Beyond Green-Going Nature-al

The year 2017 marked the 35th Anniversary of BJAL and to commemorate this milestone, the firm just published an eBook that surveys some of its most unique, award winning projects. This publication is available to anyone interested in the firm’s work and the unique philosophy that has shaped this small, private practice on the prairie for over three decades.

The idea for the publication comes from consolidating a series of public and educational lectures prepared over the past few years that focus on the evolution of five primary design principles. These tenets celebrate climate and culture in the making of inherently sustainable buildings and architecture authentic to its place. Explored through a concise description of various projects, a story emerges about the growth of a firm deeply influenced by the legacy of Arthur Erickson, a former mentor and champion of contemporary regional architecture in Canada.

Barry Johns Architecture also salutes many other influences on the work, particularly family, friends, partners, colleagues and staff, alongside collaborative associations with other architectural practices in Canada.


Download the eBook.


Joining Forces

Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. is pleased to formally announce the merger of their Edmonton office with Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited, creating Edmonton-based Johns Group2 Architecture Engineering.

“This merger will enhance both groups as the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts” Craig Webber, Principal explains. “From collaborating on various projects with BJ(A)L, we realized that we share a passion for design and improving our built environment. We could easily envision an exciting way of moving forward together.”

The full press release can be viewed as a .PDF and is also available from the Group2 web site


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About Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited

A consulting firm built on the legacy of Barry Johns Architects since its inception in 1981; we are an independent, Canadian private practice and design consultancy to other architectural firms and private clients.

An early succession plan yielded the inauguration of Stantec Architecture Ltd. in 1998 through an amalgamation of the original firm with two other practices to create the architectural division of a multi-disciplinary consultancy. After re-constituting as Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited in 2000, the firm also known as BJ(A)L merged with Group 2 Architecture Engineering in 2007.

Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited remains proudly associated with Group 2 in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. Through this association, Barry Johns (Architecture) Limited retains its identity as a private practice with Barry Johns also serving as Executive Director of Design with Group2 .

The firm has been broadly engaged in the profession of architecture in a series of significant, award winning collaborations including separate joint ventures with several other architects or architectural firms including Ted Cavanagh in Halifax, Wood O’Neill O’Neill Architects and Wensley Webster Fry Rodrigues Architects in Edmonton, Smith Carter in Winnipeg, Jim Hancock in Vancouver and most notably a very successful association with Gibbs Gage Architects in Calgary. Recent collaborations also with Group2, include Busby Perkins + Will of Vancouver.

The underlying quest of the firm, regardless of its configuration over the years has been its ongoing pursuit of excellence.

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