Recognized leaders in mixed use housing, green building strategies, digital design, manufacturing and robotics in timber construction

Intelligent City’s mission is to empower people to live better urban lives. The company, and its founders Oliver Lang and Cindy Wilson, have been leaders in innovative urban housing, sustainability, building technology and design methodology for many years. For many years, the company has gained broad municipal and government support for its mass timber building system and technology development. Through the convergence of high-rise mass timber, design engineering, automated manufacturing and parametric software, we are introducing a sustainable, adaptable, and product-based paradigm for the delivery of buildings.

We are a community of architects, designers and engineers made from ambitious, open-minded and motivated members with multi-faceted interests and qualifications. As a new kind of integrated, and design- and technology-driven company, we offer unique opportunities and bring together a diverse and highly skilled team united in the believe that technological innovation can enable an ecological, economical and socially sustainable future.

Our Company’s Founding Principles Matter

At Intelligent City we stand for diversity, respect and meaningful innovation. We work along our founding principles for every project:

People: We believe people are our most important asset
Safety: We ensure a safe work environment to protect the health and well-being of everyone
Integrity: We are honest, trustworthy and respectful in everything we do
Innovation: We foster new ideas and strive for excellence in every project
Sustainability: We care about the environment and work actively on sustainable solutions
Collaboration: We value teamwork in all aspects of our business

Our Team: Intelligent City + LWPAC

Oliver Lang, Co-Founder and CEO

Oliver Lang is a German-Canadian architect and urban entrepreneur with 25+years experience and a recognized leader in design innovation and integration of complex urban projects, mixed use housing, advanced prefabrication and green building strategies. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and he holds a professional degree Diplom-Ingenieur Architektur from the University of Technology Berlin with two-year studies at the ETSA Barcelona UPC. Prior to founding LWPAC in 1998, Oliver researched and practiced in digitally assisted design and fabrication with Smith-Miller & Hawkinson in New York, while teaching digital design at Princeton University, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently has taught advanced design and digital technology at SCI_ARC, the Berlage Institute, TU Berlin, UTF Santa Maria and University of British Columbia (UBC).

Cindy Wilson, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer

Cindy Wilson is a principal of LWPAC and co-founder of IC. She is a Canadian designer and cultural entrepreneur. She holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. She has a broad and profound understanding of the cultural forces that shape our societies. She is active in urban and market research, building analysis, strategic planning, design and definition of livability, interior design, materiality and overall project quality control. She has over 25 years experience in the field of design and urban development and has worked in Barcelona, Berlin and New York which in turn has enriched her understanding of typology variation for urban living. She has taught the design of “Connective Housing” at the University of British Columbia and is a frequent juror for the thesis reviews.

Oliver David Krieg, Chief Technology Officer

Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture and timber construction. As Chief Technology Officer he leads the development of parametric design methods and automated manufacturing technology for the company’s multi-storey, high-rise, mass timber construction systems. His focus is on enabling reciprocities between design, technology and materiality in order to re-conceptualize how architecture can be designed, fabricated, and constructed. Oliver is also a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, where he previously led and participated in several research and built projects investigating digital design and fabrication technologies for timber construction.

David Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer

David was most recently VP Finance and CFO for Aquatic Informatics, where he spent 12 years helping grow the company from 5 employees to over 120. He took a key lead position in supporting the company through a corporate merger and sale of the business to a private equity firm. Over his 12 years at Aquatic Informatics he served in various roles including leading finance, accounting and human resources, and lead positions in operations, marketing and business development. Over his career he has worked with several high growth firms in the start up stage in various industries including health care, technology and industrial/manufacturing. David has an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Warren Wall, Chief Operating Officer

Warren is a high-tech executive with experience at both small startups and multi-national organizations. Most recently at quantum computing company D-Wave Systems, he managed all internal operations as COO and then as EVP Corporate Affairs, he built relationships with governments, universities and industry partners across Canada. Prior to D-Wave, he held senior technology executive positions at Electronic Arts, including Chief Operating Office of its Canadian studio and VP Technology for Worldwide Studios.

Clayton Blackman, Director of Sustainability

Clayton Blackman is a Vancouver born Canadian architect and an expert in high performance buildings, ecological design, as well as building information modelling. He has ten years of experience designing prefabricated mass timber buildings including innovative modular housing, community and educational facilities. He is a certified passive house designer. Prior to joining LWPAC and Intelligent City, Clayton worked on several mass timber projects at Perskins+Will.

Aaron Willette, Director of Manufacturing Technology

Aaron Willette is an experienced designer and technologist with an expertise in understanding and developing the relationship between design and industrial production. In his role as Director of Manufacturing Technology he is leading Intelligent City’s manufacturing initiatives, including the deployment of the manufacturing processes and facilities necessary to produce the P4L building components. Prior to joining Intelligent City he was working with the manufacturing development teams at WeWork and Apple, where he was able to develop a deep knowledge of construction, manufacturing facilities, and robotic processes.

Maria Cowper-Smith, Director of Finance

Maria is a proud Canadian immigrant who specializes in corporate finance. Her experience in international compliance, government subsidy, planning and tax for US and Canadian corporations allowed her to create long term multi-jurisdictional financial and tax plans for global corporations with revenues in the hundreds of millions. Through perseverance, she obtained her degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Finance from the University of Calgary and Harvard University. She has been a recipient of multiple scholarships and inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. Her competitive spirit shines through her participation of prestigious business competitions like the Harvard vs MIT Business Case Competition.

Shaique Uddin, Senior Designer, Digital Development

Shaique has over 7 years of experience working as a project and design architect in India, Germany and Middle-east with a strong passion and appreciation for detail. He is experienced in working with computational tools for resolving complex geometries, coordinating with different consultant teams in design development, and working closely with on-site engineers in the execution of projects according to design, including construction details. His portfolio includes a variety of building programs, ranging from hotels, offices, interiors, and master plans, realized. He has been regularly involved in academics, organizing workshops and collaborating with architectural institutes. Shaique achieved his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 from Chandigarh College of Architecture in India.

Tania Pilon, Intern Architect

Tania Pilon graduated with her master’s in architecture from McGill University. She competed in the Solar Decathlon China 2018 with TeamMTL where they designed and built a flexible and adaptable net-zero prefabricated row house. She worked on exhibition designs, logistics, the construction and gave a conference at the Sustainable Development Center in Montreal. She took a PassivHaus designer course and is LEED AP BD + C accredited. Her thesis investigated the role of an architect as a translator and the influence of Indigenous cultures on architecture. She worked in Montreal and Mexico City before moving to Vancouver.

Stuart Lodge, Designer, Advanced Systems Development

Stuart Lodge is graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture (SALA). His thesis project focused on the intersection of 3D printing, materiality and architectural components. Before joining Intelligent City and LWPAC he worked at Michael Green Architecture. In addition, he is currently also completing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture focusing on non-linear additive manufacturing using organic compounds and materials.

Ryan Gillespie, Architectural Design Technologist

Ryan holds a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Science and a Diploma in Architectural Building Technology from the BCIT. He joined LWPAC in 2017 and has been involved in various multi-family projects and with research and development.

Fiona Lang, Coop Computational Design

Fiona Lang is completing her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia. Fiona is interested in using software as a tool to improve processes and in applying mathematical analysis and technical solutions to problems of design.

Zoie Hou, Coop Computational Design

Zoie is completing her degree in Engineering Science with Robotics Specialization at the University of Toronto. Zoie is motivated to further develop her skills in software, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering, and to use the technical skills to improve daily lives and better the world at large.

Jodi Williams, Controller and Bookkeeper

Jodi Williams is responsible for the office finances.