Walker McKinley - Mckinley Burkart - Calgary Architects & Interior Design

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Walker McKinley is one half of the McKinley Burkart’s founding partnership, heading up Strategy and Business Development.  Over the past two decades, Walker has honed a specialized ability to determine how each client fits into a global picture, with a focus on design in relation to art and commerce.  With personal ties to Southeast Asia, Walker spends much of his time traveling the globe seeking out great design.  From this place, he strategizes the trajectory for each project, examining its role within a social and cultural context. These efforts, exemplified by McKinley Burkart’s diverse portfolio, result in spaces with rich identities that transcend form alone. Walker’s commitment to design as a cultural and artistic act is backed by in-depth research and understanding of current global movements.  His pursuit of knowledge has culminated in the launch of McKinley Burkart’s specialized thought-leadership division, Black Chamber.

Walker’s cross-disciplinary design approach is supported by his extensive community engagement including membership on several prominent academic, professional, and cultural committees. This community involvement makes Walker an indispensable intellectual partner for McKinley Burkart’s clients, allowing him to forge partnerships and develop powerhouse teams.


Councilor, Architectural Association of Alberta
Board of Directors, Honens International Piano Competition
Instructor, Mount Royal University
Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Member, Manitoba Architectural Association
Member, Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Board of Directors, Alberta Ballet (past director)
Advisory Council to the School of Interior Design (past director)
Member, Entrepreneur’s Organization
Member, Ontario Association of Architects



Mark Burkart - Mckinley Burkart - Calgary Architects & Interior Design

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Founding Partner and Creative Director of McKinley Burkart, Mark Burkart is a highly respected architect known for his fundamentally classical approach with a distinctly modern attitude. Mark’s strong design vision and dedication to excellence resonate through every McKinley Burkart project.  This design rigor is balanced with Mark’s adventurous spirit, fueled by his pursuit of unparalleled experience and his appreciation of the real and the raw.  Every project Mark touches has a tangible and human truthfulness informed by his extensive world travel and insightful understanding of what makes an experience impactful.  Throughout his process, Mark is considerate of the holistic vision, bringing a thoughtful sophistication to every element of a design.  Mark has an acute awareness of the subtle nuances that make a space successful, and his ability to hone in on the essence of an experience extends far beyond design.  With an affinity for the underdogs and mavericks of the world, Mark is always the first to know about up-and-coming musicians, artisans, and lifestyle brands. 

Mark's understanding of lifestyle, leisure, and design excellence have formed McKinley Burkart's fundamental design philosophy that thoughtful and immersive design results in meaningful experiences and allows people to lead fuller lives. 

awards and honours

Prairie Design Award of Excellence
Cube Gallery Exhibition
Top 40 under 40 – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
International Lighting Association Award of Excellence


Member,  Architectural Association of Alberta
Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Member, Manitoba Architectural Association
Member, Architectural Institute of British Columbia