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Design Archive photographic collection

  • 2015.005
  • Fonds
  • 1987 - 2003

Design Archive Inc. was the professional company of photographer Robert Burley, who established it in January 1987 and acted as president until January, 2000. Design Archive Inc. specialized in architectural photography: work is project-based, with project locations including commercial centers, businesses, private residences, and public places of note. Interior and exterior architectural structure is the predominant photographic subject, with landscapes and detailed design highlights, furniture, and machinery filling out the collection. In 2003, Burley accepted a full-time teaching position at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and suspended work at Design Archive Inc.

These fonds include photographic materials, including photographic prints, contact sheets, negatives, CDs, and other miscellaneous items that were collected by Design Archive Inc. from 1987 to 2003.

Burley, Robert

Senses Bakery and Restaurant / Pasquales Bros

File contains interior and exterior views of both Senses restaurant (located within the Metropolitan Hotel) and the Pasquales Bros speciality grocery store. Exterior views of Senses feature its exterior window display and modern glass and steel facade, while interior shots feature a woman sitting in front of a table, food displays, and service counters. Exterior views of Pasquales reveal a red brick masonry facade, while interior shots include various food displays and service counters.

Burley, Robert

Telus Mobility

File contains photographs depicting interior views of a Telus Mobility retail store. Shots include various merchandise displays and service counters.

Burley, Robert

CHUM-City Building, Bridge

File contains photographs depicting exterior views of the CHUM-City Building. Shots feature an angular glass and steel bridge connecting two masonry buildings, one of them with a "Bravo!" sign affixed to it. The CN tower is visible in the distance.

Burley, Robert

CHUM Radio

File contains photographs depicting interior and exterior views of Chum Ltd at 1330 Yonge St. Exterior shots feature the facade from various angles, including the the large neon sign which reads "CHUM - DIAL 1050". Interior photos include a meeting room, and circulation space in the form of a hallway.

Burley, Robert


File contains photographs depicting interior shots of the Steelcase office. There is a focus on open areas, with some meeting rooms included.

Burley, Robert

Royal Conservatory of Music

File contains photographs depicting an architectural scale model of the Royal Conservatory of Music. The model includes the massing of adjacent buildings, as well as the relationship to the street and greenery. The portion representing Koerner Hall has its roof removed in some views in order to showcase the interior.

Burley, Robert

Trinity Community Centre

File consists of 23 images of the Trinity Community Centre, located at 155 Crawford Street in Toronto. Views include the exterior of the building at night, the main entryway, and the pool.

Burley, Robert

Adidas store

File consists of 12 images of the interior of an Adidas sporting goods store. Views include displays of running gear, golf clubs, and skis. The space was designed by Sweeney & Co. Architects.

Burley, Robert

Isabel Bader Theatre

File consists of 43 images of the Isabel Bader Theatre on the University of Toronto campus. Views include exterior shots of the theatre, stage and seating, entryway and stairwell, and entrance. Designed by Lett-Smith Architects.

Burley, Robert

Hilton Toronto

File consists of 10 images of the interior of a suite of the Hilton Toronto hotel, located at 145 Richmond Street West. Designed by KPMB Architects. Views include the sitting room, bedroom, and bathroom.

Burley, Robert

Parlour Restaurant

File consists of 10 images of the interior of the Parlour Restaurant, located at 333 King Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Views include dining area, exterior, and patio.

Burley, Robert


File consists of photographs of the exterior of Wycliffe. Included in the file are two paper contact sheets with images of the interior and exterior of Wycliffe.

Burley, Robert

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