"Ron Goodfellow grew up in rural southern Alberta. His graduation thesis at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1969, was entitled “an Historical and Ecological Study of Southern Alberta”. This thesis signaled an abiding interest in regional culture, climate and context that influenced his work throughout his career.
In 1979, after ten years with Alberta Public Works, working on master plans for the University of Calgary, SAIT and the Foothills Hospital, and designing the Court of the Queens Bench in Calgary, he started his own firm: R. J. Goodfellow Architects.
His early practice included both single and multi-family infill housing, retirement homes; many of which were cited as innovative models that influenced the industry, and projects in the National Parks of both Canada and the United States.
His Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston has made a significant contribution to the culture of southwestern Alberta and was voted the most outstanding indoor attraction in Canada in 2002.
However, his most illustrious achievement is the strikingly original Blackfoot Crossing Interpretive Centre on the Siksika Nation west of Calgary. Some 20 years in the making, it is an outstanding architectural and cultural achievement. His unflagging devotion to this project exemplifies his integrity and determination to preserve Southern Alberta’s native heritage in the context of its diminishing grassland ecosystems.
He is currently completing major upgrades to the City of Calgary Water Treatment Plants at Glenmore and Bearspaw and has won numerous awards for his sensitive response to the architectural heritage of the City’s water treatment facilities. Architecture in Alberta has indeed been enriched by the outstanding professionalism of Ronald James Goodfellow."