Designers from around the world reimagine inclusive, equitable ‘Cities For All’

This past year has been challenging in many ways. Multi-pronged crises have laid siege to broken systems and have exacerbated inequalities that have always been present. This phenomenon was most visible with the thousands of demonstrations occurring around the world—particularly the Black Lives Matter Movement which, by some estimates, peaked at over four-thousand protests in over 60 countries. As Dr. John L. Brown, PhD, SAPL Dean, explains, “The climate crisis and social inequality have converged against the backdrop of a pandemic, prompting us to rethink the way cities are being designed, built and operated. It is an opportunity for architects, planners, landscape architects, and other creative practitioners and students to imagine how we can make our futures better for everyone. The ideas generated from the inaugural CBDX competition offers a glimpse into how a city for all might look, how it might operate, and how it might come into being.”

The competition call asked, “How might matters of equity and activism, ecology and environment, and health and wellness converge, and unfold, within our future cities? The three winning entries—"2050 Lagos Amphibious City,” by Gi chul Choe (South Korea) and Joanne Li (China), “Brewing Flower Power: An Ice Teaporium Celebrating Women’s Rights,” submitted by Diana Guo (Canada), Tian Wei Li (Canada) and Joanne Li (China). and “Process not Product” from Mattie Wong (USA) —all addressed the competition prompt in innovative and refreshing ways.

Top entries, including the three winners, 15 honourable mentions and 26 finalists — will be exhibited virtually and in downtown Calgary at the City Building Design Lab and City Hall until the end of April. Entries will also be published in the inaugural annual volume later this year.

CBDX: CITIES FOR ALL is made possible through the support of Stantec.

Brewing Flower Power: An Ice Teaporium Celebrating Women’s Rights, London, United Kingdom

Diana Guo (Canada), Tian Wei Li (Canada), Joanne Li (China)

Frederick Methot (MArch’20)

When life hands you coronavirus, take your year-end show online

Obstacle becomes opportunity as School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape students go digital to share their work with the world

When life handed the world the novel coronavirus and its accompanying shelter-in-place restrictions, most of us had little choice but to relinquish dreams or plans we had made. For some that meant scrapping travel plans, deferring new jobs or navigating temporary layoffs. And for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) Class of 2020, it meant a vastly different ending to their final months of study. 

Stantec Gallery

Stantec Gallery

Open on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Stantec Gallery is a space for learning and exploration. Emerging design ideas across scales, materials and cultures contribute to a dialogue housed by the gallery. The 1,200 s.f. gallery is open to everyone for inspiration — students, faculty and staff on campus, designers and planners, alumni, and general public. Together we are developing, testing, debating, and implementing the ideas of tomorrow.

This gallery is made possible due to the generous support of Stantec.

City Building Gallery

City Building Gallery

Open seven days a week, 12pm to 6pm.

The City Building Gallery features exhibitions from SAPL researchers, community partners and alumni — and delves into broad explorations and discussions about city building. Pop-up events and workshops complement the exhibitions. With 6–8 exhibitions a year, you'll find lots to discover and experience. If you're interested in city building, you'll want to visit this space often! 

We're always open to ideas for exhibition programming. If you have an idea for an upcoming show, connect with our gallery curators.


POSTPONED: Block Week on Campus: Arch Agency

Exhibition runs from March 17 until May 20

Led by Lisa Landrum and Kris Kelly-Frere, this exhibition showcases student work from the block week titled “Arch Agency: The Future of Architecture and Human Thriving”.

This block week course speculates on the future of architecture and architectural agency through experimental play, social innovation, ethnographic adventure, videography, mise-en-scène, performance and storytelling. It challenges participants to explore their own sense of purpose and place in shaping the future of human thriving in a volatile and uncertain world. Students will have acted as creative protagonists for a public Canadian Architecture Forums on Education (CAFÉ) forum on March 12, while collaboratively producing multimedia manifestos to be displayed in the film installation.

The exhibition will share student manifestos, and outcomes of experiments in public perception of architectural potential through the creation of an interactive video installation.

Exhibition runs from March 17 to May 20.

This exhibition is made possible by Stantec.


BLOCKWEEK at the Lab

Exhibition runs from March 13 until April 17.

