Sturgess Architecture is an award-winning, Calgary design firm, celebrating over 30 years of architecture and urban design. As a 15-person collaborative of architects, designers, technologists and assistants the firm operates as a studio office, where all members of the staff are aware of the phases and details of every project.
The firm principal, Jeremy Sturgess, is conceptual designer for all projects and oversees all stages of a project’s development to completion. This configuration is ideally suited to the integrated design process and a teamwork approach.
Research and teaching are ongoing aspects of the Practice. In 1980, the firm began a thesis about Courtyard Housing with the design of Squirrel Corner in Banff. With a rich history of precedents, the thesis locates housing units around centralized courtyard circulation. In contrast to a 'double loaded' corridor – which sees units approached from an enclosed and interior space – centralized outdoor circulation exposes units to the exterior, further enriching the courtyard environment. The fact that the courtyard units enjoy two exposures, they can be narrower in plan, and thus contribute to a more vital streetscape. The thesis has been developed through our Connaught Gardens, in 1991, and Olive, in 2003, and currently in Steps.
In 2003, Sturgess Architecture won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award for Construction Documents. This honour illustrates the firm’s commitment to each project, not only in its design, but in the process taken to achieve it.
Sturgess Architecture is committed to sustainability in architecture and urban design, with the majority of our professional staff LEED Accredited Professionals. The firm is dedicated to meeting the requirements of sustainable design in today’s environment while maintaining the design standards of an award winning architectural firm. Sturgess Architecture is a member of the Canada Green Building Council.