Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
— Henry Ford

At Riddell Kurczaba, we know that great leaders never walk alone. That’s why RK’s interdisciplinary leadership team has always maintained its commitment to open communication and collaboration, not only with each other, but also with colleagues and clients in order to ensure that every project benefits from their a wealth of indsutry knowledge and expertise.

We use partnership as the foundation for our projects, and organization as the building blocks. These aspects are critical in maneuvering in and around potential project obstacles, and further aid us in making sure no resource goes untapped. We strongly believe that our firm’s partner- and leadership models are our secret power, helping us manage a constructive, trust-worthy, and confidence-inspiring project process.

 

principals


 
 
 

John Riddell

Architect, AAA, MRAIC, MAIBC, MSAA


John is President and Founding Partner of Riddell Kurczaba, and is an established and respected practitioner in Western Canada’s architectural community. He earned his Master of Architecture in 1980 from the University of Manitoba, and has dedicated a 32+ year career to the transformation of our urban landscape through architecture. Willing to challenge the current paradigms of architectural fundamentalism, John is determined to promote the development of buildings that society deems worth preserving, and he has lobbied for an iconic building in Calgary that will bring the City into the global conscience. John is also highly entrepreneurial by nature and has supported technology-oriented companies with both their business enterprise and their infrastructure requirements.

 
 

Ron Kurczaba

P.Eng


Ron is Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Riddell Kurczaba. A professional engineer by trade, he is fascinated by the evolution of the applied arts, which reflects our civilization’s propensity to create those objects that are at once functionally and aesthetically pleasing. In this synthesis between technology and art within our built environment, he has dedicated much of his 32+ year career in engineering and project management to help bring these ambitious undertakings to fruition. His professional achievements include receiving Project Management certification in 1989 and being one of the founding members of PMI Canada. Ron has also contributed much of his time to supporting the work of several not-for-profit, community-based organizations.

 
 

senior associates


 
 
 

NIHA KROLICZEK, CHRP

ASSOCIATE | VICE PRESIDENT – MARKETING


Since 1998, Niha has been central to Riddell Kurczaba's strong profile and success in the building industry. She relies on an illustrious Human Resources background and keen business acumen to build and manage relationships with clients and supporters, and for marketing the business. Niha is well-recognized in industry circles, and always works resolutely at reinforcing and improving the solid public image of the firm.

 
 

Al-Arqam Amer, PMC

Associate | Principal of Operations


Al is the Principal of Operations for Riddell Kurczaba. He joined the company at its Calgary location in 2006, then moved to Edmonton in 2008 to expand the firm's geographical reach, and has worked tirelessly, from the standpoints of both business development and exceptional service, to grow the office into the successful enterprise it has become. He has 17 years of experience within the Architectural/ Interior Design industry ranging from design duties on large interior renovations to project management for Architectural projects, including all duties from construction drawing production to contract administration. In his work, he strives to maintain an integrated design that captures all aspects of Architecture, Interior Design, and the life cycle of spaces.

 
 

 
 
 

PAUL BEATY

ASSOCIATE | DIRECTOR


Paul is a Senior Designer and Project Manager with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of building design and development. He has been involved in the delivery of a wide range of project types from small individual assignments to several large, complex projects with challenging delivery and budget constraints. In either case, Paul's approach remains the same: focusing on, first and foremost, the needs of the client and providing service in a professional manner. He pays strict attention to quality control and assurance, and is very effective in the coordination of client interest groups, engineers, the constructors, and other specialists. Since 2001, he has led a team of specialists in the provision of design and implementation services on projects for Remington Development Corporation, an industry leader in urban office, retail, warehouse/ distribution, and manufacturing facilities, and commercial land developments.

 
 

BROOK MELCHIN, ARCHITECT, AAA, MRAIC

 ASSOCIATE | DIRECTOR


Brook is a Senior Architect who holds a Master of Environmental Design (Architecture) from the University of Calgary which he completed in 1984. An acclaimed architect and artist with 25+ years of experience in institutional, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, Brook is a kindhearted and passionate leader, and also a big thinker, seeing the real, practical world as only a starting place for the possibilities of what might be. His enthusiasm for pushing design to the best it can be is the driving force behind growing and developing ideas into more than thought possible.

 
 

PAUL KETCHABAW, CET, PMP

ASSOCIATE | MANAGING DIRECTOR – ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS


Paul is a Project Management Professional and Architectural Technologist with more than 27 years of industry experience. He is a stabilizing force in the delivery of projects, approaching tasks at hand in a practical, systematic manner in order to get the job done right. Prior to joining Riddell Kurczaba, he worked as a Project Manager and Architectural Technologist for 13 years in Ontario and served as an active member of both the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and the Architectural Technologists of Ontario. Paul's portfolio encompasses a varied mix of private and public sector projects, including many residential, institutional and commercial buildings in Canada, Bermuda and China.

 

 
 
 

HECTOR LITORCO

ASSOCIATE | MANAGING DIRECTOR – COMMUNICATIONS


After receiving a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Hector chose to parlay his diverse analytical, technical and creative skills into a career in communication design and management. He honed his skills through immersion in assorted fields such as journalism, legal editing, print and digital publishing, technical writing, copywriting, and branding/ identity design, and has accumulated 22 years of both broad-based and focused experience to his credit. Since joining Riddell Kurczaba in 2001, Hector has figured prominently in elevating the standards of the firm's marketing collateral and corporate communications, and he now plays a leading role in propelling the firm's reputation management initiatives.

 
 

PETER SCHULZ, ARCHITECT, AAA, AIBC, MRAIC, LEED® AP

ASSOCIATE | MANAGING DIRECTOR – ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN


Peter is an Architect at Riddell Kurczaba who possesses 20 years of professional architectural experience with a rich variety of different building portfolios. He studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and completed his Masters of Architecture in 1996. After having practiced as a licensed and registered Architect in Germany for numerous years, Peter joined Riddell Kurczaba in Calgary as a Designer, deftly applying his contemporary design approach; passion for sustainable design, urban renewal and restoration of historic places; and strong ability in analyzing and solving complex program requirements to myriad projects.

 
 

NATALIA PAKIN-AMER, LEED® AP, NCIDQ

ASSOCIATE | MANAGER – SR. DESIGNER


Natalia joined Riddell Kurczaba in 2008 as an Interior Designer/ Technologist to help establish the firm's then-fledgling Edmonton office. Since then, she has excelled in her career – by staying active within the industry (as a current CREW Edmonton Board member), by adding to her professional credentials (LEED® Accredited Professional and NCIDQ certificate holder), and by being a force in growing the firm's business (helping expand the company's portfolio by completing over 1,000,000 square feet of architectural/ interior design commercial projects in the Edmonton area within the past few years). Her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking has yielded initiatives that elevated quality and client satisfaction for the firm.

 

* Services in these jurisdictions are provided through Riddell Architect Ltd., a company affiliated with Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd.