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Today, we hear from Mark Griffiths, one of our Project Managers, who works out of our Calgary studio.

What do you like most about design and architecture?
For me, design is about problem solving and the creation of something where there was nothing before. Architecture attracts people who can’t leave well enough alone, thrive under pressure and enjoy making sense of ambiguity and chaos. I like working with people like that.

How did you get into the field?
I began my career as an electrical engineer. But I had aspirations beyond the confines of electrical engineering. I completed a Master’s degree in Industrial Design, won several awards for my student work, and was featured in Avenue Magazine while still completing my thesis. This enabled me to establish a small design firm that grew until I was “acquired” by an architectural firm in Calgary.

What work are you most proud of thus far in your career?

The Uppercase Gallery in Art Central, Calgary (now demolished). I completed the interior design, construction drawings and followed the project through to completion. The interior was fresh, minimal and innovative and never looked trendy or dated.

What or who inspires your work?
As a project manager the designers and architects I work with are my inspiration. I handle budgets, resourcing and schedules to cut down the overhead so they can concentrate their time and energy on the creative side. My designer side is inspired when a space evokes emotion, uplifts the soul or surprises in a good way.

What is your favourite restaurant in Calgary?
The Beltliner. Great simple food, close to work, and has great energy.

When I’m not working I’m…
…still learning guitar, biking, drawing, skiing.

What do you like best about working at S2?
The variety within the work and the grounded, good-natured people here.

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