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Published by global design firm Stantec, this eclectic blog features viewpoints, insights, and explanations from Stantec architects, engineers, and designers, on a range of issues impacting the fabric of our communities. Our contributors share their thoughts about design trends, emerging technologies, vexing challenges, and inspired solutions. For more blog posts, visit:

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Retail Centers | Stantec | March 07, 2017
What’s driving experiential retail in 2017 and beyond?
Building Team | Stantec | February 21, 2017
Archaeologists continually unearth artifacts in our cities. It's time to showcase them.

Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Augmented Reality | Stantec | January 13, 2017
Measuring how the human mind responds to buildings could improve design.

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Healthcare Facilities | Stantec | September 16, 2016
Discovering new ways design can—and can’t—improve the patient experience.
Designers | Stantec | August 16, 2016
Creating a network of experts to talk next generation healthcare design education
5 creative approaches to finish standards

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, La. Photos: Hedrich Blessing, Marie Constantin, Ted Kiper, courtesy VOA.

Architects | Stantec | July 22, 2016
With the right mindset, standards can produce great design for healthcare facilities, as...

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Horizon Village. Images courtesy VOA.


University Buildings | Stantec | July 06, 2016
Universities across the country are striving to meet the demand of on-campus housing. VOA...

Images courtesy VOA

Architects | Stantec | May 16, 2016
VOA's Pablo Quintana writes that the industry is looking for ways to increase engagement...
Creating a home for eldercare using the ‘Green House’ design concept

Sketch: VOA Associates

Architects | Stantec | April 14, 2016
VOA Associates’ Douglas King offers design considerations in implementing the Green House...
15 ways "soft brand" hotel chains can distinguish themselves

Photo courtesy VOA

Hotel Facilities | Stantec | November 13, 2015
Hospitality’s biggest names are creating new, evolved brands to appeal to today’s...
Emotional intelligence and design

Image courtesy VOA Blog

Architects | Stantec | November 03, 2015
In a world in which technology and its skills are constantly changing, good people skills...
5 reasons healthcare organizations are implementing finish standards on construction projects

LSU's Graduate Medical Education & Innovation Center in Baton Rouge, La. Photo courtesy VOA Blog.

Healthcare Facilities | Stantec | September 21, 2015
The desire for improved patient satisfaction, staff retention, and turn-key maintenance...

Image: Steelcase Ology, courtesy VOA Associates

Stantec | August 18, 2015
Sit-to-stand work surfaces were all the rage this year, according to VOA Associates'...
Finally! There's a workplace trend that’s worth embracing

The intersection of people, place, and tools is where we find success. Discover that intersection and design to criteria support all three. Diagram: VOA Associates

Architects | Stantec | July 21, 2015
There’s a realization by corporate real estate executives that in order to create a...
'What’s the latest trend in workplace design?': How architects and designers should answer this question

Rendering: VOA Associates

Office Building Design | Stantec | June 30, 2015
Hint: Your response must be better than a laundry list of solutions, according to VOA...
Top 3 2030 Challenge trends

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Green | Stantec | May 05, 2015
The growth of IPD is among the key takeaways from the USGBC Region 7 Conference.
5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

Hotel Facilities | Stantec | March 25, 2015
Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and...
Can advanced elevator technology take vertical hospitals to the next level?

In the mid-1990s elevator giant Otis conducted a research project called Odyssey. Otis developed an elevator system that allowed elevator cab occupants to travel both vertically and horizontally within the same cab, with the option to travel vertically again. Illustrations: Douglas J. King, VOA Associates

Architects | Stantec | March 23, 2015
VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in...
Are you ready for high-rise hospitals?

Illustration: Douglas King, VOA

Healthcare Facilities | Stantec | March 01, 2015
The vertical hospital environment may be the wave of the future, but it is not without...

Wintrust Financial Corporation by VOA. Photo credit: VOA

Architects | Stantec | January 14, 2015
No matter the level of complexity, workplace change can be a challenge for your client's...
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