People

Alton Tangedal, M. Arch., S.A.A., M.R.A.I.C. – Founder / President / Senior Partner

Alton Tangedal Architect Ltd. (ATAL) began in 1996 as a one-man business fueled by passion for the art of building design and construction. Since then, Alton Tangedal’s team has grown to 13 hard working individuals who provide the highest level of service to their clients. ATAL manages small, medium, and large projects in both the private and public sector. While the firm has grown, new and returning clients enjoy the trust, respect and warmth that characterize Alton and his team.

Following graduation from Montana State University (Bachelor of Architecture, 1985), Alton quickly obtained private and public sector experience. He spent two years as a design manager for the Department of National Defense at 15 Wing Moose Jaw from 1987 to 1989. A three-year term followed at Stone Hutchinson Architects Ltd. from 1989 to 1991. Alton returned to the public sector to work four more years at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, this time as a design officer. He founded Alton Tangedal Architect Ltd. in 1996.

Always refining his craft, he completed a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University in 2009. Specification writing, LEEDs certification, management, and construction techniques have also been part of his continuing education. An active participant in the architectural community, Alton has been a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects since 1991, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada since 2005. He’s also sat as a board member of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Commission for the City of Regina representing the S.A.A., and a council member of the S.A.A..

 

Sandra Tangedal – Partner / Office Manager

Sandra Tangedal is married to Alton Tangedal and has been his business partner since ATAL’s inception in 1996. At that time, she worked for the federal government. After twenty years of employment as a public servant, she needed a career change and in 2001 she became ATAL’s accountant and has worked there ever since.

“As an owner in the business, I think what I enjoy the most is watching the growth of our staff members. Seeing them enter our firm as shy, tentative individuals, and in a relatively short period of time, taking on large projects and handling them very well. To me, that shows that we are providing a good environment for growth and learning.”

Sandra graduated in 1985 with a Diploma in Accounting from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Much of her free time is dedicated to family activities: her two children are active in sports and school functions, and she often hosts family get-togethers at her home. Sandra enjoys reading and being part of a book club, and is quite proud of her trombone skills.

 

 Ken Ashton – Senior Project Manager

Ken was born and raised in Regina and surrounding communities and his roots grow deep. He is passionate about his family and community.

Ken received his Journeyman Interprovincial Plumbing and Pipefitting certificate from SIAST in 1977.  Since that time, he has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and is responsible for a portfolio of projects in the company and provides mentoring to fellow staff. His responsibilities include proposal writing, project database functions and project management in the company. As a partner in the firm, Ken is fully vested in ensuring the best client experience possible.

“I am keenly interested in providing the best possible experience for our clients, as many have become friends moving forward.”

Ken has taken several continuing education courses in management, team building, and project management over his 40 year career in the field. Ken received his PMP training and certification through Walter Wawruck and the University of Regina. When not working Ken spends time with friends and family.

 

Florian Lazar – Intern Architect

Born and educated in southern Romania, Florian brings a unique perspective to the ATAL team. His European and Middle Eastern experience in urban planning, architecture and interior design bring fresh ideas to each of his projects.  As a child he watched as villages transformed into cities seemingly overnight. Playing in buildings as they were being constructed, he began to imagine the final product, as well as to dream that one day he too would be able to build such structures.

Florian appreciates that although the architectural process is the same for each project, it is ultimately good teamwork which guarantees both an exciting final result and a pleased client.

In addition to his work at ATAL, Florian participates in international industrial and graphic design competitions, and is daily inspired by his wife and two children.

 

Julie MacGowan – Senior Architectural Technologist

Julie graduated from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2001 with a diploma in Architectural Technology with Honours. After working in Calgary for Gowling and Gibb Architecture for six years, she and her husband decided to move back to Regina to be closer to family and have a shorter commute. She joined ATAL in 2007. Between renovating her yard and looking after her children, there isn’t much time left for hobbies, but here and there she manages to fit in cross country skiing and running.

 

 

 

 

 

Liam Clarke – Intermediate Architectural Technologist

Liam’s father is a carpenter, but a couple of winters swinging a hammer at construction sites was enough to convince him that drafting might be a better – and warmer – way to be involved in the building process. He graduated from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology with a diploma in Architectural and Building Technologies in 2009, and joined ATAL in the same year. An active athlete, Liam plays recreational hockey, golf and curling and is a fan of all sorts of football, including the Green and White. He still practices carpentry these days, but only on his own renovation projects.

 

 

 

 

Shawn Coates – Intermediate Architectural Technologist

A high school course in drafting started Shawn down the architectural path. He is a 2009 graduate of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology with a diploma in Architectural and Building Technologies. In the same year, he joined the ATAL team. He spends his spare time on various hobbies, down at the archery range and relaxing with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duane Johnson – Intermediate Architectural Technologist

After working in a variety of trades in the construction sector, Duane wanted to take his career to the next level. Graduating in 2008 with a diploma in Architectural Technologies from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, he gained valuable experience in the oil and gas sector with Platinum Energy. From there an industry connection led him to ATAL in August 2010. In his spare time, Duane plays a variety of sports, and also exercises his musical muscles on the guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Kashuba – Junior Architectural Technologist

Nick started working at ATAL in 2012 as a student. He has since gone on to receive his diploma, awarded with distinction, from SIAST in Architectural & Building Technologies.  He assists in the preliminary design process, with the creation of construction drawings and contract administration duties, always ensuring all jobs comply with National Building Codes and local bylaws.

At ATAL, Nick utilizes his creativity, keen eye for detail and passion for helping others, to develop innovative solutions for the projects he is working on.  He finds the greatest sense of pride in being able to convert the thoughts and ideas of the client into an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment.

When not at work, Nick can be found spending time with family and friends, playing the drums, wake-boarding or down at the bowling lanes, striking out the competition.

 

Terrie Knoll – Office Manager

Terrie grew up near Vibank, Sask on the family farm. She has since worked in the service industry, as well as in reception, accounting and now, as the Office Manager at ATAL. She works with people at all levels of the business, including staff, clients and vendors. Terrie enjoys the variety of responsibilities and appreciates working with such great people. She values her role as one who keeps things rolling behind the scenes and finds working at ATAL really interesting as she gets to observe many projects from start to finish, with beautiful final results.

Terrie is an outdoor enthusiast, a love that she shares with her two children. Together they enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking as well as many other activities. She longs to return to acreage living to give her kids the same kind of childhood experiences she has grown to appreciate deeply as an adult.

 

Stacey Harling – Receptionist

Stacey HarlingStacey is the first point of contact for visitors to ATAL’s office. The office and staff function and communicate smoothly because of her, as she handles internal and external communication, filing, supply orders, and boardroom bookings. Her work is ever important to ATAL, which continues to enjoy growth.

Stacey joined ATAL in 2012. When not at work, she likes to bake, sew, walk her dogs and go horseback riding.