Meet the board
Introducing the inaugural board of directors for the newest chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
President: Som Bose, AIA
Som Bose leads the development of Science and Technology practice at Architecture 49 for Western Canada. Som brings 16 years of work experience in numerous role settings within the construction industry. He has worked on architectural positions for various building types and has led Design & Build projects with contracting companies. Som has a specialization in Science and Technology through his work for US pharmaceuticals and institutional companies as well as US Federal Agencies. He has experience working on Animal laboratories with BSL -2, BSL-3, BSL-3 Ag containment levels in the US. He has also worked on cleanrooms for semiconductor manufacturing and shielding laboratories for physical science research. Before his role in Architecture 49 Inc., Som was the preconstruction and design proposal lead for the Design&Build business division of Asia’s oldest contracting company Shapoorji Pallonji Engineering and Construction headquartered in Mumbai-India. Som completed his Master in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also finished a company-sponsored Executive MBA from Mumbai’s top B-School - SP Jain University. Som is a member of the AIBC (Architectural Institute of British Columbia) and maintains professional licensure in the US, Canada, and India. He is a board member of Sustainable Laboratories Canada. Som remains an active member of the AIA and is currently the founding president of the AIA’s Canada chapter. In the past, he has held positions as an active member of the convention committee for the Wisconsin Chapter of the AIA.
Vice-President: Stephanie Calvet, AIA
Stephanie is a registered architect (Massachusetts) and writer specializing in architecture and design.
She completed her architectural studies at Carleton University School of Architecture, Ottawa, Canada and trained in Boston, USA.
For over 15 years she has worked in architecture and planning firms in Boston and Toronto designing buildings in the institutional, healthcare, higher education, multi-unit residential and senior living sectors. She currently focuses on marketing institutional and corporate work.
Stephanie writes for the popular press, trade publications, academic journals as well as writing architectural proposals. Her photography is used by corporate, cultural and educational organizations.
Secretary: Reza Asadikia Int. Assoc. AIA
Reza has practiced Architecture in Canada, UAE, and Iran. He brings over 19 years of experience in the design, construction and project management industries.
As a Director at Infrastructure Ontario’s Major Projects division, Reza has been involved in development and delivery of a number of large scale infrastructure projects in Canada, using Province of Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) model. He is now leading the team responsible for delivery of a number of large scale courthouses, including the New Toronto Courthouse project - a high rise courthouse in downtown Toronto, and Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse.
Specialties: Delivery of major infrastructure projects from initiation to completion and operation, including AFP DBFM Social infrastructure projects, high rise commercial and residential developments
Treasurer: Stuart Howard, AIA
Stuart Howard founded Stuart Howard Architects Inc. in 1977.
The 10-person design-oriented architectural practice is located in a building of their own design in the SE False Creek area of Vancouver. The firm, winner of multiple design and heritage awards, specializes in residential, commercial, heritage restoration, and Extended Care facilities. Stuart has been the designer and Principal-in-Charge of over 350 buildings throughout British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean.
In addition to the leadership of the board, AIA Canada has proposed an organizational chart for an engaged structure of committees led by our members. Learn more about these leadership opportunities and become involved.