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GEC Architecture2 weeks ago
With great sadness, we share news of the death of Barry Graham, an esteemed colleague, passionate designer, partner & founder (the “G” in GEC Architecture). Our thoughts extend to Barry’s friends and family at this time. A detailed bio can be viewed here: https://t.co/5HOwY8N0pi
gecarchitecture2 weeks ago
It is with great sadness we share news of the death of Barry Graham, an esteemed colleague, passionate designer, partner and founder (the “G” in GEC Architecture). He died peacefully on December 26, 2022. Recognized as a Fellow by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada...
GEC Architecture3 weeks ago
Congratulations to our own, Peter Osborne on being recognized in this year’s #Edifier Awards by @EdifyEdmonton for all his contributions to city building and making #Edmonton ‘a better place to call home’. #yeg #edify #awards #architecture #yeglocal https://t.co/6YCrWXjxdu
gecarchitecture3 weeks ago
Congratulations to our own Peter Osborne, on being recognized in this year’s Edifier Awards by @edify_edmonton for all his contributions to city building and making Edmonton ‘a better place to call home’. 📸: Eric Beliveau / EDify #yeg #edify #edifier #awards #architecture #affordablehousing #yegre #edmonton...
GEC Architecture4 months ago
We are thrilled to announce the redevelopment of Paul Kane Park project on behalf of the @CityofEdmonton has won a 2022 Prairie Design Award of Merit in the #Landscape #Architecture category. Our thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in this award-winning project. https://t.co/p29S3aipz0
gecarchitecture4 months ago
We are thrilled to announce that the redevelopment of Paul Kane Park project on behalf of the City of Edmonton has won a 2022 Prairie Design Award of Merit in the Landscape Architecture category. Paul Kane Park has been an urban oasis in the Oliver...
GEC Architecture4 months ago
In 1987, GEC Architecture worked with the @UCalgary to open The Olympic Oval, the speed skating venue that held the XV Winter Olympic Games. Today, we reflect on this project as part of our legacy and celebrate the 35th Anniversary of @theolympicoval! #calgary #architecture https://t.co/1lrBJv0LC6

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Indigenous peoples, communities and culture are a rich and important part of our nation’s history and identity. The residential school system was, and continues to be, a tragic legacy in Canada’s story and a reminder that discrimination, violence and inequality were, and still are, pervasive issues in Indigenous and Canadian society. Therefore, it is important for us to see, to hear and to believe the Indigenous voices and positions on the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused, and how we can come together in unity, understanding, and action on these issues.

September 30 is Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation; it is also international Orange Shirt Day. Both events recognize and acknowledge the history of Canada’s residential schools, honour their survivors, and remember those whose voices have been lost. It is an important day, and step, for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in the learning and discussion of, and the healing and understanding process that comes next. The color orange shows solidarity with this messaging, and is an important visual for all in ensuring that Indigenous voices are seen, are heard, and are believed.

On September 30, our studios will be closed in honour of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage our community to use this day to reflect, remember and honour the children and families that were part of Canada’s residential school system, and to learn more about the path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities across our nation.

Below are links to relevant resources, as well as ceremonies and events in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation that you can attend and learn more about:

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day

Toronto Events

Edmonton Events

Calgary Events

For the architecture industry, incorporating traditional ways of knowing into the design process is a unique opportunity to work with Indigenous peoples and to reflect their cultures and voices; It is an opportunity to rethink equity, diversity and inclusion in our built environment. Below is an article from Canadian Architect providing resources that may be of interest to architects and designers for learning and consideration:

Canadian Architect – Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation