Senior Partners

Vaidila Banelis
B.Arch., OAA, AAA, SAA, MAIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP                                  
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With his extensive portfolio of built work, Vai has earned a reputation for quality design and dedication to project success. Vai has been with Zeidler for over twenty-five years and has managed our firm’s projects in Berlin, London, the Middle East, and China. His international work includes Canada Place at Canary Wharf in London, UK, the sustainable design for Tower 24 in Germany, and the Majdoul Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Now leading the Toronto and Calgary offices, Vai focuses on high-rise office, residential, and retail buildings, and on academic facilities. His recent work as partner-in-charge includes Calgary City Centre Phases 1 and 2, Grenadier Square Redevelopment for GWL in Toronto, and the Ryerson Student Learning Centre, a collaboration with Snohetta Architects that has produced a landmark building for both the campus and the City of Toronto.

Vai applies his design and management skills to our firm’s many complex urban projects, and introduces and implements pragmatic solutions that preserve the project’s creative and architectural integrity. His attention to sustainability issues and integration of the building into its urban context is recognized by clients and peers. Throughout his career, Vai has kept in step with construction issues to stay informed and involved in this essential aspect of architectural projects. Vai brings a rare union of creative energy, technical expertise, practical knowledge, and strong leadership skills to each of his projects.