Employee Spotlight: Bahaa Al-Neama

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series, where we take you behind the scenes to meet the incredible individuals who form the backbone of METAFOR!Meet Bahaa Al-NeamaProject Architect | Calgary StudioWho or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?When I was a kid and at a hot summer hot day back home, I was visiting family friend house, …

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Employee Spotlight: Megan Robins

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series, where we take you behind the scenes to meet the incredible individuals who form the backbone of METAFOR!Meet Megan RobinsBuilding Envelope Engineer | Calgary StudioWho or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?When I was in my teens, my father worked in construction and even started his own company. He used …

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Employee Spotlight: John Chang

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series, where we take you behind the scenes to meet the incredible individuals who form the backbone of METAFOR!Meet John ChangArchitectural Technologist | Edmonton StudioWho or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?I have fond memories of Tom O’Rahilly, the first boss I ever had. He was always curious about everything and …

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Leadership and Empathy at METAFOR: The Foundations of Culture and Human-Centric Design

The art of leadership is an ever-evolving practice, requiring continuous learning, resilience, and vulnerability. Central to this is empathy – an innate ability to understand the human experience. At METAFOR, this philosophy extends into our design methodology and culture, emphasizing a human-focused approach. This belief not only underpins effective leadership but also enriches our design philosophy. Leadership is dynamic. First, …

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Compassion in Hospice and Palliative Care: The Role of Designers in End-of-life Care

Throughout my life, I have had a very front facing and personal relationship with individuals who, for a variety of reasons, were coming to the end of their lives and preparing for their final moments. Working in seniors’ homes and volunteering in end-of-life care from an early age painted a picture for me of what it is to live, to …

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Employee Spotlight: Melanie Dell

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series, where we take you behind the scenes to meet the incredible individuals who form the backbone of METAFOR!Meet Melanie DellAssociate | Calgary StudioWho or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?I’ve always had a strong interest in the ways people engage with and utilize physical environments. This inspired me to explore …

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Employee Spotlight: Gordon Franklin

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight Series, where we take you behind the scenes to meet the incredible individuals who form the backbone of METAFOR!Meet Gordon FranklinAssociate | Edmonton StudioWho or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?Since very young (which is many many years ago!!) I have always valued good design/quality in everything over just having something. …