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:
Architects | September 24, 2018 | Stantec Blog Mike Gervasi

While offering efficiency and flexibility, modular construction requires extensive planning and collaboration to avoid potential challenges.

Green | August 15, 2018 | Stantec Blog Nels Nelson

The WELL Community Standard equips planners to build health promotion into the very fabric of neighborhoods.

An apartment-style student housing project uses patterning and window placement to generate interest on an otherwise flat façade

Multifamily Housing | July 13, 2018 | Stantec Blog Bryan Morrison

While student and multi-family housing share a common building form, it’s the student resident that drives the innovation of new spaces.

Urban Planning | June 18, 2018 | Stantec Blog Joe Geller

Five years ago, experts were predicting continued urban rebound and suburban decline. What really happened?

Sustainability | April 18, 2018 | Stantec Blog Heather Greene

The future office strives to be better, focus more on the people who inhabit it, and contribute to the success of the company.

Energy | April 09, 2018 | Stantec Blog Travis Sage

Imagine a future where buildings and infrastructure are 100% utilized and 100% responsive.

Office Building Design | March 02, 2018 | Stantec Blog Jenya Guillemin

These days, if your office space isn’t a true reflection of your brand, you’ve missed a big opportunity to connect with your audience.

Our team helped implement public improvements along 1,500 feet of Wisconsin shoreline. This project benefited from community outreach.

Urban Planning | February 26, 2018 | Stantec Blog Lindsey Christopherson

A new community engagement program works with young adults to help the future of the neighborhood and get others involved.

Resiliency | November 15, 2017 | Stantec Blog Blake Jackson

The developer sees resilient developments achieving top-of-market pricing, faster leasing, higher renewal, and higher occupancy rates.

Architects | October 25, 2017 | Stantec Blog Douglas King, Senior Associate, Stantec

Children often accompany parents or grandparents in medical settings; what can we do to address their unique needs?

Architects | September 25, 2017 | Stantec Blog Chris Groesbeck, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

The four-part mission of a garden of scientific research helped drive the design for the Beijing New Material Research & Development Center....

Communal space in a Boston office

Healthcare lounges should take inspiration from communal spaces in the workplace, like the Fish & Richardson office in Boston.

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2017 | Stantec Blog Samantha Gotta

When done right, medical staff lounges are an essential part of the healthcare workplace.

A rendering of a senior care room
Healthcare Facilities | July 31, 2017 | Stantec Blog Barry Kowalsky

When a family member can no longer be cared for in their current home, they require specialized care that is only available in a long-term care cen...

CarloMaria Ciampoli discusses design during the General Assembly/We Work event in Denver, Colorado.

CarloMaria Ciampoli discusses design during the General Assembly/We Work event in Denver, Colorado.

Architects | July 19, 2017 | Stantec Blog CarloMaria Ciampoli

What is design? Who are designers? And are there any common laws or rules than can unite the many types of design that exist?

June 30, 2017 | Stantec Blog William Ketcham

Labs are designed by discipline, aligned by relevant commonalities, and adjoined to flexible faculty research stations.

Retail Centers | June 21, 2017 | Stantec Blog Steve Kearney

It’s time to plan for the suburban retail reset—and it starts by rethinking the traditional mall.

K-12 Schools | May 16, 2017 | Stantec Blog Tanya Doran

Students are helping drive change by focusing on the future.

April 11, 2017 | Stantec Blog Douglas King, Senior Associate, Stantec

Creating healthier populations through local community health centers.

Cherry Creek North

Retail Centers | March 07, 2017 | Stantec Blog Larry Weeks

What’s driving experiential retail in 2017 and beyond?

Building Team | February 21, 2017 | Stantec Blog Thanos Webb

Archaeologists continually unearth artifacts in our cities. It's time to showcase them.

Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Augmented Reality | January 13, 2017 | Stantec Blog Justin Perdue, Associate Architect, Stantec

Measuring how the human mind responds to buildings could improve design.

Pixabay Public Domain

Healthcare Facilities | September 16, 2016 | Stantec Blog Bruce Knepper, AIA

Discovering new ways design can—and can’t—improve the patient experience.

Designers | August 16, 2016 | Stantec Blog Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ACHA

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 | July 22, 2016 | Stantec Blog Candace Small

With the right mindset, standards can produce great design for healthcare facilities, as VOA's Candace Small explores.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Horizon Village. Images courtesy VOA.


University Buildings | July 06, 2016 | Stantec Blog Steve Siegle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Universities across the country are striving to meet the demand of on-campus housing. VOA's Steve Siegle examines what students and universities de...

Images courtesy VOA

Architects | May 16, 2016 | Stantec Blog Pablo Quintana

VOA's Pablo Quintana writes that the industry is looking for ways to increase engagement through a mix of spaces suited to employees' desire for bo...

Creating a home for eldercare using the ‘Green House’ design concept

Sketch: VOA Associates

Architects | April 14, 2016 | Stantec Blog Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ACHA

VOA Associates’ Douglas King offers design considerations in implementing the Green House concept in eldercare for continuing care retirement commu...

15 ways "soft brand" hotel chains can distinguish themselves

Photo courtesy VOA

Hotel Facilities | November 13, 2015 | Stantec Blog Mark Pratt

Hospitality’s biggest names are creating new, evolved brands to appeal to today’s traveler and compete against boutique hotels and Airbnb, writes V...

Emotional intelligence and design

Image courtesy VOA Blog

Architects | November 03, 2015 | Stantec Blog Angie Lee, FAIA, NCARB, IIDA, LEED AP

In a world in which technology and its skills are constantly changing, good people skills are becoming more important, writes VOA's Angie Lee.

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 | September 21, 2015 | Stantec Blog Lauren Andrysiak, NCIDQ, IIDA

The desire for improved patient satisfaction, staff retention, and turn-key maintenance are among the top reasons more healthcare groups are implem...

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