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Alumni Advisory Council

The Faculty of Environmental Design’s Alumni Advisory Council was established to lead and advise on alumni initiatives and services in the faculty. The council will strengthen the relationships between the alumni community, the faculty and the university and will provide counsel to the dean and alumni staff in order to develop stronger connections with the community and provide opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

Martin Jones, Architect, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP (MEDES'92) – Co-Chair

Martin Jones is Principal of Martin P. Jones Architect Ltd. In 25 years of practice, he has been involved in a broad range of projects, developing a passion for post-secondary architecture, transit architecture and urban design. He has led many significant projects in Alberta, including work at Bow Valley College; the University of Lethbridge; the University of Alberta; Mount Royal University, St. Mary’s University and the University of Calgary. His transit work includes Calgary’s West LRT; 7th Avenue LRT Corridor, and the Northeast LRT extension. Martin is a native Calgarian, an EVDS adjunct professor and past Chair of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel.

Truper McBride, MPlan, RPP, MCIP (MP’15) – Co-Chair

Transformational and future-facing creative projects are the ones that Truper McBride loves best. As a senior associate and Planning Discipline Leader with Stantec in Calgary, he gets to play a lead role in creating better places by improving the built and natural environments. Prior to joining Stantec Truper was Mayor of Cochrane and Chair of the Calgary Regional Partnership where focused on charting the growth, development and conservation of the Calgary Region for the next 50 years through the development of a number of plans and policy frameworks. Truper’s leadership, both regionally and locally, has given him unique insights on planning issues facing the Calgary region and has built the strong relationship with key players required to get work done on multi-stakeholder platforms.

Ben Bailey (MP’14) – Member

Ben Bailey is a planner with CivicWorks Planning + Design, a specialized Calgary-based consultancy, where he lends his planning and design expertise to projects of all scales for municipal and private sector clients. Ben is passionate about community building and has been actively involved in his local community for several years as a contributing member of Beltline Planning Group and board member of the Beltline Neighbourhood Association. Ben holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Planning from the University of Calgary. He believes strongly in the talent and passion of EVDS students and faculty, and their ability to bring positive change to communities.

Gary Browning, AALA, CSLA (MEDES’86) – Member

Gary Browning is president of Browning Design Inc., a ‘boutique’ landscape architectural design consulting firm with offices in Edmonton and Calgary. Browning has focused his practice, over the last thirty years, in the land development and recreational industry with a specialty in golf course architecture.  His landscape architectural expertise, combined with a Masters Degree in Environmental Science have made him a particularly strong designer with an emphasis on environmental values.  Stewart Creek Golf Resort in Canmore, AB and Copperpoint Golf Resort in Invermere, BC are representative of his award winning designs. He recently was awarded the contract for restoration of the Alberta Government owned Kananaskis Country Golf Course, after the devastating 2013 flood.

Marcelo Figueira, RPP, MCIP (MEDES’08) - Member

Marcelo Figueira holds a Master in Environmental Design (Planning) and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from FAAP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He regularly shares his planning views and experiences in blogs and articles, which have appeared on the APPI Journal and other publications.  He was a speaker at the 2013 CIP Annual Conference and at the 2011 and 2014 APPI Annual Conferences. He served as a member of the APPI Journal Committee in 2009-2010, and has contributed to the CIP Professional Standard Board as a mentor for CIP candidate members since 2013. Marcelo was also a member of the City of Edmonton Subdivision Development and Appeal Board appointed by City Council from 2010 to 2014 and is currently a member of the Edmonton Design Committee.

Geoff Gosling (MEDES’92) – Member

VP, Product Development and co-founder of DIRTT, Geoff has over 27 years of experience in the design and interior construction industries, including his role as Manager of Research and Development at Evans Consoles. Geoff has earned numerous awards for his designs including the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award in 2010, and in 2012 he was named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Product Designers in Healthcare by the industry's foremost publication, Healthcare Design Magazine. Geoff holds a Master's degree in Environmental Design (Industrial Design) from the University of Calgary.

Kristofer Kelly-Frère (MARCH’10) – Member

Kristofer Kelly-Frère is currently a strategist with the Civic Innovation Project at the City of Calgary. This work is about building strategic design capacity within the City of Calgary administration. He is also working to craft new channels for citizens to co-create with their governments. He has a Master’s degree in Architecture. Kris was part of the core team that designed the experiences for Canada's newest science centre, TELUS Spark. His work also includes an active art practice, community leadership and critical writing. In another life, Kris was a tap dance instructor and can't stop drawing.

Doug Leighton, RPP, MCIP (MEDES’80) – Member

Doug Leighton has extensive international experience as a professional planner, urban designer and architect in both the public and private sectors. Doug is VP Sustainability for Brookfield Residential Properties, a leading North American homebuilder and residential land developer. Doug’s previous positions include VP Planning - Calgary Communities (Brookfield), Principal of a major New Zealand consultancy, and founding Director of Planning and Development, Town of Banff. Current volunteer roles include serving on the Calgary Planning Commission and on the Boards of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and Urban Land Institute. He is a past Director of the Alberta, New Zealand and British Columbia Planning Institutes.

Kristen Lien, Architect AAA AIBC LEED TM AP MRAIC (MARCH’08) – Member

Kristen Lien is a Principal Architect at FRANK Architecture. With a particular interest in critical design, Kristen’s thorough approach comes from her years spent working at other local firms (Sturgess Architecture and Zeidler Partnership Architects), building both a professional and critical eye. With ten employees currently working on projects in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, they plan to expand across Canada. In 2016 she was included in Calgary's ‘Top 40 Under 40’ Class; an accolade that was received for her firm’s success to date and volunteer work with the Alex Community Food Centre. Kristen is a mentor for Intern Architects with the Alberta Association of Architects, an active lecturer for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, and a frequent volunteer in her children’s schools.

Michael Magnan (MARCH’09) – Member

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Michelle Reid, BLA, CIP, CSLA (MEDES’06) – Member

Michelle Reid is the Cultural Landscape Lead with The City of Calgary. She conserves, manages and celebrates some of Calgary’s most significant historic landscapes, ranging from a formal Victorian garden, a turn of a century pleasure ground, a brutalist/expressionist landscape, as well as indigenous visioning, camp, and buffalo kill sites. Her work has been recognized at the local, provincial, and national level by landscape architecture, planning and heritage organizations. In addition to her ME Des., she has an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. She is a member of CSLA, CIP, ICOMOS Canada, and the Alliance for the Preservation of Historic Landscapes.

Wesley Sims, Architect, AAA, LEED AP (MEDES’94) – Member

Wes Sims has a twenty-year experience working as an architect in Edmonton after graduating from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He has been with firms of all sizes, including being a partner in his own firm for ten years. His design experience covers a variety of building typologies and scales, including residential, mixed use, First Nations, civic, Parks Canada, and private development. He currently sits as Vice Chair on the Edmonton Design Committee, the Urban Design Review Panel for the City of Edmonton. When he is not working, he can be found skiing, coaching lacrosse, cooking, or fly fishing.

Kate Van Fraassen, RPP, MCIP (MEDES’12) – Member

Kate van Fraassen is a planner in Community Planning at the City of Calgary. Previously, Kate worked as a Development Planner for the Town of Canmore, and gained experience working for MakeCalgary and Sustainable Calgary while she was a student at the Faculty of Environmental Design. Through her work Kate aims to enable communities to achieve their aspirations while effectively responding to the challenges that come with change. Known as an eternal optimist and an all-round lover of adventure, Kate gets outside as much as she can in between working as a planner and co-hosting Charmer’s Almanac on CJSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.