Formwerks | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape
Types of Built Projects: Residential
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Local style
Website: formwerks.ca/

Formwerks has a portfolio that comprises residential houses of all types ranging from single-family homes to townhouses. They aim to create houses that are authentic and have an architectural integration within. Their projects have been featured in the Vancouver Sun several times.

Single Family Residence ©formwerks.ca/

Frits de Vries Architects + Associates Ltd.

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Houses
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: frits.ca/

FdVA focuses on custom residential houses that are site-specific. The award-winning firm strives for environmentally conscious designs that are elegant too. They are the designers of Western Canada’s first LEED Platinum Home. They also work on municipal projects, retail designs, complex additions, etc.

Alpine Meadows Residence, BC ©frits.ca/

GBL

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Mixed use, Residential, Office, Retail, Hotel, Educational, Day care
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Function, Sustainability
Website: gblarchitects.com/

The firm believes that form plays a vital role in creating an experience through sculptural artistry and social responsibility. They create spaces where new communities, social structures, and human behavior can thrive. They design sustainable projects. In the below photograph, the project First Place has received a LEED Gold Certification.

First Place, Non-Market Housing ©gblarchitects.com/

Grant Architecture Studio | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Educational, Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: gastudio.ca/

GA Studio’s mission is to create spaces that are an inspiration to its users, environmentally responsive, and create a unique visual identity. The firm mostly designs residential and institutional projects that range from small to medium scale. The principal architect of the firm, Paul Grant, is the Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

A4108- Bowen Island Waterfront House ©gastudio.ca/

Grout McTavish Architecture 

Scope of services: Architecture, Master Plan
Types of Built Projects: Attractions, Institutional, Transportation, Commercial, Public, Residential, Master Planning
Locations of Built Projects: Canada and other countries
Style of work: Innovative, Based on client, Sustainable, Emphasis on creating memorable experiences
Website: groutmctavish.com/

The firm majorly focuses on designing public facilities and science and cultural attractions. They create a striking design with innovative use of architectural techniques and focus on creating memorable experiences. Few of their Cultural projects are – Nurburging Race Track Interior design (Germany), Hainan Space Center (China), Dubai Space Center, The Green Planet Museum (Dubai), Vancouver Convention Center Public Art Program, USA Pavilion, Olympic Cauldron Pool (Vancouver Olympics 2010), etc.

The Green Planet Museum – Attractions, Dubai ©groutmctavish.com/

HCMA

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Planning
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Community/Cultural spaces, Residential, Libraries
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec
Style of work: Inclusive Design, Promoting Biodiversity, Minimizing Environmental Impact
Website: hcma.ca

Apart from designing buildings, HCMA design brands also like the Squamish Nation Brand Development, etc. The firm also hosts a number of cultural programs within the firm, like exploring the art field, talks, etc., which makes them better designers, thinkers, and people. They have also authored books like PROCESS: How to Create Community Buildings with Impact, PLACES: Public Architecture, etc.

Clayton Community Centre, BC ©hcma.ca

HDR | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Urban development, Rehabilitation
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Cultural, Civic, Community space, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Science/ Research, Urban Development, Transportation, Waste and Water
Locations of Built Projects: All across the world
Style of work: Project based
Website: hdrinc.com/

HDR has its offices all across the world with more than 200 workplaces and around 10,000 employees. They have received several prestigious awards in the field, both for their new construction as well as for rehabilitation projects. Some of their projects are – Grand Island Regional Hospital, UNSW Mechanical, Tuscan International Airport Runway, and Manufacturing Engineering Building, Gibbs Cancer Centre, etc.

Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh ©hdrinc.com/

Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Institutional, Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: Canada, USA
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: blueskyarchitecture.com/

Blue Sky Architecture works majorly on residential projects that include multi-family housing, and local public buildings. Their designs are inspired by the regionalist principles of the Pacific Northwest, i.e., the topography and ecology. They have an organic and modern approach, with innovative and sensitive use of wood, while going along with the environmental context.

Fishbone House, BC ©blueskyarchitecture.com/

Henriquez Partners

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban plan
Types of Built Projects: Heritage, Institutional+Civic, Office+Retail, Social+Affordable Housing, Residential
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Project based
Website: henriquezpartners.com/

Henriquez Studio believes that architecture is a poetic expression of social justice, so for them, every project is an opportunity to enhance the communities by integrating ethics and aesthetics. The studio is well known for its pivotal role in Woodward’s Redevelopment. The project is unique in the history of Vancouver because of its scale, inclusivity, and social aspirations.

Telus Garden Office ©henriquezpartners.com/

Hlynsky + Davis Architects Inc.

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Educational, Cultural, Institutional, Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Context based
Website: hlynsky.ca/

HDA is a small boutique firm working on a wide variety of projects ranging from small cabins to universities to commercial buildings. Their approach to the design is context-based, in which the architecture should complement the site, neighborhood, and community. They are a LEED-certified firm.

Kadenwood Whistler, Cabin ©hlynsky.ca/
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Pranjali Karnik
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Pranjali is a passionate artist and an architect who loves to blend her designs with nature. She designs meticulously and is always exploring the impact of architectural spaces on user's mind and body. You will find her lost in travelling, daydreams, books, and also on mountain trails.

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    Kate Robertson Reply

    Hi,

    Credit where credit is due. Ryder Architecture is in partnership with Hotson Architects for the Pacific Residence project at UBC. Adam James, Kate Mather and 3 other staff have been working on this since it’s inception. We are going through our final reviews and two of the five buildings will be completed in August.

    Thanks

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