Our design approach

Since the firm’s inception, our diverse portfolio has been based on a collaborative and inclusive design process. Each project’s success is built on a solid foundation of listening to our client’s programmatic and operational needs – testing and verifying all assumptions – prior to jumping to form and materials. It is during the project’s infancy where a shared philosophical vision is created. This aspirational concept continues to guide our work throughout the life of the project. We never let go of this vision until it becomes a reality. It is this concise concept that leads all project participants, provides clarity and cohesion to the work, and ultimately becomes manifest in built design excellence.

At a finer scale our design approach relies on the following principles:

Programmatic analysis and organization | We work with clients in identifying and creating synergies, efficiencies and at times tactful juxtapositions between disparate programs.

Urbanistic and contextual consideration | We believe in building for and within the community, working to accommodate the existing urban fabric, strengthening it to foster local stewardship

Operational and maintenance reviews | Every project regardless of scale is reviewed together with clients to examine everyday workflows, seasonal considerations, and the accommodation of special events or procedures

Sustainability | We continually strive to ensure that our projects are sustainable in terms of energy usage, materiality, life-cycle analysis, and the method of construction proposed. Ultimately our expectation is that every opportunity we approach gives back to the community, becoming a resource for future generations.

Comprehensive client communication | Excellent service is only accomplished through excellent communication. We pride ourselves on our responsive and direct nature.

Our energetic team’s commitment to our design philosophy is paramount in consistently achieving design excellence. Together with our technical abilities and in house knowledge base, our proven comprehensive project delivery system will continue to serve our clients for years to come.

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Our Background

Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects Ltd. has a proud tradition of creating projects throughout communities in Western Canada and the Territories over the past 48 years. Our portfolio encompasses a wide range of scales and types of architecture, with a focus on healthcare, long-term care, socially responsible housing, and institutional projects. Our history tends to give us a long term perspective on the responsibility of contributing to our built environment. We understand that we are not just building to meet deadlines; we are designing with the long term vibrancy of our neighborhoods in mind. We are passionate about working with our local communities to create responsive and performative structures that contribute positively to their context.
  1. Londonderry Community Housing
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Thorncliff Elementary School
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1969
  2. Dormitory, Banff Oil Ltd.
    Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

    108 Suite Apartment Development, Patricia Heights
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1970
  3. Model for Jasper Bakery
    Jasper, Alberta

    Design for Whitecourt Shopping Centre
    Whitecourt, Alberta

    1971
  4. Dr. Angus McGugan Nursing Home
    St. Albert, Alberta

    Financial Building
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1972
  5. St. Albert Professional Centre
    St. Albert, Alberta

    Design for an addition to Pleasantview
    Shopping Centre
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1973
  6. Calgary Power Divisional Work Centre
    Spruce Grove, Alberta

    Blue Lake Centre, Equipment Building
    near Hinton, Alberta

    1974
  7. Design for a Warehouse for Tree Island Steel

    Transalta Utilities Divisional Work Centre
    Sherwood Park, Alberta

    1975
  8. Ottewell Place
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Londonderry Leisure Pool
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1976
  9. Provincial Building
    Lac La Biche, Alberta

    Abacus Cities, 280 Units
    St. Albert, Alberta

    1977
  10. Rockliff Partnership Christmas Card

    Edmonton Plaza Clock Tower (The Westin)
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1978
  11. Frasrock Building
    Rockliff Partnership Architects & Planners Office
    Edmonton, Alberta

    ACT Centre Phase II, Rundle Park
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1979
  12. Rockliff Partnership Senior Personnel
    L to R: Bob Spencer, John Rockliff,
    Erwin Baumann, Dave Schaefer

    Terrace 10 Walkup Apartment, Millwoods
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1980
  13. Model for Londonderry Seniors Citizens' Complex
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Ormsby Elementary School
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1981
  14. Design for Post Hotel Renovation
    Lake Louise, Alberta

    Lacombe General Hospital
    Lacombe, Alberta

    1982
  15. Grande Prairie Water Treatment Plant
    Grande Prairie, Alberta

    Bonnyville Indian & Metis Rehabilitation Centre
    Bonnyville, Alberta

    1983
  16. Fort McMurray Water Treatment Plant
    Fort McMurray, Alberta

    Drayton Valley General Hospital & Nursing Home
    Drayton Valley

    1984
  17. Drawings for Jasper Restaurant & Music Store
    Jasper, Alberta

    Wainwright Hospital Complex
    Wainwright, Alberta

    1985
  18. Design for Halifax Residence
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Bonnyville Health Centre
    Bonnyville, Alberta

