S2 in the news: Edmonton fire station goes net-zero via the sun and the ground
S2 in the news: S2 and gh3 winners of a 2022 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
An Acknowledgement of Robert Lange – Retirement from S2 Architecture
Today we would like to acknowledge Robert Lange and his dedication to S2 Architecture. Robert will be retiring from S2 on October 31st, 2022, to pursue other interests and passions.
3 New Associate Principals Announced to S2 Senior Leadership Team
We welcome Steven Mott, Michelle Rowles, and Chad Zyla as Associate Principals.
S2 Architecture Announces New Principal
The S2 Partnership group is thrilled to announce the firm's newest Principal, Jason Curtis.
Blog: Randy O'Dell House Officially WELL Certified Silver
We're proud to announce that Wellspring Calgary's Randy O'Dell House has officially been WELL Certified Silver!
Inaugural Founding Partners Award Presented to Conor Murphy
S2's inaugural Founding Partners Award was handed out to Conor Murphy on April 19. Congratulations Conor for this well-deserved recognition!
S2 in the news: Over 50 self-contained supportive homes set to open for homeless in Nanaimo
S2 in the news: City of Calgary announces plans to build mixed-use fire station in Inglewood
S2 in the news: BMO Centre Marks Key Construction Milestone
Our Calgary Studio Has Moved!
We're excited to announce that we have a new Calgary studio!
S2 in the news: Calgary completes $14 million in upgrades on Max Bell Centre
S2 in the news: Calgary Winter Club
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Gillian Piché, Architect
Today, we learn about Gillian Piché, Architect, who recently joined our Vancouver studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Baldwin, Contract Administration Assistant
Today, we learn about Stephanie Baldwin, Contract Administration Assistant working out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Vijul Shah, Intern Architect
Today, we learn about Vijul Shah, an Intern Architect working out of our Calgary studio.
S2 in the news: 20-storey affordable housing building in downtown Kelowna to be complete by 2025
Plans for a 176-unit affordable rental building in downtown Kelowna are being praised for meeting a significant community need.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Daniel Michiels, Senior Architectural Technologist
Today, we learn about Daniel Michiels, who recently started working at S2 out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Marco Cheung, Architectural Technologist
Today, we learn about Marco Cheung, who works out of our Vancouver studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Colin Hume, Technologist
Today, we learn about Colin Hume, who works out of our Calgary studio.
S2 in the news: New Developments for Collaboration in the Workplace
Founded in 1993, Canadian architectural, interior design, and master planning firm S2 Architecture serves a diverse range of markets. The employees at S2 work together fluently within and between studios located in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. All three of these studios have recently undergone significant changes, and the development is, in part, to advance the firm's collaborative teamwork approach.
S2 Announces a New Associate - Simon Ho
S2 is proud to announce the promotion of Simon Ho to Associate.
A tribute to Robert (Bob) Spaetgens on the occasion of his retirement
Today, we raise a glass to Bob, who twenty-eight years ago, founded what is now S2 Architecture. Today, Bob retires from this firm that he grew and evolved, to enter a new phase of his life that will undoubtedly involve art, music, nature, philosophical musings, spending time with his grandson, and inevitably, fine red wine.
Genevieve Giguere Elected to AAA Council
Congratulations to Genevieve Giguere, Principal at S2 Architecture, for being elected to the 2021-2022 Alberta Association of Architects Council.
S2 in the news: Willow Square Continuing Care Centre Opens to Residents this Year
Construction on a long awaited continuing care centre was finally completed earlier this year.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Michael Defina, Intern Architect
Today, we learn about Michael Defina (Intern Architect, AAA, BArchSci, MArch), who works out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: The New Workplace Reality - Our Experience
Like most organizations today, S2 is actively working on design solutions for the post-COVID office environment. This past year we experienced our own design opportunity in the midst of this crisis and learned many valuable lessons.
S2 in the news: S2 Architecture builds on reputation of creating new homes — including for itself
After 15 years working out of TransAlta Place, full-service architectural, interior design and master-planning firm S2 Architecture is relocating its Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Jane Kratochvil, Human Resources and Office Manager, Associate
Today, we learn about Jane Kratochvil, our Human Resources and Office Manager. Jane recently celebrated her twenty year anniversary with S2 - congratulations Jane!
