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If you have dined at a top restaurant in Calgary, there is a high chance it’s a project by Frank Architecture and Interiors. In less than a decade, the firm’s novel approach to hospitality design helped establish the city as a culinary destination, whether it is the elegant Royale, a traditional French brasserie, or the vibrant Ricardo’s Hideaway, a Havana-inspired rum bar.

Tom Keenan, a University of Calgary professor and digital security expert, said people on the fringes of politics sometimes have a motivation to act in a deceptive manner online.

John Brown has been appointed interim dean, Faculty of Environmental Design, effective immediately. Brown is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design and previously served as associate dean, Research and International.

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, has been appointed dean of The University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, effective July 31, 2017. She is stepping down from her position as dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, effective immediately.

Congratulations to Kris Fox, RLA, CSLA, assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture Program, for being honoured by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) for his work on the Outdoor PLAYbook, an online how-to guide on research and best practices for designing innovative, sustainable and safe school grounds.

Nathan Tremblay, EVDS's workshop supervisor, received Excellence in Administrative Support Award (Support Staff) from the Graduate Student Association at the annual awards gala on April 6. Congratulations to Nathan, and thank you for serving our graduate students! Read more on UToday.

Distinguished alum part of the Chancellor Cuthbertson Student Lecture Series.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi came to office promising to do city planning and design differently, and he reinforced his desire to push the envelope while addressing a classroom full of students and professors from the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) on March 31.

Getachew Assefa is the Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment and an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design. Getachew worked with his student Chelsea Ambler and the University of Calgary Facilities Development team to investigate and compare the potential life cycle environmental impacts of different scenarios for redevelopment of the MacKimmie Library Tower. Scenarios included demolition and new construction versus selective deconstruction and renewal of the tower.

Please join us for this final installment of the 2016-17 Design Matters Lecture Series with a renowned architect and urban planner, Vishaan Chakrabarti.

On February 23, 2017, two EVDS MArch alumni were honoured at the 64th Progressive Architecture Awards, which recognized 12 forward-thinking groups of practitioners that seek to promote progress and innovation in the field of architecture.