    1986
  19. Learning Resource Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Reynolds Alberta Museum
    Wetaskiwin, Alberta

    1987
  20. Poundmaker Nechi Dance Structure
    St. Albert, Alberta

    Lac La Biche Regional Parks Workshop
    Lac La Biche, Alberta

    1988
  21. University of Alberta Power Plant
    Edmonton, Alberta

    St. Matthias Church
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1989
  22. Bigstone Cree Nation Women's Emergency Shelter
    Wabasca, Alberta

    Artspace Housing Cooperative
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1990
  23. Bigstone Cree Nation Apartment Development
    Wabasca, Alberta

    John D. Bracco Junior High School
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1991
  24. The "Next Step" Housing Program
    Sucker Creek First Nation I.R. 150A, Alberta

    Slave Lake Health Centre
    Slave Lake, Alberta

    1992
  25. Design for Wood Bison Visitors Centre, Syncrude Canada
    Fort McMurray, Alberta

    Daysland General Hospital
    Daysland, Alberta

    1993
  26. Design for Beaumont Cultural Arts Faith Centre
    Beaumont, Alberta

    Kennedale Wast Management Administration Building
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1994
  27. Rockliff Pierzchajlo Architects & Planners
    L to R: Shirley Bradhurn, Ali Kocak, Dan Letourneau, John Rockliff, Phyllis Leonardis, Sarah MacArthur, Jonathan Rockliff, Brian Edwards, Jan Pierzchajlo, Kim Norsworthy, Erwin Baumann, James Townsend

    Student Services, Students' Union Building, University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1995
  28. Inuvik Regional Health & Social Services Centre
    Inuvik, Northwest Territories

    Laurier Heights Residence
    Edmonton, Alberta

    1996
  29. Via Rail Passenger Terminal
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Whitehorse General Hospital
    Whitehorse, Alberta

    1997
  30. Design for Steadwood Centre, University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Mountain Parks Co-op Housing
    Jasper, Alberta

    1998
  31. The Doxx @ Kingsway, Kingsway Garden Mall
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Central Peace Health Complex
    Spirit River, Alberta

    1999
  32. Design for Addition to Reynolds Alberta Museum
    Wetaskiwin, Alberta

    Foyer Lacombe Retirement and Care Centre
    St. Albert, Alberta

    2000
  33. Design for Devonian Botanic Gardens
    Devon, Alberta

    Manning Community Health Centre
    Manning, Alberta

    2001
  34. Emergency Response Department Station No. 24
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Peace River Community Health Centre
    Peace River, Alberta

    2002
  35. Alberta Foundation for the Arts
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Belgravia Residence
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2003
  36. Crazyweed Kitchen
    Canmore, Alberta

    Western Supplies Building
    Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects Ltd. Office
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2004
  37. Points West Living Seniors Housing
    Lloydminster, Alberta

    Red Deer Regional Hospital Redevelopment
    Red Deer, Alberta

    2005
  38. Model for Judgmental Scenario Training Building
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Vermilion Health Centre
    Vermilion, Alberta

    2006
  39. Vegreville Care Centre
    Vegreville, Alberta

    Laurier Heights Residence
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2007
  40. Sundance Place Co-op
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Alberta Centre for Prions & Protein Folding Diseases,
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2008
  41. ArtsHub 118 & Nina Haggerty Centre
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Muttart Conservatory
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2009
  42. Edmonton Orthopaedic Clinic
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Fire Station No. 5
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2010
  43. Glenrose Courage Centre
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Intera One Housing
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2011
  44. Larch Park Residence
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Points West Living Supportive Living
    Cold Lake, Alberta

    2012
  45. Garneau Residence
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Impression Dental on Whyte
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2013
  46. Points West Living Supportive Living
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Caribou Creek Housing Co-op
    Jasper, Alberta

    2014
  47. Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre
    Lloydminster, Alberta

    Ottewell Terrace, GEF Seniors Housing
    Edmonton, Alberta

    2015
  48. Points West Living Supportive Living
    Red Deer, Alberta

    Hay River Health Centre
    Hay River, Alberta

    2016