SHAPE Architecture is a collaborative studio where every individual’s background and interests influence the forward trajectory of the practice. By leveraging each architect’s unique talents and abilities, the practice is both specialized and diversified.

Principals

Nick founded SHAPE Architecture in 2007 on the premise that critical design practice can be both commercially viable and environmentally responsible. His focus is on city making; unlocking design potential with low energy / high performance design solutions and progressive engagement with technology. He is a past juror for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architecture, previous member of the UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board and mentors a number of Intern Architects. A keen fly fisherman, Nick also advocates for youth fitness and coaches youth soccer.

Nick Sully

Managing Partner, Architect AIBC AAA NSAA MRAIC

Following a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 1996, Alec received a Master of Architecture with distinction from Dalhousie University in 1998. In addition to his work at SHAPE Architecture, Alec has taught Design and Theory at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. His passion for design reflects a conviction that architecture embodies our beliefs and convictions and has the capacity to inspire what is best in us all. Alec was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s medal for Architecture in 2018.

Alec Smith

Partner, Architect AIBC

With over twenty years of professional and academic experience in architecture, Dwayne received both a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Montana State University, and studies abroad at both the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and the Bauhaus. Dwayne’s passion for design has been rewarded with multiple Lieutenant Governors Awards as well as the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. He joined SHAPE Architecture as a partner in 2012 and since then has worked on variety of public projects that seek to translate significant social and cultural ideas into simple, elegant and memorable buildings.

Dwayne Smyth

Partner, Architect AIBC AAA MRAIC

Associates

After graduating with distinction from Carleton University School of Architecture, Loretta apprenticed with architects in Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver before finding her way to SHAPE Architecture in 2009. Her favourite architects ebb and flow with her interests of the day but she has a soft spot for early modernism. She loves the process of design and red wine. When she’s not visiting Paris you may find her hiking, camping, knitting, or hanging out with her toddler.

Loretta Kong

Architect AIBC, LEED AP

David, a UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture alum, loves drawing ideas, sipping and sharing bonky natural wine, and the landscape of Canada’s midwest where he hails from. His current favourite architect is his six-year-old son Nico who has the eye of a young Siza, particularly for cantilevers. His specialty is architectural sketches which he employs in his famous dinner party artwork after-hours.

David Guenter

Architect AIBC

Architects

Avery joined SHAPE Architecture in 2014, after completing both his Bachelor of Applied Science and his Masters of Architecture at UBC. He believes cities only thrive with thoughtful architecture, which is the creative combination of science and art. His favourite architectural period is the transition from Art Deco to Modernism. When he’s not designing, he’s cooking, eating or travelling to cities like London, New York, and L.A. The bigger and more diverse the better.

Avery Titchkosky

Architect AIBC, CPHD

Maxim is a member of The American Institute of Architects and holds registration with the State of Texas. He brings over ten years of architectural experience with a variety of built local projects and planning of complex international projects in Europe and throughout Asia. Maxim’s passion lies in the advocacy for architecture and communities that are as culturally diverse as they are ecologically sustainable. In his spare time, Maxim enjoys making art including several Public Art Installations in Canada and Scandinavia.

Maxim Pravosoudov

Architect AIBC AIA

Tom joined SHAPE in 2019, bringing with him his impressive B.A.(Hons), Architecture & Landscape and M.Arch PG.Dip, Architecture from the University of Sheffield. He thinks of design as a complex puzzle he enjoys getting lost (and found) in. Tom has a lot of respect for Bjarke Ingels. He also respects a well-made Jalapeno Margarita, extra spicy. He spends his off-time in the mountains biking and skiing. The next stamp in his passport will be Amsterdam, a city he believes inspires creativity.

Tom Kenny

Architect ARB RIBA (UK registered)

Paul joined SHAPE Architecture in 2018, after spending the previous four years working in central London. During this time he earned valuable experience across a range of sectors, particularly multi-unit residential schemes at all stages from concept to completion. Paul has also worked in Australia between his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Newcastle University in the UK, and became a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016.

