Nolan Natale was born in 1952 and raised in Oak Ridges. He attended KCSS where he was actively involved in all aspects of student life, serving two years as Vice President of Student Council. He went on to study architecture at the University of Waterloo where he graduated with degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture. Nolan served his apprenticeship with the highly recognized architectural firms of Adamson Associates, Adam and Chui Architects and Lett-Smith Architects, achieving his architect’s accreditation working on notable projects such as Battery Park in New York City, the duMaurier Theatre in Toronto’s Harbourfront district, the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Toronto and several commercial and residential developments in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.
Nolan collaborated in 1985 with his good friend and university classmate, Tim Scott, to establish Natale And Scott Architects. As a principal of the firm, Nolan has been responsible for the conception and execution of a broad range of work that includes projects produced for both public and private sector clients. Mr. Natale’s career was launched with his firm’s winning design for the Toronto Waterfront Park, an international design competition sponsored by the City of Toronto in 1985. The park was the subject of great critical acclaim and controversy, distinguishing itself as being among the first locations to convert derelict industrial waterfront land into green environments. Constructed in the late 80’s, the park remains the only spot along Toronto’s extensive waterfront where the public can actually touch the water.
Nolan’s firm has completed over 100 building and planning projects and their work has been widely published and featured in the media nationwide. Some recent notable work includes:
• the Stanley Park Community Recreation Centre - awarded a North York design award;
• the design of a 3D multi player kiosk, the Cyber Explorer, for Immersion Studios which premiered as a feature of the Canada Pavilion at EXPO 2005 in Aichi Japan
• interactive movie cinemas in Melbourne, Australia, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., MOTE Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Fla., Atlantic Technology Centre, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Museum of Science and Space Transit, Miami, Fla.
• the Big Sound Marina and Waterfront, Parry Sound - recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects in its centenary celebration of Canadian Architecture
Written October 2005
Recognizing outstanding KCSS alumni