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  Being an architect isn’t only about construction; it’s about lasting relationships—growing them like buildings one at a time.

Darren Burns

Vice President, Sector Leader, Commercial

Vancouver, British Columbia

Darren is drawn to projects that transform. He’s known for building strong rapport with his clients, based on understanding and serving client needs. He’s an architect, designer, and leader with over 20 years of experience specializing in the commercial sector, particularly in retail, mixed-use, and complex project delivery. He focuses on projects that require a high level of design and create meaningful urban places.

With the Oakridge Development in Vancouver, Darren and his team are changing the fabric of the established neighborhood with a LEED Platinum micro-community. He’s also leading a multi-disciplinary team on our very own Stantec Tower in downtown Edmonton which is part of the larger ICE District urban development that combines office, retail, hospitality, and entertainment uses.

As vice president and commercial sector leader, Darren delivers projects as a skilled project manager and team leader. Outside of the office, Darren is a competitive sailor and has competed in several world and North American championships in his class.  He currently competes in the Farr30 international one design class and is the current World Council president of the international class.

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
Why mix uses? At the Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting in 2014, I presented on the benefits and value of mixed-use developments

WHAT I'M READING
I’m currently researching housing and transportation cost burdens to share my perspective at the upcoming Delliote summit on housing affordability

IN THE NEWS
Last year the Edmonton Journal reported on our upcoming Stantec Tower—the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto

IN MY COMMUNITY
Representing the interests of developers and owners of commercial real estate throughout North America, I’ve served on the NAIOP Vancouver Board as communications director for the last three years.

Over the last year I’ve volunteered at the West Vancouver Recreation Centre working on their Blue Sky Project Advisory. We’re looking into long-term planning for the development of their lands and viable renewal plans for their long-term sustainability.

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