About Us

A Brief History

New Century Design was incorporated in 1999 by its founder, Shawn Jensen. With Shawn’s creative ability and technical knowledge, NCD quickly gained reputation in the industry for client satisfaction, turn around time, and a great end product. NCD has been successful for over two decades due to the teams’ commitment to providing the best possible service and product for their clientele.

NCD in Inglewood

In 2013, NCD moved their studio to historic Inglewood in the heart of Calgary's inner city. With its creative enamour, inspiring vibe, and easy access from anywhere in Calgary, it was the perfect location.

Our Values

New Century Design's core values include hard work, creativity, knowledge, education, empathy, mutual respect, and effective communication. We live by these principles to ensure expectations are exceeded between ourselves and those we collaborate with.

Shawn

President & Principal Designer

At the Office

Shawn Jensen honed his listening and design skills through 15 years as the design manager at a major home builder in Calgary. The following 15 years were in his own design studio: New Century Design. Shawn’s approach to home design has led to the formation of NCD’s five step design process. The focus on the relationship between the home and the lifestyle of its owners stems from how well we listen to our clients. It has been said that the most basic human need, after food and shelter, is to be simply ‘understood’, which is why listening is the most important aspect of custom design and why Shawn has been so successful with his designs.

At Home

Shawn is a born and raised Calgarian. He grew up in and around familiar neighbourhoods like Fairview, Parkdale, Willow Park, and Bridgeland. He recently celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary and becoming a grandfather. Family is of the utmost importance to Shawn, and he loves the idea of the hundreds if not thousands of families that have lived and grown up in the homes he has designed.

At Play

Though a grandfather, he still thinks he's 20-something and enjoys weekly basketball, summer backpacking, fly fishing, golfing, and travelling Canada (has been to all ten provinces) and abroad. He is a big audiophile, enjoying most genres and having been to five U2 concerts and counting.

Ryan

Designer & Technologist

At the Office

Ryan Cairns joined the team at NCD in 2015, bringing expertise in the latest technology to help bring speed and efficiency to the table. With his attention to detail and ambition to find the best possible solutions, Ryan brings a fresh perspective to the design team.

At Home

Born and raised in Calgary, Ryan currently lives embracing the downtown lifestyle in an East Village loft. Proud to be Canadian, he loves to call Calgary home for its vibrancy and spirit.

At Play

Living for the outdoors, Ryan is passionate about rock climbing and adventuring with experience on countless climbing routes, areas, and mountains in the Bow Valley and Rockies. When he’s not putting palm to rock on the weekends, you might run into Ryan on the riverwalk pathways or in the mosh pit at a local metal concert.

Clay

Designer & Technologist

At the Office

Clay Israelson joined NCD in 2018 and brought a fresh perspective to the team.  By utilizing education, work experience and creativity to find unique design solutions Clay has been a welcome addition to the team.

At Home

Being able to keep one foot in the inner city and the other in the country, Clay has enjoyed the best of what Alberta has to offer.

At Play

Whether spending time with friends and family, competing in recreational sports, snowboarding or coaching youth football, Clay likes to keep active throughout the year.

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