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  I’ve been on the owner’s side for years. I get why a facility has to be lean and cost effective, and I enjoy helping organizations achieve that.

Barry Kowalsky

Senior Principal, Architecture

Calgary, Alberta

Medical facilities must change. As our population ages and while hospitals continue to run deficits, people like Barry are looking for ways to improve how we deliver healthcare. With more than 30 years of planning, managing, and developing major capital projects, Barry looks forward for challenges and designs solutions today.

As a senior principal, Barry has led the development of master plans, design briefs, strategic capital asset plans, and functional programs for numerous public and private sector clients through Western Canada. He’s incorporated lean process improvements and given talks promoting the restructure of healthcare facilities.

Barry focuses on the integration of operations and service delivery to create efficient, inherently flexible buildings. His recent work includes design for the Calgary Health Region and the University of Calgary, and he has a strong interest in rural healthcare and the integration of primary care with acute and long term care services.


In-patient unit hospital design has so far been a conversation between racetrack and X-hall type designs—but what about other options? Ray Pradinuk and I presented a case study and exploration of a third type of design to the Healthcare Design conference in November 2015.

As part of the TESIS Inter-University Research Center’s 33rd annual International Public Health Seminar, I published “Get better!” a paper on the pursuit of better health and better healthcare design at lower costs per capita.

In 2014, Rebecca Allen and I published a research paper funded by the Stantec’s Creativity and Innovation fund about “Transformative Design: The patient journey guiding design vs. design determining the patient.”

For a brilliant discussion on how connectedness is transforming our society (not always for the best) read “Connected, or what it means to live in the connected society” by Steven Shaviro.

I’m also reading “Submission: A novel” by Michael Houllebecq which presents a controversial description of France’s near future.

Although my work travels right now make it a challenge to spend time volunteering in any significant way, I do what I can to support my favorite charities like the Calgary Health Trust, Saint Boniface Hospitals Mueller Gallery, and the University of Calgary.

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