto on the other. It lists 96 buildings and public spaces in a high quality, full colour, accordion-fold format. Information about major and minor roads, subway lines, highways, major geographical features, as well as the locations of all of the projects is also included.

The Guide Map retails for $7.95 and can be purchased at the following retailers in Toronto:

SWPE Books on Design
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

The Design Exchange (DX)
234 Bay Street, Toronto

Harbourfront Centre Gift Shop
235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

Outside of Toronto:

Centre for Canadian Architecture
CCA Bookstore
1920, rue Baile, Montreal

If you are a retailer and are interested in carrying the map, please contact Kevin McIntosh, Guide Map Distribution Coordinator, at guidemap@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca

The Guide Map can also be purchased online for the same price plus shipping and handling charges (all maps are sent via Canada Post regular mail). Please contact guidemap@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca for purchases of 6 or more maps for special discounts and bulk shipping rates, or if you wish to ship outside of Canada.


Like most of TSA initiatives, the Guide Map was conceived, researched and produced by a team of dedicated volunteers. We thank them for giving up countless hours of their time and commend them for their efforts.

The 2003 TSA Guide Map Committee was comprised of the following individuals:

  • Heather Dubbeldam
  • Aaron Finbow
  • Phil Goodfellow
  • Joe Lobko
  • Lindsay Reid
  • Scott Sorli
  • Flavio Trevisan

Graphic Design: Flavio Trevisan Studio
Sponsorship and printing: Astley Gilbert Limited

The work of these individuals and companies contributed to an extraordinary product which won a number of awards, including:

  • Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence 2004
  • Ontario Association of Architects Award 2004
  • Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Special Award of Excellence 2005
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Certificate of Merit 2006


The TSA is currently working on a new Guide Map on Open Spaces. Further information on the map will be posted on this page as the project progresses.