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.
Trained as an architect, Joe Kalturnyk is the founding director of RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design. One of the few galleries in Canada focused on contemporary architecture and design, the concept proudly features architects, designers and artists. The gallery has been nominated for outstanding programming and featured in local and national publications. RAW:Gallery enjoyed its tenure as a gallery space Winnipeg's Exchange District until 2015. Today, it operates as a collaborative architectural design, art and community-based organization in Canada and abroad.