By: Greg Hasiuk – Practice Leader, Number TEN Architectural Group


Winnipeg has long been known for its flourishing music scene, historic architecture, delectable multicultural cuisine and its sizable population of creative, well-educated citizenry. Perhaps it’s the long, cold winters that nurture and encourage creative expression. It’s been said that our vast collection of affordable-to-rent character buildings contribute to our city’s creative gift, providing a treasure trove of artistic laboratories from which creative types can freely hone their craft. Or maybe there’s something in that occasionally brown tap water that causes us to punch above our weight in all things creative.

By Nadine Pearson, Architectural Intern

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 Number TEN worked on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights' restaurant, an honour for our architects.













The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been tagged as one of the world’s most progressive buildings. The unique architectural form supported by a complex network of engineering systems creates a spectacle unlike any other in Canada.

By Nadine Pearson, Architectural Intern

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 Sustainable architecture provides health benefits for our cities and people. Learn more with Number TEN's blog.

Projects such as Douglas Park School in Regina (left) and Qualico Family Centre in Winnipeg (right) demonstrate the elegance of wood as a building material.

In Canada, 81 percent of the population lives in urban areas and Canadians typically spend 90 percent of their time inside. We are so far removed from our natural environment, it’s no wonder our health and state of mind are so fragile.

Studies have shown that exposure to natural environments has positive effects on physical and mental health. Simply going for a brief walk outdoors, for example, can lift ones spirits and generate real health benefits. As designers, we have an opportunity to bring some of the benefits of the natural environment indoors through the use of wood in our designs.

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By Tim Phelan, Marketing and Business Development Manager

As a non-architect working in an architecture firm, I am often amazed at the level of knowledge, creativity and passion that goes into the design of a project. Architecture and design have the power to transform the way we live and inspire us to see the world in a different way. It can make the world around us more exciting, our cities more livable and sustainable, and our places of work more dynamic and interesting.

So I’ve often wondered: what do architecture and design professionals draw inspiration from? What buildings have inspired them to pursue a career in design? How does the work of their favorite designers that came before them carry into their own designs?

We asked TEN staff members to choose their most inspiring building of all time and explain why it is important to them. Here are their responses:

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By Erin Riediger, Interior Designer

I am often asked what made me want to pursue a career in interior design. When I respond, “my background in dance,” I am sometimes met with a puzzled look. What could an education in classical ballet and modern dance possibly have to do with design? As I went through my design education many of my projects referenced dance not only in the typologies I chose to explore (performance and rehearsal venues) but conceptually as well. Although I think some professors may have rolled their eyes at another dance reference, I revelled in being able to explore another one of my passions through a creative outlet.


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.