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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.

Careers

We are looking for Senior Construction Administrator to join our team. We are a small to mid-sized firm located in Calgary with a focus on multi-residential projects situated throughout Alberta, BC, Ontario and working our way into other provinces.


THE COMPANY: FAAS Architecture is a dynamic, fast paced design firm. Office culture is as valuable to us as excellent design and technical documentation that translates into great buildings.

 

Key Qualities we are looking for:

  • Strong Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organization
  • Leadership and team management skills
  • Detail Oriented, highly motivated and deadline driven
  • Passionate about the technical side of architecture
  • Ability to work independently or with others

The Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the FAAS Project Manager in planning the profitable execution of Construction Administration stage of complex small-large scale projects.
  • Coordinate with FAAS project Manager on significant items such as changes to design and cost
  • Advise FAAS Project Manager immediately of any project contract administration issues and work to resolve any problems
  • Provide input as required by Project Manager and/or production department on budgets, schedules, etc.
  • Provide feedback/mentoring on buildability and code issues to project team
  • Ensure professional responsibilities and obligations are met including compliance with codes and bylaws
  • Protect the project design intent through construction.
  • Coordinate all architectural functions from tender to close-out of project
  • Prepare, manage, and administer detailed construction contracts and change management documentation
  • Review general contract conditions and confirm interpretation with client and contractor
  • Review contract documents at 60% and 90% stage (prior to tendering) and ensure overall document coordination
  • Perform field reviews in compliance with relevant building code and contract documents
  • Participate in pre-bid conference with Project Manager and client
  • Interpret documents and communicate interpretation to other parties via shop drawing reviews, RFI’s, etc.
  • Prepare and issue change documentation including sketches and drawings in consultation with project team
  • Maintain control log of all shop drawings, change management documentation, and consultant and architectural drawings
  • Review and coordinate progress claims and prepare appropriate completion reports and building code schedules
  • Maintain Project Schedules
  • Collaborate with on site client contractors and consultants
  • Track and review shop drawings, mock-ups, alternative requests
  • Chair site meetings and prepare meeting minutes
  • Perform project closet-out processes and activities in the project specifications including deficiency review, substantial performance review, total performance review, receipt of manuals and warranties, preparation, and coordination of letters of assurance, final occupancy inspection, permits, etc.
  • Establish job protocol and lines of communication between owner, architect, engineers, contractor, subcontractors, and vendors
  • Mentor junior and intermediate Contract Administrators

What’s required:
The Ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • Related Post-Secondary education or a combination of education and Construction Experience may be considered
  • Min 10 years Experience in Contract Administration of construction projects in a variety of construction types and coordination of full range of project consultants.
  • Proficiency and understanding of construction and consulting contracts
  • Personal vehicle and valid drivers license
  • Experience in AutoCAD, Revit, and PDF markup software
  • Leadership experience

 

What you get in return:

  • Opportunity to work for a professional managed company that operates with integrity, a collaborative and supportive work culture
  • Work alongside a dynamic team of talented professionals
  • Be involved in both small and large scale, complex project
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Paid holiday closure between Christmas and New Years
  • Fantastic opportunity for professional development
  • Contribute to sustainable design and community projects.
  • Social Activities throughout the year.

If you feel this position could be the right fit for you, please apply and submit your
resume to info@faasarch.com as soon as possible. We thank you for your
application, however, only successful applicants who meet the requirements of the
position will be contacted.

We are looking for Digital Support Coordinator to join our team. We are a small to mid-sized firm located in Calgary with a focus on multi-residential projects situated throughout Alberta, BC, Ontario and working our way into other provinces.


THE COMPANY: FAAS Architecture is a dynamic, fast paced design firm. Office culture is as valuable to us as excellent design and technical documentation that translates into great buildings.

