Our Passion is Architecture

Arbaum Architects was built on a solid foundation of experience and passion, driven by the vision of our founder, Andrea Buchsbaum. With a focus on projects intended to improve the lives of their end users, we have completed a number of challenging and rewarding projects in areas such as health care and commercial, among others, each of which has enriched the function for both the client and end users, as well as our own experience.

We specialize in architecture that is functional, elegant, and caring. We were founded with the belief that we could design spaces that would ultimately redefine the experience of the ultimate user into a more soothing atmosphere that fosters and supports comfort, function.

Our Approach

When it comes to customizing a design that will fit each client’s unique needs, criteria, and budget, our approach is simple. We listen.

We are committed to nurturing a team of people with different areas of expertise, from different cultures, offering varied talents and passions. We work in concert with clients and we believe that where their experience in the space and our knowledge as designers meet is where great ideas will emerge.

Our project staff communicates with clients and end users, asking about their relationship with the building, requirements, desires, and suggestions for the space. From there, we integrate the various and sometimes divergent perspectives into design approaches and alternatives. This culminates in a design that optimizes stakeholder concerns and is ultimately a realization of a collective vision.

Our design projects are led by a project principal, allowing for continuity and reliability. We believe that strong client relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.


  • Consultation / Advocacy
  • Building Condition Reports & Analysis
  • LEED Facilitation
  • Pre-Design
  • Space Equation Development
  • Site Analysis
  • Architectural Design and Delivery
  • Site Planning
  • Detailed Design Studies
  • Construction Drawings and Specifications
  • Project Management
  • Interior Design
  • Space Planning
  • Furniture Selection and Specifications

Design Philosophy

Design Philosophy

Our design philosophy is inclusive and client-focused. We seek to understand the end user so that we design spaces that make them feel comfortable and at ease in the environment. Our projects are always driven by the needs and the emotions of the occupants and users of the space. We advocate for the integration of sustainable design where possible, particularly in buildings that require the consumption of large quantities of energy.

Client List

Almonte Hospital
Carleton Place Hospital
Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Champlain Maternity and Newborn Regional Program
Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
The Ottawa Hospital
Queensway Carleton Hospital
Neoteric Development Inc.
Dymech Engineering
SDI Canada