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Mohammad Al Masri, Regan Moffat + Adam Stoker

Zero Carbon and High-performance Building Design Concept in Alberta's Climate

Energy efficiency is vital to the design of any new building – a requirement that is outlined by national and provincial energy building codes and, more and more, demanded by communities. Alberta’s unique climate, combined with the provincial regulatory environment, has traditionally presented numerous challenges when establishing and meeting sustainable design targets.

Led by Adam Stoker from the University of Calgary, alongside Smith + Andersen Principal Regan Moffatt and Footprint Project Manager Mohammad Al-Masri, this presentation will define and address these climate and regulatory challenges, outlining overarching principles and practical strategies from the University of Calgary Mathison Hall development.

Once complete, Mathison Hall will provide an innovative and integrated learning environment, facilitating meaningful spaces for collaboration between the university and the community. The project is designed to comply with the requirements of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017, meet net zero carbon ready requirements, and target LEED Platinum Certification.

With more than a decade of experience advising clients on building energy performance opportunities, Mohammad Al Masri is both a trusted Project Manager and a champion of sustainability. He utilizes his comprehensive understanding of national and provincial energy building codes, net zero design strategies, and LEED requirements to provide exceptional high-performance design expertise on a variety of building types. His past experience includes NECB and LEED compliance energy modelling on key projects across the province, such as the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Passionate about conceptual design and simulation analysis, Mohammad thrives on assisting on the early stages of a project to help his clients achieve their sustainability targets. Mohammad is the energy modeller for the University of Calgary’s Mathison Hall expansion project.

With more than 15 years of experience, Regan Moffat specializes in the design of mechanical systems for energy efficient buildings. His comprehensive experience with institutional, office, residential, and retail developments includes a number of sustainable projects, such as the award-winning and LEED Gold certified University of Calgary Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning, and the LEED Gold Mount Royal University Riddell Library and Learning Centre. His thorough understanding of LEED and net zero requirements sets Regan apart as a key figure driving excellence in sustainable design. Regan is the mechanical Principal-in-Charge for the University of Calgary’s Mathison Hall expansion project. 

Adam Stoker has been working with energy efficiency and sustainable buildings since 2004. His background in mechanical engineering, project management and green design allows him to offer a broad range of knowledge and expertise on sustainable design and environmental stewardship. Adam has worked on over 50 LEED projects across western Canada and has worked directly with designers, contractors, and building operators in all phases of the LEED process. Through his current role in the University of Calgary’s Office of Sustainability, he is focused on the delivery of high performance green buildings and sites and represented the University as a key stakeholder in the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program. 

Darryl Condon

Discussions on an Architectural Policy for Canada

Around the world, countries are developing and adopting Architectural Policies to help shape the future of the profession and to enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of quality-built environment. This presentation and discussion will discuss a current collaborative initiative of the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) focused on the development and implementation of an Architecture Policy for Canada. The session will include discussion of the current national initiative, a similar process undertaken in Quebec and provide both professional and governmental perspective.

Darryl Condon is a registered Architect, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He currently chairs CALA’s Future of Architecture committee that is responsible for leading the process of developing an Architecture Policy for Canada. Darryl has spoken on a variety of architectural subjects locally, nationally and internationally.

Jean Leathers

Cultivate Relationships That Lead to Work

The illusion that architectural work is secured through a pure RFP process is a significant hindrance for many architects when it comes to winning work. Relationships and how we nurture them are the real underlying reasons clients select one firm over another.

During this presentation, we’ll explore a 4-step process that helps architects to be clear about their firm’s position, how positioning drives meaningful strategy, how strategy then leads to claiming expertise in the marketplace and market space, and how to cultivate trusting relationships that lead to work.

Jean Leathers is President of Practice Clarity, an international consultancy devoted exclusively to helping architects build business through strategic planning, positioning, marketing, business development and cultivating client relationships. With 35 years in the architectural industry, Jean is widely published, speaks nationally (US), and has conducted preconvention workshops at AIA National.

