September 23, 2013

Esker Foundation Gallery & Kasian Calgary office shine at IDIBC Awards

Kasian-Designed Projects Receive Awards of Merit, Excellence and Best in Show
For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC – September 23rd, 2013 – Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd (Kasian) is honoured to announce that the design of the Esker Foundation Gallery has won an Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC) SHINE Award of Excellence in the Public & Institutional Spaces category as well as the premier Robert Ledingham Award for Best in Show. In addition, the Kasian Calgary office won an Award of Merit in the Workplace Total category. The IDIBC SHINE Awards of Excellence celebrate the outstanding design achievements of BC’s professional interior design community.

As the largest privately funded, non-commercial gallery in Calgary, the Esker Foundation Gallery is a model example of design excellence blended with social consciousness. The Gallery seamlessly combines leading edge advancements in gallery/museum practices with educational aspirations as its backbone. Located in Inglewood, one of Calgary’s oldest neighborhoods, the Gallery is influential in its cultural reach and inspirational to the city and arts community.


The Gallery has garnered critical acclaim from the media and surrounding community, most notably as a finalist at Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Awards in 2012 and now an Award of Excellence and the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ at the IDIBC SHINE Awards. “I am so pleased that the Esker Foundation Gallery has received such accolades from the design community” says Lois Wellwood, Principal in Charge for the construction of the gallery. “The unique and innovative approaches undertaken by the design team has certainly delivered on the mandate, making the gallery an instantly recognizable icon in the city, and now the rest of Canada.”


Tagged as a ‘High Performance Workplace’, the Kasian Calgary office is designed to be open, interactive, and highly functional – the perfect balance for the users’ requirements. The culmination of these initiatives allow staff and guests to see, hear, and sense creativity – all core elements of the firm’s brand personality. Throughout the design development, the team was committed to celebrating the essence of the firm’s personality and allowing the space to act as a backdrop for the firm’s people, patrons and processes. The Calgary office is the second of three offices (Toronto and Vancouver) Canada-wide that have undergone a transformation to reflect Kasian’s new brand standards. “We are delighted to receive recognition for the design of our offices” says Wellwood. “Ultimately the design of the office is a backdrop for people and celebrates the firm’s culture of engagement, fun and excellence in all aspects of business.”


About Kasian

Kasian is one of the leading 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world, with offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Toronto, Doha and Shanghai. Our goal is to harness the collective expertise and imagination of our global team of innovative professionals to find feasible solutions to the complex questions posed by our clients. We employ an integrated, collaborative approach to design to create exceptional places and sustainable environments for people everywhere. Our award-winning projects range from the most advanced children’s hospital in the world, to master plans for the most densely populated cities on the planet. To learn more, please visit us at