About

About Our Firm

FWBA Architects has been in business for more than 90 years. Our head office in Lethbridge and satellite offices in Calgary and Medicine Hat allow for enhanced service to our clients in central and southern Alberta.

Our team provides full consulting services including architectural design, interior design, contract documents and contract administration, as well as utilizing the latest trends in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Our work ranges from small renovations to large institutional complexes for health care, seniors care, schools, post-secondary, civic, arts and culture.

As a member of the Canada Green Building Council, we have worked within the LEED framework and with experienced LEED accredited professionals and we believe in an integrated design approach across disciplines.

Partners Dan Westwood, Christopher Babits and Dave Cocks provide direct Principal control of all projects, working collaboratively with staff across all three offices. Our Associates Peter Drew, Theresa Yauck, Louise Drysdale and Susan Anderson contribute to the expertise and longevity of the firm, working with our talented team of more than 20 people.


FWBA Lethbridge Headoffice

About Lethbridge

Lethbridge is a vibrant, diverse city in southern Alberta with a sustainable growth pattern and an excellent standard of living. Within one hour’s drive of the Rocky Mountains, the city is situated in a prairie landscape characterized by a dramatic river valley.

Founded in 1928 by Henry Meech, our firm has thrived in Lethbridge for over 90 years as the city’s population has since increased ten-fold. FWBA Architects has remained closely connected with the community, focused on meaningful work that positively affects where we live.

To support the firm’s growth, a decade ago we relocated and renovated the historic 1956 B’nai Brith Synagogue, designed by noted former Partner, George Watson. The airy modernist structure has been fully restored as a home to a vibrant design studio, accommodating our talented team and strengthening our firm’s ability to continue the legacy of serving Lethbridge and the region.

Lethbridge, Alberta

About Calgary

Calgary is known for its friendly western hospitality, cultural diversity and thriving metropolis. It is the largest city in Alberta and is nestled in the Foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains with many beautiful parks and rivers.

For more than 10 years, FWBA Architects has had a Calgary office actively working on schools, seniors living, healthcare and community-focused projects. Integrating with the communities we work in is part of our values and our downtown workspace is the perfect way for FWBA Architects to continue to grow in Calgary. With this location, we are part of a dynamic community of creative and entrepreneurial businesses. 

View from a park overlooking the skyline Calgary

About Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat inherited its name from the native word "saamis" which means medicine man's hat. A legend of famine and hardship for the Blackfoot nation tell the story of how this city was named. Located in the beautiful South Saskatchewan River Valley, residents enjoy the beauty and peace of the coulees and rolling prairie which boasts many species of wildlife.

FWBA Architects has served Medicine Hat for more than six years and a few years ago established a storefront office in the 1911 heritage building known as the Hutchinson Block in the city’s historic downtown. The open, active studio also serves as an artist exhibition space, participating in Medicine Hat Artwalk as the ‘Horse at the Door’ Gallery.

Our intention to be active participants in a vibrant downtown is a hallmark of FWBA Architects’ commitment to Medicine Hat. This puts into action our belief in being active community supporters who remain connected to the creative energy of the city.

Downtown Medicine Hat

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, FWBA Architects honours and acknowledges that as an architectural firm long established in Southern Alberta, we live, work and design in communities across the ancestral and traditional Treaty 7 territory. We honour the Blackfoot confederacy (comprising the Kainai, Piikani and Siksika First Nations) as well as the Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda nations. We also acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 and recognize the many First Nations and Inuit peoples whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We honour these people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land. Our recognition of this land is an act of reconciliation and an expression of our gratitude.

History

A chronological timeline of FWBA Architects since its establishment in 1928.

Cardston Elementary School+

2015

FWBA Architects
M. Daniel Westwood, Architect, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Christopher Babits, Architect, AAA, MRAIC
David Cocks, Architect, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

CASA+

2011

Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
M. Daniel Westwood, Architect, AAA, SAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Christopher Babits, Architect, AAA, SAA, MRAIC

St. Patrick's Fine Arts Elementary School+

2008

Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects
Arthur J. Ferrari, Architect, AAA, SAA, FRAIC
M. Daniel Westwood, Architect, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Christopher Babits, Architect, AAA, SAA, MRAIC

St. Paul's School+

2003

Ferrari Westwood Architects
Arthur J. Ferrari, Architect, AAA, MRAIC
M. Daniel Westwood, Architect, AAA, MRAIC

Lethbridge City Hall+

1999

Horton Ferrari Westwood Architects
Roger W. Horton, Architect, AAA, MRAIC
Arthur J. Ferrari, Architect, AAA, MRAIC
M. Daniel Westwood, Architect, AAA, MRAIC

