When asked what makes the RAW:almond concept so unique, fans and critics alike cite the space as instrumental to the experience. Co-founder and designer, Joe Kalturnyk brings these spaces to life. Featured in numerous publications from Winnipeg, Manitoba and around the world, Joe's architectural designs always have purpose. From using materials in the local environment to repurposing materials, Joe is always cogniscent of the project's environmental footprint. He is equally passionate about aesthetic and function, and his vision creates a stunning backdrop for the world-class RAW:almond tasting menus.
Director - AUX: Projects
Director / Warden of the North - RAW:almond
Trained as an architect, Joe Kalturnyk is the founding director of RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design. The gallery has been nominated for outstanding programming and featured in various publications. RAW:Gallery enjoyed its tenure as a gallery space in Winnipeg's Exchange District until 2015. In 2012 Kalturnyk partnered with Chef Mandel Hitzer to create what is now RAW:almond. The RAW:almond designs have won several awards and has been featured in Canadian Architect and Bordercrossings Magazine.
Senior Engineer - Wolfrom Engineering
The RAW projects showcase Jon’s adventurous spirit and technical expertise, providing a unique opportunity for experimentation and play with materials and structure. As part of the design team since the first RAW pop - up, Jon’s embraced and helped foster the mindset behind RAW of always evolving, never hibernating.