GREGG ferguson B.Comm., M.Arch
GREGG co-founded Down + Livesey Architects and Atomic Boy Making, as well as having worked with MacDougall Architect before starting Placeworks Design in 1998.
Gregg’s experiences have forged a belief that authentic architecture must come from an enthusiastic engagement with the client and their community, their needs, and the rich, varied conditions found on each site.
Gregg has been involved in the Calgary Folk Music Festival for twenty one largely fun years - fifteen on the Board and six as Board Chair; he was also the Chair of the building Committee for the new Festival Hall in Inglewood. Deeply involved as a leader and Official in the Ski Racing community, he currently serves on the Board for the Banff Alpine Racers while simultaneously cheerleading for his active, racing children. These years of non-profit management experience have fueled a fascination with the good that is found in arts, culture, and the public realm. Gregg remains committed to volunteering.
Gregg still competes internationally in sailing and is an active skier, hiker and traveler – pastimes he shares with his young and energetic family.
CAM woolnough AT
CAM joined placeworks in March of 2013, long after graduating from SAIT in Calgary as an Architectural Technologist. His Career as an A.T. started in Canmore where he spent seven years creating, customizing and conjuring home plans for local and not-so-local residents alike. Cam returned to Calgary with his small family and took up Project Management in Commercial Office-Wall Partitioning but after three years, he missed the creativity of custom homes and returned to designing custom residences with a builder for four more years.
Cam’s experience in custom designed homes, construction and local building practices allow him to picture details from the smallest joint to the largest truss. Being able to see the ‘guts’ of a project long before a tape measure or a saw are on site allows him to build from the inside out in his mind, to ensure that the parts of the project you don’t see are as perfect as those you do.
When he's not at the office or on the sidelines of a cold ski race course, you will find Cam in Calgary’s ‘other’ season at a campsite with his family, or chest deep in a local river chasing trout with his fly rod.
EMILY jepson DID
EMILY is a born-and-raised Calgarian who briefly lived in Canada's Paradise -- Kelowna, BC -- while achieving her Diploma of Interior Design at The Centre for Arts and Technology. She's thrilled to be back in Calgary, although she does miss the beach!
With past experience as a lighting rep, Emily has great understanding for the evolution of a project and how "behind the scenes" details need to come together before plans come to fruition. Having decided to pursue a career in interior design at the young age of 13, Emily is thrilled to finally be designing again as of July 2016.
When she's not designing you can find Emily with a camera or paintbrush in hand, having been involved in the arts since childhood. Baking gourmet cupcakes is also a pastime of Emily's, making her family, friends, and co-workers her culinary guinea pigs.
One thing that tends to surprise people is that Emily is a performing hula dancer (yes you read that right!) trained in the art of the traditional Hawaiian dance form.
STEPHANIE joined placeworks in 2006 as our Office Musician but has settled in nicely as the Office Manager over the past five years, splitting her professional time between the office and her passion for the Great Highland Bagpipe.
As a piper who teaches and performs professionally and plays with a local pipe band, she’ll often be found in her kilt playing at an interesting variety of events about town and around the world – seriously, who knew New York City has a Tartan Day Parade?
She continues to be involved in band leadership (yes, attempting to organize musicians!) and loves to ski, travel and scuba dive with her good man and her sons. Stephanie truly feels that the skills and coping mechanisms developed through all of these activities continue to feed her ability to keep the Placeworks office running happily and smoothly. We certainly agree.
CEO, Canine Department
JAKE has been coming to placeworks since 2000. Having supervised up to as many as three other canines and the occasional intern pup, he currently supervises only one other. In addition to supervisory tasks, he is primarily responsible for ensuring every visitor is greeted and given the opportunity to relax over a game of fetch.
His leadership style is very hands-on, making sure none of the human employees nod off at their desks, and by always having a toy to present at the feet of a human, he has expertly guided (herded) his department into being the most efficient in the office. In fact, the canine department has become so efficient, they can nap 50% of the day away!
Valued Member, Canine Department
KAOS has been an active member of the Placeworks team since 2007. Although he would love to come to the office full time, his pal Steph needs to be elsewhere for two days and she’s his ride, so he settled for three days instead.
Specializing in Corporate Security and Janitorial, his duties include office surveillance, guarding against the prying eyes of nosy squirrels, magpies and pigeons, as well as daily garbage inspection. He loves greeting clients and getting a good scratch behind the ears.