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Who We Are

ABOUT FAAS

FAAS is a firm bringing together like-minded, experienced people who wish to do things a little differently. We are designers, we are builders, we are placemakers.

OUR
FOUNDERS

JAMES ANDALIS, Partner

James Andalis has over eighteen years of experience in delivering planning, design and construction of projects for both private and public sector clients. James has broad experience in the industry from development financing to construction administration. This wide-ranging experience base and his most recent position as Managing Partner of an international, award winning architecture firm has allowed him to develop an expertise in strategic planning and project management of complex architectural projects.

 

EDUCATION

1998

Master of Architecture, University of Calgary

1990

Architectural Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

James brings specific expertise in the areas of urban planning, transportation infrastructure, commercial and facility development and planning of large scale infrastructure and architectural projects. His project management expertise includes stakeholder engagement, where he has experience facilitating the alignment of diverse and often conflicting positions. James holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture with a Diploma in Architectural Technology, this solid technical base allows James to firmly grasp and support the technical requirements of the projects he manages. Primary project responsibilities include technical guidance and evaluation, preparation of planning and construction documents, overall quality control and review and assessment of project deliverables.

James also brings experience in commercial development, formerly a General Manager for a multi-family division of a large construction firm; he has overseen the development of over 500 units across Alberta. This experience provides a unique perspective that is rooted in understanding the financial component of all potential development as well as appreciating the need for decisive management to define goals and obtain results.

Other related experience includes heritage building preservation and sustainable design where he holds LEED AP designation with experience in delivering various sustainable projects.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
  • Board Member, Consulting Architects of Alberta
  • Member, Canada Green Building Council
  • LEED AP
  • Continuing Education Instructor, Architectural Technology, SAIT

MICHAEL FARRAR, Partner

Michael Farrar is a registered architect with over 12 years of experience working on projects across North America, garnering recognition for design excellence, sustainable design and urban planning. Michael has been an instructor at the University of Calgary, combining professional exploration with academic research. He has been project architect for prominent place-making and transformative projects such as the award winning Glacier Discovery Walk and Flights YYC as well as the FormShift Vancouver project. 

EDUCATION

2001

Master of Architecture, Dalhousie

1999

Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies, Technical University of Nova Scotia

Michael provides a rigorous approach to design, beginning with a gathering of information from various sources including site, client, stakeholders and the community. This gathering of information serves to inform and shape the goals and vision of the project, ensuring the vision is based within the context and is supported by all those involved. The design process also includes a high level of collaboration and engagement with stakeholders, working closely with people to understand their needs and goals and developing solutions to mitigate often conflicting expectations.

Michael has garnered a broad range of experience and as such delivers leadership and guidance throughout the design process, providing clarity within complex projects. Specific experience with public infrastructure and civic amenities in Calgary has given Michael opportunities to work closely with the City of Calgary and community associations and understands the high public scrutiny placed upon such important public works.

As a registered architect in Alberta, Michael will provide design leadership throughout the project development, coordination and review of the construction documentation, client and regulating authority collaboration and overall project vision.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Architect, Alberta Association of Architects
  • Member, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
  • LEED AP Accredited Professional, CaGBC
  • Member, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International
  • Sessional Instructor, EVDS – U of C

our
people

Christopher Berg

Jr. Intern Architect

Wendy Richards

Intermediate Intern Architect

Juan Lopez

Technologist

Wesley Tran

Intermediate Interior Designer

Krista Perrin

Intermediate Intern Architect

John Tabingo

Sr. Architectural Technologist

Brogan Gordon-Cooper

Jr. Intern Architect

Taylor Burke

Office Administrator

Ryan Blaney

Sr. Intern Architect

Alyssa Daria

Jr. Architectural Technologist

Noah Stretch

Jr. Architectural Technologist
Intermediate Architectura

Melissa Cowan

Intermediate Intern Architect

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Our firm is always looking for like-minded, experienced people who wish to do things a little differently. Please get in touch to learn about our available positions.