Douglas Cardinal

Architect, designer, planner, activist, philosopher, and artist, Douglas Cardinal is that and more. Douglas Cardinal’s life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving, and harmonious built environments. As an architect, he builds buildings, as a planner and activist he builds communities, and as a leader and philosopher, he builds bridges between dispersed cultures all over the world. Douglas Cardinal personifies the timelessness of a master builder. Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his mother augured early in his childhood that he would become an architect. His architectural studies at The University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he worked at Jesson Milhouse Greeven with Fred Day and acquired scholarships to study at the renowned School of Architecture at The University of Texas. There he found an intellectually stimulating and socially invigorating environment where in addition to his education in architecture, he benefited from actively involving himself in the many human rights initiatives ignited in the United States in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. This commitment to bettering human conditions continues to be one of the major principles of his architecture, from the smallest detail to the overall design or master plan. He continues his holistic multidisciplinary practice in Ottawa, Ontario where he currently resides.