International design firm NORR has appointed Ottawa architect, Jonathan Hughes, as its vice-president of public buildings for its Canadian practice.
Now responsible for expanding the firm in the institutional sector, Hughes has had stints as NORR’s director of Eastern Ontario operations and manager of the Kingston, Ont., office. Previously, he was a project architect for Giffels, NORR’s sister company within the Ingenium Group––a privately owned business delivering global design and building solutions.
Under Hughes’ leadership, NORR secured one of Ottawa’s most significant recent projects—redevelopment of the Wellington Building, an integral part of the federal government’s long-term plans for the parliamentary precinct.
“Most of our public work has been within Ontario; my challenge now is to extend that success across Canada,” he toldConstruction Canada Online. “My short-term goal is to meet as many public-sector clients, contractors, and consultants as possible in the next six months in Alberta and B.C., where NORR already has offices. I intend to develop strong partnerships with local specialists there, and pursue opportunities to serve Western clients that can benefit from our experience.”
“Our approach will build on the tradition of excellence based on national and local expertise,” Hughes added. “Growing strong integrated architecture, engineering, and planning offices across Canada is a challenge that has me very excited.”