Veronica Gillies, AIBC, FRAIC
Managing Principal, Western Canada Architecture
Veronica uses her deep bench of executive experience, design training and business education to advance superior service delivery capability and value creation through great design — helping clients align, develop and implement their organizational and strategic goals. She views projects collectively in terms of design thinking and economics, incorporating financial modeling methods and the ability to apply macroeconomic principles to the establishment and management of a global practice. She is especially well-known for her leadership of multidisciplinary teams delivering buildings for commercial, mixed-use and institutional projects across North America, Europe and Asia.
A staunch advocate of the profession, Veronica 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. Co-author of "A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver", Veronica was appointed to the College of Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2013.
Before joining HDR, Veronica held significant leadership roles for several international firms, providing strategic direction, business development and service delivery for large-scale rezoning and social infrastructure projects.