ASAI is a small architecture firm established in 2016 by principal Alessia Soppelsa. We undertake both residential and commercial designs and offer a full spectrum of architectural services from interior renovations and additions to new-builds. Although each of our projects is unique and custom, they all share a modern and contemporary aesthetic that is simple, inventive, fresh.
ASAI offers full service design – a one-stop shop, including planning, architecture and design. We can assist clients in obtaining zoning certificates, Site Plan Application approvals or we can attend at Committee of Adjustment hearings. We will apply for building permits and can bring together a complete team of consultants, including surveyors and mechanical, electrical and structural engineers to do so. Of course, we are also happy to work with any consultants that the client may wish to include as part of the team. We provide a set number of renderings with each project. We furthermore offer interior design services for both residential and commercial projects. Simple, inventive, and fresh. This is what drives our designs.
The firm’s Principal, Alessia Soppelsa, studied at the University of Toronto, completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Architecture. Alessia pursued Interior Design in Florence Italy, and upon her return to Toronto, completed her Master of Architecture degree at John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design of the University of Toronto.
Alessia worked as an intern at Kongats Architects, where she participated on numerous projects, including Gallery Lambton (now the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery) and the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
At Giannone Petricone Associates, Alessia continued her internship gaining invaluable experience working on a variety of projects, including the MM Hotel in Rome; the Amaro Lucano headquarters in southern Italy and here in Toronto; the offices for Mark Anthony Brands; Sud Forno Bakery; the Terroni Price Street rooftop patio; East United Condos and a mid-rise residential project at Regent Park. While working at GPA, she took on the role of managing editor for Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City, authored by Pina Petricone.
Alessia is a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. Her first and enduring passion is to turn ideas into Architecture. She believes that through skillful development, concepts can become creative and meaningful spaces.
Alessia’s awards include The Italian National Congress Youth Achievement Award, the U of T AL&D GTAA Award and the Basilicata Society of Canada Scholarship. She was also selected to be part of Luminato’s Milles Femmes.