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Stanis Smith

Executive Vice President

Stanis is an executive vice president with more than 30 years of experience in corporate governance and complex building design leadership. Stanis provides overall direction to the Creativity and Innovation Program at Stantec, which supports, encourages, and celebrates creative and innovative thinking within our Company. Stanis also leads our Airports sector, and is an acknowledged expert in the field of Airport Terminal design.

In 1986, Stanis joined architecture firm Architectura and served in positions of increasing authority until becoming chief executive officer. Sixteen years later Architectura was acquired by Stantec, and Stanis led the charge to grow Stantec’s Buildings group, which comprises our architects and engineers who design buildings. Under his leadership, our buildings group has grown to become one of the largest in the world today.

Stanis led the Buildings Business line for ten years, growing the group organically and through acquisition to one of the largest integrated design practices in North America. He has lent his vision and expertise to a wide variety of projects around the word, including educational, entertainment and a series of airport projects in cities that include Chicago, Edmonton, Nassau Bahamas, Santiago Chile, Toronto and Vancouver.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Stanis studied architecture, completing his degree in 1978. And with a performer's licentiate in music, active involvement in a number of boards, and frequent speaking engagements, Stanis’ talents extend far beyond architecture. 

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