WAY TO GO WINNIPEG! The CHAIR YOUR IDEA Block Party was a huge success. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted. Click here for the full list of winners and prizes.



Available to all Winnipeggers, CHAIR YOUR IDEA is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded open competition that seeks to generate 1000+ urban design ideas and $30,000+ to realize the winning idea.

For a $25 registration fee participants are asked to submit their creative initiative in 140 characters or less [Twitter length] and contribute one WHITE CHAIR for public use to mark their submission.

The chairs are placed in public locations throughout the city and cared for by participating local businesses for the duration of the three week competition period. The accumulating chairs and the creative new ideas associated with them will allow Winnipeggers to take a seat in the newly claimed public spaces, take part in the urban design discussion, and exchange thoughts on how to make our city even better.

The campaign launched on August 27th with release of ‘celebrity chairs’, sample ideas and chairs dedicated and by well known Winnipeg personalities and community leaders. 

At the end of the competition period the winning idea[s] are selected by a high caliber jury and the campaign will culminate in a downtown BLOCK PARTY Saturday September 19, 2015 as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival. At the event, taking place in a prominent location, the 1000+ chairs will be gathered for a final spectacular display of Winnipeg innovation, pride and spirit, and the winner[s] of the competition are announced. 

We know great ideas can come from anyone. We invite you to 'take your seat at the table' and join the conversation about urban design in our city.


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CHAIR YOUR IDEA kicked-off on August 27, 2015 with the release of ‘CELEBRITY CHAIRS’, ideas + chairs dedicated by well known Winnipeg personalities and community leaders.

To inspire your submission, take a look at what these CHAIRMEN+WOMEN would do with $30,000 to make Winnipeg even better, and their unique CELEBRITY CHAIRS designed by some of Winnipeg's most creative artists, designers + architects in the spirit of celebrating local talent.




Mayor Brian Bowman

 Mayor Brian Bowman is the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg. As Metis, he is the nation’s first Aboriginal mayor, and is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a City that works better for every citizen. Mayor Bowman is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg through greater openness, transparency, and accessibility. 

A former lawyer, he has served and advocated for the community in many leadership positions with a variety of organizations, including the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Ka Ni Kanichihk. 

A Winnipegger and a family man, through and through, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Tracy, and sons Hayden and Austin. He roots for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets.

Featured Designer: Thom Fougere

Mayor Brian Bowman’s idea:

“Complement rivertrail & transform Old Market Sq into yr-round public space: build a rink w/ light & sound in the Exchange“ 

Dave Angus, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

David Angus is committed to the Chamber movement. He volunteered as board chair and later, in 1999 was hired as the current president and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. David has served on many boards and organizations for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the American Chambers of Commerce Executives; Premiers Economic Advisory Council; City of Winnipeg Red Tape Commission; and many more. In 2013, Dave held the position of Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a national committee of three countries working together to protect our shared environment. 

Through his leadership, The Chamber was instrumental in bringing a World Trade Centre to Winnipeg; established an international trade conference called ‘Centrallia’; established Leadership Winnipeg; and most recently the Winnipeg BOLD initiative: a grassroots public policy campaign designed to mobilize the community behind BOLD ideas for the future that are linked to increasing prosperity in the City.

Featured Designer: Work Shop

Dave's Idea:

“Showcase Innovation Alley through the use of projection light, drawing on local expertise and technology.“ 

Ace Burpee, Virgin Radio

Ace Burpee has worked in radio for over a decade in almost every capacity, and is very well known for the hundreds of charitable events and causes that he donates his time to every year. He is currently the host of The Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio and a columnist with Metro Winnipeg.

Ace is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to our community, he is the recipient of a Hero of Mental Health Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association, he has received a Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership and was recognized as a Manitoba Hero. This summer he also accepted an Honorary Diploma from Red River College, for his community contributions and leadership.

He is proudly from Cooks Creek Manitoba.

Featured Designer: Lennard Taylor

Ace’s idea:

“Ice Gallery. An art gallery/bar built entirely of ice. Showcase local artists. Jan/Feb. Forks. $2 entry fee to Graffiti Art Programming.“ 

Jessica Dumas, Chair, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce; Owner, Prime Image Life Coaching

Jessica Dumas is the owner and founder of Prime Image Life Coaching. Her passion in personal and professional development coaching is to motivate others to reach their higher potential through natural gifts and personal vision. Her wisdom has been gained in overcoming the hardship and tragedy she has experienced in her own life and in turn, choses to advocate and promote the understanding of the current and historical matters of the Aboriginal community. She is a professional and powerful role model.

