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Carey van der Zalm

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Architect, AAA

M.Arch., B.Des (dist.)

Born in Edmonton, Carey earned her Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. She won the Abraham Rogatnick book prize for her thesis, Awareness Space, which she defines as an architecture that elicits a state of consciousness through the simultaneous engagement of all of one's senses, for healing. Carey spent two years working in a Vancouver-based architecture firm before returning to Edmonton and joining Reimagine in 2015.

Carey’s practice is healing architecture. From feasibility studies through comprehensive design and into construction administration, Carey combines healing, phenomenology, neuroaesthetics and consciousness into every project, as her work focuses on the simultaneous integration of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual within the built form and the body. Through consciously creating space, understanding human behaviour, and the implementation of atmosphere, all of her architecture is infused with meaning, designed with intention, and is with an outcome that fosters connection.

Carey’s architectural practice is complemented by her undergraduate education, with a Bachelor of Design (with Distinction) in Visual Communications from the University of Alberta. Outside of Reimagine, Carey is a national award-winning Creative Director for the Canadian architecture publication The Site Magazine. This independent journal explores the built environment through cultural, political, ecological, and formal perspectives.

Market Sector Leader: Health & Healing

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