Leading the design and development industry since 1984.


The company was formed in 1984 and continues to operate successfully over 30 years later. We boast an impressive and diverse portfolio of loyal clientele, many whom have remained with us over the years. We continue to be budget conscious and acutely aware of our clients’ financial needs. Our client base has always been obtained via referrals and networking, a fact that we take immense pride in. Clients are never taken for granted and we have worked hard to build solid relationships with a high level of services and professionalism. This, coupled with our desire to create user-friendly design, is the foundation of the firm.

The basis of the company's success is its team of proven designers, planners and project managers, led by founder Gary L. Smith. At present, the firm consists of 65 full-time employees who work in an open-office studio space in the company owned and designed building located in the heart of Uptown Toronto. All team members have a high-level understanding of the firm's roster of projects, and are able to easily share their skills and expertise with one another.


Whether it is a small cosmetic renovation or a complete redevelopment of your space, our full-service firm can satisfy all of your requirements. We seek to implement the best design solutions in a cost-efficient manner by listening to our clients’ wants and needs, thus providing client-driven designs. By combining leading-edge technology with common sense practices, our mandate is to offer solid and effective designs for our clientele that not only meet, but also surpass, the requirements of the end user. After all, our customers’ objective is to be profitable, and our designs have been proven to increase sales.

Though planning and designing interiors is our specialty, we also offer many other related and highly integral services. To make for one-stop shopping, we provide complete Project Management, including tendering jobs, on-site supervision, and sub-trade coordination. As a result, your job will be professionally overseen and delivered, worry free. Additionally, we offer Architectural, Graphic Design and Engineering services. Given our broad range of expertise, we can provide you with a package that will flow, make an impact, and even inspire.


Since the company’s foundation, G. L. Smith has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading retailers. Currently, we work on over 350 projects a year. Below is a partial list of clients that G. L. Smith is currently working with in design and/or project management:

  • Aldo Group (Canada and International) Footwear
  • Aveda & Aveda Academy Hair Products
  • Bench Women’s and Men’s Apparel
    • Blackwell Footwear
    Boathouse Women’s and Men’s Apparel
  • Cadillac Fairview Property Development
  • Calvin Klein Women's and Men's Apparel Underwear
  • Civello Salon and Spa Services
  • Country Style Quick Service Restaurant
  • Davids Tea Tea and Food Retailer
  • Ecco Footwear
  • Edo Japan Restaurant
  • Esprit Women’s and Men’s Apparel
  • Fit 4 Balance (New Balance Canada) Footwear
  • Fox Group (Nike Canada) Women's and Men's Apparel
  • Fuzz Wax Bar Beauty Services
  • Indigo Lifestyle and Books
  • Kilmer Group Special Projects
  • Kitchen Stuff Plus Houseware and Home Décor
  • Le Château Women's and Men's Apparel, Footwear and Accessories
  • Little Burgundy Footwear and Accessories
  • Mountain Warehouse (Canada and USA) Outdoor Apparel
  • Nine West Footwear
  • On the Run Convenience Stores
  • Oxford Properties Property Development
  • Parkland Pioneer Fuel Corporation Petroleum
  • Party City Party Supplies
  • Remax Corporate Office Design
  • Scotch & Soda Women’s and Men’s Apparel
  • Thomas Sabo Jewelry
  • Thread and Copper Women’s and Men’s Apparel
  • Tim Hortons Quick Service Restaurant
  • Tim Hortons Traditional Quick Service Restaurant
  • Tommy Hilfiger Women's, Men's and Children's Apparel
  • Van Heusen Men's Apparel


Our retail design firm offers modern and personalized retail design solutions. Discover the potential that your retail space has. Contact us today to begin your next retail design project.