Veronica Gillies Tapped to Lead HDR’s Western Canada Architecture Practice
Veronica Gillies, FRAIC, has joined HDR as managing principal for the firm’s Western Canada architecture practice, based in their Vancouver, British Columbia, design studio. She brings executive experience, design training and business education to advance the firm’s goals for growth, with superior service delivery capability and value creation through great design.
She has an extensive background in the leadership of multidisciplinary teams delivering buildings for commercial, mixed-use and institutional projects across North America, Europe and Asia. Gillies has held significant leadership roles for several international firms, providing strategic direction, business development and service delivery for large-scale rezoning and social infrastructure projects.
A staunch advocate of the profession, Gillies is actively involved in a number of organizations on a board or advisory capacity. She recently completed her second appointment to the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, was immediate past president of the British Columbia Construction Roundtable, and was recently appointed to the Architectural Foundation of British Columbia board, shepherding the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor Awards. She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics related to architecture and design and is regularly invited as jury for design competitions and thesis reviews. She was appointed to the College of Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2013.
HDR’s architecture practice in Western Canada has delivered award-winning designs for many clients, including most recently the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, the Penticton Lakeside Resort, the Richmond City Centre Community Centre and Mulgrave Senior School. The Manulife Financial Tower at 980 Howe in Vancouver’s Central Business District, another of HDR’s projects (with Endall Elliott Associates), was recently named the Best Office Development in the Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence from NAIOP Vancouver and Business in Vancouver, and the Best New Building in the Outstanding Building of the Year Awards by both the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia and of Canada. It also received the Outstanding Building of the Year Award (100,000 to 249,999 square feet category) and Best In Class Net Zero Award by the Building Owners and Managers Association International.
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.