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About Circular Studio

Circular Studio is an international graphic design studio with focus in the publishing industry. We help our clients designing and producing elegant books on architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape architecture, art, music, and photography. We celebrate creativity with an unique design spirit.

For over more than 20 years we have teamed-up with publishers, strategists, copywriters, illustrators, photographers and developers, to deliver world-class bespoke communications pieces for our clients worldwide. Output comes in the form of books and publications design, business identity, websites, interactive apps, signage, visual strategies.

About Pablo Mandel

Circular Studio is directed by Pablo Mandel, a maker of images in print and pixels. His fine graphic design and art direction work has travelled the world: he has worked with diverse firms, ranging from renown architecture studios, universities, publishers, musicians, and artists in Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, Italy, Germany, England, Spain, Chile, and Argentina.

For the record: Born in Argentina in 1970, Pablo graduated from Buenos Aires University in 1995 with a degree in Graphic Design, and is a Professional Member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (www.gdc.net). His book designs have been published worldwide and won several awards, including the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ National Merit Award 2011 for Grounded, and for Moving Landscapes (2016); and the Bookbuilders West’s Certificate of Excellence (Image-driven trade books, 2009, 2010, 2011). His book design for the YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes project was honoured with the Canadian Society and Landscape Architecture 2016 Award of Excellence, Research and Communication category.

Last but not least: Pablo is an artist, a musician, a husband and a father.

What our friends say

Pablo was the designer for our book Stantec’s Airports. It was a significant undertaking, and he was creative, responsive and collaborative throughout the entire project. The result is an exceptional publication that is graphically compelling, and I would have no hesitation in recommending him for a similar assignment.

Stanis Smith
Executive Vice President
Stantec

 

Pablo is our go to graphic designer for deep creative concept projects. He is a tireless perfectionist and knows his craft intimately. The recent work has has done on projects with Peter Bohlin at BCJ and Jim Cutler of Cutler Anderson is stunning and exemplary. World class artist with exceptional visionary talent. We continue to work with him creating the best of the best.

Gordon Goff,
Managing Director and Publisher, ORO editions

 

We have been working with Pablo on a couple of book design projects. I recommend his work very highly. We are very pleased with the process and the results.

Darryl Condon,
Managing Partner, HCMA Architecture + Design

 

We’ve worked with Pablo Mandel for several years on various book projects and most recently on Bohlin Cywinski Jackson The Nature of Circumstance, published by Rizzoli in May 2010. Pablo is a terrific and energetic designer who brings extraordinary graphic design skills to the entire process. He developed a structure for the book that accommodates a variety of architectural material, from evocative conceptual sketches to photography and essays, visually linking them in an intuitive yet thoughtful way. Pablo has a thorough and grounded understanding of architecture and presents drawings and images in a graphic style that supports the conceptual ideas and tectonic aspects of the project. On a personal level, he has an extremely collaborative nature and is a pleasure to work with.

Ray Calabro AIA, Principal
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

 

I had the pleasure to work with Pablo Mandel on the design of our book Searching For True. I found Pablo to be talented, focus and extremely proficient in the execution of his craft. If we ever assemble another book, Pablo would be the first person that I would call to aide in it’s design.

James L Cutler, FAIA
Cutler Anderson Architects

 

I’ve worked with Pablo on projects that were big (a website for graduating students, which required a full design concept) and not so big (an interactive map that had to use design cues from an existing print publication). In both cases, he did a fantastic job. He’s able to take vague (and occasionally contradictory) requests and return with design concepts and mockups that make the entire team happy. At the end of the project, he also provides us with files that are easy for us to maintain, leading to a seamless transition. Pablo is flexible and easy to work with, and I hope to collaborate with him in future.

James Kim
Director, Communications at University of British Columbia

 

Working with Pablo and ORO Editions has been a fabulous experience! Pablo’s ability to listen to what we wanted and needed and then quickly turn those ideas into reality was amazing. He helped to push the envelope of our book design, and bring to fruition a stunning piece of work. I could not ask for a better team, in Pablo and ORO, to work with and already look forward to the next opportunity to do it again!

