OCI Architecture is an award-winning firm that delivers a world-class design that is strategically aligned and visually inspiring. Both Aumer Assaf and Sid Assaf (along with a third partner, Todd Ashton) have been working together on various design projects across the city and country for over 15 years. Some of their notable clients include the Italian Centre Shops, Go-Auto Dealerships, Earls Restaurants, Credo Cafe, and Rosso Pizzeria. However, it was their design of the new public entrance for the Phipps-Mckinnon building and Bianco Restaurant that landed them two nominations for the City of Edmonton’s Urban Design Awards.
While Aumer and Sid both grew up in Edmonton, they studied outside of the province and returned when it seemed Edmontonians with big ideas were moving away. Aumer studied architecture at the University of British Columbia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has experience in the design of large scale projects such as recreation centers, schools, commercial towers, residential, retail and hospitality. Sid studied at the University of Alberta, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has worked in the areas of industrial design, sculpture, product, and graphic design. Together the brothers are contributing to the urban design and quality of life in Edmonton.
Aumer and Sid believe that as much as your technical skills are essential, creativity is your asset. They often encourage others to be in love with what they do and to be true to their ideas, as ideas are where new and transformative things happen.