University of Lethbridge Students Union Building+

1994

Horton Ferrari Architects
Roger W. Horton, Architect, MRAIC
Arthur J. Ferrari, Architect, MRAIC

Lethbridge Police Headquarters+

1990

Watson Horton Ferrari Architects
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC
Roger W. Horton, Architect, MRAIC
Arthur J. Ferrari, Architect, MRAIC

Sir Alexander Galt Museum+

1986

Watson Horton Architects
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC
Roger W. Horton, Architect, MRAIC

Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital+

1975

Robins Watson Baunton Architects - Engineers
Roger W. Horton, Architect, MRAIC
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC
C.R. Baunton, Engineer, P.Eng, MEIC

Lethbridge Public Library+

1973

Robins Watson & Associates
George R. Robins, Architect, FRAIC
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC

Bank of Nova Scotia, Lethbridge+

1968

Mitchell Robins & Watson
Maurice S. Mitchell, Engineer, P.Eng, MEIC
George R. Robins, Architect, MRAIC
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church+

1963

Meech Mitchell Robins & Watson
Victor E. Meech, Architect, FRAIC
Maurice S. Mitchell, Engineer, P.Eng, MEIC
George R. Robins, Architect, MRAIC
George M. Watson, Architect, MRAIC

Gilbert Paterson Junior High School+

1954

Meech Mitchell Robins & Associates
Victor E. Meech, Architect, FRAIC
Maurice S. Mitchell, Engineer, P.Eng, MEIC
George R. Robins, Architect, MRAIC

St. Augustine's Anglican Church+

1947

Meech Mitchell
Victor E. Meech, Architect, FRAIC
Maurice S. Mitchell, Engineer, P.Eng, MEIC

Haig Clinic+

1940

V.E. Meech
Victor E. Meech, Architect, MRAIC

Fritz Sick Sports Centre+

1937

Meech & Meech
H. Wm. Meech, Architect, FRAIC
Victor E. Meech, Architect, MRAIC

St. Michael's General Hospital+

1928

H. Wm. Meech
H. Wm. Meech, Architect, MRAIC

Awards and Publications

A chronological timeline of FWBA Architects project awards and featured articles.

2020

Association for Learning Environments

Outstanding Design for Modernization, Award of Merit, Alberta Chapter

Magrath School Modernization

2019

Association for Learning Environments

Outstanding Design for Modernization, Alberta Chapter

Medicine Hat High School Modernization

2019

Lethbridge Construction Association Magazine

Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School profile
Article: A Place to Collaborate

2019

Lethbridge Construction Association Magazine

FWBA Architects' 90th-anniversary profile
Article: Building on a Legacy in Lethbridge

2019

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada

Design Innovation Award Winner, Southern Alberta Chapter

Magrath School Modernization 
Category: Commercial Millwork

2018

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada

Firm of the Year Award, Southern Alberta Chapter

Recognizing excellence, creativity and innovation in custom architectural millwork design

2017

Award Magazine

Magrath School Modernization profile
Article: Magrath School Modernization Project

2017

Association for Learning Environments

Outstanding Design for New Construction, Alberta Chapter

Coalbanks Elementary School

2017

Association for Learning Environments

Outstanding Design for Modernization, Alberta Chapter

F.P. Walshe School Modernization

2016

Allied Arts Council Excellence Award

AACE Business Award 

FWBA Architects was awarded the AACE Business Award for outstanding philanthropic contributions to an arts organization and thereby enhancing the entire arts community at the 11th Annual Mayor's Luncheon for Business and the Arts. Nominated by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the award recognizes FWBA's extensive history of outstanding support for art and culture in Lethbridge.

2016

Imagineering Magazine

St. Teresa Place profile
Article: St. Teresa Place Supportive Living Facility

2015

Council of Education Facility Planners International

Outstanding Design for Modernization Addition, Alberta Chapter

Cardston Elementary School

2012

Fire Chief - Station Style Design Award

Gold, Shared Facilities Fire Station Award

Lethbridge Fire Hall

2011

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

Business of the Year

2010

Wider Horizons Magazine

Kodiak House profile, new student residence at Lethbridge College
Article: Resident Designers

2004

Council of Education Facility Planners International

Outstanding Design for Educational Environment New Construction, Alberta Chapter

St. Patrick Fine Arts Elementary School

2003

Lethbridge City Hall

Artistic Use of Masonry, Award of Merit

Lethbridge City Hall 
Category: Architectural Masonry Design

2003

Council of Education Facility Planners International

Outstanding Design for Educational Environment New Construction, Alberta Chapter

St. Paul Elementary School