In October 2016, CMLC issued an invitational RFP to select a Design Collaborative and Master Planning Team to assist in delivering a cohesive, holistic vision for an urban district on downtown Calgary’s east end. Following a rigorous selection process, we selected Mark Johnson of Civitas (Denver) and Stephen Mahler of Calgary’s Gibbs Gage Architects.


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It brings knowledge and expertise from numerous strategic planning, development and implementation processes across North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Mark Johnson, who co-founded Civitas in 1984, has led the design of nearly $1 billion in built works and is broadly recognized as a thought leader in the regeneration of brownfield and industrial inner-city areas. Foremost among these is his leadership of planning and design for the rejuvenation of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport.

A prominent designer of public space, Mark was integral in reimagining and designing St. Patrick’s Island, which opened in 2015 after CMLC fully redeveloped and restored the 31-acre inner-city treasure. Mark’s recent work also includes the North Embarcadero, the centerpiece of downtown San Diego’s waterfront, and @One City Plaza in Greenville, SC, and he has ongoing public space projects in London (Ontario), Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Denver, Raleigh, Tampa and Washington DC.

Recipient of many awards for design, planning and service in his history of pushing the envelope of practice for landscape architects, Mark is a frequent lecturer at universities, regular speaker for ULI Forums, faculty member at the International Academy of Design and Health (Stockholm), advisor to the Prague Institute for Planning and visiting critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design


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It has been providing architecture and urban design consulting services in Calgary and western Canada for 33 years. Their extensive experience includes master planning, site analysis, by-law interpretation, land-use planning and concept visualization.

In the east end of downtown Calgary, Gibbs Gage has undertaken projects in Beltline, Victoria Park, East Village, Ramsay and neighbouring industrial areas. And for 28 years, they’ve been providing architectural and planning service to Calgary Stampede. Their work also crosses a number of sectors – entertainment, sports and retail among them – and they bring national and international perspectives to local planning challenges.

Gibbs Gage partner Stephen Mahler has worked with Calgary Stampede since 1995, including the first expansion of BMO Centre (known then as the Roundup Centre), subsequent expansions to BMO Centre, redevelopment concepts for The Big Four, planning for the Agriculture Building renovations and the Agrium Western Event Centre, the Ramsay site development concept study and, most recently, the preliminary concept for the BMO Convention Centre expansion. He assisted Calgary Stampede in obtaining all Development Permit approvals for the BMO expansion projects, Agrium Western Event Centre and Agriculture Building.

Stephen is currently leading the Calgary Opera Centre project, which will be located in Stampede Park’s Youth Campus area.