Jessica specializes in customer services and relationship building, small business and staff management, workshop and program Facilitation, project and event execution and social media.

Jessica demonstrates all qualities of great leadership. She is currently serving as Chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. She commits her time to membership committees that promote success, sustainability and innovation such as the Winnipeg Chamber's Human Resource Leadership Council, Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award Selection Committee, the CentrePort Advisory Committee and most recently the Mayors Indigenous Advisory Circle. Jessica was also a finalist in the CBC's Top 40 Manitoban's under 40 making an impact through professional contributions in the community. She is the mother of three boys Ethan, James, and Ryan.

Featured Designer: Roan Barrion

Jessica’s idea:

“Raise statues of 1873’s First Nation leader and British Officer shaking hands from medallion of Treaty 1 Territory at the Legislative grounds!“ 

Jenny Gerbasi, City Councillor – Fort Rouge East Fort Garry

Jenny graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Nursing degree, receiving the University Gold Medal. She is a mother of three, worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses for 11 years, and taught nursing at the University of Manitoba.

As a leader on Winnipeg City Council for 16 years, Jenny has championed accessibility, heritage preservation, public transit and active transportation, environmental sustainability, ethics and accountability policies, neighbourhood planning, green space enhancement, the arts, and crime prevention.

In 2015, Jenny was elected 2nd Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work with FCM.

Featured Designer: Thom Jeffrey Garcia

Jenny’s idea:

“Turn pedestrian crosswalks into artistic murals using durable paint. Start with Osborne Village for concentrated impact & then do more“ 

Mandel Hitzer, Chef, Deer + Almond

Hitzer co-founded RAW: Almond, a pop-up restaurant on ice that has put Winnipeg on the international stage for its culinary industry.

Chefs from all over the world come to contribute to the pop-up, and Hitzer has used the event as a way to raise money for charity by sleeping in the pop-up restaurant in freezing temperatures.

In 2007, Hitzer opened Deer + Almond in the Exchange District

Featured Designer: Hare and Hare

Mandel’s idea:

“Manitoba’s bounty for local families: edible garden to revitalize our historic Main St/ Creating a meeting place to forage/reflect/ 

Paul Jordan, CEO, The Forks Renewal Corporation and North Portage Development Corporation

Paul Jordan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Forks North Portage Partnership.  Paul has held many positions since joining the organization in 1991, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2014. Through that portfolio Paul was responsible for all physical operations and programming of the site as well as being involved in capital developments and planning. Paul was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of Target Zero, The Forks’ environmental vision to reach zero carbon emissions throughout the site. 

Having a passion for the continued development of Winnipeg, Paul has also been active in the creation of waterfront access projects, which have led to multiple initiatives within the city.  Paul helped in the creation of the Winnipeg Trails Association in 2000, which he led until 2010. This group shares a vision to create a major transportation and recreation corridor through Winnipeg’s downtown along the rivers and has been involved in over 20 million dollars’ worth of new and improved corridors.

Featured Designer: Liz Wreford

Paul’s idea:

“A #warminghut complete w/ stage designed by Richard Kroeker, used on frozen rivers 2 shelter + warm musicians while they perform 4 passersby“ 

Obby Khan, Retired CFL player, Shawarma Khan, Green Carrot

Obby Khan is a man of many facets: athlete, business owner, chef and a generous supporter of our community. He volunteers much of his time with various organizations and charities such as the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, the SMD Foundation, Variety club, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Winnipeg Symphony and ISSA (Islamic Social Services Association).

Born in Ottawa, Obby received an academic and athletic scholarship to Simon Fraser University. With a lustrous career in the CFL as an offensive lineman Obby has played with Ottawa Renegades, Calgary Stampeders and, most notably, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, leading them to the 2011 Grey Cup.

In 2013, Obby opened Shawarma Khan restaurant in the Exchange District serving middle eastern cuisine with a North American twist. He quickly added four more shawarma stands at Investors Group Field and the Green Carrot Juice Company in Osborne Village. This year Khan and his business partners expanded further with another Green Carrot location at the airport, and a new restaurant concept is also under development in the Exchange District. 

Featured Designer: Renee Struthers

Obby’s idea:

“I’m dreaming of an oasis of recycled trees post- holiday season. A shawarma in a sustainable mini-forest? What could be better?” 

