Rider Consulting Services - background

Rider Consulting Services (RCS) was begun in 2009 by Jonathan Rider. He is a BC retired architect. The logo for RCS is the image of a Pacific Tree Frog photographed by Jonathan at Piper's Spit in Burnaby Lake Park. The following is a narrative of Jonathan's experience in the design and construction industry:

Jonathan Rider, B. Sc. (Arch), B. Arch. McGill 1975, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

2017 - Present

Jonathan has been retired from professional practice and his part time teaching since 2017. He is focusing on painting and sketching and is an active member of the Burnaby Artists Guild. You can see some of his recent work at myblog.

2009 — 2017

Jonathan began Rider Consulting Services and has been involved exclusively with green building consulting since end of 2009. Jonathan was involved in the LEED application for the Vancouver Convention Centre (LEED Platinum) as well as teaching Environmental Design at the Art Institute of Vancouver and the Visual College of Art and Design in Vancouver. Jonathan has prioritized school designs and has collaborated with ThinkSpace (formerly Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects) on several school design projects targeting LEED Gold; these include Brantford Elementary, Woodward Hill Elementary, University Highlands Elementary, Acadia Elementary, Carson Graham Secondary, University Hill Secondary and Centennial Secondary School. Several of these involved facilitation of multi-stakeholder charrettes that Jonathan ran with great success. While supporting all efforts to achieve high performance design and all rating systems, Jonathan advocates and is a strong supporter of the LEED Green Building Rating System. Rider Consulting Services can help you to achieve your green goals. In addition to offering traditional architectural services Jonathan typically assists design teams in achieving specific measureable performance objectives.

In an effort to deepen the knowledge of newcomers into the field of design and construction, Jonathan has been teaching part time at two Vancouver colleges. In the courses he has developed online lessons, links and resources to enable students to become empowered to make a difference when they enter the professional arena. Courses include lessons about sustainability metrics, LEED training, Living Building Challenge, project management, contracts and specifications and include field trips to notable local green buildings.

1998-2009

Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects and Planners

Jon’s personal mission at MCM was to mainstream green building. In addition to project work involving many LEED projects, he enabled the firm to participate in the assessment of over 40 LEED projects under the Canada Green Building Council as one of three LEED Assessment teams. He assembled their “Team Canada” team comprising WHW Architects in Halifax, Morrison Hershfield in Ottawa, and MCM and Cobalt Engineering in Vancouver.

He led the Green Building Management Committee and developed tools, procedures and implementation strategies to incorporate green goals into projects using Integrated Design Process, checklists and green specifications sections. Jonathan has made presentations about green building at several venues including AIBC conferences and the Canadian Steel Institute conference in Toronto. Additionally he has published several articles including segments for Advanced Building web pages.

1986-1998

Aitken Smith Carter/Aitken Wreglesworth/Architectura

During twelve years with the offices of Aitken Wreglesworth Jonathan progressed from programming and construction document preparation to focusing on green building issues. For the latter four years Jon chaired the AIBC’s Energy and Environment Committee. In this period prior to the launching of the LEED Green Building Rating System Jonathan developed similar metrics for application in the design process at AWA. Jonathan also developed associations with local green building startup groups including the EcoDesign Resource Society  and worked with Thomas Mueller, Ian Theaker, Mark Holland, Michel de Spot and others who have also gone on to advance the green building design and construction arena in the lower mainland and further afield.

1980-1986

Wade Williams Partnership Victoria BC

During this period in Victoria he worked on several projects in all phases of design and construction.  He became registered with the AIBC in 1981. Latterly Jon worked for a period in Perth Western Australia.

Prior to 1980

Realm Design and Construction Victoria BC

With his partner he designed and built a number of projects ranging from game boards of exotic woods to small renovation construction projects.

Following graduation he worked for a year with Sankey and Associates in Montreal (a firm he had been associated with since 1967), travelled for a year in Europe and then worked for architectural firms in Calgary Alberta including Jack Long Architects and Garden MacMillan Associates.

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