Manitoba Hydro Place: Climate Responsive Architecture Consortium
Integrated Design Process

The Integrated Design Process (IDP) is a simple, process-based solution to the complexities inherent in contemporary architecture. IDP embraces complexity by promoting and managing collaborative design; it considers diversity of ideas and approaches within a holistic method that acts to harmonize design elements related to energy, materials, site, climate, construction, economics, culture and society.


Credit: Curtis Lai

Early in the planning of the project, Manitoba Hydro determined that Manitoba Hydro Place should be realized through an Integrated Design Process (IDP) modelled on the successful C-2000 program developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) (a department of the Canadian Federal Government). Stephen Pope, representing NRCan, monitored the IDP and assessed the application under the Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP). Prairie Architects, under the direction of Dudley Thompson and Glen Klym (who later joined Smith Carter), was hired by Manitoba Hydro to be the Advocate Architect responsible for urban design integration and the documentation and submission processes for the LEED program needed to achieve the project's Platinum rating.

The Integrated Design Team pictured in the biodynamic double façade.