The Professional Advisor is Sean Ruthen, MAIBC.

The role of the Professional Advisor is to ensure fairness and a ‘level playing field’ for all participants (not just architects) and is a requirement of the AIBC in order for BC Registered Architects to participate. The PA qualifies all submissions in order to ensure compliance prior to presentation to the jury. Submissions from International entrants, students and other designers are treated equally by the Professional Advisor.


The 100 Mile House Open Ideas Competition will be judged by the following jury of internationally recognized architects, sustainable design experts, and patrons of design:



Larry Beasley
Distinguished Practice Professor
Department: SCARP
C.M.,B.A.,MA., Hon. L.L.D.,F.C.I.P

Larry Beasley is the retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. He is also vice president for planning of a major Canadian development company, Aquilini Development. Over thirty years of civic service, Mr. Beasley achieved land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver’s inner city. He also led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the City’s urban design studio and a successful civic fundraising initiative. For the last thirteen years of his civic service, he was a principal decision maker for Vancouver’s development approvals. He now teaches and advises the private sector and governments around the world. He chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ of Ottawa’s National Capital Commission; he is the Chief Advisor on Urban Design for the City of Dallas, Texas; and he is the Special Advisor on City Planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (B.A.) and planning (M.A.). He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Hon. L.L.D.) from Simon Fraser University, one of his alma maters. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized as an “Advocate for Architecture” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2007, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the most prestigious award in American planning. Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.




As both advocate and architect Peter Busby has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in furthering the practice of sustainable design. Peter is a founder and recent Chair of the Canada Green Building Council, and has devoted much of his time to his profession, to the community, and to the advancement of sustainable education and practices. In recognition of his professional and community contributions, Peter became a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1997, and in 2005 Peter was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Canada. In 2008 Peter was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Science by Ryerson University and in 2011 was named a Cascadia Fellow.

As a Managing Director at Perkins+Will, Peter is involved in the design and sustainable direction of projects across the firm. His role includes sustainable design leadership to the firm’s 23 offices worldwide on projects across Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.



Mike Harcourt

As former Premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councilor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable, accessible and inclusive places in the world.  His focus on conservation and sustainable development – and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.

After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Urban Sustainability Program.  He was a federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities.

Mike Harcourt is Chair of University of British Columbia’s Regional Sustainability Council for Sustainability Initiatives, as well as Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainability Continuing Studies at U.B.C.  in addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST),  he Chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel.  He is also the lead faculty in United Way’s Public Policy Institute.



Dr. Ray Cole

Dr. Ray Cole is Professor and Past-Director in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he has been teaching environmental issues in building design for more than thirty years.  Dr. Cole was selected as a North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001.  In 2003, he received the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award.  Dr. Cole was the recipient of the 2008 Sustainable Buildings Canada Life-time Achievement Award and the 2009 Canada Green Building Council’s Life-time Leadership Award.  He is a past director member of the Canadian Green Building Council and holds the UBC Designation of Distinguished University Scholar.



Michael Geller, MAIBC FCIP

Michael Geller, B. Arch., MAIBC, FCIP is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decade’s experience in the public, institutional and private sectors. Growing up in Toronto, he became enamored with streetcars.

He is a past-president of the Simon Fraser University Community Trust, overseeing Univercity, the sustainable community adjacent to the SFU Burnaby Mountain campus. Prior to joining SFU, Michael participated in the development of a number of major, and oftentimes controversial developments including the Westin Bayshore Property, Deering Island, and residential and mixed use developments around Vancouver.

From 1972 to 1981 he worked with CMHC in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, during which time he served as the special coordinator for the first phase development of the south shore of False Creek.

Michael is a Past President of the Urban Development Institute and has served on numerous boards and panels. He is a member of the Architectural Institute of BC and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.