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AIA Canada Chapter Welcomes Lara Presber as President

Congratulations to our Principal Lara Presber, the new President of the Canadian Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Lara previously served in the role as Vice President for 2 years and moved into her new role in January 2022. The Chapter established in 2017, brings AIA members residing in Canada together to continue advancement and development in the profession. AIA Canada operates as a not-for-profit, professional association representing and delivering programs and services to more than 400 architects and associate members. They maintain a broader involvement with the 6 other international Chapters of the AIA collaborating on events and continuing education programs around the globe.

We’re hiring!

Intermediate Interior Design/Architectural Technologist

We believe that beauty and function go hand in hand and that it takes an entire team of specialists to make a project exceptional.

Your passions are detail and precision and your specialty is the technical know-how to develop 70%+ of drawing requirements on your own initiative and the ability to then co-ordinate with senior staff and consultants on the remainder of project requirements.

The Interior Design/Architectural Technologist role is the heart of our organization, providing a solid building science knowledge base and possessing an ability to collaborate with the design team to capture design intent and translate it into a comprehensive set of working drawings.

You are a team member with a positive attitude who is confident, focused, responsible and enthusiastic about learning and supporting your colleagues. You can work both independently and in a team environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate and provide support in all phases of the design process from project conception through to working drawings, contract administration and project closeout
  • Preparation of interior working drawings including plans, elevations, millwork sections, general details and schedules with rigorous attention to detail and accuracy following established office standards under tight deadlines
  • Thorough knowledge of the Alberta Building Code as it relates to interior renovations; other Provincial code knowledge an asset
  • Apply for permits and coordinate with appropriate authorities having jurisdiction
  • Construction-phase activities including shop drawing review, requests for information, site reviews, drawing and document updates, project record-keeping
  • Ability to create detailed site measurements and furniture inventory
  • Ability to work on multiple commercial interior design projects simultaneously
  • Coordinate with outside project consultants such as lighting, mechanical, electrical, structural, furniture, signage, etc. as necessary to complete a well-coordinated project
  • The ability to manage priorities and conflicting deadlines when working on multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Current knowledge of building products and finish materials
  • Assemble, circulate, and file project documents
  • Available for occasional out of town travel (typically day trips, but could be overnight)

Key Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in Interior Design, Architecture or Architectural Technology from an accredited program
  • Minimum of 5 years (after graduation) of Canadian industry experience; preferably in a small firm
  • Proven ability using the current industry versions of AutoCAD, SketchUp, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Must have a valid drivers license

If the above sounds like you, please submit your resume and a sampling of your favourite projects (drawings/renderings/photos with a description of the role that you played in each; maximum 10MB total) along with a short cover letter highlighting your unique talents to

Only well qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


WELL AP Certification, again!

We are pleased to announce that Lara Presber has also achieved the credential of WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) through The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and has a profound impact on corporate performance indicators – including productivity, engagement and resilience. More than ever before, these elements play a critical role in demonstrating value in the work environment.

Please reach out if you would like to learn more about how the WELL building standard can be applied to your new or existing office space.

Welcome to Carrie Lipsett

A very warm welcome to Interior Designer Carrie Lipsett! Carrie joined the Studio Presber team this summer and brings an interesting mix of science and design to the team. Carrie has degrees in both Biology and Interior Design and is on her way to adding Licensed Interior Designer to her substantial list of credentials including NCIDQ and LEED Green Associate. Read Carrie’s full bio on our Team page here.


WELL AP Certification

We are proud to announce that Kyla Martin has achieved the credential of WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) through The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing.

Passive House Certified

Passive house is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. It was established by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany in 1996, and is one of the pioneering concepts for building low-energy houses and is today a leading building standard for both residential and commercial projects.

A building must meet several criteria to achieve the passive house standard including Space Heating energy demand maximums, Primary Energy limits, Airtightness and Thermal comfort of occupants year round.

Studio Presber Principal Lara Presber achieved her Passive House certification earlier this year thorough Passive House Canada and is able to help you through the process whether for a new building or renovation to optimize an existing one.

Announcing Fitwel

Fitwel is a commercial building rating system that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings. The Fitwel Scorecards include 55+ evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance buildings by addressing a broad range of health behaviors and risks. Each strategy is associated with unique point allocations, based on the strength of associated evidence and the demonstrated impact on occupant health. This means that strategies with stronger, multi-faceted impacts receive more points.

Studio Presber is certified to help you through the entire certification process or help you integrate some of the criteria if you’re looking to hone in on some key items to increase wellness in your workspace. Reach out to learn more via our Contact page.