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Ted Shore to step down from role as Principal after more than 30 years in practice

Quadrangle announced today that Ted Shore, who has served as Principal for almost 20 years, will retire as of January 31, 2019. Ted will continue to support Quadrangle as an advisor to projects and ongoing firm operations.

Shore’s pending retirement from the Toronto-based firm was set in motion with a succession plan in which Caroline Robbie and Jeff Hardy will assume responsibility for content media and special projects.

“It’s been over thirty amazing years,” Shore said. “There’s been a lot of gratifying projects, but really the highlights have been collaborating with a talented team, visionary clients, and supporting the growth of a successful architectural practice.” Shore was Quadrangle’s first employee, joining the practice with Founding Principal Brian Curtner in 1986. From the outset he’s played a critical role in shaping the direction of the practice, which included a large role in recruitment, including hiring now Executive Principals Richard Witt and Anna Madeira as students.

Over the course of his career, Shore led several of Quadrangle’s most-recognized projects that represent the firm’s signature melding of adaptive reuse, interior design and content media. The CityTV/MuchMusic building preserved a Toronto landmark while transforming it, introducing retractable glass doors that opened the interior up to the street, so that the entire city and country could engage directly with its iconic cultural programming. Quadrangle was hired to repeat the concept globally in cities across Canada, as well as in Barcelona, Bogota, and São Paulo. The Corus Quay Headquarters was an early example of a “work anywhere” workplace, weaving together open offices, television and radio production studios, and post-production facilities without “sound creep,” and integrating a slide, tiers of open kitchens, and fun furniture to deftly express a fluid melding of office and creative work. Toronto’s Deluxe Media Headquarters transformed two storeys of a former 1990s data centre into a specialized postproduction facility, including a high-end final mix theatre on the building’s roof, demonstrating how an underused office building can be enriched in value and tailored to accommodate even the most unusual and specialised clients. Most recently, Shore has been working on new Maison Radio-Canada media headquarters in Montreal, Quebec (with a consortium led by Broccolini Group), and more facilities for Deluxe in the United States. He said, “I’ve enjoyed combining retrofit and broadcast because of the architectural challenges they bring, their inherent sustainable characteristics, and the unusual creative environments that they generate.”

“We wish Ted all the best in his upcoming retirement,” commented Executive Principal Anna Madeira. “He has been invaluable in shaping Quadrangle, and we look forward to his continued involvement through ongoing mentorship and guidance on projects and special initiatives.”