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In Focus | Matt Johnston of Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc.

Meet Matt Johnston - a man zealous about caring for our planet and sustainability. Matt has combined his belief that 'what we do matters in the world' with his architechural work in order to design and build green. In fact he and his wife (who is also his business partner) have recently been getting major recognition for their own new home, which is highly energy efficient and green. Today Matt is In Focus.

What do you always find yourself saying?
Committed to sustainability

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
David Suzuki

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
Louis Sullivan

Who inspires you?

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
Visit Istanbul, Turkey
Host an art exhibition of my own and other local artists' work

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
Last birthday of my life

What are you passionate about?
God, Family, Art, Architecture, Fitness

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
Birth of my first child

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Becoming a registered architect

Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna?
Pho Soc Trang

What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna?
Kelowna Rockets games

What is the name of your business/organization?
Architecturally Distinct Solutions Inc.

What does your business/organization do?
Provides Architectural Consulting Services

Where can people find you or your business online?

Where can people find your business on Facebook?

What is your Twitter account?

What is your mission?
Realizing our client's vision through our passionate provision of services

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Governor General's Award

Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
Expanding to 2 additional North American markets from Kelowna's hub

Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
Peter Busby

What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
Environmental Sensitivity

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Care about our planet

How does your business/organization impact the community?
Leaders in design that is both sensitive to environmental impact and conscious of energy conservation

If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
Field: Private Residential Developers
Say/Talk: What is their vision of successful projects and successful consultants that they have worked with in their field? Explore and share experiences and sustainability, balancing life with business, discuss passions and listen/learn!

If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Cultural diversity

What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Size, location, cohesive community, accessible bureaucracy, access to nature and outdoor leisure activities, open and friendly people

My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Roland Nadon

Some general comments I would like to share are:
Our family decision to relocate to Kelowna has truly turned out to be a rewarding one. I am excited to continue being involved professionally and in the community for years to come!

In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do. We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below, and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kelowna!

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