About Us

Ellman Design Studio benefits from the diverse background of it’s people.

Our combination of skills and experience, together with a clear understanding of the corporate environment, has enabled us to produce successful design solutions for a wide range of businesses and institutions.

Our collective skills and dedication enable us to give our clients the care and attention they deserve. The resulting base of referrals and repeat clients has contributed to the long term success of the business.

We are a small group of dedicated experts – we only do the work we can manage and we do it very, very well.

  • Principal | Interior Designer

    Magda Robak

    In 2000, Magda graduated from Humber College’s Interior Design program and went straight to work with Irving at Ellman Design. Stemming from a Visual and Fine Arts background, she quickly established herself as a creative, conceptual designer, as well as being technically proficient. She has taken the lead creative role in developing design solutions for many projects in the corporate, hospitality and institutional sectors, and has played the role of Project and Facility Manager on some major accounts. After nearly 15 years operating as Irving’s right hand, the torch was passed along and Magda became principal. She immediately set out to build upon the solid, time-honoured foundation of Ellman Design, reinventing the brand, the office and the approach to client services. She has been responsible for on-going tenant planning and design for Bentall Kennedy and Medallion Corporation, and design/implementation for projects with Desjardins, Kagan Shastri LLP and York University.
    Magda is NCIDQ Certified, as wells as a registered member of ARIDO and IDC. She is fully committed to sustainable design and is a LEED AP.

  • Sr. Design Consultant | Founder

    Irving Ellman

    Irving Ellman graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design. After a few years of developing his craft, Irving founded Ellman Design Inc. in 1985 and has since enjoyed long term working relationships with clients who entrust him to direct their design projects in a manner that not only meets, but exceeds their goals. In addition to his extensive design background, he has expertise in integrating budgeting, production and implementation. Now, with over 30 years of diverse experience with corporate and public-sector projects, he has perfected the ability to bring together the needs of the client with project time and budget requirements to generate appropriate design solutions. In 2014, Irving passed his legacy to his protégé, Magda, although he still remains an active team member as a Senior Design Consultant.
    Irving Ellman is a fellow member of ARIDO, where he has served on the Board of Management as Treasurer, Vice President and President.

  • Architectual Designer

    James Waterfall

    James graduated from Ryerson’s Interior Design programme in 1999 and is currently working towards his architectural license via the RAIC Syllabus. He has worked as a designer in a variety of fields ranging from automotive to computer systems. In 2002 he recognised his passion for architecture wasn’t going away and left Honda Canada to pursue studies via the RAIC and work in the field. Now with more than 12 years work experience (residential, transit stations, auto dealerships, corporate offices and community housing) at two architectural practises he’s joined Ellman Design Studio. Over the past year he has developed a bespoke professional services menu and designed three residences including two landscape packages. Primary areas of interest: post-modernism and it’s many treatise, history geography, art and urban & rural conditions.

  • Intern Interior Designer

    Zuzana Kovacova

    Zuzana graduated with honours from the Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, with a Bachelor of Interior Design. While in school, she spent a year gaining some industry insight working as a showroom consultant for Centura Tile before leaving to expand her expertise in Drawing Management for the petro-chemical engineering firm, Teng & Associates, prior to graduation. Combining her newly acquired technical knowledge with her abundance of creativity, Zuzana joined Ellman Design in 2012 as an Intern Interior Designer and has not looked back. Today, she continues to strengthen her skill set through feasibility studies, construction drawings and is the in-house liaison for all finishes and materials.

  • Interior | Web | Graphic Designer

    Mark A. Woodman

    Mark began his creative journey in Graphic Design, back before the age of computers. It was there he learned the essential design principals that would lay the foundation for his career ahead. He then attended St. Clair College where he studied both Architectural Technology and Interior Design concurrently, while pursuing his AutoCAD Certificate. He ultimately graduated with Interior Design – the perfect marriage between the architecture and graphic design. After graduation, he moved westward to Vancouver where he worked as a Project Assistant for A&W Food Services of Canada, Inc., first meeting James Waterfall and on his return to Ontario in 2004, Mark did his first tour with Ellman Design as in Interior Designer. In 2009, he returned to school again to explore a Web Design post-graduate at Sheridan Collage. After graduation, he received multiple awards for his designs, and worked as a freelance artist and later as an Intermediate Web Designer for the publisher of Oxygen and Musclemag magazines. In 2014 – Mark came to work for Ellman Design Studio again, this time under the direction of his former classmate and long-time friend, Magda Robak.

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