SHAPE Architecture is a collaborative studio where every individual’s background and interests influence the forward trajectory of the practice. By strategically 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 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 led the team that 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 Governor’s Awards, a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, and most recently a Governor General’s Medal. 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.

Loretta Kong

Architect AIBC, LEED AP

David has been with SHAPE Architecture for over a decade and has been instrumental in realizing a number of significant projects at small, medium and large scales. As Project Architect, he is currently enjoying the construction progress for the Vancouver Masonic Centre Affordable Housing Project at 8th and Granville. David loves making complex ideas into lucid drawings.

David Guenter

Architect AIBC

Avery joined SHAPE Architecture in 2014 following a diverse education in engineering, business and architecture while based in Vancouver, Singapore and Los Angeles. Avery enjoys uncovering and understanding the layers of a problem, then systematically resolving the inherent complexity to a simple, cogent solution. When not architecting, he’s likely on a culinary adventure somewhere in the world.

Avery Titchkosky

Architect AIBC, CPHD

Architects

Mehran has over 15 years of experience in architecture on projects of varying scales. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran in 2004. His journey to architecture started with his passion for art, math, and physics. He is fascinated by geometries and patterns both in nature and handicrafts. He enjoys the innovative design process at SHAPE Architecture and what he loves most about architecture is when he finds himself in a meaningful space that creates a memorable moment.

Mehran Parnian

Architect AIBC

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)

Zac joined SHAPE Architecture in 2019 after six years of working as Project Architect in New Zealand. He became a member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board in 2017. Zac is passionate about vernacular architecture. Travelling and living abroad since 2017 has enabled him to recognize the importance of understanding local culture when addressing the built environment. In addition to his passion for architecture and design, Zac enjoys spending his time outdoors.

Zac Vermeulen

Architect NZRAB (NZ registered)

Alex has been with SHAPE Architecture since 2019, having moved to Vancouver from London. Whilst in London Alex gained valuable experience across a range of sectors, and relishes each project’s unique challenges. Alex’s enjoyment of architecture stems from seeking simple solutions to complex problems and understanding the occupant’s desires.  Alex became a Registered Architect (ARB) in 2018, having previously studied at Bath and Westminster in the UK. Depending on the season, you’ll find him on either the golf course or ski slopes.

Alex Russell

Architect ARB (UK registered)

A native of Vancouver, Nathan studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal and in Grenoble, France before embarking on a career that has led to work in British Columbia, Ontario, California, Utah and Wyoming. With over 20 years of professional experience, he has worked at a variety of scales from intimate dance stage sets, to mixed use, non-profit, office, education, residential, and government work up to the scale of a National Parks Service Headquarters campus masterplan. Nathan joined SHAPE Architecture in 2019.

Nathan Webster

Architect AIA (Utah registered)

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 the simplicity of modernism. 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. 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 AIBC

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 drawing, you might find him running, eating, cycling or with a pint in his hand.

Ciaran Long

Architectural Graduate, CPHD

Aaron received his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Environmental 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 with him in a board game. These days, his inspiration comes from the design processes of Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn.

Aaron Szeto

Intern Architect AIBC

Emily received her both Bachelor and Master 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

Following a Diploma of Building Technology in 2010, Jeff went on to complete his Bachelors of Environmental Design and his Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2019. Jeff joined SHAPE Architecture in 2020, where he brings thoughtful design experience that is married with technical pragmatism. Jeff loves the challenge of taking high-level design decisions and turning them into refined technical details. When he is not detailing, Jeff can be found eating good food or exploring the outdoors either hiking, biking or camping.

Jeff Walker

Architectural Graduate

Kemeng joined SHAPE Architecture after completing her Bachelor of Environmental Design with Honours from UBC. Her fascination with the symbiosis between people and built environment led her to spatial design after several years of engineering and art education. The spontaneity and randomness of architecture in use especially intrigues her. For entertainment she enjoys wandering around cities as an urban flâneur and recently she is learning to tap dance.

Kemeng Gao

Designer

Matt joined SHAPE Architecture towards the end of 2020 as a transplant from central Canada where he completed a Master of Architecture from McGill and a Bachelor from Ryerson University. Reflective by nature, he enjoys thinking about how we live, how we could live differently, and how architecture can contribute to that. When not at his desk he can be found outside, usually on skis or a bike.

Matt Breton-Honeyman

Intern Architect OAA, CPHD

Past Collaborators

Adam Zlamal

Anne Ehrlich

Ben Fisher

Dea Knight

Egor Revenko

Emma Sims

Evan Hauptmann

Francis Garcia

Gloria Zhou

Hannah Teicher

Jessica McGillivray

John Speed

Kathy Chang

Kate Busby

Matthew Harty

Matt Traub

Mary Reaney

Maxim Pravosoudov

Megan Florizone

Michael Fugeta

Nathaniel Funk

Nuala O’Donnell

Ron Toth

Scott Keck

Thomas Bocahut

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