Architect AIBC, RAIC, LEED® AP
- MA Architecture, Carleton University
Gregory Damant is a registered architect, a LEED accredited professional, and Principal of Cascadia Architects. Born in South Africa and raised in Victoria, Greg received his architectural degree and trained with firms in Vancouver and Victoria prior to founding Cascadia Architects with Peter Johannknecht in 2012.
Greg brings a holistic interest in design and construction to the practice of architecture, combining attention to urban-design, environmental sustainability and the craft of material and connection detailing.
Do you have any out-of-office roles that you’re passionate about?
I have acted as Board Member for the Royal & McPherson Theater Society, was an active member of the City of Victoria Design Panel, as well as volunteered at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and was a Building Committee member at Saint Michaels University School.
Tell us about your other degrees or qualifications.
I am a certified LEED professional, which means I have been trained in the holistic approach to sustainable design, integrating knowledge of urban planning, construction material sourcing, energy efficient design, landscape and rainwater management, and indoor air quality management. I have also completed Passive House designer training, although I am not certified as a PHPP designer quite yet.
What other interests within the field of architecture do you have?
I am interested in the power of architecture and design to promote healthy living, including mental, physical, social, and community well being. The fields of urban design, architectural design, and interior design all contribute to the overall impact of the built environment on our lives, as individuals and as a society.
Are there specific books for schools of thought in architecture that inspire you?
- Happy City by Charles Montgomery - a wonderfully easy read that effectively packages and presents compelling information about the positive and negative impacts of the urban structures and planning that dictate the routines of our lives.
- Hand to Earth by Andy Goldsworthy - I enjoy retrospectives of artists' work as much as I enjoy architecture books.
Is there an architecturally significant city you would like to visit?
I would like to visit Singapore, for the Asian influence, technological innovation, and the impact of comprehensive planning on Cities.
I would like to revisit Rome–to be reminded again of the enduring, ever-changing, and adaptable expression of humanity and common culture over millennia.