From Vision to Details: the making of a University District

The University of Calgary established the West Campus  Development Trust to spearhead the development of its endowment lands – enhancing the quality of campus life and providing a revenue stream. This is the story of the building of a ‘complete community’, from nuts to bolts – as told by the head of the Trust, a developer, and the lead planner. 

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Antonio Gómez-Palacio, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC

Principal, DIALOG

As a founding partner of DIALOG, Antonio is committed to creating healthy places, where people thrive – through dialogue.
Acting at the intersection of urban design, planning, and architecture, Antonio’s work utilizes a collaborative process, delivering healthier, complete communities. By engaging developers, residents, community/political leaders, Antonio’s plans & designs, have a track record of generating buy-in and being successfully implemented

James Robertson

President/CEO, West Campus Development Trust

James Robertson is the President and CEO of West Campus Development Trust. In joining West Campus in February of 2012, James brings with him diverse work experience in the real estate and development industry. James has a comprehensive understanding of real estate development, working in the private sector, government and non-profit industries, and has a history of building strong and effective relationships with stakeholders and colleagues.

Allan J. Klassen

Senior Vice President, Calgary Housing

Allan J. Klassen, Senior Vice President, Calgary Housing and former President and Managing Partner of ALBI Homes Ltd., has been engaged in the housing industry for the past 25 years.   Starting in 1991 as a sales representative for ALBI, has been blessed to lead amazing teams over the years in striving for excellence in the competitive but rewarding housing and development industry.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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