BLDG architecture office inc. is one of Winnipeg’s most innovative design studios. With international experience in architecture and urban design, BLDG’s buildings are more than a place to live, work, and study. BLDG’s buildings inspire creative energy for today’s individual lifestyles through upbeat environments for everyday life. BLDG achieves careful design through thoughtful use of materials and colours, detailing durable solutions with technical rigour. BLDG’s spaces are sustainable, cost-effective, and inventive.
We are a group of architects, technicians, planners and urban designers with support from architectural interns and production staff. BLDG upholds expertise in designing and executing projects of various scales, from urban masterplans to architecture and public space.
BLDG provides a complete range of Architectural services including master planning and programming, design concept, schematic design, design development, contract drawings and specifications, bidding assistance, construction administration, as-built services, and post construction analysis. The firm has substantial expertise and experience in coordination of large teams of experts for sustainable projects, and had worked on all types of project delivery including Design-build, Design-assist, Base Bid Stipulated Sum, Strategic planning reports, and Private Public Partnership.
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 researchbased practice that works in the interstices of architecture, urban design, and public art. Recent projects under her design leadership have been Tuxedo Point Multi-Family Residential Development, The MoCo Condominiums, York Avenue Parkade, and the Master Plan for the Grain Elevators and Bridges of Buffalo, New York. 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 Techonology 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. Allan’s involvement with architecture started in 1979 with a construction management company where collaborating with construction trades was essential to the success of projects. 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 served as Project Architect for Manitoba Hydro’s new Fleet Service Centre, and his broad range of experience in the coordination and facilitation of complex interdisciplinary design teams on large and small project types, led to the successful delivery of this project.
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.
April joined BLDG in 2014 as an intern. In addition to generating comprehensive visuals through 3-D modelling, she also assists in contract administration responsibilities and the production of construction documents. Before receiving a Masters of Architecture in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, she attained a Bachelor of Environmental Design with a focus on interior design. While at HSA Design Inc, April contributed to a wide scope of interior and architectural projects including commercial, corporate, institutional and residential. She facilitated in projects from its conceptual stages to completion. Her responsibilities also included product research, millwork drawings and the selection of finishes, furniture, and fixtures.
Taylor Clackson, Intern
Taylor joined BLDG in 2015 as a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, and recently completed his M.Arch design thesis 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 has worked on The Spot Apartments at Tuxedo Point, single family housing, and midsize renovation projects.
Jiangnan Ke, Intern
Ke is the latest addition to BLDG, before completing his M.Arch design thesis at the University of Manitoba, he attended Wuhan University where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. Prior to joining BLDG Ke gained experience as a summer intern at Peddle Thorp Architects in Shenzhen, and at the Shenzhen University Design and Planning Institute where he worked on hospitality, multi-family residential, and public space projects.