Caroline Stark

Biography
Caroline took a lengthy route to architecture registration. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba where studios were shared with architecture students, planting the seed to expand her design education several years later. She worked in Calgary for Marshall Cummings & Associates and Poon & Associates before moving to Vancouver to obtain a Master of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. As part of UBC Studies Abroad Program, she travelled to St, Lucia and Egypt followed by a summer in Berlin working for Lohan and Associates.

After graduating, Caroline worked in Vancouver on international projects and competitions for Arthur Erickson while at Nick Milkovich Architects and developed an interest in multi-family residential projects while working at Nigel Baldwin Architects. Following the birth of their daughter, Caroline and her partner moved back to Calgary where she worked on the addition and renovation of the Banff Springs Hotel while employed at The LeBlond Partnership. Caroline also held contract positions at Jenkins & Associates and Zeidler Partnership Architects until she opted to start her own custom home design business, balancing work with the duties of motherhood, school council president and soccer team manager.

While partnered with AV Architecture on a $20 million residential project, Caroline re-entered the internship program to satisfy missing requirements. After approximately 30 years in the design field, Caroline joined the AAA as a registered member.
 
Awards
Cover of Western Interiors & Design Magazine, Silvertip Residence, Canmore, Alberta

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Medal, Vancity Place for Youth, Vancouver, BC Firm Award for Nigel Baldwin Architects

Architectural Institute of British Columbia Medal, for “ingenuity and excellence in the developing field of Architecture” UBC

George S. Whillans Memorial Scholarship and Trophy, for “devotion to good practices in building design and construction” UBC
 
Thanks
Caroline has been inspired, coached and encouraged by many, many people, Every office environment, project and client relationship has been fertile ground for growth. She wishes to specifically acknowledge: Ron Poon for launching her into the architecture profession and supporting her career with client referrals; Alvin Villar for years of collaboration and patient guidance; Raymond Cole, a professor and friend who inspires us all to be better; and finally, her husband and fellow UBC Architecture graduate, Michael Jacobson, who shares in the delights, disappointments and deadlines of a design-focused life.