Helena Achia is the Principal and Senior Industrial Designer at Achia Design in Ottawa, Canada.
Helena Achia has been working in various design disciplines since completing BID at Carleton in 2003. She founded Achia Design in 2012, providing freelance Industrial Design and Consultative Services. The focus of Achia Design is on design for public spaces, particularly interpretative and commemorative projects.
Stewart Bailey is founder of Intu Design, an Ottawa, Canada-based consultancy specializing in the design of amenities for public spaces. Intu develops site-specific solutions for signage, wayfinding, interpretation and furnishings for interior and exterior environments.
The National Arts Centre has been a cultural destination in the heart of Ottawa for the past half-century. The NAC was originally built for the 1967 Centennial celebrations and is a stunning showcase of brutalist architecture in Canada with its geometric structure and minimal windows. To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, the NAC began the transformation of their space to make it more accessible to the general public and received the largest government investment for cultural infrastructure.
In 2017, Ottawa Tourism enlisted Entro to conduct research to assess the feasibility for a unified pedestrian wayfinding system in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Their research was aimed at understanding usage, perceived travel times to key destinations, benefits of a wayfinding program, design criteria and feasibility of implementation.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian independence, the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa renovated, modernized and reinterpreted all three galleries in their signature Canadian History Hall.
Unified Field created 46 interactive experiences for the 40,000-square-foot space, which run the gamut from a large-scale, interactive “Conclusion Wall” generated by visitor contributions to a mobile app providing accessible visual and audio content.
In 2011, Entro Communications merged with Toronto-based Gottschalk+Ash in the shared pursuit of doing great design work. This year, the firm released a book detailing its separate and combined history, entitled “Cultivating a Design Legacy: The First 50 Years.” In this excerpt, read how the Canadian firms built their legacy in airports.