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Dina Sarhane

Contract Instructor


Architect // BArch, MArch, OAA

Dina Sarhane is an Egyptian/Canadian Architect with a practical and academic focus on urban design, architecture, and public art. She was educated at Carleton University (B.Arch, 2006) and the University of Toronto (M.Arch, 2012) where she produced an award-winning thesis on urban design strategies, which focus on alternative street design that  adapts to tall density.

She is currently a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto and Carleton University teaching topics relating to Architecture and Urban Design. Dina is the founder of DS Studio where she executes a diverse range of projects in the spheres of architecture, urbanism, and public space. Most recently, Dina co-founded Make Studio, a design-based fabrication studio based in Toronto that focuses on modular fabrication and delivery of custom-made public space, art and furniture using digitally manipulated wood.


MArch – University of Toronto, 2012

BArch – Carleton University, 2006


Urban Design Focus : International Public Space Design and Use

Fabrication : Innovation in Wood Based Digital Fabrication


DS Studio comprises a team of architects, urban designers, interior designers and experience designers, who are dedicated to creating vibrant spaces that enrich and galvanize our communities.  By applying our knowledge of how different cultures and people use space as a container for their daily rituals, we aim to create built environments that uplift the lived experience, one that is shared amongst strangers, neighbors, friends, and family. With community building at the heart of our work, we help private and public investors, from cities, to businesses, to homeowners, create environments that inspire, and endure. 

We offer a full range of comprehensive services for projects of all scales and scopes. 



Notable DS Studio Projects

Lodestar Public Art (Under Construction)
Kelowna, BC 

Wood Gate (Under Construction)
Hamilton, Ontario

Kelowna City Park Children Playground
Kelowna, BC

Westside Developments (Completed in 2020)
Toronto, Ontario

The Bentway Urban Design Guidelines (Completed in 2020)
Toronto, Ontario