Over a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Al Cromarty has left his imprint on Kingston and throughout Eastern and Central Ontario with buildings that are as unique as the people he designs them for.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Al began his career as a project manager with John B. Parkin and Associates. He moved to Kingston and joined the firm Drever & Smith and became a partner in 1966. Two years later, he started his own practice. He became a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Institute of Architecture in 2006.
Al’s commitment to understanding his clients and bringing their visions to life through inspired, innovative architecture has earned him the respect and admiration of some of the region’s most demanding clients. And his passionate insistence on ensuring that each building is fresh and remarkable has earned him acclaim from the St. Lawrence Valley Society of Architects, as well as municipal, provincial and federal governments.
A truly versatile architect, Al’s portfolio consists of a vast catalogue of building types, including homes, office buildings, retail spaces and elementary, secondary and post-secondary school facilities. His stylistic range includes everything from the ultra-modern to impeccable restorations that have repeatedly been recognized by heritage preservation organizations.
While the profession is always changing and presenting new challenges, Al still looks forward to contributing daily to his community, the architectural world and his clients. And his projects continue to leave a lasting imprint on the region and the people who live here.
As Principal-in-Charge, Al oversees all elements of each project, beginning with pre-design studies, extending through concept design, scope development, budgeting, production and construction ending when the client’s vision is realized.