MODERN OFFICE OF DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE | MoDA |
Left to Right: Ben Klumper, Dustin Couzens, Monica Blain, Anthony Schmidt, John Ferguson, Brant York, Nicholas Tam, David Vera
What if design became part of collective culture?
What if architecture provided answers to questions not yet asked?
What if every building enhanced the city and the lives of those who live there?
How can we transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary?
These are some of the questions that urged us to launch an unapologetically Modern Office of Design + Architecture – MoDA: a cleverly disobedient architecture practice interested in drawing outside the lines of convention. We approach every project without any preconceived agenda or style, but rather with an attitude of naiveté towards the status-quo. We seek the untapped potentials in limitation and constraint, exploiting them as opportunities for spectacle to emerge.
We relish conversations with like-minded thinkers, dreamers and makers that produce something bigger than any one individual would be capable of. We’re smart. We’re creative. We’re fun. You’ll love working with us!
An honours graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Calgary in 2001 and recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada medal, Ben is a Co-Founder of MoDA and currently sits on the Council of the Alberta Association of Architects as the Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Ben also holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. Ben has been a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design where he ran the architecture program’s Comprehensive Studio IV for two years and is a sought after guest critic and mentor for intern architects.
An honours graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Calgary in 2004 and recipient of the AAA award for best thesis, Dustin co-founded MoDA in 2013. Following graduation Dustin moved to Vienna Austria, where he worked for the internationally renowned firm Coop-Himmelblau. Dustin is also involved with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, in the capacity of both a critic and a sessional instructor.