Based in Red Deer, Alberta, and active in both Edmonton and Calgary, M O George, Architect ( MOGA) provides design services for architecture, interiors and development projects, for a variety of building types. They create functional and space programs based on their clients needs and vision, in order to produce profitable projects that more than meet their clients’ needs. The principal of MOGA, Ms. Mobolanle George, has over 20 years of experience in working on projects from High End Hospitality hotels, resorts and casinos, to mid-grade commercial offices, retail, schools and multi-family housing. With licenses to practice in both Alberta and Nevada, she has completed projects in many jurisdictions, and frequently obtains the necessary additional licensing to complete projects in the rest of North America, allowing the firm to be open to many opportunities outside its immediate base.
One of the most rewarding projects that Ms. George has worked on in her career, in terms of having a great positive impact in her clients’ lives, is the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland (below). While at LSY Architects in Maryland, she worked on this project which provided a place for family members to stay while their children or adult relatives were being treated for serious illnesses in the nearby medical center. Many children were undergoing experimental treatments for diseases and various forms of cancer. Many of the families traveled from far away, already facing high expenses, because of the medical treatments, and so desired affordable accommodations. The building, completed in 2003, has a Country Cottage style, giving it a solid and reassuring look that made family members feel at home during their difficult moments.
Another meaningful project, the Victoria Gateway Senior Village, a master plan of a mixed-use senior community development in Brandon, Manitoba in 2010, is one of the firm’s more meaningful projects. The client desired a community that offered living standards comparable to area condos, with similar amenities as developments geared towards young professionals. Over the last ten years, MOGA has found enormous success in designing several senior housing developments in Alberta, Manitoba and in other parts of North America. As many of our cities become older demographically, firms who have a track record for designing senior-specific housing will reap a tremendous reward in decades to come.
The Virden Senior Housing Project in Manitoba, completed in 2010, is one of the firms flagship projects. Partly funded by Manitoba Housing, the project created a viable and attractive condo building for seniors, that has become a proud achievement in Virden.
MOGA may seem like a small firm, but they have displayed the breadth and depth of their expertise across North America, thanks to their guiding principles of working closely with the client, and actually listening to their needs and valuing their wishes. It’s the hands on familiarity, that is sensitive to the human aspect of architecture and the value creation expected by the client, that is their strategy for success. This firm can tackle any project, small, medium or large-scale and map a direction that will lead to client satisfaction and building viability, sustainability, and profitability anywhere in North America, especially due to their key partnerships, with visioning, engineering, landscape, costing and other specialty consultants.
Extra: Mobolanle George is not only an architect, but she has also authored several children’s books and has produced animation TV series for kids.