Spring/Summer 2019

Spring/Summer 2019

This issue explores UCalgary’s reach

The Future of Architecture

Right in the heart of downtown, UCalgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design recently opened a 29,000-square-foot satellite campus, a.k.a. the City Building Design Lab (CBDL). Then there’s the new Central Library, the Rocky Ridge YMCA, restaurants like The Wednesday Room and houses galore — all of which are being designed and shaped by UCalgary alumni.

How Do We Protect the Most Vulnerable?

With a willingness to take on entrenched and challenging urban issues, UCalgary alumni, students, faculty and researchers are assisting those who live on the margins. A Syrian refugee, a once-homeless person now living in affordable housing and a teenager who was helped by a frontline physician — your alma mater has influenced them, and they, in turn, are giving back. 


What’s transformed the Dining Centre is far more than a slap-happy menu makeover; we ask Vivek Shraya for her ideal party-invite list; gatecrashing the art gallery world; what’s in a name when it relates to Indigenous peoples; inside the mind of a literary icon.

President’s Message

UCalgary’s new president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD, ponders the role that a great research university plays in reducing and dispelling the uncertainty and anxiety that face us and the future well-being of our society.

Mind and Body

In 2017, more than 747,000 Canadians were living with dementia. But this story — both written and in audio form — is not about the devastating numbers. It’s about drama professor Clem Martini’s, BFA’82, painful struggle to care for his mother.

Dropping In

Rather than power-wash a dreary cinder-block wall, discover why more organizations are hiring mural-painters like Katie Green, BFA’14, to add pizzazz to a space that can double as a conversation-starter.



Think it’s easy for a university to swap its traditional, bureaucratic structure for an entrepreneurial mindset? UCalgary Chancellor Deborah Yedlin weighs in and gives us an update on where the university stands in its efforts.

Alumni Update

As Vern Kimball, BA’81, MBA’90, president of UCalgary Alumni Association, winds up his term, he reflects on three new programs that have boosted alumni engagement — the Recent Graduate Program, the Future Alumni Network and Affinity Communities. 

Unconventional Paths

Unconventional Paths

What could a fashion designer and an oil-and-gas entrepreneur have in common? Turns out both alumni have had career paths that zigzagged into unorthodox domains.

Where Are We?

Think you know your way around campus? Unravel the mystery of what’s been dubbed an “interior burlesque” and you could walk away with a $70 gift certificate from the UCalgary bookstore.

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