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  Architecture makes an enormous contribution in enabling individuals to improve their own health. We call it “generative space”.

Bruce Raber

Vice President, Sector Leader, Healthcare (Canada)

Vancouver , British Columbia

Bruce is a vice president in the Vancouver office and the sector leader for Stantec's corporate-wide Health Studio. He has over 35 years of experience in the design, management, and production of complex buildings both in Canada and England, particularly in acute care facility design. He’s also been named one of the top 25 most influential people in healthcare design in North America.

Bruce's healthcare projects have ranged from a new hospital in Inuvik above the Arctic Circle in Northern Canada to a new 100-bed hospital on the Island of Tobago in the Caribbean. Bruce is involved in a number of current projects which are exploring innovation from varying perspectives including sustainability, evidence-based design to create emerging best practice solutions, and alternate project delivery models including design build, construction management, and public private partnerships.

For the last seven years, Bruce has been participating in the Leading by Design Research Project, an initiative that measures increased performance effectiveness in leadership and design with the end goal of discovering effective strategies that will improve health, healthcare, and quality of life through design.

In addition to his healthcare experience, Bruce is an outstanding project leader, manager, motivator, and coordinator with a demonstrated ability to organize both people and projects. Bruce takes an active, hands-on role in all the projects he gets involved in. 


I presented “Owner Organization for Successful Project Outcomes” at the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference in January of 2016.

In September this year, join me at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Orlando, Florida, for my presentation on the benefits of generative space.

I contributed Space The Final Frontier: Tending the Garden of Generative Space, Spark 2016

Emergency room design needs an overhaul. Check out “No overcrowding, grime, or long waits” by Wency Leung to read about how our projects are leading the way on that front.

The Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo introduced me, 25 years ago now, to the issues and the key players in my industry. Today, I’m the longest serving member on their advisory board.

For four years I’ve sat on the Space to Flourish Award jury, recognizing forward-thinking healthcare organizations and their design teams for accomplishments in spaces that help users flourish.

I live in Richmond, British Columbia, and when my city posted an ad looking for community representatives to review a new aquatic center design, I happily lent my experience as an architect, coach, swimmer, and community member to the process.

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