Emily joins placeworks!

A huge welcome to Emily Jepson, who joined us at placeworks three weeks ago.

We’ve been lucky enough to have come to know and dealt with this dynamic designer and personality for the past couple of years while she was part of the LightForm team here in Calgary. Emily brings great design and project skills to placeworks – particularly in interiors and lighting – and is already becoming an important part of our Client’s projects.

Although Emily is a “born and raised” Calgarian, she now calls Cochrane home and spends as much time as possible in the East Kootenay. She attended The Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna for her formal design education, where she also almost by accident, acquired some amazing photography skills.

When you get a chance, please intorduce yourself to this awesome individual!

In summer, thoughts turn to our Homes and what-if’s…

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As schedules slow down a bit over the summer holiday’s, many people start to think about their homes and their relationship with them. If you need some help answering any questions that might arise, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll gladly do what we can.

Most people have not gone through the process of designing and building new homes or significant renovations – the whole idea of it can seem complex, daunting, and a general mind-field. As a means of introduction, we’re happy to help take away a bit of the mystery and hype, and talk with you to help evaluate what might be the best way forward. Your situation is different from anybody else’s – understanding and fitting your needs is paramount.

In return, we hope you get to know us and out of that, perhaps there will be a fit between us. In return, me might ask for a cup of coffee and an open mind.

Don’t think that this approach is only suited to residential work! We think looking at your commercial needs in this manner is just as appropriate.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Happy summer contemplation!

What DO we do?

We’ve been remiss. Since many of you visiting here probably don’t know a lot about what placeworks actually does, here goes.

For the most part, we do architectural design. Seems simple, but in our reality, it is pretty messy, complex, and wide ranging. Our bread and butter is and has always been residential design.Within that, our projects include new homes, additions, renovations, interiors, and landscaping for private clients and developers. Associated with this residential work, we’ve also become adept at dealing with complex planning and community requirements. These projects have been designed and built across Alberta, BC, in Saskatchewan, and even in Montana.

We enjoy dealing with individuals and families and their lives and work to design solutions around those. Important to us is being able to help potential clients understand what options are even open to them and how they might approach embarking on changes to how they live – most people have never gone through a design process before. Our services include varying mixes of working together to create great design, finding builders, getting approvals, and providing assistance throughout the construction.

placeworks also has built expertise and experience in commercial design, in particular with office fit-outs and tenant improvements, retail, food and beverage, and the odd climbing wall. We care deeply with creating facilities that not only work well for a business, but also are exceptional expressions of the spirit of these enterprises to their clients, customers and staff. Along with this design oriented work, we’ve developed some expertise at addressing and evaluating complex Land-Use issues. A real belief in effective collaboration has worked well both with regulatory bodies, communities, and neighbors.

Our commitment to collaboration also extends to partnering with other design and Architecture practices, consulting engineers, builders, and trades as is required and appropriate to creating great solutions. It can be a lot of fun as well!

If you feel that we can assist you at all – even if it is just answering a few questions – please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-261-0092 or email us at info@placeworksdesign.com.

Fatima and Anders go to the 2014 Venice Biennale!

Current and former placeworks co-op students Fatima Rehman and Anders Peacock along with team member Caitlin Biggar are arriving shortly in Venice in part to represent Canada at the Biennale!
Having won a national architecture student’s competition for their conceptual project based on the edge of Frobisher Bay close to Iqualuit, they were given support to pursue the design further on-site in the high-Arctic community as well as attend the Canadian Pavilion in Venice where their work will go on display June 7th. Lateral Office from Toronto provided the team with curatorial support readying their representations.
An article in Canadian Architect outlines the overall Canadian effort for this important exposition. http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/northern-exposure/1003000850/
If you are in Italy, go see this work and meet our amazing colleagues!

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New Website for placeworks – thoughts?

Ya, it’s time.
We love the look of course – thanks, Angie – but things have changed and it needs an update. People, projects, tech platforms, and much more have moved along.
Preliminary wants include:
– mobile friendly
– easier project look-up
– more news, fresh content
– more projects
– more dogs
If you have any thoughts, comment here or fire us a note to info ‘at’ placeworksdesign.com
We’d appreciate your input!

Placeworks in Avenue Magazine

placeworks’ recent Confederation Park Residence is featured in the November Issue of Avenue Magazine. 

A huge thanks has to go to the photogenic owners Chris and Ron whose side of the semi-detached home is featured here.  It was a pleasure and great challenge working with them as was it with Jamie and Jenn, the owners of the other side of this great project.

Find Avenue on the shelf or follow the link below to read and see more.  http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles/page/item/home-decor-view-from-the-top