Issue 43
Published 22 December 2021
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12 (+5) Passive House test-takers

Meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take our collective best efforts. To better equip our team, we’re supporting staff on their journey to become Passive House Certified Designers. Our first cohort of seventeen took their final exam this month – congratulations to BoHua Zhang, Corey Grobe, Daniel Philippot, Dorian Resner, Federica Piccone, Illya Nepogodin, Jennifer Sparks, John Buttery, Lidia Pasini, Maria Vilades, Michael Rivest, Natalia Mulekova, Nathan Keebler, Rance Mok, Steve DiPasquale, Ted Whitley, and Tyler Jones! 

11 Cities near you! 

From Dolphin Island to Regina, down in Kelowna and up in Prince George, our team has been awarded new work in eleven municipalities this year. We’re honoured to have these opportunities to create spaces that express the unique beliefs and vision of each community, and we look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming months. 

10(110) 104 St NW #307, Edmonton, AB  

Where great public spaces are designed. This year we welcomed three new designers to our Edmonton office, joining a passionate and talented team eager to make an impact in the community. First up? Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre, a new $153M facility that blends high-performance sport alongside forward-thinking community recreation.

In September of 2015, SAB Magazine sat down with Darryl Condon to talk about Social Sustainability in Practice. 6 years later, Darryl reflects on his learnings, unlearnings, and embracing the journey of our time -dignifying the people and the planet as one, in Shifting Perspectives.

8 Kiva loans  
Kiva is an international non-profit that provides financial access to help underserved communities . As part of our monthly office meetings, our loans helped Salina from Kenya with equipment costs for farming, Jennfier from the Philippines start her clothing business, and Thao from Vietnam find stable housing for his family.

7 Reasons to gather 

Like many of you, we continued to adapt to the new normal, balancing in-person and work-from-home arrangements. Feeling the impacts of isolation, we found 7 reasons to gather safely. From outdoor pop-ups, to hcmaday, to our Sweater Soiree - where we raised $16,200 for BC flood victims, our admin team had their hands full. Given the complexities of the last two years, these in-person moments of connection have felt extra special, and we’re hopeful to be able to have more in 2022. 

6 New communication design members
Our communication design team tripled in size this year, welcoming 6 new members. From our in-house rebrand, to developing the W.E Connect engagement identity, to the Coronation Park colour strategy and inclusive signage, they’ve had a jam-packed year! 

5 Emerging leaders

New leadership brings new voices, different perspectives, and the insight we need to better serve our communities. This year we welcomed 5 Associates: Federica Piccone, Vanessa Konn, Rob Wilson, Corey Grobe, and Jessika MacDonald, to our leadership team. We also welcomed 5 newborns to the hcma family this year. 

4 Artists in Residence 

What happens when artists expose us to different forms of creativity, while exposed to our world of architecture and design? Our Artist in Residence (AIR) program explores just that. In 2021, we welcomed in 4 local artists. Through their residencies, they shared their mediums, processes, and passions - while challenging us to see things through a different lens. 

3 Registered Architects 

Three hcma’ers achieved a major milestone in their architectural careers. After an intensive two-year process, John Buttery, Amy Stapleton, and Tyler Jones became registered as full-fledged architects! Congratulations!  

2 (.25) AIBC non-core learning units 

This year, the online component of Process: How to Create Community Buildings with Impact was approved by the AIBC as a CES course. From budgets and site planning, to community engagement, the climate crisis, inclusive design and measuring a projects impact, we’ve taken our last 40 years of learnings and complied it into this handy bundle. 

1 In-house rebrand  
In March we traded in the stark visual conventions of the architectural world in favour of a softer, more approachable, look and feel. Our new brand identity reflects our collective strength: A group of curious individuals with diverse backgrounds, working together to create a future that is kinder to the people and to the planet. 

Our sincere appreciation for your support and friendship in 2021. On behalf of the many clients, consultants, and collaborators we are honoured to work alongside, we have made a donation to Covenant House this holiday season. 

Wishing you a very happy holiday season and best wishes for the new year. 

The Space Between shares all the things that inspire us, in the hope it inspires you too. For more, visit the archives.
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