RAIC Young Architect Award: Jessie Andjelic

SPECTACLE is at work on a masterplan for transitioning an industrial area in Calgary toward a highly sustainable mixed-use community.

Jessie Andjelic, MRAIC is an architect, urbanist and educator based in Calgary. She runs a practice, teaches, mentors intern architects and regularly lectures on architecture and urbanism.

In 2013, Andjelic co-founded SPECTACLE Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism in Calgary with Philip Vandermey. SPECTACLE’s projects include operations spaces within an arena for the Medicine Hat Tigers, a WHL hockey team in Medicine Hat, Alberta; an orthopedic and physiotherapy addition to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff, Alberta; and the masterplan for Badlands Motorsports Resort in Kneehill County, Alberta. As a research-driven practice, they are equally committed to theory and execution, high and low culture, and the discipline of architecture along with its professional practice.

This dressing room is part of a series of operational spaces designed for the Medicine Hat Tigers WHL hockey team. Photo by Jamie Hyatt
A schematic model of the Badlands Motorsports Resort explores how a race course could weave between buildings and landscapes. Photo by Adam Scales

“Andjelic’s young firm is committed to the investigation of changes in society and how these evolutionary shifts are participants in our design culture,” says Robert Claiborne, MRAIC. “Within the Calgary community, she has become a consistent voice for the importance of design in our cities.”

Born in 1985, Andjelic graduated from the University of Calgary in 2009, where she received the Faculty of Environmental Design Gold Medal and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Gold Medal. After graduation, she worked at Sturgess Architecture in Calgary, serving as project architect for the Nimmons House redevelopment. She also worked at the Powerhouse Company in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

A selection of SPECTACLE’s paper architecture projects are featured at the UE_EU Exhibition in Cambridge, U.K.

Andjelic has exhibited work in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Bulgaria and Estonia. Her range of projects includes housing, civic centres, university buildings and master plans. Among her distinctions is winning first place in four architectural competitions.

Andjelic works as a design studio sessional instructor at the University of Calgary and has volunteered with various organizations, including the Calgary Downtown Association Urban Development Committee.

As an intern architect with Powerhouse Company, Andjelic worked on a competition-winning design for the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Rendering courtesy Powerhouse Company

:: Jury ::   David Pontarini (FRAIC), Gilles Saucier (FIRAC), Luc Bouliane (MRAIC), Samuel Oboh (PP/FRAIC), Rayleen Hill (MRAIC)

This award recognizes Andjelic’s strong architectural research practice. Despite few built projects, her work announces a promising future. Her portfolio encompasses an innovative and provocative conceptual body of work, exploring design across a variety of disciplines and mediums. Her clear approach to the design process is scaleable and will be the kernel of excellence in larger projects to come, and throughout her academic teaching career.