Education / Recreation Studio

Studio Overview

We are committed to supporting exceptional learning environments where students thrive. Our approach is to create “creative age” educational environments to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century student. This means providing dynamic and flexible places for students, faculty and the public to learn, interact and build a sense of community.  New methods of engaging students are required to keep up with the multi-tasking, multi-media savvy student. We have designed for educational excellence in public and private schools, First Nations and Inuit communities in northern Canada; universities and colleges; corporate learning centres; and interpretive and cultural organizations.

Our recreation designs create community hubs of wellness, social and sport activity. We believe recreation is a vital component of a strong community. Sport Manitoba's Sport for Life Centre, University of Winnipeg's Axworthy Health & RecPlex, as well as Bronx Park and Southdale Community Centre projects are all examples of our dedication to bettering communities through activity and wellness.

Studio Principal

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Doug Hanna
M.Arch, MRAIC, MAA, SAA, MAIBC, Licensed Architect in Minnesota, LEED®AP
Leader: Education and Recreation Studio
Doug Hanna is an Architect and Partner with Number TEN and leads the Education and Recreation Studio.  Doug has over 25 years of experience in the design of public facilities and he works equally well with clients and collaborative design teams to provide a thoughtful approach to architecture that maximizes the potential for each project.  Doug’s keen interest in the environment led him to be the first Architect in Manitoba to obtain LEED accreditation and his innovative leadership on such projects as the Winnipeg Humane Society and the Richardson College for the Environment have demonstrated that commitment.  Doug’s enthusiasm and professionalism translates into effective client communication and creative solutions.

Studio Leads

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Gabe Derksen

Gabe has over 15 years of architectural experience working closely with clients and communities on recreation and education projects at all scales. He is passionate about sustainable design and working with stakeholders to create innovative and engaging educational and recreational environments. Gabe brings to every project a commitment to quality in design, from the earliest concept stage to the development of the project’s details.

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Christina Legris,

Christina is an experienced architect with over 17 years of experience in the field. For the past 12 years, she has focused on education and recreation design and has worked with private and public clients in both Canada and the US. Her experience ranges from small classroom additions to the design of major education and recreation buildings. Christina is passionate about designing built environments that enhance the community experience.