Jan Kroman has always been inspired by buildings that make bold statements. Having worked in many places known for their world-class architecture over the course of two decades — including Tokyo and the Netherlands— Kroman now uses the lessons he’s learned to help revitalize the downtown and the older neighbourhoods in the city he’s proud to call home again.
As the principal of Rockliff Pierzchajlo Kroman Architects Ltd., he leads a team of architects committed to designing socially responsible architecture for communities of all scales.
“The question is, how do you tactfully create buildings that acknowledge the history of the place, the needs of users, the needs of those walking by, and the fiscal needs…while somehow making sure that you’re creating a community?” says Kroman.
In his designs, he seeks to address all of those needs. The firm’s recent project — CO*LAB, which will house Quarters Arts Society — is a testament to that. The vibrant building is meant to be a hub providing resources to artists in an affordable and inclusive space.
Though he brings his philosophy of “building for the neighbourhood” into every project, he’s most proud of his latest one – designing the new state-of-the-art Emergency Department at Misericordia Community Hospital. Once completed, all waiting rooms will have courtyard views, and the design will have a clear, one-way route for each patient to follow and constantly move forward, to reduce stress for patients and their families.
“It will allow patients to under-stand that they are making progress in their recovery as they move from space to space. Moments of rest in the journey will be met with natural light and visual interest.”
This article appears in the November 2020 issue of Edify