At Rockside Campbell Design, our strong beliefs in site specific design and listening closely to our client’s objectives create what we like to refer to as responsive architecture. This is reflected in our diverse portfolio which includes highly customized modern residences, extensive renovation and addition work, numerous historic timber-frame barn conversions, and occasional commercial work. Projects typically feature Rockside designed cabinetry and lighting, and often our custom furniture and accessory pieces. Recognized by contractors for thoroughness and a high degree of detail, our work is characterized by a strong technical and environmental ethos. The studio’s projects have been featured in Dwell, Azure’s DesignLines, The Globe and Mail, and Sweden’s Nya Rum, among others.


Rockside Campbell’s predilection for modern spatial design and detailing is flavoured by our appreciation of ‘old crappy wood’, rusted steel, weathered historic artifacts, and our longstanding interest in vernacular architecture and local history. Rockside’s studio and workshop are located in a reconstructed and modified timber-frame barn, and a number of our projects feature the adaptive and creative reuse of these structures. Our ‘for fun’ projects usually feature inventive recycling, such as our chicken tractor made from discarded skateboard ramp cutoffs and bicycle parts. Our portfolio’s varied scale, scope, and style of work underscores the value we place on addressing different site conditions and recognizing each clients’ unique criteria. With each project, there is a story.


Having clients and builders working closely with us is a key component of Rockside Campbell’s collaborative and integrated design process. We think the experience of design and building should be fun and exciting, and we have been fortunate to develop many great friendships with both our clients and builders. Referrals by previous clients and contractors are responsible for the majority of new projects that come into the studio.


Jim Campbell created Rockside Campbell Design in 1998 after 15 years of being immersed in both the academic and physical aspects of building design and construction. Jim’s Master of Architecture degree focused on architecture shaped by its regional context. His graduate work, which included studies in Kathmandu and a school year in Finland through a Government of Finland International Scholarship, was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Student Gold Medal.


Our studio is located in Rockside, a beautiful area within the Niagara Escarpment above Duntroon, Ontario, 1 ½ hours north of Toronto, where the Campbells settled in the early 1800’s.


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