IDEA Inc. is committed to thoughtful and rigorous design and building planning. Through each project, the firm articulates a compelling and appropriate response to context, with an emphasis on the integration of indigenous and natural materials. In a collaborate process, openness to new ideas and creative interpretation are encouraged. The process of design and construction should encompass all disciplines and components of a project and we ensure that the client is continually involved through our integrated process.

Company Background

Our firm was originally established in the early 1950s as an architectural practice and has evolved to include multi-disciplinary services including mechanical and electrical engineering, master planning, interior design and project management. You may have known us by many names over the last seven decades (most recently EPOH Inc.) but IDEA Inc. completes our transformation and truly reflects our culture. Our firm comprises of a deep pool of highly talented women and men who together form dynamic integrated design teams. We value diversity and work together to ensure every design solution balances vision and pragmatism, environmentally responsible design, and architectural and engineering excellence.


IDEA Inc. has received recognition for our contribution to design excellence over the past number of years. The following is a representative example of a number of our achievements:

  • Ontario Woodworks – Northern Ontario Excellence Award – Batchewana First Nation Health Centre
  • Canadian Green Building Council – LEED Gold – Algoma Public Health Facility
  • Laboratory of the Year – Lake Superior State University – Crawford Hall of Science
  • Design Competition Winner – Sponsored by the World Bank – Malaysia Health Development Project
  • ARDIO Award of Design Excellence – Dr. Floreani Offices
  • Canadian Tile – Marble and Terrazzo Institute Award – John Rhodes Community Centre Pool
  • American Woodwork Institute Award – Lake Superior State University
  • Ontario Global Trader Regional Leadership Award – Leadership in the Scientific Design Fields
  • Northern Ontario Business – Company of the Year