Join SAPL after a whirlwind week of exchange and making. Students, professionals, faculty, and visiting instructors present visuals, prototypes, structures exploring the following themes:

  • Industrial Landscapes: Mass Timber 
  • Justice, Representation and Equity in Architecture
  • Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Indigenous Dwelling/Shelters
  • Portable & Responsive Textile Shelter: Translation & World-Making
  • Sustainability and Historic Preservation

Objects in Architecture

January 28–March 6

Explore the design and fabrication of a prototype, set in an architectural context. Displaying work from the Teknion-McCrum's Integrative Design (EVDS 683) course led by instructor Khalid Omokanye, the exhibition takes aspects of an architectural project and develops a component or piece for it, either through complement or contrast. The underlying concepts are derived from the student’s architecture studio project, and students are challenged to further develop an idea from the theoretical realm into a physical object.

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Surreal Visions of Hernan Diaz Alonso

February 5–March 5
City Building Gallery

Considered one of today's most influential and innovative architects, in addition to his role as director of SCI-Arc, Diaz Alonso is the founding principal of HDA-X (formerly Xefirotarch), a multidisciplinary design practice based in Los Angeles. Praised for its work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments, and radical architectural explorations, HDA-X combines these disciplines to create plans for sculptures, architectural ventures, and various objects.

On The Boards

Graphics I 2019

November 7–January 17
Stantec Gallery

This is an exhibition about ideas on the board. Often what one sees and experiences is the finished design, but the iterative design process makes up about 90% of what architecture, planning and landscape architecture students spend their time engaged in. This is a chance to discover the edgy, raw ideas students are generating in studio and in the workshop, before the final cut.


November 7–January 2020 
City Building Gallery

Mass Timber construction is taking off across North America. This exhibition examines the future of this material through leading examples from architecture and engineering firms across Canada including Acton Ostry, Moriyama + Teshima, MJMA, Patkau Architects and Entuitive Structural Engineers, along with The Mass Timber Institute.

The opening event is part of the Russell Acton Design Matters lecture pre-reception.

Housing & Cities

Housing exhibition 2019

October 30–November 24
City Building Gallery

This multi-media exhibition featured 25 award-winning social housing projects in Europe (shown in London and New York), complemented by UCalgary design research on sustainable housing. The exhibition features four short films, newly commissioned interviews with key practices in London, Amsterdam, Vienna and Paris that offer an urban context for housing with commentary on architecture trends, culture and traditions. 

The exhibition, Housing Design Excellence: European Narratives public panel, and Future of Affordable Housing symposium celebrated National Housing Day on November 22, 2019, and is part of the Future of Housing Research Initiative


A granite model of the Alps with augmented reality at the Landesmuseum with a ultra realistic statue of modern Helvetia

October 3–28 
Stantec Gallery

Fourteen graduate students led by assistant professor Francisco Alaniz Uribe travelled to Switzerland and spent time in the city and canton of Zurich. They were hosted by colleagues from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich) at their Hönggerberg campus. Supported by site visits, guest lectures and exposure to local resources, students were assigned to analyze the built environment, document and understand the use of the public realm, and suggest design interventions.

The exhibition chronicles their critical analysis process leading to the proposed designs, and includes hand drawings and sketches of public spaces and their use, as well as short films describing the mapping process.

Prefab Paviilions


October 3–28 
Stantec Gallery

A 16-foot wood timber “grid-shell” structure was designed and fabricated by students in the SAPL course Advanced Topics in Architecture (EVDA 683) during the fall 2018 term. The course was led by assistant professor Mauricio Soto-Rubio and was tailored to second-year graduate students in architecture. After the pavilion was designed, it was assembled by the SAPL third-floor student lounge. This trial installation allowed students to become familiar with the process of installing the pavilion off-campus. In spring 2019, a community organization called Makespace contacted the faculty seeking to sponsor a pop-up pavilion for the Inventures Conference, billed as the “unconference” for creative minds. The structure would become a temporary living room for their rooftop factory party.

Circularity in Design

Circularity in Digital Design

September 26–October 14
City Building Gallery

How can architects use new technologies to address our cities’ biggest challenges?