Wanda Koop, Artist

Wanda Koop is one of Canada’s most important and inventive contemporary artists.

She is known for charting new directions in painting, pushing the boundaries of presentation and display with her monumental-scale painting installations, in which she incorporates poetic video and performance work.

Over the course of her career, Koop has been the recipient of numerous national and international honours. In 2006, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding lifetime achievement. Koop has also been honoured with the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, and the University of Manitoba.

Koop is also well-known for her community work and social activism. In 1998, she founded Art City, a storefront art-centre, bringing together  contemporary visual artists and Winnipeg’s inner-city youth to explore the creative process.

photo by William Eakin

Featured Designer: Wanda Koop

Wanda’s idea:

“Create a lantern-filled meeting place between the Pumphouse and the Concert Hall completing the connection between the Forks and the Exchange” 

Eva Kovacs, Global, Community Producer

“My heart and soul is in this city,” says Community Producer Eva Kovacs. “There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to share stories about the people and organizations that make Winnipeg better.”

Eva started her career in journalism at Global News in 1998, grinding it out as a daily reporter finding stories that inform a community. She helped launch the Morning News in Winnipeg as the anchor in 2012, before taking on the Community Producer position.

“This is a perfect opportunity to really showcase inspiring stories going on everyday in this community.”

Eva’s regular Better Winnipeg stories can be seen on Global News and at

Featured Designer: Erin Riediger

Eva’s idea:

“Lunch along Broadway Avenue could be more enjoyable with functional seating and tables. Maybe even a canopy to sit under with your food truck treats or packed lunch.” 

Tabitha Langel, Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company

Tabitha Langel was born and raised in a Hutterite Colony near Brandon, Manitoba. She learned to bake good bread – and lots of it – in a communal setting with her mother and other women in the colony. 

She has worked with food professionally in several other place – restaurants, as the head cook in a government research station and as a baker for a bread co-op that originally led to the establishment of the bakery. Tabitha also has a degree in social work and brings to Tall Grass a strong interest in community development and local job creation. 

Featured Designer: Fireside Design Build

Tabitha’s idea:

“A movable wood-fired communal brick oven that could go where the people are in the city. Many hands joyfully working together to create a feast of good food and good company.“ 



Terry MacLeod, CBC Radio

In his 22 years with CBC Manitoba Terry MacLeod has established himself as a respected, informed, inquisitive & compassionate presence on the Winnipeg scene. His Weekend Morning Show has become the most listened to radio show in Winnipeg.

In 2013 Terry was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community service & in 2010 received The Award of Merit for his volunteer work with The Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. Terry has had a life long interest in architecture & design & has been an active volunteer with The Manitoba Association of Architects. In his second year of pre-architecture at UPEI he panicked in his first strength-in-materials class & switched to psychology - to his eternal regret.

Featured Designer: Ewa Tarsia

Terry’s idea:

“Train volunteers to go to every Wpg neigh’hood to ask: What single thing would improve the quality of life where you live? Then do the best.“ 

Alexander Mickelthwate

German conductor Alexander Mickelthwate is renowned for his 'splendid, richly idiomatic readings' (LA Weekly), 'fearless' approach and 'first-rate technique' (Los Angeles Times). Critics have noted Alexander¹s extraordinary command over the Austro-Germanic repertoire, commenting on the 'passion, profundity, emotional intensity, subtlety and degree of perfection achieved' in Bruckner¹s Symphony No. 7 as 'miraculous' (Anton Kuerti, 2011). Following on from his tenure as assistant conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which he completed in 2004, Alexander Mickelthwate was associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for three years, under the direction of Essa-Pekka Salonen. Now in his tenth season as music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander has significantly developed the orchestra¹s profile through active community engagement and innovative programming initiatives like the annual Winnipeg New Music Festival and the Indigenous Music Festival. 

Featured Designer: Evan Marnoch, Urbanink

Alexander's Idea:

“Beam of multi-coloured light rising from @theforks epicenter of North America like massive pin changing w seasons“ 

Royal Canoe, Indie Band

Royal Canoe was established in 2010 from members of Manitoba bands The Waking EyesThe Liptonians and TELE and include Matthew Peters, Bucky Driedger, Matthew Schellenberg, Derek Allard, Michael Jordan and Brendan Berg.  In 2014, Royal Canoe was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. They also opened for Bombay Bicycle Club on their So LongSee You Tomorrow tour. Their albums include Co-Op Mode, Today We're Believers, Royal Canoe Does Beck's Song Reader and Extended Play.

