Our Story

"Serendipity is how we met. Community involvement, love of design and attention to quality and detail

is what keeps us working together." 

– UM Houses


A decade ago, two Canadians, George Ilagan and Paul Hastings, designed, funded with friends and built 42 homes for destitute families in the Philippines. At the same time, Thomas Lukaszuk led a group of Canadian volunteers to the Philippines to build a playground for underprivileged children. Upon meeting each other, they decided to merge the two projects and build "Edmonton Village". A partnership between these like-minded individuals quickly developed.


Today, George, Thomas and Paul specialize in sourcing and importing high quality, innovative and ecologically-friendly building materials from Europe. Combining their experience in architecture, design, construction and community development with their access to superb building materials, they formed UM Houses – a leading home design and development company.


Bringing Paul and George’s 35 years’ experience creating custom, high-end homes together with Thomas’ extensive public service background creates a different kind of company, one based on respect and integrity, always putting the customer first.  As professionals, they feel the design and construction process should be efficient and hassle-free, with no surprises. ​At UM Houses, designs are created to suit your unique needs.  They don't buy into fads, choosing instead to build homes that stand the test of time.


George, Paul and Thomas continue their tradition of community support, donating a share of UM Houses profits to local community leagues and associations.

Founding Directors

Thomas Lukaszuk


During his 15 years as an elected official, Thomas was known for helping people navigate the complex bureaucracy to have their needs met. During his service as Minister of Labour, he implemented the mandatory Alberta’s New Home Warranty program to protect homebuyers from substandard construction by ‘fly-by-night’ builders. Since retiring from public service, Thomas has migrated to the building industry, specializing in importing and exporting construction materials. As Managing Director of Urban Mews, Thomas brings his passion for helping Albertans together with his knowledge of residential construction regulations.

B.Ed., ICD.D

George Ilagan


George is a professional architect and urban planner with 40 years of experience in commercial, multi-family and residential development in multiple countries. George spent years custom-designing high-end executive homes, and enjoys bringing that level of service and quality to clients looking for mews or garden suite solutions as they transition through different stages of their lives. He brings his flair for innovative design, a deep understanding of building materials and technologies and impeccable attention to detail together to provide clients with a personalized and exceptional design and construction experience.

B.S. Architecture, B.A. Urban and Regional Planning, Building Technologies Diploma

Paul Hastings


Paul brings 43 years of experience in the industry, having procured building materials from across the globe, co-ordinated the development of large commercial facilities, and managed construction of luxury residential projects. Paul is proud to present clients with a simple yet elegant living space that leaves nothing to chance, meeting the exact requirements of the municipality’s land use bylaws. Paul searches the world for the best materials at the best prices, taking the guesswork out and ensuring product promised is product delivered.