Image of Cliff Bungalow Townhouses in Calgary, designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture.

PROFILE

Over the past 40 years _SA has established a reputation for design excellence and completing projects with efficiency. Our work has won national and international recognition throughout its history, winning such awards as the World Architecture Festival Award for the Glacier Skywalk, the RAIC Governor General’s Medal in Architecture Award for design and construction documentation, and has been celebrated with numerous other honours. The University of Calgary Press published our book “Full Spectrum” in 2010, cataloguing _SA’s body of work.

_SA is well regarded for its collaborative skills for such significant projects as the Glacier Skywalk, the Green Line (Calgary’s LRT expansion), the 7th Avenue LRT Renewal, and the Calgary Water Centre. Our collaborative process is facilitated through design charrettes, public engagements, and workshops. We often use collaborative design exercises with clients, consultants, and construction teams to achieve a well-informed result with our projects.

The Team

Leadership

Kevin Harrison

Kevin Harrison is the Principal at _SA with over 17 years of experience in the profession. Kevin’s passion in his work lies in the creative design process and how this process can be executed through comprehensive project management. Kevin is a LEED Accredited Professional whose technological background enhances the ability of a project design to come to fruition with synchronization. He has worked on numerous award-winning projects of varying scale and programme and maintains an emphasis on the creative design process, where the integration of a design into the public realm is paramount. Prior to becoming Principal of the firm, Kevin’s experience as project lead, design architect, and project manager has garnered successful completion of many significant projects within the office. Much of this is attributed to the tireless efforts of community engagement, client coordination, consultant coordination, coordination of the permitting process through jurisdictional Business Units, and coordination of construction documentation through administration. In his time outside the office, Kevin is an avid sports enthusiast and has a passion for the arts. This passion is evident with his Board of Directors position at The GRAND, which he has held since April 2016.

Kayla Browne

Kayla Browne is a Senior Associate at _SA who has lived and worked in numerous offices in different cities around the world. She believes no project is too large or too small to warrant a thoughtful solution and a well-researched concept. She feels passionately about sound and sustainable design principals with an emphasis on collaboration. Kayla was a founding partner with BOLD Architecture; a firm which focused on food and beverage, retail, office, commercial, and event spaces. These projects require thoughtful integration of marketing and branding, which build upon her education in a Bachelor of Commerce. Recently BOLD has formed a partnership with _SA, where both firms complement each other’s strengths. She has over nine years of experience through all phases of architectural design and management including: conceptual design visioning, design development, construction management, project management. Kayla effectively communicates design intent within the team, coordinates with engineers and specialty consultants, and delivers high quality solutions in a collaborative environment. She successfully works with clients and their representatives at all levels, and ensures the clients brand representation is accurately communicated.

Jeremy Sturgess

Jeremy Sturgess is a Partner at _SA with over 40 years of experience as an architect. Jeremy has contributed to Canadian architecture at a variety of levels. He is known for his ability to create urban design master plans and buildings responsible to an urban design vision. He has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for his work, which includes housing at all scales, civic and commercial buildings, and tourism and hospitality projects. With every project that Jeremy is involved in he ensures a high level of understanding and sensitivity to not only the immediate site context but also the grander vision of the project and how it contributes to the community. In 1997, Jeremy Sturgess was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his consistent collaboration with artists in architectural projects, and in particular for the artistic quality of his architecture. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, recognizing his contribution to art and architecture in Canada.

Darren Polanski

Darren Polanski is a Senior Associate at _SA and is a registered Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has twelve years of experience in single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, infrastructure, and Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects. He is currently responsible for managing the architecture, stations and facilities, and urban integration for the new LRT line expansion in Calgary (The Green Line). He has worked on numerous award-winning projects including transit projects short-listed for the World Architecture Festival (2012, and 2018). He has experience working collaboratively and effectively with large, integrated teams of engineering consultants, planners, clients, and private and public stakeholders. He actively participates in public engagement events, and often represents the project and client in public forums. He leads projects with a flexible methodology, and believes certain aspects of the design should remain fluid and responsive to constraints which may change during the course of a project. When challenged with making key decisions during design development, he often uses decision-making tools to create resolution and record critical paths.

Lindsay Andreas

Lindsay is an Associate at _SA and is a registered Intern Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She is actively involved in many community initiatives and participates in the university accreditation process for the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. Lindsay has worked on numerous projects at varying scales and programme including cultural, recreational, civic, multi-family, transit, and commercial developments. Lindsay has a broad spectrum of experience and skillset which enable her to deliver conceptual design, design development, and project coordination. She is currently the design lead and project coordinator on the Green Line LRT Expansion for the Centre City Underground Stations. She is also the project manager for STEPS multifamily development in Calgary, currently in construction administration phase. Her previous work on the Edmonton Valley Zoo has been recognized by Canadian Architect with an award for excellence.