S2 in the news: Fort McKay Fire Hall
The community of Fort McKay is set to become home to a new fire hall, designed by S2 Architecture.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Steven Mott, Manager, Production and Technical Services
Today, we learn about Steven Mott, our Manager, Production and Technical Services; working out of our Calgary studio. Steven recently celebrated his five year anniversary with S2 - congratulations Steven!
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Umid Abdullaev, Intern Interior Designer
Today, we learn about Umid Abdullaev, an Intern Interior Designer working out of our Calgary studio.
S2 Announces a New Associate Principal - Shaad Oosman
S2 is proud to announce the promotion of Shaad Oosman to Associate Principal.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Wildor Bollhorn, Technologist
Today, we learn about Wildor Bollhorn, a Technologist working out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Anatomy of Design
We believe our design process should result in clarity; accurately and consistently translating our client’s words about their aspirations into reality. The process involves concept massing, then concept sketches, computer renderings, and then reality.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Jason Dolha, Manager, Production and Technical Services
Today, meet Jason Dolha, an Associate in our Calgary studio who recently celebrated a milestone 20 years with S2. Congratulations Jason!
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Eric Klatt, Manager, Production and Technical Services
Today, we learn about Eric Klatt, our Manager, Production and Technical Services; working out of our Edmonton studio. Eric recently celebrated his five year anniversary with S2 - congratulations Eric!
S2 in the news: BMO Centre Design Revealed
S2 is thrilled to be part of this iconic project, shaping Calgary's skyline along with Populous and Stantec. Thank you to CMLC and the Calgary Stampede for their great vision for Calgary.
Our Edmonton Studio Has Moved
S2's Edmonton studio has moved to the Brewery District. Our new Edmonton address is now:
#401, 12068 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0K2
Blog: Then and Now, A Brief History of S2
S2 has been around for over 26 years. We've seen and experienced a lot. Despite our current challenging times, we know that our industry will respond with resilience, creativity and hard work.
S2 Is Still Working!
S2's (virtual) doors remain open.
We are now working from home; here's how to get a hold of us during this time.
S2 in the news: Wellness At Wellspring (Western Exteriors Magazine)
So that no one faces cancer alone, the new Wellspring building, the Randy O'Dell House in Calgary, Alberta, has been designed with community-based support in mind.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Mark Griffiths, Senior Project Manager
Today, we hear from Mark Griffiths, one of our Project Managers, who works out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Jason Curtis, Architect, Associate Principal
Today, we hear from Jason Curtis, a long-time S2 Architect and Associate Principal, who works out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Natalie Weiss, Interior Designer, Associate
Today, we learn about Natalie Weiss, one of our senior Interior Designers and an Associate, who works out of our Calgary studio.
Blog: Employee Spotlight: Simon Ho, Architect
Today, we learn about Simon Ho, our newest senior architect, who works out of our Vancouver studio.
BLOG: Cambridge Manor – An Integrated Health Environment
This care campus will integrate living and learning to enhance quality of life for seniors through a flexible design that enables resident choice and continuity of care for a true aging-in-place facility.
S2 in the news: Cambie Fire Station Receives Notable Mention in Firehouse Magazine Awards
The winners of Firehouse Magazine's Station Design Awards were announced and S2's Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Ambulance Services in Richmond, BC received a notable mention in the Mixed-Use Facilities category.
S2 in the news: Mayor's Urban Design Awards Winners Announced
The City of Calgary announced the 2019 Mayor’s Urban Design Award (MUDA) winners at a gala celebration held at the Calgary Central Library Oct. 24, 2019. Every two years, The City of Calgary acknowledges the important contributions of designers, architects and artists that help improve the quality of life in Calgary through art and design.
BLOG: Noble Townhomes and Condominiums in University District – Connecting People and Place
Together with Calgary developer Truman Developments, S2 was tasked to develop a vibrant and sustainable neighbourhood-oriented design focusing on cutting-edge multi-residential unit typologies that embraced the overall University District’s design guidelines and planning principles.
