James Wright | FAIA, NCARB

Adam Pantelimon | AIA Int Assoc, MRAIC, RIBA, ARB, MCIP, MOUQ

Director - Unassigned Members, AIA International Region

Manager, Ministry of Infrastructure, Government of Alberta.

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A strategist who builds consensus for action, Adam has over 25 years of broad and comprehensive experience in private, public, education and not-for-profit sectors, within Europe, Canada, United States, Middle East, Africa, and the Arctic. As Manager with the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Infrastructure, Adam oversees the direct design and construction totaling $145 Million in capital construction costs. Among past roles/tenures are: Regional Planning Lead with the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Manager of Architecture and Urban Planning with two cities in Metropolitan Montreal, Principal Planner and Urban Designer with the City of Edmonton, and Territorial Community Planner with the Government of Nunavut. Looking to the future generation, he taught urbanism, architecture and landscape architecture during his 5-year tenured appointment with a European university.

After a six year integrated BArch+MArch professional degree in Architecture accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Adam received his two year's Post-graduate diploma in Restoration of Monuments, Ensembles and Historic Sites in collaboration with The School of Chaillot, formerly "Centre for Advanced Studies in History and Conservation of Ancient Monuments" founded in Paris in 1887. To overcome the complexity of human settlements and infrastructures, Adam completed a PhD Degree ‘Cum Laude’ in Urban History in a Global Context. Further, he earned a Masters in Urban Planning from University of Montreal and a Masters in Civil Engineering at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal specializing in sustainable development, building systems, energy and CO2 control.

Within AIA, Adam interacted since he joined the Institute in 2008. With AIA IR he networked with some of the Board of Directors and the first AIA IR President, Thomas Vonier. Currently, Adam is a Director Unassigned Members 2016-2017, member of the Unassigned Members Committee within AIA IR, and is working to establish a Canadian AIA IR Chapter.

 Adam is an expert advisor to the Metropolis International Institute, as part of the World Association of the Major Metropolises, the voice of local government before the United Nations and the international community. In this role, he has provided training courses in Environmentally Friendly Infrastructure, Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development for elected representatives, city managers and public officials of eight countries.

Appointed in 2014 by the Alberta Lieutenant Governor in Council as Board of Directors member of The Government House Foundation, working closely with Alberta Protocol and The Executive Council, Adam is the Chair of the Programs and Events Committee, and the Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee.

Member and later Vice-Chair of Edmonton Design Committee between 2011 and 2016, he reviewed and provided advice on more than 300 development projects for investments larger than $ 4 billion.

A fully trilingual author, selected as a Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) spokesperson for the annual competition “Great Places in Canada”, a Jury Member for the Awards for Planning Excellence of the CIP in 2013-2016, Adam was appointed in 2015 as one of 10 Registered Professional Planners from across Canada on the CIP FutureForward Task Force to identify options for a governance model and supporting financial model to sustain CIP as a national organization that promotes and advances the values of planning in Canada.

In 2014, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities appointed Adam for a term expiring in 2018 as a Green Municipal Found expert reviewer to evaluate technical and financial aspects of municipal feasibility studies, filed tests, planning studies, and capital project proposals.

Adam is a regulated member in good standing of eight professional organizations in five countries, including the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes Français, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute, Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec, and the Canadian Institute of Planners. He deeply understands the challenges architects face while living and practicing abroad.

Even if his work for various public bodies left him little spare time, nevertheless nothing stops Adam to dedicate himself to his family, while playing Ping-Pong and tennis, traveling, or appreciating water coloring and reading. At present, he enjoys emerging a watercolor book about refining the community understanding of good practice in planning and architecture.