Royal Canoe is armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard super-weapon. The band plays lyrically sharp pop songs that move people and make people move.

Featured Designer: Wood Anchor

Royal Canoe's Idea:

“Purchase permanent spots in the Ellice and Notre Dame parking lot, plant grass & trees & begin the process of reclaiming our public spaces.” 

Stephen Sim, CRUMBS, Artistic Director of Winnipeg IF...Improv Festival

Stephen Sim is one half of the internationally renowned improv comedy duo CRUMBS and he has been performing and leading master classes in improvisation all over the world for well over a decade.  

Stephen is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF...Improv Festival as well as working for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. But he doesn't only make stuff up in the moment, he has been known to write things down in the moment too.

Stephen has been an ambassador for Winnipeg in all his travels and has worked to bring interesting ideas back to his prairie home, mostly funny ideas. He also very much enjoy's composing sentences that are a bit longer than they need to be, mostly for no reason.

Follow him on twitter: @theCRUMBS

Featured Designer: Joe Kalturnyk

Stephen’s idea:

“Close down some blocks in the Exchange District for the summer months and create a permanent festival zone for all the festivals.” 

Talia Syrie [+Steven Ackerman], The Tallest Poppy

Classically trained in her grandmother's kitchen, Talia Syrie’s nouveau Baba-style deli food combines the traditional Shtetl recipes of her people and the southern country cooking that she loves. Hailing from the North end of Winnipeg, Talia’s intimate café, The Tallest Poppy on Sherbrook Street, is loved by the community. 

Talia, who lists celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and her Baba Bernice as her culinary heroes is a born-and-bred Winnipegger, and prior to her culinary career – which includes the original Tallest Poppy on Main Street and the Come 'N Eat restaurant at Neechi Commons – she was a heavy-duty diesel mechanic.

Featured Designer: Nina Quark and Tanner Twerdun

“Well-designed posters representing every different country/cuisine in the city. Each done by a Winnipeg artist representing that country.” 

Downtown Peggy

Downtown Peggy has the inside scoop on the happenings in downtown Winnipeg. She’s all about what’s new and trendy, the hidden gems, the best shopping spots and best of all where to go for the tastiest lunches, brunches, apps, dinners and cocktails!

Peggy lives, works and plays right downtown in the heart of the city – she’s an urban gal and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She loves riding her bike or taking the bus if it’s rainy (any chance to use her giant HBC-striped umbrella is ok with her!).

Peggy loves checking out all the exhibits at the WAG, sipping drinks on a patio, taking in all the summer and winter festivities and she just can’t wait for the day we get a downtown dog park!

Designer: 5468796 architecture

Peggy's Idea:

“Peggy’s Pop-up Pods - could be a coffee shop on the river one day, a local vendor or community tomato garden at Memorial Park the next!” 


Thom Fougere

Thom Fougere is a Canadian Designer living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His studio was founded in 2008 with a focus on creating a concise and edited line of objects for the home. His work has been featured in a variety of print and online publications and has won industry accolades including multiple awards at Canada's Interior Design Show.

In 2011 Fougere was appointed Creative Director of EQ3 Ltd. Fougere's collection of objects for the home has been strongly influenced by the spacial vernacular of the Canadian prairies, where he has spent much of his life. The influence of the unique region is apparent when considering his work that utilizes Tyndall stone, a stone native to and exclusively quarried in Manitoba, along with strong lines that are reminiscent of the Prairie horizon line.

Fougere is constantly investigating how we live and interact with the objects in our homes. His pieces from the Tyndall Vessels to the Bench Rack act as containers for personal objects and depend on user intervention for activation.

In September of 2015 Thom Fougere Studio will open as a platform for further investigation into large and small scale architectural, interior and furniture design projects.

When Fougere is not designing he is hosting events targeted at engaging the Winnipeg public through various cultural events bringing focus to furniture and architectural design.


Roan Barrion

Roan Barrion is a furniture designer based in Canada. He has spent nearly two decades in the furniture industry, the majority as a specialist in 20th Century design and decorative arts. In 2014 he founded Roan Barrion Design, assembling a team of talented metalsmiths and craftsmen to offer his own designs of handcrafted furniture and home accessories.


