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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Performance
  • Culture & Community
  • Green
  • Health & Wellness
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Leadership & Business Improvement  


Wednesday, November 7 • 8:00am–9:00am • EB $40/REG $50 • Palomino D/E

W01 – Opening Plenary: Calgary 2.0: The Evolution of Our City

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology, Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Calgary – it’s one hell of a town. An economic downturn combined with a surge in economic diversification and outside of the box thinking, has created the spirit of an underdog in Calgary. With a renewed sense of optimism, and a myriad of achievements under their belt, the city is poised to take on the next generation of the world economy.

In this morning plenary, General Manager of Urban Strategy at the City of Calgary, Rollin Stanley, will address how this next generation economy is being considered in the planning of our city. Recognizing the migration, demographic, and cultural shifts the city is experiencing, Rollin will expand on how these trends are changing the composition of the city.

Urban centers around North America have shifted focus to deal with technological change. Rollin will explore these technological changes in context of how it’s impacting the way we design and build and how the physical design of older cities matches up with the future.

Rollin Stanley

Rollin Stanley, General Manager, Urban Strategy, City of Calgary

Rollin Stanley has worked in four major metropolitan areas in North America, in urban, suburban and rural environments as well as distressed and booming urban areas. Since 2012 he has led both the Planning, Development and Assessment Department and now the Urban Strategy Department for The City of Calgary, where he is looking at major real estate plays and strategic building opportunities in the city. Prior to coming to Calgary in 2012, he led planning departments in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and the City of St. Louis and worked as an urban planner in Toronto.


Wednesday, November 7 • 10:45am–11:45am • EB $40/REG $50 • Palomino A/B

W08 – CONSTRUCTION KEYNOTE: An In-Conversation with 3 Leading Business Minds – How to Strengthen Your Company in a Shifting Economy

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

This keynote gathers 3 leading business minds that have been recognized for growing their companies in times of economic uncertainty. Was it just luck? Good timing? Or is there a more in depth approach to business resilience? As leaders in the construction industry, these are all things we must examine if we want to improve our resilience in a shifting economy.

These panelists will share their stories, painting a narrative of what business success looked like for them in an increasingly complex market. They’ll provide insight into the key leadership and organizational traits their company utilized to sharpen their competitive edge. Summarizing on key learnings, speakers will provide the “golden nuggets” of business success that were monumental to thriving in challenging economic times.

Applying these learnings in a future forward context, the panelists will discuss the societal shifts and economic influencers that they are following closely in-order-to plan for continued business resilience.

Bill Black

Alina Martin

Lara Murphy

Bill Black, President, Calgary Construction Association

Alina Martin, Managing Director, Yardstick; COO, Danatech
Lara Murphy, Founder, Ryan Murphy Construction Inc.

Bill is the President & Founder of Mindnetworkx Inc. and is no stranger to the challenges of the industry.

As President and CEO of Brxton Construction LP he led a strategic reorganization of the business to support an orderly wind down on behalf of the owners.

Prior to this Bill was EVP of Commercial at Skyline Building Envelope and part of the leadership team that was instrumental in facilitating a turnaround and sale of the business in 2015.

A highly adaptable individual, as evidenced by his varied career, Bill always brings a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities that he is involved with.

Beginning in Scotland as a Quantity Surveyor Bill moved to Canada in 1991. After working with Helyar and Associates and then as an estimator with Skyline Roofing he joined Smed in 1999 just prior to their acquisition by Haworth. Over the next years Bill’s role grew and his during his travels across North America working on projects and business development activities with numerous blue chip companies, industry influencers and stakeholders.

In Nov 2012 Bill returned to Skyline as Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications before joining the senior leadership team as Executive Vice President of Commercial.

Frequent keynote speaker at many industry events, a constant champion of change and an outspoken advocate for a better construction industry.

Co-founder of Mindnetworkx Inc. where he applies his varied background, talents and experience in a variety of services to organizations.

Founding member of the Mindshift consortium and co-authored “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution”. Mindshift won the Corenet Global Innovators Award in 2009.

Calgary Construction Association Person of the Year Award for 2014 in recognition of his industry work and incoming chair of the CCA for 2018.

Alina Martin embraced her entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. With a definite knack for growing and scaling businesses, over the past 13 years, she has grown Danatec Educational Services, a small family-owned business based in Calgary, Alberta, into a powerhouse safety training company.

Her visionary leadership has turned Danatec into the industry leader for Occupational Health and Safety Training and Consulting. Moreover, she strives through her work to ensure all Canadians come home safely to their families after a day on the job site.

