Archemy Consulting Ltd Services | Sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods

Building Design Facilitation

We use a “charrette” format for leading collaborative building design workshops. A charrette is a structured form of “brainstorming” session with practical outcomes. It is more than a design workshop.  A charrette is part of a larger process used in urban planning and building design called the Integrated Design Process, or IDP.

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Neighbourhood Planning Facilitation

In community design, we practice the principle that the best plans are driven by neighbourhood involvement, using local knowledge and expertise, and responding directly to needs expressed by residents. For this reason, we often use the design charrette approach with neighbourhood residents as the client group. Typically these projects are sponsored by local government, though sometimes by private sector owners.

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Sustainable Building and Systems Advice

We also sometimes work directly for planners, architects, engineers and builders, offering project advice from our deep experience.
We do not offer services toward sustainable building assessment and certification programs such as LEED® and Built Green®.

Selected Design Workshop (Charrette) Facilitation and Support

  • Several new and remodeled commercial buildings for an international technology company. 2010-present.
    Design teams and strategic planning team leadership.
  • Wuxi Zhongguancun Software Park and Integrated Community, Wuxi China, Dec. 2008.
    Facilitation for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. International and the CPC Group.
  • Fort St. John Hospital Neighbourhood Design Charrette, Fort St. John, BC, Canada, Oct. 2008.
    Design Support for The Sheltair Group and the City of Fort St John.
  • Manitoba House Design Charrette, for Vancouver 2010 Olympics Pavillion, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2008.
    Facilitation for Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport.
  • Massey Integrated Housing Design Charrette, Low Income Housing, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, 2008.
    Co-Facilitation with Infotechnika for Canadian Mental Health Assn. and Natural Resources Canada
  • Salt Spring Island Sustainable Design Charrette, Ganges, BC, Canada, 2007.  Design support for The Sheltair Group.
  • 50 Year, Bridging to the Future plan for Jinze Town, Qingpu, West Shanghai, China, 2006.
    Design support for The Sheltair Group.
  • The Orange County Great Park design charrettes, Irvine, CA, USA, 2005-2006 (conversion of an abandoned military base into a mixed use community and public open space).
    Co-Facilitation, with the Sheltair Group.
  • Maple Ridge Smart Growth Design Charrette, BC, Canada, 2004.
    Co-Facilitation for Smart Growth BC and the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability.
  • Red River College, Princess St Campus, Winnipeg, Canada, 2003-04.
    Co-Facilitation of C-2000 integrated design process with G.F. Shymko & Associates and Corbett Cibinel Architects.
  • South Lake Union Sustainable Community Plan and Resource Guide For Sustainable Development, Seattle, WA, USA, 2001-2002.
    Project Leader for the Urban Environmental Institute and the Vulcan Corp., with Mithun Inc.
  • Univercity (Simon Fraser University) Residential Design Charrette, Burnaby, BC, Canada, 2002.
    Team Facilitation for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
  • Christina Lake Community Vision Workshop, BC, Canada, 2001.
    Co-Faciltation with Urban Ecology Collaborative and the Christina Lake Community Futures Development Corp.
  • IslandWood (formerly Puget Sound Environmental Learning Centre), Bainbridge Is. WA, 2000.
    Co-Facilitation with Rocky Mountain Institute and Mithun Inc. 


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“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass