This merger represents a combination of a shared culture and complementary practice strengths and is a natural transition from Zeidler and BKDI’s 15-year history of joint collaboration as a registered collaborative firm working in Alberta. This merger formally recognizes the blend of talents, joint philosophy and experience of a multi-jurisdictional professional practice. At this time, they are working with Cadillac Fairview on the 1.75 million square feet, mixed-use Calgary City Centre development. The merger enables the firm to provide a broader set of services to their clients.
The merger is in effect as of July 1, 2014. Zeidler BKDI Architects is a firm of 70 staff in Calgary, and will draw from the resources of Zeidler’s offices in Toronto, Victoria, London (UK), Berlin, Beijing, Chengdu, and Abu Dhabi.
Zeidler’s senior partners Vaidila Banelis and Tarek El Khatib join Jean Guy Beliveau, Stephen Bugbee, Bill Mitchell and Catherine Richardson, partners at BKDI, to form the new partnership group. Michael Cojocar and Martin Veenhoven join Ross Roy of BKDI as principals and continue in their senior leadership roles.