About

Leadership & Philosophy

Olivier Kalombo

Architectural Technologist

Olivier is a trained bilingual (French/English) Architectural Technologist with more than 10 years of experience based in Toronto with a portfolio of international projects. Combining passion, inspiration and collaboration, he has formed a technologically advanced virtual architectural practice offering planning, design, construction and development. Technologically savvy, Kalombo engages with developers and owners very early in the process to visualize projects through sophisticated 2-D and BIM 3-D software.

Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kalombo earned his Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology in Architecture from George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus in Toronto, ON, Kalombo is now a Canadian citizen. He has also taken courses in Interior Decoration. He also has deep construction experience in collaboration with major construction companies on excavation, drilling, pile driving, and supervising concrete pouring. He has served as the on-site representative to owners and construction managers overseeing development on site. 

Kalombo has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Africa and has strong connections in Europe. Today, through the network he has developed, he selects global experts for each project as required, transforming initial ideas into structures, buildings and environments.

Okades Design Philosophy

Okades Design Philosophy

Our philosophy at Okades is based on three guiding principles: passion, inspiration and collaboration.

Passion

Passion entails a fiery energy that cannot be extinguished. As a boy, I loved drawing in the sand and building sandcastles. In my teenage years, I began producing abstract art and comic books with caricatures of friends and famous people. At the same time, I fell in love with scientific drafting. I loved using my imagination to project myself into a space on an imaginary plane. Today I find my passion for architecture in the details, selecting just the right materials, angles, finishes. Like the sandcastles, I love being part of the creation of architecture.

Inspiration

Often, I find inspiration in dreams; I keep paper and pen bedside, getting up at any time I have an idea and capturing it in a sketch or drawing. I also find inspiration in nature and which drives my dedication to green designs and environmentally sensitive techniques. Finally, I am greatly influenced by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now regarded as modern architecture. My designs are based on the seven principles of design: Unity, Balance, Hierarchy, Contrast, Emphasis, Scale and Repetition.

Collaboration

I believe that the best designs emerge from collaboration. After more than a decade in the profession, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with many well-known developers, architectural designers, contractors and real estate agents. Okades is a platform I created to collaborate with a global network of experts to create designs that inspire.

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