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Our practice is rooted in social, ecological and economic sustainability as the foundation for creating optimal design solutions. We guide the creative process through collaborative forums, engaging our client, design team and consultants to fully identify opportunities, test assumptions, and inspire innovation.

Our design is founded in the social dimension of the spaces we create. Social sustainability is expressed in the informal interaction that is of immense benefit to multi-disciplinary institutions; the quality of place that attracts the best researchers and students to campus facilities; and the sense of occasion that enhances the experience at a performing arts centre. Our designs are shaped to ensure these objectives are met. Context is our springboard for an architecture that reinforces connection to landscape and community and concurrently shapes interior space to support the community within.

Ecological sustainability is the new imperative. We aim high to achieve design solutions that create comfortable, healthy buildings that also radically reduce carbon emissions, water and energy use. We deliver the full sustainable design mandate with featured projects below. A broader range of our certified projects can be viewed here. Our approach to architecture is viewed through the lens of early stage energy analysis paired with lifecycle costing to inform decision making with data, transparency and trust. We strive for economic sustainability by containing capital expenditure and operational costs, which are fundamental factors for a project’s success. We firmly believe that true economy balances cost and value to deliver effective solutions without compromise to artful placemaking and delight.

Appreciation and respect for cultural considerations also figure prominently in our work. This cultural sustainability means designing in consultation with stakeholders to create authentic architecture that reflects beliefs and rituals. Our projects with Indigenous communities such as the Old Main Building at Thompson Rivers University, assimilate a deep cultural resonance within the design solution.

Our practice is rooted in social, ecological and economic sustainability as the foundation for creating optimal design solutions. We guide the creative process through collaborative forums, engaging our client, design team and consultants to fully identify opportunities, test assumptions, and inspire innovation.

Our design is founded in the social dimension of the spaces we create. Social sustainability is expressed in the informal interaction that is of immense benefit to multi-disciplinary institutions; the quality of place that attracts the best researchers and students to campus facilities; and the sense of occasion that enhances the experience at a performing arts centre. Our designs are shaped to ensure these objectives are met. Context is our springboard for an architecture that reinforces connection to landscape and community and concurrently shapes interior space to support the community within.

Ecological sustainability is the new imperative. We aim high to achieve design solutions that create comfortable, healthy buildings that also radically reduce carbon emissions, water and energy use. We deliver the full sustainable design mandate with featured projects below. A broader range of our certified projects can be viewed here. Our approach to architecture is viewed through the lens of early stage energy analysis paired with lifecycle costing to inform decision making with data, transparency and trust. We strive for economic sustainability by containing capital expenditure and operational costs, which are fundamental factors for a project’s success. We firmly believe that true economy balances cost and value to deliver effective solutions without compromise to artful placemaking and delight.

Appreciation and respect for cultural considerations also figure prominently in our work. This cultural sustainability means designing in consultation with stakeholders to create authentic architecture that reflects beliefs and rituals. Our projects with Indigenous communities such as the Old Main Building at Thompson Rivers University, assimilate a deep cultural resonance within the design solution.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable design means more than creating a high performance building. At its essence, our objective is to mitigate environmental impacts via the considerations of context, community, landscape and building form. This is achieved by engaging our clients in defining sustainability goals. Through a collaborative and integrated design process, the most appropriate and innovative technologies and building systems are applied. We are at the forefront of this rapidly developing field and, as a consequence, have an extensive portfolio of highly regarded sustainable building projects. To further advocate, educate and to enhance this activity, we are committed to the 2030 Challenge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all our new and renovated buildings.