She is a consummate champion of both fellow female entrepreneurs and women in Women in Occupational Health and Safety. Her fearless pursuit of excellence in business was recognized by Chatelaine and Profit Magazine as one of Canada's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs. Over the past several years has spent time contributing to her community by sitting on the Board of Directors for Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), was the Calgary Chair for The Women in Leadership Foundation and recently, she has gone on to join the Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society (WOHSS).

When she's not working or mentoring fellow women in business, Alina enjoys cooking with her family, travelling to far-off places, and reading!

Lara Murphy started her first construction business in New Brunswick at 16, advertising by handing out flyers door to door. This business, Handy Student Maintenance started with small jobs and Lara was proud she could fit two lawn mowers in the trunk of her car! From building decks to working on yachts today she is the Co- Founder of Ryan Murphy Construction; and no, Ryan Murphy is not a man, In fact its Calgary’s only Commercial Construction firmed owned by two women. In 2008, Lara co-founded Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. with business partner, Karen Ryan, after meeting on a construction site in Banff with the motive to create a more approachable, transparent and educational construction firm within their industry.

Working with Brands like the Sheraton, UNDRCARD, Telus Spark, Junction 9, Village Ice Cream, TWT, Gravity Café and The Vin Room they been recognized and featured by PROFIT 500, Canadian Business, Alberta Venture and MacLean’s Magazine among Canada’s note-worthy organizations to look out for.

Ryan Murphy is proud to partner with in several community initiatives including Fast & Female, Accessible Housing, Scotia Bank Charity Marathon, YWCA and Beaker Head to name a few.

Lara currently functions as the Director of Business Development for Ryan Murphy Construction Inc., serves on two additional boards and several advisory committees.


Wednesday, November 7 • 12:00pm–1:30pm • EB $50/REG $60 • Palomino D/E

W12 – BUILDEX Meeting of the Minds Lunch: Emotional Intelligence – Laying the Foundation for Culture, Community and Prosperity in Industry

[Culture & Community, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 AAA Structured LHs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

The building industry is complex. It represents numerous different professions and services the diverse needs of our community. Although there’s engagement within practice areas, there’s speculation that a divide between key segments has resulted in a lack of culture and community amongst industry. Some say this has led to a muted approach when it comes to tackling the issues we face as a collective, inhibiting market progression.

Getting to the crux of this dilemma Culture Expert and Industry Advocate, Shane Wallace, will highlight the critical role that culture plays in achieving prosperity as an industry. Expanding on how to create culture and community at an industry level, Shane will narrow in on Emotional Intelligence, exploring its use as a highly practical and easy to implement tool that has significant contributions to furthering the engagement and culture of any organization, practice area or industry.

Shane Wallace

Shane Wallace, Chief Engagement Officer, CultureSmith Inc.

Shane Wallace is the founder & CEO of CultureSmith Inc., an innovative and disruptive Employee Engagement firm based in Calgary, Alberta.

A 17 year veteran of the Professional Recruitment industry, Shane launched his first firm in 2005 after spending 6 years as a Director of a multi-national Fortune 100 Recruitment Firm.

As the leader of a rapidly growing enterprise, tackling employee engagement was a daily challenge. In setting his mind to solving this issue for himself, Shane soon realized that he had created a highly impactful model that was delivering amazing results. After “lending” the methodology to a number of his key recruitment clients, the demand for this service built almost overnight and CultureSmith Inc. was born.

Shane now spends his time tackling the engagement issue on behalf of others. Teaching the four core concepts of Alignment, Assessment, Attraction and Activation, he helps companies leverage all about them that is unique, creating solutions that allow them to find prosperity in even the most challenging market conditions.

Wednesday, November 7 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • EB $40/REG $50 • Palomino A/B

W20 – Driving Social Change in Business and Design

[Culture & Community, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 HSW-Barrier Free Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Ten years ago, social innovation and social enterprise were foreign concepts. Why would a business care about anything other than making money? Now, the pendulum has swung the other way. As socially innovative products and companies began to crop up, corporations started to wake up to a new reality. Today’s consumers are not only demanding that companies do good, they are using their dollars to prove that corporate social responsibility and social innovation can fuel massive growth.

In this talk, Luke Anderson explains the rise of StopGap, the social innovation project he founded that has changed the conversation around accessibility and inclusivity in Toronto. Luke will introduce your audience to the concept of social enterprise and how it has the capacity to unite business and social change. He will share the moving story of the accident that inspired StopGap, and how great ideas often come from a place of need. And, he will reveal how and why businesses must embrace the mindset of social innovation to succeed.