S2 in the news: Parker: S2 a busy barometer of Calgary projects
If the busyness of architectural firms is a barometer of improving business conditions in this city, the work of S2 Architecture is an indicator of renewed confidence.
BLOG: All Saints High School – Fostering Faith and Community
The Calgary Catholic School District engaged S2 to execute the design and construction of a new high school in Calgary's SE community of Legacy, as part of a major educational infrastructure initiative.
S2 in the news: Parker: Wellspring's Randy O'Dell House set to open
Developers, architects, construction companies and trades have been so supportive of local groups devoted to caring for people in need of a home, food or medical attention. And they still are, despite current economic uncertainties.
Blog: A Second Thank-you from a Summer Student
We really enjoyed having Kristen Brodeur intern with our Interior Design team this summer and we wish her all the best in completing her studies. Here, she shares with us what she learned from her summer working at S2.
Blog: VIRTUAL REALITY – THE LATEST FRONTIER IN CLIENT DESIGN TOOLS
S2 Architecture has invested in state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) hardware and software that allows our clients to fully immerse themselves into their designed building before it is built.
Blog: A Thank-you from a Summer Student
Mia Santos was a wonderful addition to our S2 Interior Design team this summer and we wish her all the best in completing her studies. Here, she shares with us what she enjoyed about being a summer student at S2.
Our leadership team is growing!
S2 is proud to announce the promotion of two new Associates to our growing team of architecture, interior design and master planning professionals. Congratulations to Melissa Chabot and Chad Zyla on joining our leadership group.
Shouldice Athletic Park wins Award of Excellence at the 2019 Alberta Masonry Design Awards!
The Structural Masonry Design Award of Excellence was awarded to the Shouldice Athletic Park recently for Structural Masonry Design at the 2019 Alberta Masonry Design Awards!
All Saints High School wins the 2019 AWMAC Millwork Product Design and Quality Award!
We are excited that our All Saints High School project in Calgary has recently won the 2019 AWMAC Millwork Product Design and Quality Award for the chapel balcony!
Stantec-Populous-S2 is selected as Primary Consultants for the BMO Centre Expansion!
The BMO Centre project is part of a large-scale enhancement to Calgary’s iconic Stampede Park, and will spark development of Calgary’s emerging Culture & Entertainment District.
ASLA Award for Radio Park in West District of Calgary!
American Society of Landscape Architects - 2019 Honor Award for Analysis and Planning for Radio Park, West District.
Windermere Fire Station No.31 wins the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence!
We are very excited to announce that Windermere Fire Station No.31 has won the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence!
Welcoming Peter Streith as Principal of our Edmonton studio!
We are excited to announce the appointment of Peter Streith as Principal of our Edmonton studio.
S2’s Leadership Team Continues to Grow
It is with great pleasure that S2 announces the promotion five new members of our team as Associates. We are pleased to recognize and celebrate the effort and dedication of these individuals who have made a significant impact and contribution to the work of this firm.
Linus Murphy receives Fellowship with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Linus Murphy, one of the Principals of S2 Architecture, recently received his Fellowship status with the RAIC in recognition of outstanding achievement.
A Window Shoppers Paradise - New Horizon Mall
Two leading North American developers, The Torgan Group and MPI Property Group, have committed to the construction of a unique retail experience just north of the Calgary city limits. Adjacent to the Cross Iron Mills mall off Queen Elizabeth II Highway, the growing area is fastbecoming a retail destination in Southern Alberta.
Growth and Leadership
S2 is excited to announce the promotion of both Ken Shaman and Stephen Jabs within our leadership team.
Fraud Alert - Public Notice
An identity on facebook has been making claims and requests on behalf of our firm, S2 Architecture (S2).
The ribbon has been cut!
New Kensington Legion a 'beacon of hope' for legions across Canada.
SAIT's new Advisory Committee member: Steve Mott
Congratulations to S2’s very own Steven Mott for becoming the newest member of the Advisory Committee at SAIT Architectural Technology program.
And the winner is...
Any opportunity we get to brag about our clients or projects that we are proud of, we’ll take it. We especially love it when we can brag about both in one announcement.