Fireside Design Build

Throughout history the fireside has always been a place where we have come together and shared in the warmth, protection and hospitality of the hearth. This inspiration has lead us to develop not only inviting personal spaces, but conceptually directed environments that resonate with people because every element relates to a central narrative. An honest approach to the combined use of material, texture, light, and colour is a founding value of how we approach environmental design saddled with focused site analysis in order to create truly transformative experiences.

Bending the role of the traditional design firm, we prototype, fabricate and research in our studio creating an integrated hands-on methodology that allows us to design as we build. 

Dedicated to a foundation of quality and craftsmanship, we are resolved that it should be a right and not a privilege; we endeavour to do our part to augment the quality of life on all scales in any way we can.


Thom Jeffrey Garcia

T. Jeffrey Garcia is a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. Additional to teaching in the ED2 foundation year and an introductory University 1 course, he has instructed in graduate studios in the Interior Design Department as well as various levels in the Environmental Design Program. Jeffrey has a professional Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the U of M. His body of work includes curation, display design, graphic design, and industrial design. His current research includes Berlin as a palimpsest for cultural production and pedagogical approaches to foundation design education. 

From 2011 to 2015, Jeffrey was a partner focusing on design and project development at STUFF (Studio for Transformative Forms and Fields), an innovative network practice and think-tank founded by Jae-Sung Chon. Previous to teaching he worked for Plastic Buddha Design Inc. from 2000 to 2004, focusing on research projects and special commissions. The firm was profiled in Wallpaper*, AZURE, Saturday Night Magazine, Surface, and Frame; and their work was exhibited in Canada (Winnipeg Art Gallery), New York City (ICFF), Milan (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), and Tokyo (Tokyo Designers Block).


Hare and Hare

Jason and Karen design with the intention to honor material, time, practice and place. They combine the uses of handwork with forms of digital fabrication to bridge the gap between art and industry, finding viable ways to create meaningful objects. 

Their relationship is one built on balance and trust; their design work weighs control and the art of letting go. Emerging and dissolving, the process uses time as elemental practice; their concepts becoming realized in the moment. They draw inspiration from their native landscape, often using local wood as subject, and its unique identity as opportunity. 

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Check out Karen's website



Joe Kalturnyk

Joe Kalturnyk completed a Masters of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 2009. Kalturnyk co-founded RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design, a gallery dedicated to ideas surrounding art, architecture and design and was the director of RAW: from 2010 - 15. Along with the gallery activities Joe Kalturnyk has founded and launched POST NO BILLS, an outdoor art fair, and RAW:almond Winnipeg’s outdoor winter fine dining experience; as well as several other temporary event spaces. Aside from curating, installing public art and events and design contracting work Joe Kalturnyk enjoys sitting, reading and discussing urban ideas.


Nina Quark and TanneTwerdun

Nina is a graduate from the Interior Design program at U of M and has worked in product design and manufacturing. She is currently working as the manager and design consultant at Hut K in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

Tanner is a graduate from the Architecture program at U of M and is working as a designer/contractor for Design-Built, a local firm specializing in entirely custom design work and quality building practices.


Erin Riediger

Erin Riediger is an interior designer who has a passion for exploring the boundaries of functional contemporary design. Her choice to pursue design stemmed from her background in dance, where she began to explore connections between the body and space. She received both her Master of Interior Design and Bachelor of Environmental Design degrees from the University of Manitoba where she developed a strong interest in research based design and writing. Erin is a part of the multidisciplinary architecture practice Number TEN Architectural group. At Number TEN she has been involved in a diverse range of commercial design projects including École Sage Creek School and The Forks Market Refresh.


Renee Struthers

Renee Struthers is a designer/maker currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. An intimate connection to her surrounding landscape and culture, both rural and urban is one of the main impetuses for her subtle, minimalist yet intricate design language.  Her personal discipline focuses heavily on the phenomenological aspects of design from commercial and residential interior design and space planning, to intimately scaled furniture, lighting and objects. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in the Department of Interior Design, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Her work has been featured in multiple gallery exhibits, publications and print including the Globe and Mail Style advisor (Spring 2015), at the IDS Toronto in 2015 and now occupies the Kit & Ace store in Winnipeg's Exchange district.


