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The Future of Stephen Avenue

A roadmap to reimagine Calgary’s most iconic street

  • 2.2

    Kilometers Long

  • Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta

For us, success is not only design—it’s design in synergy with governance and economic investment

Stephen Avenue in Calgary, Alberta is in decline and needs to attract new uses that will diversify the public life of the street—inviting more people to live, work, eat, shop, rest, play, socialize, and be entertained. Movement patterns are conflicting and need a reset balance between movement and place to define a safe, future-proof mobility network. 

Stantec, in collaboration with Gehl Studio and James Lima Planning & Development, has delivered a bold, innovative, and visionary reinvention of downtown Calgary’s most iconic and historic street. This roadmap regenerates the street’s role, function, and experience and connects to other downtown initiatives through strategies and actions to spur investment. We recognized design alone would not be enough. A new framework for governance will be essential to coordinate and attract investment for brand and identity, ground floor activation, and programming. 

Our in-depth public life data, strategies, and design alternatives now have community support. The team is currently launching prototype and experiment—a chance to test big ideas at full scale on the street before confirming a final design.

At a Glance

  • The City of Calgary & CDA
  • Gehl Studio
  • James Lima Planning & Development
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, National Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis, 2021
Meet Our Team

Greg Chamberlain, Senior Associate, Planning

Outside the box thinking is essential to achieving real innovation—I’m always pursuing what could be better.
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Chris Jennings, Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Community Development, (Landscape Architecture)

Passion, creativity, and solid design—above all else. That is my goal and what our project teams strive to provide.
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Eric Schertzer, Urban Designer

Design for people first and the rest will fall into place.

Greg Chamberlain

Senior Associate, Planning

Chris Jennings

Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Community Development, (Landscape Architecture)

Eric Schertzer

Urban Designer

We’re better together

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