Success can be found on a spreadsheet, says Luke. But it can also be found in your community. When businesses take on the challenges facing the people around them, real change can—and will—happen.

Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson, Founder, StopGap Foundation, Engineer and Social Innovator

After Luke Anderson sustained a spinal cord injury while mountain biking, the active and adventurous world he once inhabited was no longer accessible to him—and neither were many places and events in his city. An engineer by trade, he began to develop brightly-coloured ramps businesses could install at little to no cost. The Ramp Project and StopGap Foundation were born—and they began to change the conversation around accessibility and inclusivity in our cities. Luke’s inspiring talks on social innovation, cities, design, and entrepreneurship are highly sought-after for their poignance, their timeliness, and their ability to get audiences up on their feet, ready to make a change.

Luke Anderson is the founder of the StopGap Foundation. The organization’s volunteer-run Community Ramp Projects open up previously inaccessible spaces and build awareness about how we don’t need to look far for examples of barriers to access—they are often right at our doorsteps.

A civil engineer and outdoor enthusiast, Luke sustained a spinal cord injury in 2002 while mountain biking in British Columbia. When he returned to work in Toronto, his frustration with the built environment came to a boil after encountering one too many inaccessible storefronts. StopGap is building brightly-coloured single-step ramps to not only increase accessibility, but also to start a conversation about the importance of an inclusive society. The project has had early success in Toronto, and is building grassroots support in communities from coast to coast. An amazing thing happens when these ramps show up in a neighbourhood; people don’t just notice who has a ramp, they notice who doesn’t have a ramp. As soon as they ask why, they stop contributing to the problem and become part of the solution.

Luke regularly speaks about accessibility in the media and on behalf of the Rick Hansen Foundation. StopGap has been featured in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CityTV, Global News, CBC, CTV’s Canada AM and many other outlets across the country.


Thursday, November 8 • 8:00am–9:30am • EB $50/REG $60 • Palomino D/E

T01 – Green Leaders Breakfast: Carbon Based Lifeforms Creating Zero Carbon Buildings

[Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH ]

BUILDEX Calgary and CaGBC Alberta are pleased to announce the launch of the first inaugural Green Leaders Breakfast. The Green Leaders Breakfast is a provincial event that recognizes the importance of Green Building Professionals in the advancement of the built environment.

This breakfast features Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Corey Freed, a renowned keynote speaker and thought leader in Deep Green Buildings. Learn from the best, while networking with like-minded enthusiasts and industry activists.

Carbon Based Lifeforms Creating Zero Carbon Buildings

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.

The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.

Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways.

During this energetic and entertaining session, attendees will be engaged in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings. Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.

Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may be!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models, and how to apply them to your upcoming projects;
  • Understand the key financial barriers facing these projects, and how to find creative ways to communicate these opportunities to the owners;
  • Discover how advances in automation, energy storage, biophilia and climate planning will change how building owners set requirements for their projects;
  • Learn about innovative strategies being used on current projects to design and build low carbon communities;
  • Understand and gain experience in co-creating holistic solutions through a collaborative and inclusive process to address systemic barriers to innovation in net zero building

Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield; Architect, Speaker, Author & Thought Leader in Deep Green Buildings 

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, 11-time author, global speaker and notorious comedian. He has lectured in all 50 states and in 7 countries. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, a large Building Science firm that helps thousands of teams achieve high-performing buildings, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back. He was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 25 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses. 

Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Previously, he was Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard.

Eric has served on the boards & advisory boards of dozens of companies and non-profits throughout his career focused on helping them get "unstuck" through strategy, planning, and implementation for next stage planning. His real skill lies in helping these organizations connect the dots and uncover new opportunities to raise funding, generate revenue, attract customers and streamline operations. He does this through the lens of sustainability: return on investment, lifecycle costing, carbon accounting, social equity, and supply chain optimization.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25 and the following year, Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry. He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.


Thursday, November 8 • 9:30am–10:30am • EB $40/REG $50 • Palomino A/B

T13 – Interior Design Keynote: An In-Conversation on the Future of the Profession with Local Design Leaders

[Culture & Community, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

As qualified design professionals, we are key contributors to sustainable, healthy, and economically viable spaces. Our scope of work spans construction and project management, design conceptualization, sustainability, health & wellness, and product and material selection. On top of this, we’ve taken on the complex role of “corporate strategist” consulting on productivity, culture, branding and more. As the demands of the market change and industry continues to evolve, we must ask ourselves how do we define our position in the building industry and advocate for a scope of work that enables us to best service our clients?

