July 31, 2008

Global design firm adds new leadership to their Edmonton office

For Immediate Release

Edmonton, Canada – The global architecture and interior design firm responsible for the design of the highly anticipated Epcor tower and the recently completed MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre is growing their Edmonton presence.

Don Kasian, president of Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, recently announced the appointment of Peter Streith to Principal and Vaughan Hoy to Principal. As leaders in Kasian’s Edmonton office, Peter and Vaughan join some of the country’s top design talent who comprise the company’s diverse leadership team. The firm, which was founded in Edmonton and now has eight offices worldwide, is focused on building their management group to meet the growing demands in the city for advanced architecture and design.

“Peter Streith and Vaughn Hoy bring immeasurable experience to our leadership team. They are a fresh addition to our group,” said Kasian. “This city continues to grow and develop and our goal is to keep pace with this growth to ensure our current and future clients have access to excellent talent. This is exciting because the expectations for architectural expression in Edmonton, a city known for its arts and culture, are being raised to a world standard. By continuing to grow our talent here, we are investing in the future of Edmonton.”

Peter is known for his expertise in delivering large-scale projects and developing long standing client relationships. A graduate of Carleton University and winner of the graduating class design project award, Peter has 18 years of experience including eight years working in Berne, Switzerland where he provided architectural and planning services on a wide range of institutional and large-scale commercial projects. He has proven leadership ability and shows strong commitment and dedication to his staff and clients. Peter is a member of the Alberta Association of Architects, the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

He is currently Project Manager for the University of Alberta Augustana campus library and student centre. He is Principal-in-Charge of several projects at Lakeland College and the Hinton Forestry Training Facility master plan.

Vaughan offers immeasurable, international experience in the design and management of various building types and project scales. He has 30 years of experience in the field of architecture. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Vaughan went on to complete his studies abroad in Egypt, Israel, and Greece, all of which have contributed to his vast cultural exposure.  His passion and talent for work on large-scale projects have  won him many international design awards. He is highly valued for his hands on approach and his strength in providing unique and innovative design solutions. Vaughan joined Kasian’s Vancouver office in March 2005 and he will now be a leader in the firm’s Edmonton office.

Vaughan has been involved in the early development of some of Kasian’s key projects in China and Abu Dhabi, as well as the $1.25 billion Calgary South Health Campus. As he transitions into his new role, Vaughan will continue to provide service as Project Manager/ Project Architect on several Vancouver International Airport projects including the YVRAA Domestic Terminal HBS and the Canada Line YVR-4 Station.

Kasian is a global architecture, interior design and planning firm with nearly 400 staff across eight offices in Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Kasian provides award winning design solutions for education, recreational, public and health care facilities, transportation infrastructure, corporate offices, and hospitality and retail environments. Their unique approach brings clients and end users directly into the design development process to ensure solutions are relevant and timely.

Kasian designs include the Epcor tower, the MacEwan Robbins Health Learning Centre, the Matrix hotel, the Montrose Cultural Centre in Grande Prairie, the Calgary Courts Centre, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The firm is also involved with Qualico Developments in Edmonton’s bid for the National Portrait Gallery.