Treasure Lathan
Graphics Director, Duda + Paine Architects

 

Pablo is a great guy. His amazing design chops only topped by his always positive, easy-going attitude. His expertise in coffee table book design, printing and publishing is superb. He is a very experienced, detail-oriented and talented designer with a true love and passion for books. If you have a book project you will do well to contact Pablo and, while you are at it, ask him about music. Classic, jazz, experimental, any genre. He is also a talented musician and if you work with him you will see how his impeccable sense of rhythm and tone inform his beautiful book design work. I would never hesitate to recommend Pablo.

Javier Puig, Creative Director
Persona

Pablo Mandel was the designer for our beautiful book Body Heat. I can testify to his professionalism, patience, flexiblity and creativity. To be sure, this will be the first of many projects together, as we are already starting on new one and I am excited to see where he takes us.”

Gregory Henriquez, MAIBC, FRAIC, AIA, RCA
Managing Partner, Henriquez Partners Architects

 

Pablo was the graphic designer for our book, Grounded: The Work of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg published by Blue Imprint in 2010. Extremely thoughtful, creative and collaborative, Pablo has an expansive approach to design which is reflected in the way he amalgamates landscape and graphic concepts into a book experience that is richly layered, yet clean and precise. He is tireless in his drive for perfection and his attention to detail is extraordinary. On top of all this he is fun to work with! We look forward to more collaborations in the future.

Kelty McKinnon CSLA
Senior Landscape Architect and Editor, PFS Studio

 

Pablo designed my book Louis Kahn | House of the Nation (ORO 2014). His attention to detail, genuine & creative vision, patience and very professional yet easy going style made this book become alive. He clearly loves and knows what he’s doing and the result shows.

Grischa Rüschendorf
Architectural & Interior Photography

 

Pablo worked with us identifying, structuring and designing our corporate identity. He is an extremely professional designer who creates beautiful work. He has helped to give us the much needed company branding necessary to help us move into a new era of growth and development. More recently, he also played a key role in our website development, heading up the design component. His ease of design and ability to transfer our ideas into the professional visuals that we need, make him an incredible asset to have as part of our team. We have enjoyed working with him and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

Carlo DiStefano,
Principal, DiStefano Architecture

 

CircularStudio has been responsible for the graphic design and redesign of all seven TVS websites dating back to 2003. From ecommerce websites to identity development and magazine ads, Pablo’s quality and professional looking design work sets us apart from our competitors, the professional look and feel of the websites has contributed to the success of our business. The amount of new client sign ups each month is a testament in large part to Pablo’s attention to detail and his ability to be create a product which is appealing to the viewer. Our association with Pablo Mandel will continue as his design capabilities is what sets him apart from everyone else in the industry and makes us better.

Marv Steier, President
TVS Group of Companies

 

I would highly recommend Pablo Mandel for his graphic work. My experience as an author of a beautiful book designed by Pablo is that he works in a collaborative method where he brings his many talents to bear on a project. He is responsive to suggestions from the team, meets his deadlines, is careful to meet budgets and best of all, constantly comes up with beautiful and functional design.

Kalvin Platt, former CEO
SWA Group

 

Pablo designed my firm’s new logotyope, branding and website. He has a great eye for elegant design. He was a pleasure to work with and always strove for the highest graphic design standards. I would not hesitate to recommend him to other clients, and look forward to working with him again in future.

Lance Berelowitz AA DIPL MCIP
Principal, Urban Forum Associates

We have worked with

Cesar Pelli / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

3XN

University of British Columbia

UBC SALA

HCMA Architecture + Design

University of Montreal

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Cutler Anderson Architects

Blasen Landscape Architects

Margaret McCurry

Prescott Muir Architects

SWA Group

Ward + Blake Architects

Duda / Paine Architects

Sorg Architects

de Reus Architects

Nic Lehoux Photography

PFS Studio

Henriquez Partners Architects

Chris Dikeakos Architects

DiStefano Jaud Architecture

University of British Columbia

Peter Gluck and Partners

Landry Design Group

Ong&Ong

Stantec

Peter Busby / Perkins + Will

Lyle Sopel

ORO editions

Simply Read Books

BlueImprint

Rizzoli

Images Publishing

Zum

California Guitar Trio

The Hellboys

Kabusacki

Trevor Boddy