Kristen Forward (MArch’18, MEDes’19), Seyi Arole (MArch’18, MEDes’19), and Hayden Pattullo (MArch’18, MEDes’19) present their recent thesis work that introduces new design methods and concepts for mitigating waste in the building industry. Through 16 months of industry collaboration and academic research, this year’s graduates from the SAPL’s Mitacs-supported MEDes thesis program exhibited research on the potential integration between recent sustainability concepts in architecture and emerging computer-based tools and techniques, such as robotics and parametric design.

Winter Term 2019

W19 Exhibition

Azadeh Rasouli Yazdi

September 5–Sep 25
Stantec Gallery

Design is a collaborative venture, and studio is at the heart of creation. This exhibition showcases top student works from the 18 winter term studio courses of our professional graduate programs: architecture, planning and landscape architecture.

From explorations about the responsibility of design in society to the rethinking of regions, the work thoughtfully engages critical thinking. 

Alumni Exhibition 2019 

Azadeh Rasouli Yazdi

September 6–22
City Building Gallery

To celebrate the achievements of more than 2,900 alumni, SAPL announced its first annual Alumni Exhibition. The exhibition showcased a sampling of work from graduates across the years.

The exhibition also celebrated Prof. R. Douglas Gillmor’s legacy to the architecture profession and our city. Founding director of our architecture program, Prof. Gillmor was a compassionate and thoughtful studio teacher who shaped generations of Calgary practitioners. The Gillmor Block Course was named in recognition of his substantial contribution.


Above/Below, Braid Films

Joseph Crawford,

July 29–August 22
City Building Gallery

The series Above/Below was inspired while free-diving on the west coast of Haida Gwaii. Above/Below was originally published as a collaborative photo-essay in Northword Magazine by photographer Joseph Crawford and artist Allison Smith, and has since evolved into a group exhibit. This is a multi-media show that combines Joseph Crawford’s underwater photography, Allison Smith’s visual art and written essay, and a short co-created film, Hands In the Water.


Yves Poitras

June 27 to July 16
City Building Gallery

Combined/Between is an exhibition by Yves Poitras (MArch'15) that explores how we can reach across conventional typologies to stitch together the gaps in our urban fabric and create new opportunities to live work and connect.

Not The Faint of Heart

Not The Faint of Heart

March 28–ongoing
Stantec Gallery

Intense, furious, limitless. Architecture, planning and landscape architecture students participated in six intense courses facilitated and supported by local and international guest experts to explore inquiries about the future of libraries, hybrid scales of visual communication, site storytelling and urban heritage conservation. This exhibition presents their findings, ideas, and design visions through varying techniques, media and digitization. 

View the feature exhibition of our March block week courses.

Year-End-Show (YES)

YES 2019 - Year-End-Show

May 1–14
City Building Gallery

The annual Year-End-Show (YES) is put on by our students. YES is the annual celebration of Masters of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture students’ hard work. "Making Our Mark" on Calgary is their celebration as they activate new spaces, possibilities, and futures.

It's the Biggest YES Ever. Explore the 15,000 s.f exhibition.

Alberta Binaries A/B

Alberta Binaries A/B

January 25–February 15
Stantec Gallery

The setting is Southern Alberta, a place that is both living and dying…The prairie landscape of Southern Alberta provides and destroys, bringing both abundance and scarcity. It was the fallacy of abundance that was sold to those who settled in this region and led to speculative items such as Palliser’s Triangle declaring it an arid region unsuitable for agriculture. But a later assessment by John Macoun declared it a land of abundance, and so westward homesteading began.

The MLA studio told the tales of two places and the rivers that run through them: the Highwood River as it runs through the town of High River and the general area around Drumheller and the Red Deer River. 

STUDIO: Fall 2018

STUDIO: Fall 2018

February 28 –March 23
Opening: February 28, 2019
Stantec Gallery

Design is a collaborative venture, and studio is at the heart of creation. This exhibition showcases top student works from the 16 fall term studio courses of our professional graduate programs (architecture, planning and landscape architecture), the architecture study abroad studios (Tokyo and Barcelona) and the interdisciplinary urban design studio (Portland, OR).



November 14–December 31
Stantec Gallery

Where you live is one of the most significant choices you make in life from a social, ecological and economic perspective.

This exhibition showcases innovative explorations by students, faculty and industry members in housing. Investigative inquiries range in location from North America and Central America to Europe, and deals with diversity of cultures, climates, and crucial issues such as affordability, equity and resilience.