Press Releases February 19, 2020

Perkins&Will Expands Its Canadian Practice

Full-service design studio in Calgary increases capacity to provide architectural, interiors, and urban design services to clients in Alberta
Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL), University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

CALGARY, Alberta—After 20 years of delivering research-driven, human-centered design solutions to clients in Alberta, architecture and design firm Perkins&Will today announces the expansion of its Canadian practice. A Calgary-based design team will now be able to offer an enhanced level of service to its growing network of clients.

“Expanding our presence in Calgary is a natural progression in the evolution of our Canadian practice,” says Phil Harrison, CEO of Perkins&Will. “It reflects our commitment to better serve our clients and communities in Alberta.”

Some of the firm’s most well-known built projects in the city include the Energy Environment Experiential Learning building at the University of Calgary, the Acqua and Vento multi-family residential development, and the Calgary Public Building restoration.

Calgary Public Building restoration
Calgary, Alberta

Integrated Design Services

The Calgary studio offers clients integrated services in architecture, interiors, and urban design, with a focus on mixed-use, transit, higher education, civic, commercial, and multi-family residential projects. With access to the firm’s global resources, the studio is able to leverage international expertise in a broad array of practice areas and work collaboratively with other studios on projects of all sizes and complexities.

“Since the first day we started working in Calgary, we’ve built a reputation for delivering high-quality, high-performance buildings and places that respond to each client’s unique needs,” says Brent Welty, a senior associate and one of two leaders in the Calgary studio. “We’re proud of our foundational projects and we look forward to building on that legacy.”

Building Livable Communities

Emphasizing a people-first approach, the studio designs livable communities that are vibrant, healthy, and resilient, drawing on expertise in placemaking, mixed-use development, and transit-oriented development. Current projects include 128 3rd Avenue SW, a mixed-used project in Calgary’s Chinatown in partnership with Hon Developments that will help to revitalize the historical urban neighbourhood, and the new Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary, a new state-of-the-art academic building that will transform the east campus gateway. Other key clients include the City of Calgary, City of Edmonton, and Oxford Properties.

“By holistically applying principles of sustainability, resilience, and well-being to all of our projects, we can elevate the urban experience for everyone who lives, works, and plays here,” says Marc Haberli, an associate and co-leader of the Calgary studio. “We are enthusiastic about our city’s future and the opportunity to create buildings and places where people and communities can thrive.”

The expanded studio space is located at 401-1550 5th Street SW in Calgary’s vibrant Red Mile.

128 3rd Avenue SW mixed-use development, Chinatown
Calgary, Alberta