S2 attends the largest seniors housing event in Western Canada (ASCHA 2017)
S2 is once again proud to be participating in our eighth ASCHA (Alberta Seniors Communities and Housing Association) Convention & Tradeshow slated for March 22-24 in Edmonton, Alberta.
David Parker: S2 Architecture recruits new lead for bustling interior design studio
Whether it’s a renovation, restoration or new development, work in the construction industry starts with the creative teams at architectural or interior design firms.
A great reason to smile
S2 Architecture is pleased to welcome Madeleine Schmidts to our leadership team as an Associate Principal.
S2 a design leader in the continuing care industry in Alberta
S2 is proud to be participating again this year in the ACCA IQ 2016 Conference.
S2 is designed for growth
S2 is proud to welcome three new members to our leadership team. We are pleased to recognize and celebrate these talented individuals who bring energy, passion and a collaborative spirit to their work and have made a significant impact and contribution to our firm.
Communication through Design
Open, honest and transparent public and city consultation helped deliver a complex multi-phase project in an established community in less than one year.
Royal Vista Multi-Facility and Fire Station 34
Police personnel and firefighters often work side by side while tending to emergencies. So when plans were set in motion for a new fire station in northwest Calgary, the City knew the two services would cohabitate well under one roof, as they
have in four previous stations.
S2’s New Horizon Mall is breaking ground
Across the road from CrossIron Mills in Balzac, a group of excited developers, investors and dignitaries gathered Thursday to officially break ground for the $200M New Horizon Mall.
S2’s Kensington Legion wins Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit
The Canadian Institute of Planners has awarded planning projects in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Cowichan Valley, and Strathcona County an Award for Planning Excellence. The Institute also bestowed an Award of Merit to seven planning projects including S2’s Kensington Legion development in northwest Calgary.
Aiming low on the banks of the Bow River
Located a stones throw away from the banks of the Bow River on the cusp of Calgary’s revitalized East Village District, the proposed Riverfront West development promises to provide an innovative and unique pedestrian focused aesthetic as a gateway into the city’s downtown.
S2 to attend EFA Expo and Conference in Austin
S2 is excited to be in Austin, Texas on April 9 for the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference. The conference offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments that meet the needs of our aging population.
S2 designed Kensington Legion forging ahead
S2 wins prestigious Mayor's Urban Design Award
Projects Piling up at city architectural companies
Media Source: Calgary Herald
A good barometer of confidence in Calgary’s near future is the number of new projects arriving in the offices of city architectural firms. Investment is continuing in developments that may take years to complete in the hope the cur- rent blip will have been overcome bythe time they come to market.
County displays newest fire hall
Media Source: Sherwood Park News
A year removed from going into service, Strathcona County Emergency Services recently celebrated its newest $20.8 million fire station.
Residents get first glimpse at new west end fire hall
Media Source: Sun Media, Leduc
The City of Leduc displayed diagrams of its new west end fire hall and addressed questions from the public at the Leduc Recreation Centre on Wednesday, March 5.
Infrastructure Services Operations
Media Source: Award Magazine
With its new Centre in Lloydminster, Alberta and Saskatchewan not only means to provide more efficient city services but also set a new benchmark for public buildings.
Kerby Centre relocation project update
Media Source: Kerby News
Kerby Centre, in partnership with Silvera for Seniors, completed the selection process of an architectural firm with the experience, skills and resources to provide Functional Programming and early-stage Conceptual Design services for each agency’s proposed new facilities at the Jacques Site.
Only Recycled Teenagers Need Apply
Media Source: Caring Now
"This isn't a lodge—it's a hotel!" exclaims Janet Noonan. "We don't want for anything!"
West downtown Vogue condos target young professionals
Media Source: Calgary Herald
LaCaille Group has announced it will build another high rise residential tower in the west end of downtown that will be reminiscent of a time when culture and entertainment were at their best and creative minds inspired creative venues.
Nuera in condominiums - Cove Properties towers above competition
Media Source: Condo Living
In an effort to revitalize and increase population density in our city's centre, Calgary's inner core has become the focal-point of high-rise condominium construction.
Stampede Casino a different kind of cash corner
Media Source: Beltline Builds
The arrival of the Stampede’s new casino is the first in a set of attractions that will redefine the area north of the grounds as a year-round entertainment destination.