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EVDS MArch alumni honoured at the 64th Progressive Architecture Awards

Village, courtesy of Modern Office of Design + Architecture

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.

Ben Klumper and Dustin Couzens , founding partners of Modern Office of Design + Architecture (MoDA) won a citation in the Multifamily category for their work on Village, a 78 unit urban housing development  proposed for Calgary’s Bankview neighbourhood.

“We’re both advocates for design and architecture and are keenly interested in making good buildings that challenge the status quo but are still accessible and legible to the general public,” says Klumper. “Multifamily buildings are a difficult typology to be innovative in because they are so formulaic in their planning and their finance models”. 

Klumper goes on to explain that their approach to designing these types of buildings is from a user-driven, social perspective. Their design finds solutions to questions such as “how to live in a building with other people and get to know your neighbors while still maintaining a desired level of privacy” or “how to create density that still has breathing room”. For MoDA, asking these questions has led to a more creative understanding of the multifamily typology while still meeting the requisite efficiencies and cost performance set forth by the developer.

Klumper and Couzens are honoured to be the only firm from Canada to be recognized alongside internationally renowned firms such as REX, Steven Holl and Morphosis.

“Winning this award is important to us because it validates our approach, motivates us to keep pushing the envelope and reaffirms for us that there is a potential to think differently about multifamily architecture”.