Douglas Cardinal

Indigenous architect explores land and space use for next generations

Calgary born Douglas Cardinal is a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings, and ecologically designed community planning. His architectural studies at the University of  British Columbia then took him to Austin, Texas where he achieved his architectural degree and found a life experience in human rights initiatives. His architectural design springs from his observation of nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together.

Cardinal’s signature Organic Architecture is well known to have produced many iconic buildings, creating elegant and nurturing sustainable environments. His accomplishments and awards are vast, including the Order of Canada, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and the declaration of Professor and Academician as “World Master of Contemporary Architecture by the International Academy of Architecture, and has achieved 20 honorary doctorates.

Cardinal has been recognized globally as one of the “visionaries of a new world; where balance and harmony thrive and where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision.”

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