Golnaz Rakhshan

Principal

M.Arch, Architect AIBC, Architect NSAA, USGBC LEED Green Associate, MRAIC

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Great design evokes emotion.

Drawing on over 11 years of experience, my projects range from healthcare and commercial to mixed-use and residential architecture, giving me a deep understanding of various sectors, urban planning, and the built environment. My design approach emphasizes cultural, social, and environmentally sustainable projects with a particular passion for urban integration. I strongly value sustainable design, green building, and low carbon initiatives while incorporating best practice strategies and target a minimum LEED gold standard rating. I have led many large-scale developments, in both new builds and renovations, as well as multi-use buildings, where I focused mainly on project and design management.  

 

I’ve led teams on numerous P3, design build, and construction management projects, while also leading proposal preparation and feasibility studies. Serving as the main point of contact with my clients and stakeholders, I’m often credited with the collaborative and transparent approach I take in project management. I’m proud to have contributed to multiple projects involving Indigenous engagement, working closely with and listening to First Nations to help translate their cultural visions into living designs. Collaboration is at the core of my leadership style: every project is a relationship built on transparency and trust. Let’s build something great together. 

 

My Sectors: Arts & Culture, Commercial Mixed-Use, Government Administration, Healthcare 

My Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Master Planning & Urban Design, Planning, Design & Conformance (PDC)

 

We Asked, Golnaz Answered:

 

What drew you to architecture? 

“I’ve loved design from a young age. I knew early on that I wanted to create, whether it was architecture, fashion, art, jewelry, or interiors. I gravitated towards architecture because it felt more challenging and had more opportunities for impact at a larger scale, and I wanted to be part of creating something that lasts.”

 

What makes a great design?  

“Great design is always site-specific. Above anything else, it must be contextual, relating to and emphasizing its environment in terms of landscape, topography, and most importantly culture. Whether it is a public space, amenity area, or a healing environment, it has to reflect and echo its current setting, while having the power to evoke emotion.”