About Sturgess Architecture

Sturgess Architecture is an award-winning design firm, celebrating over 35 years of architecture and urban design.

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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





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 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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Select Awards

Architizer A+ Awards: Architecture +Engineering, Jury and Popular Choice Awards for Glacier Skywalk

Queen’s Jubilee Medal

World Architecture Festival: Future Projects (Competition) Award, Glacier Skywalk

Canadian Architect Award of Excellence: Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel

Governor General’s Medal: Yukon Visitor Reception Centre

Governor General’s Award: Squirrel Corner Housing

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Contract Documents

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Awards, Award of Excellence: The Bridges Master Plan

American Institute of Architects Western International Design Awards Program: Award of Merit in Architecture: The Yukon Visitors’ Reception Centre

Chicago Athenaeum and European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies: Green Good Design Awards for The Water Centre

Calgary Awards: Signature Award

National Steel Design Award: The Water Centre

Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Awards: multiple projects

FormShift Design Competition: Winner of Vancouver Primary Category

Alberta Association of Architects: Chronicle of Significant Alberta Architecture

Prairie Design Awards: Award of Excellence, multiple projects