As a planner and architect, Len has worked almost exclusively in the higher education sector. From 2003 to 2008, he was the University Architect and Chief Planner for the University of Alberta, where he was responsible for the programming, allocation, utilization and planning of over 13 million square feet of academic, laboratory, office, support and housing facilities.
Len’s experience with university planning, facility management and governance gives him real insight into the space management issues faced by many institutions.
He has been particularly active as a campus planner, and his planning is driven by the research and work done at MIT into the structuring of peoples’ mental image of place and how this can contribute to the quality of campus life.
Len has been an active member of the musical community in both Alberta and BC. Also an avid sailor, Len lives with his wife and son aboard their yacht Terratima and can be found under sail when not in the office.
Four questions with…
What is your favourite pastime?
I must admit to having more than one. The top of the list is sailing, which I have done over considerable distances including Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. The next is riding my BMW K1200S. I have commuted to work and back for over a decade in all weather on the motorcycle – as well as taking rides with friends just for fun. Finally, I love playing flute with the Vancouver Concert Band.
Where is your happy place?
The happiest place I remember was flying a light airplane by myself at 10,000 feet above the prairie in bright sunshine. The feeling of freedom is incomparable.
What destination is on your travel bucket list?
Back to Rio de Janeiro to enjoy carnival, samba, spectacular music, great people, great food, great beaches, and practicing my Portuguese.
What type of architecture / architect or design work inspires you?
I have always been fascinated by cities. They are exquisitely complex in many ways and represents a ubiquitous form of human settlement throughout the word. They are shaped by culture and the complex network of connections we have with each other. Those of us in the planning and design professions have an obligation to understand this complex environment as best we can to ensure our work to create better and better places to live, work, and play.