Edmonton’s Hip Architects to merge with Kasian

Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd (Kasian), one of Canada’s largest global architecture, interior design and planning firms, has entered into an agreement to merge the Edmonton-based practice of HIP Architects into its existing operations.

Originally founded in 1938, HIP Architects are responsible for many Edmonton buildings including the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre and the Sturgeon Community Hospital Expansion.

Under the terms of this agreement, HIP partners Stewart Inglis and Randy Krebes will become principals with Kasian. In addition, 15 members of HIP staff will transfer to Kasian’s Commerce Place headquarters in Edmonton, significantly increasing office capacity and capability. Craig Henderson of HIP will continue in his position as Senior Consultant assisting with business development for emerging key clients and providing design leadership on complex new projects.

 “Both companies have an established customer-focused delivery approach, with a desire to serve clients with passion, energy and commitment. This merger will enable us to continue providing sustainable, community-based solutions for clients, and an excellent platform of growth for our employees,” said Krebes.

 “We are committed to maintaining a large presence in Edmonton, the birthplace of our company. This merger allows two excellent organizations to better leverage their collective talents and address significant market opportunities” noted Don Kasian, president of Kasian. “Together we will continue to provide an attractive and exciting company for our employees and seek new opportunities to grow the Kasian brand throughout Alberta” said Jim Ebbels, Kasian’s Managing Senior Principal in Edmonton.

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