 

Key Qualities we are looking for:

  • Strong modeling and rendering skills
  • Excellent time management and organization
  • Detail Oriented, highly motivated and deadline driven
  • Passionate about architectural visualization and communication
  • Ability to work independently or with others

The Responsibilities:

  • Work with project teams to create diagrams, images, and photorealistic visualizations at various stages of design to convey design vision and storytelling
  • Model, manipulate objects, framing and composition, lighting, texture, materials, and postproduction to create high quality architectural visualization environments, renderings, graphics, diagrams, and animations.
  • Discover and master new software and technology trends and tools to share with project team
  • Assist with the creation and curation of strategic and compelling content for marketing on social media and web.
  • Maintain digital marketing calendars and recommend fresh content ideas.
  • Assist in managing social media page including posting and engaging with followers.
  • Use and develop templates to create digital graphics and video content for social and web.
  • Regularly update website.

What’s required:
The Ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • A degree or diploma in Graphic Design, Architecture, or Interior Design
  • Experience in creating rendering for building exteriors, interiors, and landscapes
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape, Vray, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Tools
  • Strong understanding of composition, materials, lighting, and modeling
  • Passion for producing photorealistic 3D renderings
  • A general understanding of digital marketing trends, tools, and best practices
  • Working knowledge of social platforms
  • General understanding of WordPress or similar

 

What you get in return:

  • Opportunity to work for a professional managed company that operates with integrity, a collaborative and supportive work culture
  • Work alongside a dynamic team of talented professionals
  • Be involved in both small and large scale, complex project
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Paid holiday closure between Christmas and New Years
  • Fantastic opportunity for professional development
  • Contribute to sustainable design and community projects.
  • Social Activities throughout the year.

If you feel this position could be the right fit for you, please apply and submit your
resume and portfolio to info@faasarch.com as soon as possible. We thank you for your
application, however, only successful applicants who meet the requirements of the
position will be contacted.

 

We are looking for Junior Construction Contract Administrator to join our team. We are a small to mid-sized firm located in Calgary with a focus on multi-residential projects situated throughout Alberta, BC, Ontario and working our way into other provinces.

FAAS Architecture is a dynamic, fast paced design firm. Office culture is as valuable to us as excellent design and technical documentation that translates into great buildings.

Key Qualities we are looking for:

  • Strong Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organization
  • Detail Oriented, highly motivated and deadline driven
  • Passionate about the technical side of architecture
  • Ability to work independently or with others

The Responsibilities:

  • Advise FAAS Senior Construction Contract Administrator immediately of any project contract administration issues and work to resolve any problems.
  • Protect the project design intent through construction.
  • Prepare, manage, and administer detailed construction contracts and change management documentation.
  • Assist the FAAS Construction Contract Administrator in performing field reviews in compliance with relevant building code and contract documents.
  • Interpret documents and communicate interpretation to other parties via shop drawing reviews, RFI’s, etc.
  • Assist the FAAS Construction Contract Administrator in preparing and issuing change documentation including sketches and basic technical drawings in consultation with project team in AutoCAD and Revit.
  • Provide administrative support on project notes, minutes and correspondence.
  • Maintain control log of all shop drawings, change management documentation, and consultant and architectural drawings.
  • Assist the FAAS Construction Contract Administrator in preparing appropriate completion reports and building code schedules.
  • Review shop drawings, mock-ups, alternative requests.
  • Assist the FAAS Senior Construction Contract Administrator in preparing project closet-out documentation and activities in the project specifications including deficiency review, substantial performance review, total performance review, receipt of manuals and warranties, preparation, and coordination of letters of assurance, final occupancy inspection, permits, etc.

What’s required:

The Ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • Related Post-Secondary education in BDT or CET or a combination of education and construction experience may be considered
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Experience in AutoCAD, Revit, and PDF markup software

What you get in return:

  • Opportunity to work for a professional managed company that operates with integrity, a collaborative and supportive work culture
  • Work alongside a dynamic team of talented professionals
  • Be involved in both small and large scale, complex project
  • Ongoing training opportunities
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Paid holiday closure between Christmas and New Years
  • Fantastic opportunity for professional development
  • Contribute to sustainable design and community projects.
  • Social Activities throughout the year.

If you feel this position could be the right fit for you, please apply and submit your
resume to info@faasarch.com as soon as possible. We thank you for your
application, however, only successful applicants who meet the requirements of the
position will be contacted.

 

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