An architecture firm that has been bringing inspiring buildings to Calgary’s skyline and streetscapes for nearly 20 years, today Kasian is building on its reputation and resilience.
Applying intense attention to detail from the inside-out while keeping the big picture in mind, Kasian aims to deliver creative design solutions that integrate architecture and interiors without sacrificing existing urban design.
“We have a reputation for focusing on ‘place-making’ where the street, the building edge and the interior spaces flow seamlessly to create a rich overall experience. Urban design takes a major role in the final result,” says the firm’s principal, Bill Chomik.
Being industry leaders with their sustainability initiatives and use of emerging, innovative technologies such as building information modelling allows the firm to create and collaborate on digital models for projects.
“From large complexes such as the South Health Campus to the finely crafted interiors at the Esker Foundation Art Gallery, our breadth of expertise, combined with our continued thirst for knowledge, has been the driving force behind great design and strong relationships with clients for decades,” says Chomik.
Founded in 1983, Kasian employs 55 people locally and is one of Building Design magazine’s world’s top 100 integrated design firms, with other offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Doha, Qatar.
The firm’s commitment to sharing work with its sister offices across Canada and in Qatar has enabled it to remain resilient in the current economy, Chomik says.
“We have also broadened our service offerings to include building information model consulting, presentation renderings, facilities programming, master planning and community facilitation,” he says.
“The result has been that we have seen no need for layoffs. In fact, we are currently hiring.”
Some of Kasian’s recent architectural and interior design projects include the National Music Centre, Calgary Film Centre, Taylor Family Digital Library on the University of Calgary campus, Western Canadian Place Atrium, Litwiniuk and Company law offices, Calgary Zoo's Land of Lemurs exhibit, and the Youth Campus and Calgary Arts Academy at the Calgary Stampede grounds.