Addressing this and other key questions currently impacting the state of the interior design profession, this group of esteemed panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that we as Interior Designers face. Examining the state of the industry in context of the local, national and international landscape, panelists will expand on the shifting market demands impacting the building industry, narrowing down on the direct impacts being realized within the design vertical, expanding on what we can do as design practitioners to solidify our positioning within the market. Shifting focus to design itself, panelists will also highlight key societal influencers and movements inspiring key trends within the built environment.

Panelists will conclude with predictions on where the industry is headed and what the future of our profession looks like.

Tony Brenders

Jacqui McFarland

Kerri Peyton

Dedre Toker

Jerilyn Wright

Tony Brenders, CEO, Interior Designers of Canada

Jacqui McFarland, Senior Associate, Stantec Architecture
Kerri Peyton, Principal, Peyton Licensed Interior Design; Incoming Chair, Interior Designers of Alberta
Dedre Toker, Partner, Lemay & Toker
Jerilyn Wright, President, Jerilyn Wright & Associates

Tony Brenders is the Chief Executive Officer of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), the national advocacy body promoting Interior Design within Canada and across the globe. As a senior executive, he brings more than 25 years of experience.

With Tony at the helm since 2016, IDC have streamlined their Board structure, strengthened their financial footing, launched their inaugural National Symposium (an annual event), and led a joint Impact Summit, with their American counterparts.

Prior to joining IDC, Tony was responsible for setting up and running the largest regulatory body in North America - The Ontario College of Trades, with more than 300,000 members (journeypersons, apprentices and employers).

He has significant experience in organizational set-up, structural transformation, change management, government & stakeholder relations and strategic communications.

Tony’s formal post-secondary training was in land use planning, and more recently in corporate governance and public executive leadership.

Jacqui McFarland admits to having hand-drafted glass block details.

A seasoned designer on the Calgary scene, Jacqui McFarland has ‘seen it all’ in terms of design trends and the way our economic, social, and political climate has shaped the way we design. An award-winning designer with more than three decades of experience, Jacqui’s career has spanned a number of realms, including commercial design, academia, visual communication design, business owner, and now Senior Interior Design Associate with Stantec Architecture.

Jacqui received a Faculty of Distinction award from Mount Royal University where she served as Department Chair of the Interior Design program, as well as two Presidential Citations from the Interior Design Educators Council. She presently serves on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation Standards Committee, and a Board Member for Calgary Reads, which is dedicated to helping children read with confidence and joy.

Jerilyn is an interior designer, an artist and a philanthropist with a strong passion and commitment to redefining the built environment. She is all about elevating the energy and vibration of space. Jerilyn reflects a company’s culture and brand in their interiors enabling their space to become their business card allowing them to “walk their talk”.

Jerilyn Wright & Associates Interior Design Consultants has recently created distinctive interiors for PetroChina Canada, Scotiabank, Petronas, Norton Rose, Avli Condo’s and Bellissima. Having designed over 15 million square feet of space in North America she has a reputation in the marketplace for excellence and versatility. Jerilyn’s trademark enthusiasm earned her a Leaders of Tomorrow award from Business in Calgary.


Thursday, November 8 • 11:00am-12:00pm • EB $40/REG $50 • Palomino A/B

T08 – Architecture Keynote: Challenging Typologies – What Does a Typical Building Look Like in 21st Century Canada?

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Amongst industry, there’s a common misunderstanding between building PROGRAMS and building TYPOLGIES. A building program is defined by the owner’s requirement. That could be, for example, an office or residential building of a certain size and complexity. But what that doesn’t tell us, is whether that program is hosted by a building that is light or dark, tall or flat, iconic or low-key. One can imagine a program such as a student classroom being hosted by a shaded box with limited views, being substantially different than a naturally illuminated box with a terrace or a garden attached to it. Or for example, a place of worship being hosted by an 8-foot tall space versus 80-foot tall space of divine scale that induces the experience and helps us connect with another dimension of life.

This keynote will take a different view on the way we build contemporary architecture in Alberta. Speakers will challenge conventional typologies, a practice that is often disregarded in building planning and design. Presenters will profile examples that have used purpose first to create a different engagement in space, inspiring healthy and sustainable buildings. Providing a future forward look, presenters will highlight the role this practice will play in advancing the state of architecture and the makeup of our communities.