Josh Hughes

Josh is a Senior Associate and has worked at _SA for the past fifteen years. A graduate from Architectural Technology at SAIT, Josh has developed a strong understanding and a critical eye for technical drawings and details. He has an exceptional skill set for the planning, production and execution of construction drawings. At _SA, Josh manages the technology department and is a critical player in the adaptation of new technologies. With the emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Josh has become an industry leader in the adoption of this revolutionary technology, allowing for unparalleled visualization and coordination of project designs.


Culture and Values

CREATIVITY

Our creative mandate is to foster community and to fulfil our responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the street and public realm – always within the scope of the client’s vision and the context of each project. We are city builders. At every level, we consider state-of-the-art technology and sustainability, and their relevance to a particular project. We strive to find new ways to evolve our design thinking in a manner that minimizes complexity and maximizes economic efficiency. Our design process is circular in nature. We approach a design from every angle, discussing all viable concepts from day one with the appropriate stakeholders until the most relevant, creative, and efficient ideas rise to the surface. We then remain the custodian of those ideas through the inevitable hurdles of the approvals and construction process.

COLLABORATION

We work collaboratively. We work in an open office where everyone is involved in every project. The team ensures that the integrity of the approved design is maintained through the inevitable hurdles of the process. Our success comes from a collaborative process at every level - with the Client, with the City, with the Construction team, with the community.

COMMUNITY

The Street is the lifeblood of the City. Every building has a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the Street. Community begins in the home. Every site for every building should offer a potential for human interaction, in the manner that it relates to the Street, and in the way it manifests open space for the enjoyment of the users.  Regardless of the scale of development, a considerate interface with the Street will culminate in a vital and meaningful neighbourhood, an urban village.

 

REVIEWS

What the Sturgess Architecture group brought to our project over the course of almost five years was a completely unlimited vision. When the Water Utility was looking for a unique yet fiscally responsible facility for its employees and for the citizens of Calgary, these challenges were met by Sturgess. Their collaborative and innovative approach ensured the words “can’t be done” were turned into “why not?” and used as opportunities to create something new and tangible. Throughout the course of the project a representative from Sturgess was always available to research and investigate issues that surfaced. The success of The Water Centre is a direct result of the commitment and dedication provided by Sturgess Architecture.
ROSS E. MURRAY, THE CITY OF CALGARY

...Jeremy Sturgess...is emerging as the architect most likely to leave an indelible stamp on Calgary’s future.
DON BRAID, CALGARY HERALD

Is Alberta an uncultured, redneck province? Hardly...ours is a province of Sufi chants and Jeremy Sturgess architecture, of First Nations tales and of jazz. We are a creative, innovative, expressive people who can lead the nation not only in business, but also in arts and culture.
COLIN JACKSON, PAST PRESIDENT, EPCOR CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

I found the team at Sturgess very good to work with throughout the project; they are skilled designers, excellent problem solvers and respect the budgets and timelines. I highly recommend Sturgess Architecture for any project you’re considering.
DAN BOWMAN, BUILDING BLOC

I was in charge when the team led by Sturgess Architecture was selected in a competition to design the Master Plan for The Bridges. Sturgess Architecture was successful at a number of levels, including the fostering of a level of respect and collaboration with the local community and stakeholders, the cohesive interaction with two City Departments – Planning & Building and Corporate Properties, and ultimately, in realizing an urban redevelopment that is an award-winning model for inner city communities. As Chair of the Calgary Planning Commission, I have personally had the opportunity of working with Mr. Jeremy Sturgess as a member and commend his vision and contribution to the development and regeneration of Calgary.
DAVID WATSON, FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT FOR THE CITY OF CALGARY

There are few owners of a completed construction project who can say that they enjoyed the design and construction experience. I am an exception to that rule. I found the process of working with Sturgess Architecture from the development of the original design to the completion of the project to be stimulating and satisfying.
DAVID PERCY, FORMER DEAN, FACULTY OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Bridgeland Community Centre by Sturgess Architecture and its neighbouring urban village sets a fine example of what the city needs to embrace.
LISA ROCHON, THE GLOBE AND MAIL

As an artist, I have often remarked that their approaches are not unlike how an artist sets out into the unknown territory to find their way to arriving at a place that is new and inventive. The creative component of Sturgess Architecture plays a major role in why they are as idiosyncratic as they are. A commitment to community, an overview of form and function, the environment / site as theatrical background for the event of architecture to perform within, and the ability to make you believe that everything is possible, can change how you think and live. Or, at least this has been my experience of being able to participate on some of their projects, where an artistic integration as collaboration is generated from them.

I watch in wonder at the next things they will dream upon and come up with. The things that will become what we all accept as the world we might live in.
DEREK MICHAEL BESANT RC, FACULTY OF FINE ART ACAD