Greg Knight’s path to real estate development included an undergraduate degree in Geography, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies. During his studies, he built a cottage near Algonquin Park where he quickly discovered a passion for real estate development and decided this would be his future.
In 2003, Greg and his wife purchased a heritage home, relocated it to the Markham Heritage Estates subdivision and renovated it, adhering to strict heritage criteria. Throughout this project Greg was completely hands-on learning about planning approvals, contracting with suppliers and construction. His philosophy ‘you have to build one home, before you can build a hundred’ has served him well and inspired the founding of Knight Developments, a firm that has completed a number of successful communities in Ontario.
With the goal of seeking interesting properties that possess unique social and/or environmental aspects, Knight Developments’ President thrives on the challenges that come with these opportunities. For Greg and his team of development professionals, creating new home communities is much more than a business. Whether it’s an exclusive, high end condominium building or an attainable housing community, Knight Developments is focused on creating unique places and spaces that residents are proud to call home.
The company’s successes include: a cottage community on 270 acres in Haliburton County; Mineral Springs in Huntsville (featuring unique energy efficient building practices); an attainable housing community for seniors near Parry Sound; and Duke Lofts – four distinctive condominium residences in an 1884 public school heritage conversion in Collingwood.
Partners Matt and Brenda Ryan established FAD Group Architects in 2002 in Parry Sound, Ontario. Both are graduates of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Studies and together have over 25 years of combined experience in the field of architecture.
Prior to founding FAD, Architect Brenda Ryan gained experience at Moffet & Duncan Architects in Toronto, where she was the Project Intern Architect on various school projects worth $3.5-$23 million dollars. She managed the design, construction documents, construction and post-construction phases of these projects, which included libraries, cafetoriums, and multi-use spaces designed for community use. Brenda’s Expertise: client consultation; project management; excellent design and construction detailing; sharp attention to detail and thoroughness in project execution; keep complex projects on time and on budget.
Intern Architect Matt Ryan gained experience at Kongats Architects, in Toronto, where he was responsible for design and project management on projects including cultural, residential, commercial and institutional. Matt’s high level of design at this firm helped them earn an Ontario Association of Architects Award. Projects included, Historical Todmorden Mills Museum and Arts Centre, Centennial College Student Centre, Copenhagen Royal Theatre Competition and Centennial College’s Visual Arts Centre. Matt’s Expertise: lead designer; researcher of the latest products and trends on a continuing basis; technical detailing; excellent knowledge of construction processes.