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

PROFILE

Sturgess Architecture strives for both design excellence and project management efficiency. Collaboration is facilitated through design charrettes and the promotion of collaborative design investigations with the staff, client group, consultant and construction teams.

Sturgess Architecture is well regarded for its collaborative skills, acting as lead Architectural Designer for seminal projects including The Bridges Master Plan, the Glacier Skywalk, the 7th Avenue LRT Renewal and the Calgary Water Centre. The partners and associates at the firm are fully experienced in all phases of architectural services, from planning and programming through contract documentation and project administration.

In 2003, Sturgess Architecture won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award for Construction Documents. This honour illustrates the firm’s commitment to each project, not only in its design, but in the technical process by which it is achieved.

After many years of practice, the firm has created a sufficiently varied and consistently interesting body of work. A book on the work of the firm, Full Spectrum, was published by the University of Calgary Press in 2010. The work has won national and international recognition throughout its history, with the World Architecture Festival Award for the Glacier Skywalk entering Sturgess Architecture into the league of the world’s most innovative and celebrated architects.

The Team

Leadership

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Jeremy STurgess ARCHITECT AAA, FRAIC, RCA

Principal

With over 35 years experience as an architect, Jeremy Sturgess 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, and has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work, which includes distinctive houses, housing, and civic and commercial buildings that consistently contribute to their environment. In 2012, he was recognized with the Queen’s Royal Jubilee Medal.

Lesley Beale

LESLEY BEALE M.e Des. Arch, LEED AP

Partner

Lesley Beale is an articulate, creative and passionate architect and urban designer. Her success in working with community and corporate groups to achieve consensus is widely recognized, as is her ability to marry the sensitivity of a street-oriented new urbanism philosophy with contemporary architecture. As a Partner at Sturgess Architecture, Lesley has skillfully led teams that have brought projects in on time and on budget while retaining the integrity of the conceptual design.

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Kevin Harrison ARCHITECT AAA, M. Arch., BEDS, Arch. Tech., LEED AP

Partner

Kevin Harrison is a Partner at Sturgess Architecture with over 13 years of experience in the profession. He has worked on numerous 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. Kevin’s strength lies in his ability to combine architectural expertise with his technical abilities to create innovative, efficient, and buildable 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