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omb – office of mcfarlane biggar believes in the importance of place making in all that we do. Every project is an opportunity to create something meaningful. This requires design rigour in a new era of sustainability, in order to achieve simplicity and honesty in the design of spaces and structures that demonstrate thoughtfulness, integrity and restraint.
omb – office of mcfarlane biggar thrives on diversity. The thoughtful integration of multiple disciplines is key to our unique success and we strive for this on all projects. Cross pollination of ideas across projects is how we continue to be invigorated by our work.
We believe that good design is a team sport and our integrated design process creates a forum for everyone involved in the planning, design, use, construction, operation, and maintenance of a facility. We approach our own team in the same manner, where a thorough understanding of the inter-relationship between disciplines is critical to a project’s success.
Our approach is contextual. Each project is an opportunity to define the specific needs and aspirations of its community.
Simplicity is the essence of our design approach. It is a philosophy that aligns with good sustainable design practice, good functional planning practice and good business practice. We work hard to do more with less.
The diversity of experience and eclectic interests of our staff, their design and artistic talents, stimulate our architectural inspirations and provide the foundation for innovation in our projects. Our team has traveled extensively and has great respect for the world of design beyond Western Canada. While we vigorously seek contextual responses, we also source ideas of evolving approaches from around the world for our work.
We are committed to healthy environmental stewardship. We have adopted and implemented LEED Gold requirements on several of projects throughout the history of our firm. We believe that responsible design includes a clear understanding and commitment to sustainable design principles, and is a critical factor for improving the livability of our communities. We exercise this belief in our personal and professional lives and strongly endorse a sustainability vision that balances social, economic and environmental concerns.
Michelle puts the b in omb. She has dedicated her career since setting out in 1997 to creating spaces that are regionally relevant and responsive to client ambitions, underscored by the timelessness of quiet and elegant restraint in form and materials. Gifted with the confidence and design ethos of a seasoned veteran, Michelle also manages to retain the freshness, innovation and drive of a newly minted student.
Michelle graduated in Australia from the Queensland University of Technology with a bachelor of built environment, interior design. Her training and expertise is in interiors, however Michelle has a larger interest in all facets of design: architecture, product and furniture design, graphics, wayfinding and art. She enjoys being involved at every level of her projects, providing design leadership for large-scale complex facilities while also reveling in the finer hand-crafted details.
Steve is principal architect at omb and a Fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. He strives for architecture that endures through the rewards of thoughtfulness, integrity and restraint, nurtured by an ethos of honesty and directness.
A strong advocate of simplicity and rigour, Steve engages the omb team in the pursuit of design that belongs to its context and responds to the lessons of the past while managing the responsibilities of the future. His interests extend beyond the boundaries of a single project to the entire urban landscape, and he maintains an active voice in the sustainable growth of our cities and communities.