This program has been accredited by:

  • AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
  • BOMI = BOMI Canada
  • IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

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Seminar Streams:

  • Urban & Community Planning
  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Health & Wellness
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • Property Management
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Business & Strategic Planning

Wednesday, November 8 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $45 • Palomino F

W15 – PechaKucha: Iconic Wood Projects

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

Wood – it’s a beautiful thing. Which is evident in these iconic projects that utilize a material that was one of the building blocks of our great nation. Hear from some of Western Canada’s leading wood practitioners highlight the design and technical achievements of their iconic wood projects.

Rory Koska
Bill Marshall
Troy Smith
Vedran Skopac

Rory Koska, Program Director, WoodWORKS! Alberta

Case Studies and Presenters:
Canmore Civic Centre, Canmore
Bill Marshall, Principal, Marshall Tittemore Architects

The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, Edmonton
Troy Smith, Principal, Group2 Architecture

Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce, Edmonton
Vedran Skopac, Architect, Manasc Isaac Architects

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Rory Koska has over 18 years’ experience in the design and building industry in Alberta.  A graduate from Architectural Technologies at NAIT.  Rory worked with Igloo Building Supplies Group Ltd as a senior truss designer on residential and commercial buildings and later ran his own consulting firm. Rory has led the Wood WORKS! Alberta program for over 9 years and has brought the program through many milestones.  The Alberta regional program has evolved into a conduit between industry innovation and the design community. Under Rory’s direction the Wood WORKS! Alberta program has established itself an invaluable resource for communities and the construction industry interested in building with wood.

As originating partner of MTa, Bill Marshall has enthusiastically led the growth of the firm. He is a key contributor to MTa’s Living and Workplace Studios, establishing a highly respected expertise in civic, commercial, resort/ hospitality and seniors living design spanning 30 years. Bill brings this same contextual sensitivity to MTa’s award winning architecture and urban design in Calgary & Edmonton. MTa’s diversity of project types and collaborative approach and innovative partnerships reflects Bill’s passion for creating outstanding buildings and environments that enrich all aspects of people’s lives. “I am a strong supporter of Stakeholder engagements ensuring we’re all buying in, since Design is an inclusive process” A “Man in Motion”, Bill can easily disappear into the worlds of fly fishing, road biking, grooming his E-Type Jag, ski touring or pursuing a bucket list of family travel adventures.

Troy Smith is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and the University of Calgary with a Master’s degree in Architecture. After graduation in 2000, Troy worked for 4 years in Calgary before moving to Edmonton to work for noted Alberta architect Barry Johns.  In 2007, Barry Johns (Architecture) merged with Group2 Architecture Interior Design.  In 2010, Troy returned home to Saskatchewan to raise his family and establish the Group2 Saskatoon Studio with his wife and co-principal, Laura Plosz. Troy is the recreation project leader at Group2 with experience in multi-use recreation facilities in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.   Group2 has garnered many awards for projects in which Troy has been involved including WoodWorks Alberta awards for the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool, the Valley Zoo Pinniped Exhibit and the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, all located in Edmonton. Having worked with institutional clients including universities and municipal and provincial governments, Troy understands the systems and processes required to deliver solutions which achieve design excellence while meeting the needs of clients and stakeholders.

Troy is a Member of the RAIC, a registered Architect in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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.

Thursday, November 9 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $45 • Palomino F

T11 – PechaKucha: Healing Environments

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Health & Wellness)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD• 1 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved]

Society is embracing wellness more than ever before. With this, we are seeing a shift in the design of historically monolithic healthcare facilities and office buildings to more holistic environments. This PechaKucha style presentation will provide an accelerated look at recently curated environments designed and built to heal. Presenters will discuss project ambitions, design philosophies and the challenges and opportunities their project presented.

