Merrick Architecture | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Master planning, Heritage restoration and re-use
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Institutional, Recreational, Cultural, Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: British Columbia
Style of work: Green-architecture approach
Website: merrickarch.com/

Merrick Architecture firm approaches a design considering a few principles – Community, Humanity, Culture, History, Sustainable, Future. They have a deep respect for the people and the planet, and hence they create contextual-design architecture that integrates with its surroundings and that seeks to improve the community and environment. 

Merrick Residence West Vancouver ©Michael Perlmutter Architectural Photography

Michael Green Architecture

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Residential, Office, Recreational, Community, Airport
Locations of Built Projects: Canada & other countries
Style of work: Sustainability
Website: mg-architecture.ca/

MGA has a portfolio that comprises a wide range of projects and scales. They believe that good buildings are good neighbors, modest and silent. They believe that as good neighbors they understand how they influence others. The firm focuses on incorporating advanced wood products to the impact on the ecosystem and climate change.

Wood Innovation and Design Centre ©wester-elsner.se

MIZA Architects

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design
Types of Built Projects: Commercial, Recreational, Residential, Renovation
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Regenerative, Climate-Positive Architecture
Website: mizaarchitects.com/

MIZA architects work on projects ranging from small-scale interior installations, residential projects to mid-sized commercial buildings to large-scale institutional and recreation projects. They work with three things- Stewardship- the responsibility of taking care of the planet and reduce the global architectural impact; Generosity – generous designs to the body, senses, spirit, to the user, city, and the world, and Balance – to strive for integration and equilibrium between the elements of architecture like function, beauty, design, delivery, detail, and buildability.

Whonnock Lake Boathouse ©mizaarchitects.com/

MM Architects | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Urban planning, Development Consulting
Types of Built Projects: Houses, Restaurant, Condominium, Waterfront development
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Environmentally responsive designs
Website: mmarchitects.ca/

The MM Architects team leaders have won 16 awards in over three decades in international architectural and urban design competitions based on environmentally responsible design. They also offer consultancies in Passive Housing – to reduce building’s ecological footprint and increase the energy efficiency of their designs; Air Barrier Consulting – roofing cladding, glazing, waterproofing solutions; Building Envelope Consulting – building’s performance in terms of energy usage, occupant control, durability, and maintenance and costs.

Uber House ©mmarchitects.ca/

Montgomery Wood Architect

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Country houses, Seasonal retreats, Small lots
Locations of Built Projects: Lower Mainland Region- British Columbia
Style of work: Works According to Environmental Site Conditions
Website: montgomerywoodarchitect.com/

MWA works on a wide range of building types, but in recent years they have built their expertise in rural houses, retreats, and cabins. Their approach to designing is site-dependent, where they research environmental site conditions such as wind-sun exposure, and topography carefully. This also provides excellent site views, along with minimizing the total energy consumption of the building.

Summer Island Cottage – Seasonal Retreats ©montgomerywoodarchitect.com/

NORR

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban design, Structural/ Mechanical/ Electrical engineering
Types of Built Projects: Commercial, Education, Health Sciences, Hospitality, Industrial, Justice, Public, Residential, Restaurants, Retail, Science/Research, Sports/Recreation, Transportation.
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Sustainability
Website: norr.com/

NORR has offices located in Canada, the US, UK, and UAE. Their mission is to create socially aware, environmentally responsible, and financially feasible architecture that would contribute to healthier and sustainable spaces all over the world. Through their innovation in both design and technology, they create architecture that would cause low environmental impact.

Hat @ Elbow River, Calgary – Mixed-Use Residential ©norr.com/

Oberto Oberti Architecture

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban planning
Types of Built Projects: Resort, Commercial, Residential, Institutional
Locations of Built Projects: Canada
Style of work: Modern
Website: obertiarchitecture.com/

Oberto Oberti Architecture was established in 1976, with the aim to create luxurious high-rise spaces. Seawalk Place on the Waterfront of West Vancouver was the first apartment building in Greater Vancouver designed to embrace a new urban lifestyle. They then took projects ranging from commercial to schools. They mainly focus on resorts.

Ski Resort ©obertiresorts.com/our-story/ 

Office of McFarlane Biggar | Architects in Vancouver

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Planning, Product design, Branding
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Community Buildings, Recreational, Public Facilities, Commercial/Retail, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: Western Canada
Style of work: Environmentally Responsible Projects
Website: officemb.ca/

Office of McFarlane Biggar is an award-winning firm working on a wide range of projects of various scales, from international airports to institutions to retails. They believe that simple yet functional planning is the key to achieve sustainable design practices and balance social, economic, and environmental issues. They have achieved LEED certificates for many of their projects and also received various awards.

Fort McMurray International Airport, Alberta ©officemb.ca/

Omer Arbel Office

Scope of services: Architecture, Installation
Types of Built Projects: Houses, Sculptures
Locations of Built Projects: Canada, US
Style of work: Researching on mechanical, physical, & chemical qualities of materials & light as a medium
Website: omerarbel.com/

Omer Arbel, the founder of the firm, is inclined towards sculpture, invention, and design, apart from architecture. The primary theme of his designs is researching mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials and light as a medium. His artworks have been displayed at various exhibitions. He designs mainly houses and offices. Like in sculptures, in architecture buildings also, he experiments with the materials which make his every project unique, in terms of material, light, form, and space. The photograph below is of a house – 23.2, in which he has used concrete, douglas fir, cedar, walnut, steel, and glass, giving the space a look of a unique blending of colors, patterns, and lights.

23.2 House ©omerarbel.com/

Pacific Image Home Designs Ltd.

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Houses
Locations of Built Projects: Vancouver
Style of work: Pacific Coast style
Website: pacificimagehomedesigns.com/

Pacific Image Home Design focuses on traditional style to the contemporary style of architecture that complements the regions of southwestern B.C and reflects its natural surroundings of the West Coast. Their Residential projects include new homes, laneway houses, additions, and renovation.

Multi family housing ©pacificimagehomedesigns.com/
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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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