Karen Shanski, MAA, B.A., B.E.D, M. Arch., MRAIC
Karen collaborated with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in Rotterdam, after graduating in 1999 with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba. She then went on be the lead designer of SC3, the Smith Carter Architects and Engineers headquarters in Winnipeg, recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Architecture and certified LEED® Platinum, both the highest ranks for architecture and a sustainable building design recognized by the Canadian government.
Since 2008 Shanski has been the Principal and Lead Architect of BLDG architecture office, which is a research-based practice that works in the interstices of architecture, urban design, and public art. Recent projects under her design leadership have been LXTX and The Spot at Tuxedo Point. As member of the Manitoba Association of Architects, Shanski is active in the advocacy for design excellence in architecture, urbanism, and education. Shanski has also been an Instructor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba where she taught Design Studio, Building Technology and Professional Practice from 2008 - 2015.
Matt Baker, MAA, B.E.D, M.Arch., LEED® AP, MRAIC
Matt graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and joined BLDG in the fall of 2011 with extensive expertise in sustainable design, design documentation and contract administration. In his role as Project Architect, Matt guides the planning and technical design development of projects from their inception through to the construction stage. His focus is on achieving the critical integration of design quality, sustainability, and construction technology with the goals of the client and project stakeholders.
Allan Coppinger, MAA, B.E.S., M.Arch., LEED® AP, MRAIC
Allan Coppinger began his collaboration with BLDG architecture office in the fall of 2009. He brings to the practice over 30 years of experience in the construction and architectural design industry. His architectural career began in 1985 at IKOY Partnership for 8 years before moving to Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc. While at Smith Carter, Coppinger, along with Karen Shanski, designed their new corporate headquarters [SC3], and was an Integrated Design Team Coordinator and technical advisor for the LEED® Gold Manitoba Hydro Downtown Office Project with KPMB. He has taught at the University of Manitoba in the Building Technology stream, and has run advanced Architectural Design studios on complex integrated architectures. At BLDG, Allan is responsible for architectural and engineering systems integration, and LEED/sustainable design and documentation. Allan has served as Project Architect for large and small projects, including renovations to Manitoba Hydro’s 820 Taylor office, bringing his broad range of experience in the coordination and facilitation of complex interdisciplinary design teams the successful delivery of projects.
Ralph Glor, MAA , B.E.D, M.Arch.
Ralph is a registered architect and has been practicing with BLDG since 2008. Receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Design, and Masters of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, he has several years experience working with a diverse range of local architects, artists and other designers. Ralph has been an Instructor and Faculty of Graduate Studies Recommended Member at the University of Manitoba and has taught advanced design studios set in the varying extremes of Churchill, Iceland, and Nunavut. Currently in design practice he maintains active roles in project design, construction documentation, and contract administration. He is committed to a practice process that recognizes the importance of collaboration through developing design and production processes that are technically advanced and ecologically conscious.
April David, Architectural Intern, M.Arch., B.Env.D.
Before receiving a Masters of Architecture in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, April completed a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree with a focus on interior design. Prior to joining BLDG April worked for HSA Design Inc, contributing to a wide scope of interior and architectural projects including commercial, corporate, institutional and residential. She facilitated in projects from conceptual stages to completion. Her responsibilities also included product research, millwork drawings and the selection of finishes, furniture, and fixtures. April joined BLDG as an intern, participating in the design process of projects such as 570 Stradbrook, LXTX and Park City Commons. In addition to generating comprehensive visuals through 3-D modelling, she also assists in contract administration responsibilities and the production of construction documents.
Taylor Clackson, Intern
Taylor joined BLDG in 2015 while completing his M.Arch design thesis at the University of Manitoba.which looked at the culture of demolition and the future of architecture in Winnipeg. Before entering the Master of Architecture program, Taylor received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Arts in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining BLDG, Taylor worked as a summer intern at Prairie Architects, and aodbt architecture + interior design in Saskatchewan, where he began working on multi-family residential projects. Since joining BLDG, Taylor was worked on projects at all stages from schematic design to construction documentation, including 93 St. Anne’s Road, Nova Townhomes, and Blondie’s Car Wash.
Mateo Linares, Designer
Mateo joined BLDG in 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining BLDG, Mateo worked for Gypsum Drywall Interiors as a labourer, as well as at the University of Manitoba FABlab as a technician, where he assisted students with utilizing cutting-edge fabrication tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters to realize their design ideas. While at BLDG he has produced schematic designs, architectural visualizations, and construction documentation for various multi-family residential projects including 30 University Crescent and 584 Gertrude Ave, as well as mid-size commercial facade upgrade and retrofit projects.