Architect AAA, Architect AIBC, OAA, MSAA, FRAIC, HON FAIA, RCA
Creating timeless, impactful designs allows me to make meaningful contributions to the texture and culture of my community.
I’m a senior principal at Kasian and a leading Canadian architect with over 40 years of experience — exceeding 700 buildings worldwide. I’m proud of the recognitions I’ve received for my work, including the prestigious Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Canadian Architect Magazine’s Award of Excellence, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for innovation in architecture. In 2021, I was awarded the 2021 Alberta Association of Architects Tom Sutherland Award. The Calgary Science Centre planetarium was my first of 25 worldwide, and I’m now widely known as the most knowledgeable planetarium architect in the world.
I’ve been deeply involved in Kasian’s public and commercial sectors for many years, delivering strategic architectural and urban planning services and encouraging designs with local, demographic and cultural influences. I’m a creative architect who brings honesty, transparency and innovative solutions to every project. Notable and iconic projects I’ve worked on include the National Music Centre, Calgary Courts Centre, Eugenides Planetarium, and the Taylor Family Digital Library. In addition to my client and community work, I enjoy mentoring our junior staff and serve as an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
My Sectors: Arts & Culture, Education & Research, and Military, Public Safety & Justice.
My Services: Architecture, Master Planning & Urban Design.
We asked, Bill answered:
What made you want to become an architect?
“My uncle, a dentist, went to Expo ’67 in Montreal. He sent me a postcard of the most spectacular buildings I’d ever seen, created for Expo. I was immediately drawn to it and thought, ‘If that’s what architecture is, then yes, that’s for me!'”
What career achievements are you particularly proud of?
“Making meaningful contributions to the texture, culture and life of the communities that I’ve worked in has been very positive. I have led and continue to lead many non-profit organizations that build a better community. Professionally, there have been many projects over the years, but a few that come to mind are the Calgary Courts Centre, the Edmonton Federal Building, the Taylor Family Digital Library, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Expansion, and the Eugenides Planetarium in Athens, Greece.”
Alberta Legislature Grounds: A provincial governance master plan
Calgary Courts Centre: A modern benchmark for forward-thinking courthouse design
Catalyzing Edmonton’s City Connections
Designing a legacy space for The Young Canadians, Stampede Showband and Calgary youth
Designing the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere
New Jersey, U.S.
Embracing motorsports through architecture
Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery: Catalyzing Calgary’s contemporary art scene
Evolving Calgary’s film and television industry
Experiencing the mysteries of the universe from BC’s Lower Mainland
Igniting connection for students through academic facility design
Lusail Master Plan: Planning a research-focused city of the future
Metro Vancouver: Framing views of the communities they serve
Rocky View County Infrastructure and Operations Campus & Administration Building
Rocky View County, AB
The Edmonton Federal Building: Preserving history
The National Music Centre finds a home in Calgary
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