Hotson | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban design
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Retail, Community buildings
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia and other places in Canada
Style of work: Modern and Client-specific
Website: hotson.ca/

Hotson Architects is a small firm that has experience in a wide range of projects and is consistently striving to achieve economic, environmental, and social sustainability solutions. Since their approach to the design is client-specific, they are always ready with unique solutions every time.

Pacific Residence at the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus by Hotson Architects & Ryder Architecture. ©vancouver.housing.ubc.ca/residences/pacific/ 

IBI Group

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, Urban Planning
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Healthcare, Educational
Locations of Built Projects: Different parts of the world
Style of work: Technology-driven design
Website: ibigroup.com/

IBI Group has over 60 offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. They work on all types of projects, and of all scales like – high-rises, transit stations, airports, highways and toll systems, bike lanes, hospitals, and parks. They aim to create livable, sustainable, and technologically advanced urban environments.

IBI Group ©building.ca/ibi-group-architecture-projects/ 

Iredale Architecture | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors,
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Educational, Civic, Cultural, Heritage, Industrial, Building envelope
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia, also First Nations
Style of work: Sustainability
Website: iredale.ca/

Iredale Architecture has its offices in Vancouver and Victoria with clients like First Nations, municipalities, government agencies, industrial groups, school districts, etc. Their expertise is also in providing LEED and Passive Housing facilities, in a cost-effective way. Their approach to design is- integrating with the context and local landscape, using appropriate form language, colors, and textures.

Saulteau Cultural Centre Moberly Lake, BC ©iredale.ca/

James KM Cheng Architects 

Scope of services: Architecture, Urban design
Types of Built Projects: Hotel & Residences, Commercial, Institutional
Locations of Built Projects: Vancouver, Toronto
Style of work: Modern
Website: jamescheng.com/

James KM Cheng Architects is widely known for its pioneering contribution to West Coast architecture and city planning. They work on projects of various scales that focus on integrating urban, landscape, architectural, and interior design. Fairmont Pacific Rim, Shangri-la Vancouver, River Green in Richmond are some of their famous projects. The firm has received Canada’s famous awards including the RAIC.

 Pacific Centre Redevelopment, Vancouver ©jamescheng.com/

John Henshaw Architect Inc.

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Residences
Locations of Built Projects: Vancouver
Style of work: Client specific
Website: jhainc.ca/

This is an award-winning firm that uses the latest building technologies, practices, and design trends. The staff members are accredited with LEED AP, and hence the firm considers the environmental impact of the interior environment. They also follow the WELL v.2 standards in which they focus on the impact of the built environment on human health and wellness by taking into consideration the daylight exposure, airflow, and quality, thermal and acoustical comfort.

West 33rd Residence, Vancouver ©jhainc.ca/

J + R Katz Design & Architecture

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Houses
Locations of Built Projects: Vancouver
Style of work: Site and contextual designs
Website: katzdesign.ca/

J+R Katz Design and Architecture is a boutique studio that works on residential projects that include small houses, laneway houses, etc. in the Vancouver region. They also work on restaurants and retail, day spas, religious spaces, and medical offices.

 Marguerite Street (Shaughnessy) ©katzdesign.ca/

JYW Architecture Inc. | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Housing, Community spaces, Cultural
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia, First Nations, United States
Style of work: Culturally significant designs
Website: jywarchitecture.com/

JYWA was established in 1978 by Joe Y. Wai, originally from Hong Kong, who settled in Vancouver and established this firm. He gained popularity after he designed the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first Chinese Garden to be built outside of China, and Chinatown’s Millennium Gate, a towering landmark that welcomes both visitors and Vancouverites, as well as many other housing and community projects in Vancouver. Their main focus is designing sustainable communities and provides support for cultural and community projects. They also focus on urban design and landscape. They have received the Vancouver Heritage Award for six of their projects.

Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate, Vancouver ©jywarchitecture.com/

Keck Architecture + Design

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Renovation
Types of Built Projects: Houses, Civic, Retail, Commercial Spaces
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia
Style of work: They do not necessarily prescribe to a particular style of design
Website: keckarchitecture.ca/

Keck Architecture + Designs provide services for a range of architectural projects, both new construction and renovation projects. Not adhering to any particular style, the firm enjoys working in either a West Coast Modern aesthetic style or in a pre-1940’s character and heritage conservation. The firm is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and works majorly in the region of Vancouver, North Shore, and Sunshine Coast.

Gibsons Charcuterie Tasting Room ©keckarchitecture.ca/

KMBR

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Master planning
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Offices, Educational, Cultural, Community, Healthcare, Civic, Public services, Industrial
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia
Style of work: Sustainability, Innovations
Website: kmbr.com/

KMBR works on a wide range of projects from residential to healthcare to civic and public facilities like fire halls for over 60 years. KMBR is highly committed to sustainability, and also has employees who are certified passive house professionals and LEED professionals. They also incorporate B.C. wood in design wherever possible.

Osoyoos Fire Hall, BC ©kmbr.com/

KRA – Kirsten Reite Architect Inc

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Planning
Types of Built Projects: Offices, Healthcare & Labs, Houses, Commercial/Retail, Restaurants
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba.
Style of work: Functional
Website: krarchitecture.ca/

KRA is a popular firm known for its expertise in designing healthcare environments that are of all scales and types. Apart from that, they also specialize in other building typologies, like heritage and building renewal, hotels, residential, commercial, etc. Some of their major projects are Chinook Regional Hospital Addition, the Haida Gwaii Hospital & Health Centre – Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay, and New Edmonton Hospital and Health Campus Project.

Haida Gwaii Hospital & Health Centre Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay, BC ©krarchitecture.ca/

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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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  1. 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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