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Architecture49 is a national leader in the integrated design and delivery of Canada’s most important buildings and environments. Across the country, we create inspiring spaces that elevate the health, social vitality and sustainability of our communities. We also have a depth of experience in designing complex, highprofile projects. A49 is united in the belief that communities are enriched by a broader, more enlivened collaboration between clients, builders, architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners. We believe in the strength of a multi-disciplinary view,

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and in the opportunity to shape urban infrastructure to Canadian principles of honesty, diversity, practicality and regionalism. With offices from coast to coast across Canada, Architecture49 boasts a history spanning over half a century of profoundly significant contributions. Our collective of regional offices and our array of specializations and experiences will continue to be in harmony with the Canadian landscape.


O’Chiese First Nation School, Rocky Mountain House, AB (concept rendering)

From St. John’s to Vancouver, we navigate urban and rural contexts. Some cities enjoy a wealth of heritage properties, and benefit from a mindful approach to blending contemporary glass with two-hundred-year-old stonework. Other regions experience unique weather—high winds, frequent storms, or low winter temperatures— and require local expertise to craft gathering places built to withstand those conditions with longevity and relevance.

Whether it’s the heart of old Quebec, or the vast prairies of Manitoba, our work celebrates the cultural and geographic mosaic of Canada. We endeavour to define the essence of a project not only to meet client needs, but to design with a vocabulary that will enrich that region and provide a meaningful sense of place for years to come.

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On the outside we are a designforward national architecture practice with focused expertise. Inside we embody the Canadian principles of honesty, diversity, practicality and regionalism. 13 LOCATIONS / 250 EMPLOYEES

Focused Expertise Education

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Healthcare

Cultural

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Security and Defence

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Residential

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St. John’s NL Thunder Bay ON Vancouver BC

Winnipeg MB

Charlottetown PE

Timmins ON Ottawa ON

Sudbury ON Toronto ON

Montreal QC

Cornwall ON

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Halifax NS Moncton NB

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“Our Education practice is a leader in the planning, design and delivery of inspiring spaces that enhance student learning and achievement.” STACEY HUGHES Education Sector Leader

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NEW SCHOOLS SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS

SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS CANADA

Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, NS

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REGIONAL SECTOR

Education DESIGNING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE These are exciting times in the world of education and school design. We are on the cusp of change when it comes to creating new learning environments that support the needs of 21st century learners. Many studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the building environment and learning achievement. A study of public schools in 2000 showed that the measures of the school facility, such as natural light, air, controllability of environment and educational facility planning explained more of the differences in test performance across schools than did any other factors such as family background and attendance. Traditional teaching spaces are disappearing and we are exploring ways to interpret any space as a learning space – hallways, cafeterias, libraries, even the grounds outside. Using the ideas behind differentiated learning styles and the understanding that no two students learn the same way, we can begin to create varied learning environments throughout the school and within the instructional spaces that are designed with students’ learning needs in mind. Technology is also changing the way we communicate and learn, yet the fundamental layouts of learning institutions has remained remarkably familiar. A key element in emerging patterns is participatory learning. This includes the many ways that learners use new technologies to participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment on one another’s projects, and plan, design, implement, advance, or simply discuss their practices, goals and ideas together. Children are growing up today in a radically different environment than children did even as little as 10 or 15 years ago. They are immersed in technology and have been exposed to it for their entire lives; it is as natural to them as breathing. It is critical for educators and designers to recognize that this digital immersion is changing the way they think. They have an unprecedented level of connectivity, interaction and feedback in their daily lives and as such, we need to provide that type of learning environment for them in their schools. To create a truly successful learning environment, there must be engagement with the entire community. The process of design is in many ways as important as the design itself. Through an integrated collaborative design process we explore the new trends in educational design and create schools that truly respond to the needs of 21st century learners.

Victoria Linklater Memorial School, North Spirit Lake First Nation, ON

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LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Learning isn’t confined to the classroom. Informal and formal learning will occur throughout the school and, with the appropriate design, a school can provide opportunities for students to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Accordingly, every square foot of the school should be considered a setting for learning. As students move through the school, displays can engage their imaginations, seating areas can provide a place to linger with a friend for a moment, and interactions with educators can reinforce classroom activity. Circulation space also can be reconceived as an active extension of the classroom, providing breakout space for small group work, reading groups, and projects. Active use of circulation space is fostered by transparency between the circulation space and the classroom, enabling the educators to observe and engage. Optimizing the school extends outdoors as well. Micro-climates can be created; for example, creating a sheltered south facing courtyard that invites use in all seasons. Site design amenities including gardens, amphitheatres, loggias, and plazas further enhance the possibilities.

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“The school is beautiful and welldesigned. Clearly, you love what you do-building schools that are innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing.” Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, NS

CAROLE OLSEN Deputy Minister of Education, Nova Scotia

Project highlights: Secure outdoor learning space (pictured below), a student exchange space for collaboration in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere; breakout spaces in hallways where students can work while transparency allows teaching staff to remain aware of their students’ whereabouts.

JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre green wall, Winnipeg, MB

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By seeing schools as built ‘from the inside out’, rather than ‘from the outside in’, we enhance our starting point, placing the needs, activities, behaviour and requirements of the learners at the centre of any discussion of school design.

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01. École Secondaire du Sommet, Bedford, NS Targeting LEED Silver

04. St. Michael Catholic High School and CDSBEO Board Office, Kemptville, ON

02. Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, NS Targeting LEED Gold

05. Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, NS

03. Victoria Linklater Memorial School, North Spirit Lake First Nation, ON

06. University College of the North, Thompson, MB Targeting LEED Gold

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SUSTAINABILITY All buildings are about the future especially education facilities which are responsible for preparing the next generation to meet the challenges of our collective future. Sustainability is ‘a given’ in school buildings, with strategies for energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments, daylighting and “LEED” achievement now commonplace. But successful and enduring sustainability is unique to each school, each neighbourhood, and each community. Fundamental questions about how we learn best and in what kind of environment will always outnumber the answers, but we keep asking them. What is a classroom? What happens if students start travelling in driverless vehicles? Where will they eat – and what? Should the building be carbon neutral? Does the pencil have a future? Will the architecture inspire the broader community to consider our fragile blue planet? These are the kinds of questions we ask in delivering innovative, sustainable, on budget school buildings-buildings that people love.

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“Understanding what makes an effective school design is important. The design aspects of Bluenose [Academy] proposed by Architecture49 helped produce a learning institution that we are proud of and will serve our students well into the future.� STEVE PREST

Bluenose Academy, Lunenburg, NS Targeting LEED Gold

Director, Operations South Shore Regional School Board

Project highlights: Natural light for 75% of the occupied space, wood-pellet boiler, green roof, solar hot water collectors, reduction of wastewater by 80%, superior building envelope.

JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre green wall, Winnipeg, MB

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01. Halifax West High School, Halifax, NS 02. North Nova Education Centre, New Glasgow, NS 03. Martin McKay Memorial School, Sachigo Lake First Nation, ON

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04. Bluenose Academy, Lunenburg, NS Targeting LEED Gold 05. Ecole Francois-Boute, Charlottetown, PE 06. Victoria Linklater Memorial School, North Spirit Lake First Nation, ON

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01. Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, NS

04. Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, Vankleek Hill, ON

02. Niso Sipi School, Shamattawa, MB

05. Mizhakiiwetung Memorial School, White Dog, ON

03. Lawrence Wesley Education Centre, Cat Lake First Nation, ON

06. Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Yarmouth, NS Targeting LEED Gold

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