Ewa Tarsia

Ewa Tarsia is a Manitoba artist who works in a variety of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, tapestry/fibre and landscape installation. The common thread through her work is to provide the viewer with a different perspective on - and awareness of - our natural world.  She intends to provoke and promote discussion about how we relate to, and fit within, the ecosphere. Her work is a celebration of its complexity and our inescapable interconnectedness.

As an environmentalist, she uses both natural and manmade substances to create images and installations that celebrate its beauty. Her “grass dot” Cool Garden at the Forks this summer uses grass - green blades that pulsate with life and with endless possibilities - as a sculpting medium. Each blade is a testament to the resilience and tenacity of the natural world even when assaulted by concrete, steel or glass.

In addition to various group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Ewa's work has also been exhibited in biennials in Spain, France, Poland, Austria, United States, England, Germany, and Korea. Her work is found in many local, national and international collections.


Lennard Taylor

Lennard Taylor is a Canadian fashion designer and painter living in the center of Canada.  His work is a reflection of the world we live in and our ability to interact with it.  Mainly working in Denim and Leather this unique designer can be found at his Studio boutique 223 McDermot.


Evan Marnoch, Urbanink

As one of Winnipeg’s leading graphic design studios, Urbanink’s capabilities range from branding and print, to digital experiences, as well as custom typography and illustration. Founded more than ten years ago by designer Marcelle Lussier, the studio has a reputation for combining thorough research at the start of every project with creative execution that makes surprising use of a variety of techniques and materials. It has created identities and spaces, art directed and staged television commercials and photoshoots, and collaborated on multiple public art projects.

Evan Marnoch, joined the studio over six year’s ago. He has a deep curiosity for all forms of design and his education in Environmental Design has engrained within him a strong emphasis on the pursuit of creative design solutions, as well as the care of craft and attention to detail in their execution.



Wood Anchor

Wood Anchor, Winnipeg's premier design/build studio is built on reveries of practical ideals, extraordinary people and thought processes given birth from staring at the sky and dreaming big.  Working with reclaimed materials in ways unique to the industry, and constantly developing new ideas, this team of designers continues to push the boundaries of solid wood design; defying standard archetypes through innovative thought and unorthodox process.  Much of their custom works can be seen in many major new commercial spaces here in Winnipeg including the CMHR, the upcoming Forks Market renewal, Prairie 360, the Ashdown Warehouse rooftop, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Norbert Farmer's Market, etc as well as having pieces across Canada, the United States and Europe.  Wood Anchor has always believed in working hard and having fun, creating pieces that become conversations.


WORK/SHOP architecture office + fabrication shop

Work/Shop, simply put, is an architecture office that sits within a workshop. The “office” which we refer as The Shop, is our research lab, offering a space for fabrication and collaborative research. Each project is an opportunity to uncover different material methods and processes involved in the making of Architecture.

The Shop was founded and is directed by Liane Veness, a registered Architect and Instructor at the University of Manitoba and Kyle Wires Munro, a Masters of Architecture Graduate and maker. Winning multiple design awards in its start up year, the office offers a unique approach to practicing “hand-made” architecture. By having the Architect engage directly in the process of making, Work/Shop strives to expand the boundaries of how we traditionally define the profession through understanding architecture as a collective embodiment of its material process.  

We think and create through building. It is critical to our collective research that our drawings extend beyond the boundaries of a single sheet of paper and project out into the material world, permitting a direct relationship between the architectural idea and the physical construct. Defining architecture as a series of consequential events rather then a collection of static moments.  To enact the process of architecture is to redefine the role of the Architect. Architecture should strive to be the process, or the verb, as in “to build or to make”, resituating then, the Architect into the role of the builder or the “maker”. Relying on the hand craftsmanship of the material world to connect us to the phenomenological spatial experiences that we strive to achieve.


Liz Wreford,  Plain Projects

Liz is the Principal Landscape Architect at Plain Projects, a landscape architecture and environmental design studio based in Winnipeg. We are a small, fresh and energetic firm that believes in high quality design and attention to detail. It is important that we maintain a sense of humour and playfulness in our projects. We have fun and encourage others to do the same. At the heart of our work is the idea that the places we design and inhabit should be engaging and inspiring; settings for the stories that form our lives.



5468796 Architecture

5468796 Architecture is a Winnipeg-based design studio, established in 2007. The office unites the diverse knowledge and experience of 12 young professionals, symbolized by the single table that the share. The firm believes that there are opportunities for architectural exploration within any budget, and that every client, user and civic environment deserves an outcome that advances architecture.


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