Being the son of a prolific masonry contractor, Alvin Fritz began reading architectural drawings at age 12 in the context of working for his father’s construction company, Otto Fritz Masonry Construction (Leth) Ltd. Alvin gained knowledge and skill in masonry and at the age of 17 began working as a foreman on numerous projects across Alberta. His experience is construction would later benefit his career in architecture.

Alvin excelled in fine art in his youth, and pursued his creative development through painting, sketching, sculpture, ceramic arts and serigraphy. Alvin began his post-secondary studies at the University in his hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1978, Fritz was awarded the distinguished Varzari Sculpture Award, and in 1980 several of his works toured across Canada in the “Playful Objects” Art Exhibition sponsored by the Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission. In 1979, Alvin displayed an exhibition of his work at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, and in 1991 at the Bowman Arts Centre. He majored in Fine Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Science degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1980.

Alvin chose to pursue his career in architecture at the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1983, receiving the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Metal, awarded to the graduate with the highest academic standing. After winning the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship to study Heritage preservation and restoration in Munich, he moved with his family to West Germany for one year to complete his studies at the Technische Universität Műnchen.

Upon his return to Canada, Alvin gained a broad range of experience in all aspects of the architectural profession. He was employed in numerous architectural offices, offering his strengths in design, building technology and graphic representation. In 1989, he founded ARFAI, his independent comprehensive practice.


Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. (ARFAI) is an Architectural Firm providing Professional Consulting Services to a diverse clientele on a wide spectrum of building types.  Notable by our many repeat clients who have recognized a diligent firm with excellent design ability, a strong technical base, proficiency in schedule production, and an ability to bring their projects in on budget.

The complete scope of services which are provided by this firm are as outlined in the “Canadian Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Architect - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Document 6”, which can be provided upon request.

We encourage detailed input from our respective clients and their user groups in order to identify our Architectural program as closely as possible. Comprehensive Architectural and Functional Programming is provided, as required as an essential component in the development of every project. Models, photographs and perspective renderings are one of the firm’s strengths and can be readily provided. These presentation techniques are utilized for promotion, and describe the proposed buildings in detail so the client is fully aware of and satisfied with the project well in advance of construction.

Cost estimation is an important component of the design process. The assessment of the feasibility of proposed budgets and the design of efficient cost saving building systems are standard procedure.


The firm was established in 1989 to meet the demand for architectural services in Southern Alberta. Today, ARFAI has designed projects in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, as well as numerous projects across Alberta's landscape.


The production office of Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. is located in the Coach House of the historic Norland mansion estate, east of Lethbridge, Alberta. The Coach House consists of an extensive specification and sample library, a large format print room, three design stations, ten computer drafting stations, a media station, five administrative stations, an art studio, a workshop and staff room. The classically restored 1910 estate residence houses executive offices, model and graphic display, client waiting area, board room and staff recreational spaces. 

The Norland Coach House was fully renovated in 1996 and again in 2009 with infrastructure for future upgrades in telecommunications, internet and networking. All correspondence is archived digitally with small and large format scanners. Continually upgraded, state-of-the-art computer hardware and software facilitates cutting edge 2D and 3D drawing production. The office is equipped with imaging software including Adobe products.

Scale models are built in-house using proprietary tools and advanced technology. Hundreds of models have been created in a variety of scales for visualization and marketing needs.

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