Our History

The practicality of our approach is reflected in the immense number of our built projects, locally and internationally.

Building on a long-standing family practice that designed many of Alberta’s early high rise towers as well as the West Edmonton Mall, Bruce Abugov and Frank Kaspar brought together a considerable wealth of experience and knowledge when they became partners in 1989. The firm quickly flourished through the 1990s with projects completed in Calgary and Western Canada, while subsidiary Abugov•Kaspar International was created to carry out work in Russia, the Czech Republic, the USA, Taiwan, and many other countries.

Early projects included office and retail centres, large-scale master plans, aging care homes, hotels, residential towers, and the Nordic Ski Centre in Khanty-Mansiysk, a renowned facility that hosts annual Biathlon World Cup events.

During the 1990s the firm also established what has become a leading practice in aging care centres. Many of our pioneering ideas are now widely used throughout the industry; today our firm and projects are recognized for setting Alberta’s benchmark in aging care design.

In the 2000s our practice continued to grow; our prolific and notable projects included high rise towers, commercial office buildings, mixed use developments, and several adaptive reuse projects, including many of the century-old sandstone buildings along Calgary’s Stephen Avenue, a federally protected historic site famous for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Towards the end of our our third decade, our practice continues to develop, diversify, and thrive. Some of our recent projects include the LEED-silver Atlantic Avenue Art Block in Inglewood, Mount Royal Village West in Calgary's Beltline, and the Heninger Toyota Service Centre, one of Canada’s largest upscale auto service centres.

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