Kaitlyn Gillis
Dedre Toker
Melanie Ross
Matt Williams

Kaitlyn Gillis, Director, Health & Wellbeing, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre

Case Studies and Presenters:
Health & Wellness in the Office
Dedre Toker, Partner, Director of Interiors, Lemay + TOKER

A Future Forward Perspective: The Importance of Health and Wellness in the Built Environment
Melanie Ross, Associate, Sustainability, Integral Group Canada

Ecological Infrastructure and It’s Importance on Citizen Vitality
Matt Williams, Senior Landscape Architect, O2 Planning + Design

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Kaitlyn Gillis (BEng, EIT, MSc(Arch), MSc(Env Psyc), LEED AP, WELL AP) recently completed her Master’s of Science in Environmental Psychology, where she focused her research on the restorative impacts of Biophilic Design on indoor environments. Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Kaitlyn comes to us from London UK, where she gained experience with BREEAM, LEED, and working with the newly released WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn is passionate about health and wellbeing in the built environment and leads Light House’s projects and educational efforts on human-centred design, healthy building materials and the WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn has worked with numerous clients on various projects including LEED projects, reviewing design guidelines, developing employee educational materials, and conducting WELL Building Standard Feasibility Studies. She is also an accomplished public speaker and in 2016 presented at various events including: Light House’s first inspiration Session: Nature, People & Design in April; Women in Architecture, Vancouver in March; BuildEx Express in November; and the PHABC Conference in December. Kaitlyn also participated in the Turncoats Vancouver second debate, Green Wash, in September. She is also leading Light House’s Lunch and Learns: Creating Healthy Environment for People.

Kaitlyn has recently co-published two articles: Healthy Building Syndrome with Dak Kopec in Canadian Architecture Magazine, August 2016; and Designing Interior Environments that Support Human Health with Michelle Biggar in Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, January 2017.

Outside of work, Kaitlyn can be found enjoying nature through various activities with her young son, River, and husband, Tom.

Dedre Toker is a LEED™ Accredited Professional and along with her 20 years of professional experience in both interior design and architecture, she leads Interiors and Workplace Design for Lemay + Toker, a 34 person design firm based in Calgary, Alberta.

Dedre is also the founder of Workscale™, an evaluation program which enables clients to customize, analyze and assess their workplace(s). As a catalyst to transform space, WorkscaleTM seeks to understand employee work-styles and workplace tools while providing leasing cost avoidance measures and strategic space allocation strategies. A Masters of Environmental Design in Industrial Design from the University of Calgary, LEED™ Accreditation, and experience working with a leading furniture manufacturer, support her interest in developing interiors that fit the image of her clients.

Dedre concurrently teaches Business Development at Mount Royal University’s Design Degree Program.

Leading the sustainable building team at Integral, Melanie Ross supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL and other third party certifications to energy management and existing building performance, while managing a growing portfolio in sustainability planning and policy development.

Melanie’s ten years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints. Her work as a CaGBC Review Team member and Education Faculty member gives her further insight into the strategic and technical nuances of LEED projects. With applied experience in marketing and communications, Melanie drives her teams to embrace an integrated design process to deliver for the clients’ needs.

Melanie was appointed to the WELL Building Standard teaching faculty and has delivered several workshops and presentations on the topic of health and wellness in buildings. She was also appointed to the CaGBC WELL Taskforce, working to identify the challenges for Canadian market adoption of the standard. Lastly, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Chapter board.

Matt Williams is a Senior Landscape Architect and Associate at O2 with over 10 years experience managing high profile urban design, mixed use, campus, facility, and large park projects. He is a recognized leader in the design of riverfront parks, plazas, and promenades. Matt’s work emphasizes the development of multi-functional landscapes and public spaces that meet both the cultural and ecological needs of a site. He works collaboratively through a design process of discovery and exploration to deliver award-winning projects that reflect a genuine sense of place.

Matt is the Southern Director of the Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) and represented the AALA on the City of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel from 2012 to 2016.  He holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph Merit and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in Planning.  Matt has been selected to lecture at the World Design Summit 2017 in Montreal on the topic of ecological and cultural transformations along the Bow River in post-flood Calgary.

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