Jason S. Johnson

Nima Javidi

Ben Klumper

Colin Neufeld

Vedran Skopac

Jason S. Johnson, Associate Dean – Architecture, University of Calgary

Nima Javidi, Partner, Ja Architecture Studio
Ben Klumper, Co-Founder, MoDA
Colin Neufeld, Partner, 5468796 architecture
Vedran Skopac, Associate, Manasc Isaac

Jason Johnson has practiced and taught architecture in North and South America and Europe. He is a founding partner of the Laboratory for Integrative Design at the University of Calgary and has published and exhibited design work related to research in the areas of responsive architecture, generative design, digital fabrication and integrated techniques. He is the co-author of Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students a primer on generative design strategies for the begining design student.

Nima is a registered architect and a lecturer at John H Daniels faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at University of Toronto as well as an adjunct professor at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in New York City, teaching design Studios. Having studied under a lineage of influential voices and pedagogues within the discourse of architecture his interest in architecture is mainly focused on the relationship between geometry, structure and build-ablity and has focused his teaching and practice along that trajectory.

He has a Master of Architecture degree from University of Tehran and a Master of Urban Design from University of Toronto where his thesis with George Baird as the advisor won the prestigious Heather Reisman Gold Medal of Design in 2005. Nima has worked for a range of local and international practices including Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and became a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects in 2009 and established Ja Architecture Studio with his partner.

As part of his work at Ja, Nima has realized a range of small and medium scale projects as test grounds for the themes of the practice and has also worked on a range of international competitions; the firms’ projects have won awards and have been widely published.

A graduate with honours from the Master of Architecture program at the University of Calgary in 2001 and recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada medal, Ben Klumper is a principal and co-founder of MoDA and currently sits on the Council of the Alberta Association of Architects and is the Co-Chair of the AAA’s Advocacy Committee. Ben has been a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design where he ran the architecture program’s Comprehensive Studio IV for two years and is a sought-after guest critic and mentor for intern architects.

Ben was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and spent his first 24 years there, receiving a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1993. He moved to Calgary in 1997 to further his studies in architecture, which included a term abroad in Barcelona, Spain and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Having worked in offices in Winnipeg and Calgary, Ben brings over 23 years of experience to the firm and his consistent meshing of strong design sensibility, attention to detail and technical construction knowledge results in the efficient realization of creative architecture.

Colin Neufeld is an architect and partner at 5468796 Architecture. In its 10 years of practice, the firm’s modest projects have received every significant Canadian design award and a number of important international prizes, often alongside large institutional projects — the Houston-based Rice Design Alliance recently stated that they “truly believe 5468796 to be one of the most talented young design firms worldwide.”

Colin obtained his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture (FAUM). In addition to practice, Colin has taught design as an instructor at the FAUM since 2011.

Colin has completed extensive work on heritage revitalization and housing projects, including The Avenue on Portage and its main floor tenant, Manitoba Start, as well as Bloc_10 Condominiums, which has received an RAIC Award of Excellence for Innovation, an Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award and a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. His most recent and ongoing work includes the Sterling Building and the adaptive reuse and redesign of the James Avenue Pumping Station, as well as 200 Portage Ave, located at Winnipeg’s iconic Portage and Main intersection.

Vedran Skopac believes in DISTINCT, DIVERSE and DYNAMIC architecture – the three sacred D’s of design. His idea of ‘Emotionally Sustainable Architecture’ is focused on building socially sensible communities conducive to thrive of human spirit.

Vedran is an international architect who joined ‘njiric+njiric’ group (see El Croquis No. 114[II]), and delivered work that is best captured in prestigious monographs and publications such as MARK, and DOMUS, and most notably in the international magazine 2G no.57 [Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2011] under the ‘njiric+ arhitekti’ practice.

Currently living in Edmonton and being part of the Manasc Isaac Architects group, Drawing Room artists group, and volunteering in NGO’s that sponsor and settle Syrian Refugees; he is actively building sustainable and contemporary communities.

Vedran’s most recognized design on Canadian soil, The Mosaic Centre, was completed in February 2015 and is the crown jewel of sustainable building in Alberta, becoming the first Net Zero energy commercial office building in Alberta — an example of Alberta’s oil and gas abundance igniting innovative, sustainable projects. With this project he helped steward the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) movement in Alberta — a contract model that is gaining momentum in a marketplace desperately seeking a Better Way.

Eager to learn and share knowledge Vedran is helping teach in four Canadian schools for architecture and design (UofT John H. Daniels in Toronto, UofC EVDS in Calgary, RAIC Syllabus in Edmonton, and UofA Art&Design in Edmonton).

Other notable projects include Red Deer College Student Residence [expected 2018]; and The City of Justice in Zagreb [expected 2020] – a 1.5 mio square feet [USD$300 mio] winning competition proposal Vedran and two of of his partners delivered to help Government of Croatia fight corruption in judicial system, and become a more livable place for all Croatian citizens.