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Perkins+Will Congratulates Principal Inducted into RAIC College of Fellows and the Vancouver Office's 2018 Promotions

Recognizing Leadership. Our People. Our Firm.

Perkins+Will congratulates Vancouver office Principal Ryan Bragg for being inducted into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) College of Fellows, class of 2018. Ryan joins David Dove, Principal, and Susan Gushe, Managing Director of the Vancouver office, who were inducted into the College of Fellows in 2017 and 2015 respectively.

The RAIC’s College of Fellows bestows Fellowship in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria includes design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

“Ryan is a rare and passionate architect and community builder who advocates for sustainable urban development as much as he does design excellence,” says Susan Gushe. “We are delighted to congratulate Ryan on this truly honourable recognition.”

Over his 20-year career, Ryan has led a wide range of projects including multiple, complex mixed-use developments, as well as higher education, transit, and residential projects. His recently completed Marine Gateway project has received several awards including the prestigious Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence. The first of its scale in North America, the 875,000 square foot transit-oriented development sets a precedent for building mixed-use livable communities integrated with transit. Ryan actively speaks on issues of sustainable urban development and has become a trusted advisor within the development industry and with policy makers. A strong advocate for design excellence, Ryan served as a past Chair of the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.

Ryan was honoured along with Perkins+Will’s Toronto office Design Director and Principal Andrew Frontini, and the rest of the Class of 2018, at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick on May 31st.

In addition to Ryan’s recognition, Perkins+Will also congratulates the following leaders who were promoted in the Vancouver office. Advancement in the firm’s Leadership Program requires successful achievement in leadership influence and accountability, excellence in design and expertise, marketing, entrepreneurial and strategic thinking, and collaboration.

"We are pleased to recognize the contributions and leadership of our newest principals, associate principals, senior associates, and associates,” says Susan Gushe. “These individuals have demonstrated actions, vision, and ideas towards advancing the firm’s growth, brand, and culture.”

Promotion to Principal:
Jeff Doble, Architect AIBC, OAA, LEED® AP, is the leader of Perkins+Will’s global transportation design practice. He believes in creating buildings that are more than functional transit exchanges, but rather multi-use hubs that enhance the passenger experience and the communities they serve.

Promotion to Associate Principal:
Jana Foit, Architect AIBC, LEED® AP BD+C, leads our office’s higher education practice with a wide-breadth of campus experience from student housing and student services, to classroom and science buildings—championing well-being, sustainability, and wood innovation.

Derek Newby, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, CPHD, LEED® AP BD+C, has an interest in green building that has led him to work on aspirational projects with high performance targets, delivering innovative design and construction solutions that meet clients’ sustainability goals—enhancing projects from higher education to multi-family residential.

Promotion to Senior Associate:
Yehia Madkour, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, MESE, LEED® AP BD+C, is our office’s Director of Innovation, championing our research initiatives and the development of technological innovations that will reshape the way we approach design and our practice. He also continues to play key leadership roles on transportation projects.

Melissa Sachs leads the marketing efforts of a talented and dedicated team who work collaboratively to bring marketing ideas to life, focusing on all aspects of business development, communications, and strategic positioning for our 100 plus person office.

Promotion to Associate:
Virendra Kallianpur, Architect (INDIA), LEED® AP BD+C, RELi AP, AICP, is the first in Canada to earn the RELi Accredited Professional designation and leads our office’s Cities + Sites practice. He brings 20 years of experience in delivering exceptional master plans and urban spaces that enrich our cities and communities with expertise in large mixed-use projects.

Aaron Knorr, Registered Architect (PA), LEED® AP BD+C, has a multi-disciplinary background that has led him to work on projects ranging from higher education and office developments, to transportation and urban design. As an expert on the integration of emerging transportation technologies into the design of cities, he recently authored the report Designing for Future Mobility.

Rufina Wu, Architect AIBC, LEED® AP BD+C, is an exceptional designer who brings a multi-dimensional approach to design and innovation that leads to conceptual clarity and excellence in both architecture and interior design, leading her to work on a diverse range of projects from higher education to workplace interiors.

Christopher Walker, CPA, is a long-term key member of our financial team and Chartered Professional Accountant, providing practical solutions and focused metrics to improve our performance through an analytical and collaborative approach that is highly valued and integral to our office’s success