At Zeidler in Calgary: a few good men

After a long career with Zeidler Partnership Architects, managing partner and architect Stephen Carruthers announces his retirement. Michael Cojocar and Martin Veenhoven will lead the Calgary studio, both principals with over 25 years of experience who bring global insight, integrity and innovation to the architectural profession.

Says Tarek El-Khatib, senior partner Zeidler, “This is a big change in our firm. Steve’s dedication leaves behind a legacy of memorable projects, and I am confident that under this new guidance, our Calgary team will continue to meet the standards of innovation, collaborative engagement and service that our clients expect. Michael’s and Martin’s passion for architecture will no doubt inspire the team.”

Michael Cojocar has led highly publicized public sector work and large mixed-use developments. His career includes Canadian hospitality projects, such as the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and international commissions in Kenya, Vietnam, Russia and Hungary. Michael is working on the completion of The Bow Phase 1 and just starting design of the Quarry Park Corporate Child Care Facility.

Martin Veenhoven has led the planning, design and construction of multi-million dollar projects throughout Western Canada and the Northwest Territories, the U.S., Russia and China. As project manager and design architect, he has recently completed several projects in Alberta: EPCOR Tower, the Grand Prairie Library and Art Gallery, the Kainai Peacemaking Centre, and the PennWest Towers in Calgary.

Susan Rigaux, office manager for Zeidler in Calgary, helped start the satellite branch in 2001 and will continue overseeing business management.


Established in 1880, Zeidler is a leading Canadian architectural firm with over 200 professionals in Toronto and seven offices worldwide. Senior partners Tarek El-Khatib and Vaidila Banelis and six partners lead a dedicated team that pursue quality as the foundation of their practice. The firm’s portfolio covers a range of work: convention and civic centres, academic, healthcare and research centres, performing arts centres, transportation infrastructure, and residential and commercial properties for clients throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Building on solid technical and construction expertise, the firm’s projects explore themes such as artistic juxtaposition and social convergences.

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