July 02, 2020

10 Questions for Malvin Soh

10 Years at Nadi Design

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To celebrate Nadi Design’s 10-year anniversary, we’ve asked the current staff 10 questions that reflect on their time here and how they see the firm evolving over the next decade. Here are their thoughts (answers have been edited for clarity):

1. How has Nadi evolved since you first started working as part of the team?

I’ve watched the practice develop a really positive reputation and attract a diverse range of clients, from mixed-use developers, manufacturing industries, rural municipalities and First Nation communities. Now, we are continuing to develop good relationships and collaborate with other unique companies that share our aspirations.

2. What is the most innovative and exciting Nadi project that you’ve worked on?

Definitely the Stony Mountain Secondary Plans and Dreamscape One master plans—these were really exciting projects for me.


Stony Mountain Secondary PlanStony Mountain Secondary Plan Rendering


3. Nadi’s mission is to design for a better world. What is the most memorable and impactful way you have put that mission into practice?

I find it most impactful when we apply Nadi’s mission as the driving force or influence behind the design framework. The most memorable projects are the gated contents, which allow me to take a step back to reflect on how our operations and services strengthen the goals behind the mission, and vice versa.

4. What makes Nadi stand out from its competitors?

We’re a cool brand! Nadi is a boutique firm comprised of a unique, diverse and environmentally sensitive team, and that really sets us apart and gives us a competitive edge.

5. What do you hope to see Nadi achieve in the next 10 years?

I hope to see Nadi become a leading consultant in the design of resilient communities—specifically in the affordable and modular housing market across North and South America.

6. What is the most rewarding part of being a member of the Nadi team?

At the heart of it all, our work is joyful, and so are our teammates. That makes all the difference, and every workday is incredibly rewarding.

7. Our cultural landscape has shifted over the past ten years, and that in turn has transformed the landscape of urban planning and architecture. What principles or values have come to the forefront of urban design over the past decade?

A lot of exciting topics and buzzwords come to mind! Some major values we’ve been focusing on include climate change, resilience, walkability, mixed-use spaces, smart density, adaptability and biomimicry.

8. What kind of design trends or new approaches to landscape architecture do you predict will become increasingly popular over the next ten years?

I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more rooftop and vertical gardens. I also believe water sensitive urban design, food security and augmented design in the public realm will also become more recognized and highly valued.


240Fourth YellowQuill First Nation 10 year anniversary

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9. Are there any kinds of creative, out-of-the-box projects you hope to get the chance to work on in the coming years?

I would absolutely love the opportunity to work on some subterranean live-work-play projects, and 3D-printed tiny homes.

10. What are some ways that you have seen urban design create lasting, positive change within a community?

The benefits of architectural guidelines to enhance neighbourhood character, increase market value of the residents’ homes and protect the property value of their homes. We’ve seen this result from major projects like the Bridgwater neighbourhoods, Pointe Hébert, and Devonshire Village.


Pointe Hebert Architectural GuidelinesPointe Hebert Architectural Guidelines