Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

KSA takes the client’s program and design ideas and uses a research-based approach to creating simple, beautiful buildings. The research involves:

  • Popular culture
  • The site and surrounding context
  • Local construction materials
  • Art/architectural history

Models of the building and site are created from the initial design stages in parallel with hand sketches, interior and exterior renderings, as well as images collected by the client and the KSA team.

Have you met Savage?

Have you met Savage?

Inspired by art and popular culture and grounded in a multi-decade career in architecture that has seen him working on major building projects across Canada, Kent established KSA Group Architecture in 2011. A unique architectural firm, KSA is a team of professionals assembled around Kent’s unique passion for his work.

Kent Sutherland Kent Sutherland alter ego

Kent Sutherland | Architect

Kent grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; studied at the University of Saskatchewan [Political Science] for two years and completed a degree in Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa. He practised architecture in Vancouver for 12 years, returning home to Saskatchewan in 2000.

Nathalie Krauss Nathalie Krauss alter ego

Nathalie Krauss | Office Manager

Nathalie brings 15 years of experience as a controller/office manager to KSA, including 7 years in a project management firm. Her dynamic background in finance and administration will enable Nathalie to ensure all client needs and expectations are being met or exceeded at every opportunity.

Sarah McChesney Sarah McChesney alter ego

Sarah McChesney | Architectural Technologist

Sarah brings to KSA her educational background in Architectural Technologies from SAIT Polytechnic and Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. With experience in project management in both residential and commercial projects, as well as architectural design and technology and site supervision, Sarah’s diversified knowledge set makes her a valued member of our team. We, as well as our clients, benefit from this experience, along with Sarah’s positive, professional approach to all aspects of her work. Sarah is also currently on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for Architectural Technologies.

Jered Gudbranson Jered Gudbranson alter ego

Jered Gudbranson | Architectural Technologist, LEED AP BD+C

With over 8 years experience in the industry, Jered previously worked as a Building Information Modeling [BIM] Manager and Project Designer in Toronto. Born and raised in Regina, Jered has recently returned home to his Saskatchewan roots. Jered has experience managing several concurrent high-performance renovations and new construction projects including multi-unit residential buildings and high efficient floor plates. With an interest in sustainability and high-performance building technology, Jered is committed to achieving a systems integrated design which provides the client with a high-efficiency building resulting in significant cost savings.

Maret Johnson Maret Johnson alter ego

Maret Johnson | Architectural Technologist

Maret has over ten years of experience as a Technologist working at various architectural firms and a developer in Saskatoon. Together, with her career as a technologist, Maret has been enrolled in the RAIC Syllabus Diploma in Architecture program, studying in her ‘spare time’, displaying excellent organizational and time management skills. Her experience working on a wide range of projects including educational, institutional, research, office, residential, etc. brings much knowledge of detailed construction and project phasing as many of these projects involved complicated renovations and additions to existing buildings. Maret is detail oriented and always focused on solving problems creatively and efficiently.

Jerrad Worona Jerrad Worona alter ego

Jerrad Worona | Architectural Technologist

A 2017 graduate of Architectural Technologies at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus, Jerrad brings to KSA his experience working with 2 Saskatoon General Contractors during his work terms.  His site and contract administration experience, coupled with his interest in building envelopes [building science] bring excellent technical depth to KSA.

Chase Honan Chase Honan alter ego

Chase Honan | Architectural Technologist

A 2019 graduate of Architectural Technologies at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus.  Chase completed his final work term with our firm and has decided to join us on a full time basis .  Chase brings a strong work ethic to KSA. Knowledgeable in the latest versions of AutoCAD and Revit, Chase contributes to the production of KSA’s conceptual and working drawings.

KSA Collaborators

KSA welcomes opportunities to create working relationships with outside experts and broaden our knowledge base. For example, Randy Smith, a building envelope specialist at Williams Engineering in Calgary, has offered his assemblies. Mark Lucuik has flown in from his office at Morrison Hershfield in Ottawa to lead an all-day sustainable design charrette. And Frank Mattia of LMDG Building Code Consultants in Vancouver has proposed cost-saving alternative solutions to national building code requirements.

Lara DeRosier

Lara provides building code expertise for all KSA projects. Located in Saskatoon, D-Code Engineering Ltd. is a consulting firm that provides engineering consulting and advisory services specifically related to Building Code requirements.D-Code Engineering holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan (APEGS) and its principal engineer Lara DeRosier is a Professional Engineer with Permission to Consult specifically in the area of code compliance.

Brooklyn Affleck

A recent graduate of the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon, with proven experience in cinematography and editing. Motivated and passionate about maintaining the connection between clients needs and personal style.  Brooklyn has photographed some of our newest KSA projects.

Naheed Bardai

KSA uses MLT Aikins LLP for legal advice, contracts, tendering processes and risk management. MLT Aikins LLP is an expertise-based, full service law firm with offices across western Canada. They have in-depth knowledge of the region’s business, legal and political landscapes.

Kevin Redekop

KSA collaborates with Kevin on custom furniture, art installations and custom fabrication. Located in Saskatoon, fabARTS is a boutique fabrication studio focused on constructing art and architectural fabrications for architects, designers, artists, and contractors.

Frank Mattia

Located in Vancouver, LMDG provide Fire Protection and Life Safety Solutions: code compliance analysis, alternative solutions, negotiations with Building Departments on behalf of clients, certified professional services, and fire modelling.

Randy Smith

Located in Calgary, Williams Engineering provide consulting engineering services for both new construction projects and existing buildings. KSA uses Randy Smith’s expertise in building envelope, site reviews of wall and roofing systems during construction, envelope engineering (infrared cameras & heat loss analysis).

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic, a Serbian architect who works at the Belgrade-based architecture office of RAUM, has been called upon to offer fresh design perspectives. Milos provided alternative design ideas and exterior renderings, for example, the Streetscape East commercial development.

Kristopher Grunert

Kristopher is a professional and talented architectural photographer from Yorkton, SK. KSA hired Kristopher to do photography on some of our projects. We now have clients and consultants asking who he is and that they hope to use Grunert Imaging in the future.

Crystal Bueckert

Crystal is the Registered Interior Designer and Owner of Bldg Studio Inc. located in Saskatoon, SK.  Crystal’s focus is the creation of modern, sustainable design concepts that target the growing demand of the energy efficient and environmentally conscious market.

Dylan Ramsay

Paceline Advisors Ltd. is committed in helping organizations create barrier-free environments.  They are experts in the developing field of accessibility and have Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) Accessibility Certification Professionals that conduct on-site or design drawing assessments that measures a facility’s level of meaningful access.  Paceline offers RHF Accessibility Certifications and provides guidance in the design stage of building development to aid in making your facility accessible for everyone.

Some of our clients...

Affinity Credit Union
City of Saskatoon
Great Western Brewing Company
K+S Potash Canada GP
Kreos Aviation Inc.
Morguard
PIC Investment Group Inc.
Strata
Wright Construction Western Inc.
University of Saskatchewan
The Wyant Group
Valentino Homes & Developments
Legacy Land Inc.
Triovest
Mitchell Developments Ltd.

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