Paul Hegarty

Architect ARB RIBA (UK registered)

Ben achieved his Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from BCIT and a Master of Architecture from UBC before joining SHAPE Architecture in 2016. He takes inspiration from architects like Luis Barragan and David Chipperfield and believes that powerful architecture is a balance between spatial atmosphere and the inherent qualities of materials.  His inspiration comes from his family and everyday observations.  He recommends adding Tel Aviv and Berlin to your bucket list.

Ben Fisher

Intern Architect AIBC

Jessica joined SHAPE Architecture in 2016 after completing her Master of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. With a background in Interior Design (BID 2012) she offers a thoughtful approach to addressing the multiplicity of scales that exist in architecture.  A deliberate obsession with detail is moderated by her ability to situate a project within the larger scheme of its site + context, social implications, and programmatic function.

Jessica McGillivray

Intern Architect AIBC

Ivana received her Master of Architecture from University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and first fell in love with design because it creates people’s stories. She prefers modernism, simplicity and Cabarnet Sauvignon. Her favourite quote was delivered by her favourite architect, Louis Kahn, “Every building must have its own soul.” The city she’s most excited to visit is the one she hasn’t been to yet.

Ivana Hainz

Architectural Graduate

Arron is a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture program at UBC. He believes “love” is a strong word, so he often saves his love for a cold Coors Banquet, a worthy recipient. When he’s not working on shop drawings, you’re likely to find him tinkering around Vancouver or designing for the unchartered landscape of AED 500 Mars City.

Arron Griffioen

Intern Architect NCARB

Ciaran holds a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin. His love for architectural design is defined by the marriage of two complementary pursuits; a personal state of flow and a communal state of collaboration. When Ciaran isn’t creating Axonometric drawings, you might find him running, eating, cycling, attending lectures by Kunlé Adeyemi, or drinking. Basil Gimlets to be specific.

Ciaran Long

Architectural Graduate

Aaron received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environment Design Studies from Dalhousie University. He loves design because it requires him to think critically and respond with innovative strategies—you wouldn’t want to go toe-to-toe against him in a board game. These days, his inspiration comes from the design processes of Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn, as well as his many food adventures. Just please hold the lactose.

Aaron Szeto

Intern Architect AIBC

Adam studied Architecture and Urban Design in the Czech Republic before joining the SHAPE Architecture team. Adam has made the bold observation that design is the exciting synergy between the left and right hemisphere. We love bold. He prefers both cubism and pilsner from the tank. An enthusiast for both indoor and outdoor activities, he enjoys crafting storytelling diagrams and exploring the shores of Tofino.

Adam Zlamal

Architectural Graduate

Emily received her both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Architecture at McGill University, then decided to withstand the cold a bit more to work in Montreal. Her love of architecture has taken her all around the world, notably working with renowned Korean architect Jun Sung Kim in Seoul. Creating something that didn’t exist before is fundamentally a fascinating idea to her.

Emily Koo

Intern Architect AIBC

Gloria fell in love with design because it continually challenges traditions and has the potential to address resiliency and allow cities to grow. Her favourite quote is by Jan Gehi, “Something happens because something happens because something happens.” Something magical happens for her in the vicinity of sangria or Tokyo.

Gloria Zhou

M.Arch Candidate

Valia Puente

M.Arch Candidate

Staff

Mary Reaney

Controller, CPA, CGA

Ron studied Architectural and Building Science at BCIT before becoming BIM Manager at SHAPE Architecture.  He hopes to bring the Italian Baroque era back and is particularly enamored with elevation design drawings. Ron is a father, chef, and seasonal cocktail man. Which makes sense considering his favorite place is the Saskatchewan farm he grew up on where the seasons call all the shots.

Ron Toth

BIM Manager

Past Collaborators

Anne Ehrlich

Dea Knight

Emma Sims

Evan Hauptmann

Francis Garcia

Hannah Teicher

Kathy Chang

Kate Busby

Matthew Harty

Matt Traub

Megan Florizone

Michael Fugeta

Nathaniel Funk

Nuala O’Donnell

Scott Keck

Thomas Bocahut