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Namaa Blonder


Smart Density

Co-founded her own firm

2023 RBC Woman of Influence

Naama Blonder is determined to do housing differently.

So she co-founded Smart Density, an architecture firm that, with partners, plans, designs and develops high-density multi-residential housing projects and other properties that seek to make the best use of spaces in tight places within urban cores.

As she wrote in the Toronto Star, Blonder believe that the Canadian dream of a life in the suburbs is all wrong. In her view, cities create the critical mass that drives economic development, creativity and community.

She is a strong advocate for the development of missing middle housing, a concept that emphasizes a range of multi-family housing types, including rental apartments, rather than traditional suburban neighbourhoods.

Blonder’s efforts have earned her a 2023 RBC Women of Influence Award. Smart Density earned the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Best Emerging Practice Award in 2022.

In addition to operating her company, Blonder sits on the board of non-profit housing provider Kehilla and served on the OAA’s housing affordability task force.


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Namaa Blonder

About Monte Stewart

Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s. In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star. Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.