About Us

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.

About Us

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, Partner

James Andalis has over twenty 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.

 

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, Partner

Michael Farrar is a registered architect with over eighteen 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. 

1999

Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies, Technical University of Nova Scotia

2001

Master of Architecture, Dalhousie

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

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

Our Process

Tone

Idea

Ideas are everywhere.
Collaboration and research sets
the project tone.

Composition

Design

Design, Redesign, Edit. Refine. The composition is refined by evolving the concept

Score

Management

Our experience ensures every element to comes together on time and in sync

Conduct

Structure

Pixels and paper give way to solidity as we guide the projects to completion through careful reviews 

Anthem

Relevance

The best architecture goes beyond physical, impacting socially, psychologically and emotionally.

Services

Services

Project Management

FAAS believes that effective, strong, and clear project management is the key to successful project realization. The office is built around the concept that project structure is the most important tool for success.

Our office utilizes distinct project management strategies to achieve project realization. James Andalis and Michael Farrar, as experienced and skilled project managers, provide strong leadership, accountability, and quality control.

Construction Administration

FAAS personnel have garnered significant experience in the construction industry and, as such, can provide invaluable support throughout the construction phase of a project.

FAAS also has experience as owner’s representatives, providing oversight, reporting, and support to the construction team while ensuring that the interests of the client are met.

Residential Projects

The people at FAAS Architecture have extensive experience designing + building in the residential industry. Our project experience ranges from modest single family dwellings, to large multiphase developments.

The work includes mixed use projects providing commercial and live work spaces within residential developments. We provide services starting at site assessment and feasibility studies, through marketing and permitting to construction completion.

Commercial + Institutional

The market sectors of commercial and institutional design are well known to the people at FAAS. We have been engaging and providing valuable services to groups such as private retail and commercial owners, spiritual organizations, post-secondary institutions as well as regional municipalities.

We have comprehensive knowledge of the administrative processes and stakeholder engagement typical of project development for these sectors.

Architectural Services

FAAS is a full service architectural firm that can provide complete design, technical and construction services. Our firm has extensive knowledge in a variety of sectors, with special attention paid to infrastructure, residential, and pre-design work.

FAAS utilizes a creative design process tailored to each project that comes through the office. Regular collaboration, team discussion, and research result in innovative, fresh, and exciting design solutions.

Infrastructure

The FAAS office strongly believes that all projects have the opportunity to positively contribute to the urban environment. As such, we have a dedication to engaging with those projects related to the urban infrastructure network.

Our portfolio includes successfully delivered projects as diverse as active pedestrian bridges, transit stations, airport facilities and waste and recycling services.

Construction Studies

FAAS believes that effective, strong, and clear project management is the key to successful project realization. We are built around the concept that project structure is the most important tool for success.

Our office utilizes distinct project management strategies to achieve project realization. James Andalis and Michael Farrar, as experienced and skilled project managers, provide strong leadership, accountability, and quality control.

Pre-Design

The people at FAAS have been providing our clients with many facets of services related to work undertaken in the pre-design phases of project development.

We are knowledgable professionals in the areas of master planning and urban design, site and building assessments, feasibility and proforma studies as well as conceptual design development.

Contact Us

Formed Alliance Architecture StudioSuite 303, 1812 4th Street SW
Calgary AB
Canada