Design mattersAt its heart, building design is about creating meaningful and responsive environments for people. Interior or exterior, we create spaces that are engaging and uplifting, that contribute to our sense of health and wellbeing, and the sustainable stewardship of our communities.
Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
DQ1: The Sustainable CityIn this issue, we look at design ideas that put responsible consumption of resources at the forefront, and consider new dimensions of sustainability such as wellness, living small, autonomous vehicles, and small-scale agriculture. We explore emerging tools for achieving success. From Colorado to Boston to Waterloo, we seek opportunities to design communities that are happy, healthy, and easier on the planet. Learn More
DQ 2: Culture by DesignEnriching the possibilities for human connection is one of the greatest challenges in our digital age—and one of the most necessary to meet. In our second issue, we look at the power of design to transform culture itself—the social behavior in our education institutions and offices, as well as the way we spend our precious leisure time. In each case, the goal is to bring people together and to enhance the way we work, play, learn, and get healthy in our communities. Learn More
DQ 3: Technology Driving ChangeTechnology is changing the way we communicate and think about design. In this issue we look at how technology is challenging and empowering our design and engineering practitioners to think differently and how our designers, who represent the leading edge in this thinking, are pushing technology. Advanced design technology is transforming not only the design industry itself but the communities where we live, work, play. Learn More
DQ 4: IntersectionsThe categories that shaped our understanding of 20th Century society are dissolving away—from the subjects we study at college to the way we work and entertain ourselves. The digital revolution set this change in motion, but it’s also driven by a recognition of the benefits of interconnection. This age of intersection presents both challenges and opportunity. Increasingly we are called upon to assist our clients in breaking down their less-than-ideal silos to keep at the fore of the change taking place in their worlds. Learn More
The five parameters of design excellence
Clarity – driven by a clear idea
The genesis of each project is a clear idea, founded on an intimate understanding of client, site program, and community history, culture, and context. Articulated through diagrams, models, and narrative, this storyline defines the projects’ essential meaning.
Purpose – a thoughtful approach
The focus of our work is the enrichment of human experience and wellbeing. Thoughtful attention to place making, spatial sequence, light, material, and detail advance public realm and community building.
Discovery – challenging preconceptions through curiosity
Design inspires us. With a mindset to challenge preconceptions, we ask the right questions, critically evaluate ideas, and reveal appropriate solutions.
Performance – measureable objectives
Responsible design combines function and significance. Measurable performance encompasses functional planning, integrated engineering, and environmental responsiveness to achieve value, meaning, and clarity.
Craft – material legibility
The idea behind a project is legible through its built form. The attention, care, and consistency with which we select and assemble systems and materials bring the project to life.
Design Volume 3Design Volume 3 celebrates design with community in mind achieved through the design of thoughtful projects that are people-centric, that advance our clients’ missions and enrich the communities that surround them. Nine exemplary projects and fourteen honorable mention projects. Published 2017. Learn More
Design Volume 2Stantec’s Design Volume celebrates the innovation that occurs at the convergence of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape and Sustainability. Featured projects are selected by an internal jury process which selects projects which best align to Stantec’s Five Parameters of Design. Published in 2015. Learn More
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