Our People

Brent Ellergodt, Principal Designer

Thank you for stopping by!  I am the lead designer, and President of Ellergodt Design.   I graduated from the SAIT Architectural Technologies program in 1986, and spent a number of years working my way up the ranks in the field of home design in Calgary and Vancouver.   In 2003 with a young family to support, I left the security of my 9-5 job (and a dental plan) and Ellergodt Design was born.  Making the decision to venture out on my own was definitely one of those “jump before you’re ready” experiences, but one that both Carol and I felt was necessary.

I have worked almost exclusively with a residential focus for the past 33 years, designing single family and semi-detached homes, high-end renovations and a variety of multi-family projects.  I am fueled by a passion for creative, innovative, client focused, and when possible, sustainable design.  My objective is to genuinely help you  ‘find your way home’  through a personalized and collaborative custom design process, ensuring that the design we create truly meets your unique lifestyle needs. 

I have established myself as one of Calgary’s premiere home designers, and have spent my career making connections and building relationships with an array of both homeowners and industry professionals.  I have a keen interest in pursuing and implementing sustainable practices and am a LEED Accredited Professional, as well as a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.  

I believe that no matter the scope of your next building project, it all begins with excellent and personalized design.  As stressful as it can be, designing a new home (of any size) really can be a fun and exciting experience, and I always aim to find that sweet spot where fun and expertise meet. 

Outside of office hours, I am passionate about honing my woodworking skills, exploring classic motorbikes, building furniture, reading, spending time with my family, and getting my knee back in working order so I can return to the soccer pitch!

Jessica Willsie, Designer – Drafting Lead

I have been with Ellergodt Design since 2018 where I enjoy working on a wide variety of projects, from small scale renovations to luxury estate homes.   As a client driven design company, I find that the range and variance keeps everything fresh and interesting, and challenges us all to keep on top of our game.  I am also an implementer and a problem solver with an interest in helping to develop our processes to make your design experience flow.

I contribute to your projects from conceptual design through to the completion of construction drawings, and enjoy being very hands on throughout the design stage of your home.   Above all, I work to ensure that you are happy, and that your project stays on track.  

Outside of work, I am an avid reader – earning the nickname “Reading Rainbow” among my friends!  When I’m not nose deep in books, I love to dance West Coast Swing, or do home improvement projects.

RJ Zenuik,  Architectural Tech

I have been with Ellergodt Design since 2015 in the role of principal draftsman.   I take Brent’s design sketches and implement them into our 3D drafting program to create detailed construction drawings, renderings, videos and walk throughs.  We are very proud to create 3D visualization in-house, allowing you to see your project take shape in a very tangible way. 

I enjoy working in a very dynamic work place that challenges me to always stay on top of my game, and that allows me an opportunity to explore ways to improve what we offer to you.

Outside of work, sports is my outlet.  Whether it’s badminton, hockey in the winter, golf in the summer, or rolling on the Jiu Jitsu mats all year long, I’ll usually be breaking a sweat one way or another.  

Carol Ellergodt

I fell into my various roles behind the scenes supporting Brent when Ellergodt Design was established in 2003.  If Brent is the face of the company, then I suppose I am the voice of the company.   I create our content, and manage /maintain our online presence on a variety of platforms.  I also partner with Brent on business and brand development and marketing.  In addition, I also operate as our accounting department, in-house photographer, and favourite wife.   

My prior career as a full-time (and very laid back) stay at home mom meant that I was stepping into very unfamiliar territory in learning the wide range of duties I would undertake.  Over the years, my role at Ellergodt Design has been one that continually evolves…not unlike motherhood.  I can generally be found in my home office talking to my dog, with occasional trips down to 17th Ave to collaborate with the team.  If you brave one of Calgary’s Home and Garden shows, you’ll typically find me there as Brent’s sidekick.

Outside of work, I immerse myself in photography, art, writing, gardening, books, daydreaming, and my family.   

 

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