What’s your favourite DIALOG project?
It's hard to pick just one favourite. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked on so many rewarding projects. It's great to tour around Edmonton and realize how much of the city's built environment I have been a part of.
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
My age. Most people can't believe that I have adult children.
What's one 'pro tip' you live by?
There is always a way to solve a design challenge, and there is always something to learn. You just have to persevere, ask a lot of questions and be creative. Many times I have struggled for hours trying to solve a problem, then I'll go for coffee. It helps to clear your head. Ten minutes after returning to the studio I will have the solution sketched out.

Dan's career as an architectural technologist began in 1986. After nine years of valuable experience, Dan brought his skill and passion to our team in 1995. He quickly demonstrated a keen understanding of the design vision of a project and an ability to produce details that are sympathetic to the language of the building.  

Dan has a well-earned reputation for excellent production documents on projects with complex requirements. He offers thoughtful, creative solutions to detailed design challenges and leadership in coordination with all disciplines. Some of Dan's most notable work includes the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, ECERF at the University of Alberta, the Edmonton International Airport Control and Office Tower, and Edson Healthcare Centre. 

Often described as a craftsman, Dan's approachability and extensive experience in a wide variety of building types have allowed him to shape his role in the studio. He is a valuable resource, mentor, and coach in our Edmonton studio. Dan is always involved in several projects at once, in many different capacities, which helps him share his broad experience and knowledge across all sectors and disciplines.  

Dan believes that the detailing strategies in a contract document are essential to how a building feels. When the details support and communicate the design vision, the occupants won't even realize why any space or building feels comfortable, it just does.   

I love to figure out how all aspects of a building go together. I'm happy I get to use my imagination to create simple constructible solutions to challenging design projects. The more challenging the better.
Dan Hunka

Education

  • Diploma in Architectural Technology Northern Alberta Institute of Technology