O.C., Ph.D. (h.c.), B.Arch, O.A.A., A.A.A., S.A.A., A.I.B.C., A.I.A., NCARB, R.C.A.A., F.R.A.I.C., F.R.I.A.S., F.R.S.C.
“I firmly believe that the Indigenous world view, which has always sought this balance between nature, culture and technology, is the path that humanity must rediscover and adopt for our future. The teachings of the Elders are not the teachings of the past. They are the teachings of the future.” — Douglas Cardinal, Blackfoot, Red Deer, Alberta
As a master-builder, Douglas Cardinal’s life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving, and harmoniously built environments. His architecture springs from his observation of Nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together. His work has defined contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and organic architecture. Throughout his career, Mr. Cardinal has been a forerunner in philosophies of sustainability, green buildings, and ecologically designed community planning.
Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his architectural studies at the University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he received his architectural degree and found a life experience in human-rights initiatives. Mr. Cardinal then became a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Cardinal has received many national and international awards, including 20 Honorary Doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in both Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada — one of Canada’s highest civilian honours — and was named a “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects.
Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world — a world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision. Douglas Cardinal Architect Website
B.Arch, A.I.A., NCARB, NCIDQ, ASID
“I strive to foster a greater achievement in the project development world — more holistic & sustainable building uses, better means of connectivity between buildings and the public, and more thoughtful ways to combine Nature with work, play, entertainment, and education.”
Edward W. Powell – Architect
B.Arch, A.I.A., NCARB, NCIDQ, ASID, UCANR Certified Master Gardener
Ted Powell is a licensed California Architect, and a certified UCCE Master Gardener of Ventura, CA. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and spent his summers on his grandmas farm playing with the animals and rearranging their environments. That’s when he realized Architecture and Planning would be a big part of us life. Before studying architecture he was a singer and rhythm guitar player in a rock band that toured with some popular groups like “The Who” and many well know musicians of that era. Growing tiered of the hectic traveling and scene, he moved back to Edmonton to get a degree in his real dream, Architecture.
Several years after graduating and with experience under my belt, he built a successful Architectural Practice Powell-Blackburn with over 30 employees. Their clients base consisted of some big companies like Texico of Canada, International Utilities, Weber Real Estate, All-Alta Credit Unions, Edmonton Savings and Loan Credit Unions, Melton Real Estate, and The Government of Alberta.
For the past 25 years, he owns an Architectural Firm with his partner and wife Laura Powell called Design to the Nines. Located in Ojai, California they specializing in Hospitality & Commercial design and Planning. They also design Custom laser cut furniture for humans as well as Animal Environments.
Ted is a master in the art of computer modeling. Resourcing countless software enablers, he creates dramatic 3-d colored renderings and visually enhanced animated movies to underscore his creations.
Aside from that, he has also been a very passionate novelist & song writer Blogging content that focuses on his passions. Design to the Nines Website