Elsa Lam

Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present and Beyond

This presentation looks back at the history of Canadian architecture since 1967 and examines the present state of architecture across Canada. The historical portion of the talk is a overview of key themes from the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present (Princeton Architectural Press, fall 2019). The present-day portion of the talk draws on research conducted for a recent issue of Canadian Architect that surveyed the state of architecture from coast to coast. The presentation concludes with speculation on future directions for Canadian architectural design and practice.

Elsa Lam, FRAIC, is editor of Canadian Architect magazine. She was the 2012 winner of the Phyllis Lambert Prize for writing in architecture, awarded for her doctoral dissertation “Wilderness Nation: Building Canada’s Railway Landscapes, 1885-1929,” completed at Columbia University. Lam studied architectural history at McGill and architectural design at Waterloo. 

Edie Adams

Toward a Human Centered Design Culture

As designers of the built environment, the products and environments we make reflect the people who make them. They embody the culture in which they are made.

There is a new aspiration centering product making within the Devices Design Team at Microsoft. It represents a shift, a reordering, to lift up human goals against those of technology, commerce and time, to re-order the of priorities in delivering on a design vision. 

This session will describe how three different aspects of design are impacted by a shift toward human centered product making: organizational, product team/user and personal inspiration.

Edie Adams is Principal Ergonomist for Microsoft. She optimizes the physical and emotional meanings of products for Hardware and Accessories for Hololens, Surface, Xbox and PCs. Trained in product design, design research and occupational ergonomics, Adams is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and holds a Master of Environmental Design degree in Industrial Design and a B.Sc. in Psychology. Her innovations have been recognized with over 110 US patents. She has shared her passion and expertise with practitioners in co-authoring a book entitled “Design for Emotion”. Her design work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Chicago Antheneum. Edie has been a resident of Seattle since 1991, where she enthusiastically pursues her interests in art and architecture.

Aaron Knorr

Designing for Future Mobility: Developing a Framework for the Livable Future City

We are experiencing today a technologically-driven shift in urban mobility that is transforming the way we move, and live, in cities. This presentation and discussion will address the impacts of autonomous, networked, shared, and electrified vehicles on architecture and urban design. Attendees will learn about rapid changes in urban mobility and how to apply a values-based approach that supports sustainable, equitable, and people-first communities. A series of principles and present-day design opportunities will empower designers to make informed decisions that anticipate future disruptions while shaping a more livable and sustainable future city.

Aaron is an Architect and Associate in the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. His broad experience at different scales of design has led him to work on projects ranging from higher education and commercial, to transportation and urban design. As an expert on the integration of emerging transportation technologies, he recently authored a report on designing for future mobility.

Ron Wickman

Your Building. Your Future.

Over 20% of Canadian adults identify as having a disability, and this number is rising as our population ages. 70% of Canadians believe that all new buildings should be universally accessible. Are you ready for the future?

Ron specializes in providing consulting services for persons with disabilities and for projects focused on affording individuals with disabilities greater choices for independent movement. He is responsible for over 50 new houses or home renovation projects designed to accommodate residents with disabilities. He is also committed to providing affordable, accessible and adaptable housing and has won several housing competitions.

Alfred Waugh


The presentation will focus an indigenous approach to architecture that is based on a synthesis of cultural sensitivity and environmental responsibility. The purpose of the presentation is to describe a methodology to designing buildings that focuses on a holistic view of man's interconnectedness with the environment based on an Indigenous philosophical approach.

Alfred is one of the few status First Nations Architects in Canada. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from UBC School of Architecture in 1993 and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Prior to his architecture degree Alfred acquired a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Analysis at the University of Lethbridge in 1989. His firm, Formline Architecture, has developed a reputation for finely crafted cultural and sustainable buildings including the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria.

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