By Ayla Berry, graphic designer 


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Daniel Smith, an architect based in our Victoria office, is the newest Certified Passive House Designer at Number TEN. He took the time to answer some of our questions about Passive House.


By Genevieve Bergman, Associate

Number TEN’s workplace design team has been hard at work researching post-pandemic work environments and taking a closer look at the transformation from the way things were to an altered, non-corporate landscape.

We have broken down the fundamentals into four parts⁠—FEEL, FORM, FUNCTION & FUTURE⁠—which reveal the trends that are shaping today’s workplaces.

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Number TEN has been working and collaborating with First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities for over 50 years. We have built many friendships, and designed places that respond to our understanding of each communities' history, culture, and aspirations.

But we can do better. We need to build a deeper understanding.
We believe the future of our country depends on it.

Actively participating in National Truth and Reconciliation week is an important step in our collective journey.
Join us in a week of learning, action, and commitments to the future. We encourage everyone to enter this process with an open mind and an open heart.



Monday, September 26


List of Resources for Reading/Listening


"Did you See Us? Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School"
By Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School  LINK

"In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation"
By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail  |  LINK

"A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Edited and Abridged"
By the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada  LINK


"An Indigenous Perspective on Reconciliation"
By Willie Ermine  |  VIDEO

Other Events

RAIC 2022 Commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation  LINK


By Ayla Manning, Marketing Content Producer

Number TEN Architectural Group, Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. and RRC Polytech were awarded an Institutional Conservation Award for their collaboration to sensitively rehabilitate the historic Scott Fruit Company building and maintain its character and integrity while creating dynamic spaces for RRC Polytech students at Manitou a bii Bi daziigae.

RRC Polytech NTAG Heritage Award 2022
Frank Koreman (Akman Construction), Maria Mendes (RRC Polytech), and Doug Hanna (Number TEN Architectural Group) at the 36th Annual Preservation Awards.

By Ayla Manning, Marketing Content Producer

Wood: Pride of the Past and An Incentive for the Future

The World Interiors Day 2022 guiding theme is “Pride of the Past and An Incentive for the Future.” What better subject than wood, an ancient material with enduring popularity, which represents hope for a better future, and provides a tangible connection to the natural world?

Wood is beautiful and versatile in its utility and has been used as a building material for as long as humans have built. Wood is culturally significant: it is the material we turn to when we want to connect more closely to the natural world. Sometimes wood choices are symbolic; sometimes they are based on technical characteristics.

Wood insulates and absorbs sound. It is flexible, lightweight, renewable, and beautiful. We love to see, touch, and use it. Despite the many new and innovative products and materials available to designers, wood has remained perennially popular.

On an individual scale, each piece of wood displays its history in its grain. Environmental conditions and tree variety contribute to the unique grain of each piece. On a broad scale, the use of wood connects us to the past, either through reclaiming techniques or reclaiming materials.

Number TEN Blog

Number TEN Inspired! captures the knowledge, passion and ideas of our award winning architects, interior designers and supporting staff, as they navigate through the complexities of the modern design landscape. We are creative problem solvers, advocates for better ways of doing things, and observers of all that is interesting and noteworthy in our field. This blog is our effort to share our knowledge and ideas in a way that resonates with everyone. Whether you work in the industry as an architect, interior designer, building manager, property developer, or are just someone with an interest in creativity and new ways of doing things, this blog has something for you.