Toronto-based SGH Design Partners announces strategic advancements

Toronto’s SGH Design Partners is pleased to announce significant business advances to its leadership, market expansion and growth. These changes will position the firm’s continued market leadership and exceptional client service.


Firm leadership is in the hands of partners Monika Sarkisian and John Tanfield, with the recent retirement of Carol Smith and Tom May. Their complementary strengths fuel a singular vision for excellence in design, service and execution. Says Sarkisian, “John and I have a fresh vision that sets the stage for creativity and innovation. We value the relationships and level of trust we have built with our clients over the past 28 years, and will continue to offer exceptional service: the cornerstone to our success.”

Sarkisian joined SGH in 1996, and became a partner in 2009. Her role is to provide oversight and quality control of the studio operation. Her strength is in design and real estate strategy, where she maintains a clear vision of what is relevant to ensure the best solutions are implemented for clients.

Tanfield brings over 20 years experience in the design, construction, and project management sectors of the industry. He is a graduate architect, architectural technologist, and registered interior designer. Tanfield’s role within the studio is to provide technical oversight for all projects, as well as new business development. He brings his experience as vice-president at Jones Lang LaSalle to provide SGH’s clients with expert real estate consulting services.


To better service a growing client base in the East Coast, SGH has recently established an office in Halifax. SGH is now licensed members of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia, and has numerous projects underway for clients such as TD Bank, Bell Aliant, Armour Group, CREIT, Crombie, FCV Technologies, NTT Data, etc.

Says Tanfield, “Our expansion into Nova Scotia resulted from a need by our clients to service their work in Atlantic Canada. Our business model supports the local economy by building an expanding team of local professionals servicing the accounts.”


Jillian Warren joined the firm as design director in April 2015. With over 20 years of corporate design experience, and a portfolio of award-winning work, she will be primarily responsible for design oversight of the studio. With a background in marketing and research Warren supports the project teams with insights and workplace strategy to ensure clients are exposed to the most up to date benchmarks, ideas and innovative thinking. Says Warren, “I’m thrilled to be part of such a dynamic, future-focussed studio. SGH has deserved reputation for creativity, clients can now expect leadership in ideas and inspiration.” Most recently she led the interior-design arm of Perkins+Will’s Ontario offices, and prior to that a senior designer role at IBI Group.


Shown are two recent projects by SGH: Yum! Canada and McCain Foods.


Over the past 28 years, SGH Design Partners has been delivering transformative business environments and unparalleled service. The studio complement of 20 talented designers is ideally sized to respond to projects of all scales and complexities. A hallmark of SGH work is the level of personal attention and involvement of the leadership team in all projects. Clients value the agility of SGH design teams to respond to schedule and budget challenges with fresh and innovative solutions.

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