Secondary Suites Finally Permitted

Secondary Suites Finally Permitted.


This move by council to reform the approvals for Secondary Suites a huge step forward for Calgary, and we at RNDSQR couldn’t be happier about it. That Calgary was the only major city in Canada making it so hard to get the okay for a legal suite just never seemed like a true representation of who we are as a city.  A young, vibrant, progressive city like Calgary with an intererest in sustainable growth ought to be leading not lagging in this arena! It’s a huge step forward in making our inner-city neighbourhoods more accessible, and inclusive and is key to a thriving, diverse economy. We think it makes a stronger fabric for the communities we love.



It might surprise you to know that our support for secondary suites comes more from our values as citizens than as developers. As developers of multi-family housing, it can actually hurt us on one front, as it opens up a ton of inventory in the rental market. As citizens however, we see incredible value in a wider range of safer, more affordable homes in our tight rental market. We love this city and we care passionately about working together to make positive change. This move by council is definitely a change for a better Calgary.


To celebrate we reached out to local artist and collaborator Kyle Metcalf to create another one of his rad illustrations to commemorate the moment. Way to go Calgary!



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The Art of Accessorizing: Add Some Soul to Your Home

The Art of Accessorizing: Add Some Soul to Your Home

You know that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from a thing of beauty? It is what we at RNDSQR strive for in all that we do. It’s our Golden Mean. We build houses with really good bones – quality materials and workmanship, coherent design, and thoughtful architectural details – but it’s the accessories that give a home its soul. You want your home to reflect your personality and give it an individual flair that is all your own. It doesn’t hurt to have some great partners in that quest, and Calgary’s Kit Interior Objects know all about flair. Owners Jon and Rachel Sawyer are geniuses at collecting “practical luxuries.” Here are 5 of our favourite functional and decorative objects that might be just what you are looking for to make our house your home.





1.  CARRIE LED LAMP by Norm Architects for MENU

Carrie (get it?) LED lamp is portable, rechargeable via USB and ready for any occasion. Designed by Denmark’s Norm Architects, it is the embodiment of Danish hygge, creating a warm cozy atmosphere wherever she goes. Remove the handle and it works beautifully on an office desk, as low lighting in the kitchen, as a nightlight, or take it out on your rooftop deck for some stargazing.  


2. HAY TRAY by

We love the elegant simplicity of the Hay Tray.  Slick Scandinavian design in gold, silver or rainbow-finished stainless steel, this practical little beauty is a warm, reflective pop of luxury.  Picture it at the entryway for keys, sink or bed-side for jewelry and pocket rubble, or pair it with some Aarne Champagne flutes when it’s just the two of you sitting by the fire.


3. AARNE CHAMPAGNE GLASS by Göran Hongell for Iittala

Timeless, mouth-blown crystal by Finnish artist Göran Hongell (1902-1973), these celebrated stemless flutes should be invited to all your special occasions -- and Tuesday- night prosecco-will-solve-that-dilemma too. A pleasure to hold, to behold and put to your lips (*yes you can use that line in your Valentine’s card), this is why open shelving was invented: you don’t want to put these babies behind a cupboard door.


4. EAMES HANG-IT-ALL WALNUT by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

Loyal to the playful design of the multi-coloured original, the new Walnut and black version of Eames Hang-it-all is just the kind of authentic icon you can, well, hang your hat on. It’s also a clever compliment to the natural wood tones that we favour in our design. Warmth and minimalism combined into something functional with just a touch of whimsy and nostalgia, what could be more RNDSQR than that!


5. JONATHAN ADLER GEORGIA ORB by Jonathan Adler for Jonathan Adler

Hello surrealism. Part of American designer Jonathan Adler’s Muse Collection, wherein Adler pays homage to his favourite artists’ muses. He substitutes geometric relief patterns with surrealist body parts, and here, Georgia O’Keeffe is the muse, not the artist being celebrated.  Her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz took hundreds of photos of Georgia, and in his art, expressed the modernist notion of a fragmented sense of self. The purely decorative Georgia Orb is hand crafted in Peru from unglazed matte porcelain using Jonathan’s original sculpture. It is part of the Aid to Artisans program, a non-profit organization that connects designers in America with artisans in developing countries to promote fair trade. Plenty to muse about, no?

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Impact Magazine – Building Better Cities

Impact Magazine: Building Better Cities

Alkarim Devani from our team had the opportunity to write for Impact Magazine. Check out the article below as our team explores building more sustainable cities. We are learning and getting better one project at a time.

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Mayor Urban Design Award Winners

Mayor Urban Design Award Winners

RNDSQR is incredibly honored to be apart of 2 winning projects & 1 honorable mention at this years 2017 MUDA awards. Thank you to the Calgary Herald for the great feature and to the City of Calgary for hosting such a wonderful event. Such an important fabric of the future of our city.

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The Courtyard featured in the Globe and Mail

The Courtyard featured in the Globe and Mail

We’re excited to be featured in the Globe and Mail for our newest project The Courtyard with it’s unique shared community space. Check out the article, or let us know what you think about Courtyard 33 online at


The Village featured in the Globe and Mail

The Village featured in the Globe and Mail

The Village was featured in the Globe & Mail. Check it out!

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Bankview 20 featured in the Globe and Mail

Bankview 20 featured in the Globe and Mail

Pretty excited to have one of our first multifamily units be featured in the Globe and Mail. We’re excited to be bringing this multi-generational project to Bankview and the YYC community at large. The roof top gardens are going to be incredible ! Check for #BV20yyc to follow along on social media.

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