...

SHAPE Architecture is a collaborative studio where every individual’s unique 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.

Nick Sully

Nick Sully

Architect AIBC, AAA

Nick established the practice in 2007 on the premise that critical design practice can be both commercially viable and environmentally responsible. Regarded as a pioneer of urban densification among a new generation of Vancouver architects, he brings to SHAPE Architecture a wealth of public facilities experience from local and national Canadian projects as well as award winning sustainable communities master-planning and civic athletics experience from his years working in the UK. Nick has twenty years of diverse local and international experience and leads the practice’s commitment to high performance, low energy architecture. Nick’s strength is his consistent ability to assemble and coordinate effective professional teams to solve problems for private industry and public community stakeholders. He volunteers his time as an advisor to intern architects and students and is a member of the University of British Columbia SALA Advisory Board. Nick is an advocate for youth and children’s fitness and coaches youth soccer. He is a past juror for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architecture.

Alec Smith

Alec Smith

Architect AIBC

Following a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 1996, Alec received a Master of Architecture Degree (with distinction) from Dalhousie University in 1998. He worked in London for two years and then from 2000 to 2007 worked on a number of prominent public projects around the Lower Mainland. Alec joined Nick Sully as a principal at SHAPE Architecture in 2007. Alec’s contribution to SHAPE Architecture’s critically recognized work includes both urban density projects throughout Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods intended to form a larger body of thought on ecologically responsive urban living, as well public buildings through the lower mainland and western Canada. Taken together these two project types explore how we as citizens might live in a threatened world as both individuals and participants in society. In addition to his broad design and technical experience, Alec has a specialty expertise in community buildings of different kinds. This experience reveals his conviction that public architecture is the expression of civic and social values. Alec enjoys bringing his passion for architecture to the public process of realizing complex public projects building consensus and generating enthusiasm amongst diverse participants. He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture where he teaches design and design theory.

Dwayne Smyth

Dwayne Smyth

Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC

With over twenty years of professional and academic experience in architecture, Dwayne received a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Montana State University in addition to studies abroad at both the TU/e (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven) and the Bauhaus in Dessau. As an intern, Dwayne worked with Will Bruder Architect in Phoenix Arizona. During his time in the desert, he worked on significant projects such as the 8m Skyspace and Infinite Light Exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art with internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell. He has worked on a wide range of public and private projects throughout North America in addition to numerous international competitions. As project architect / principal on a number of high profile projects prior to joining SHAPE Architecture, 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 public projects that seek to translate significant social and cultural ideas into simple elegant and memorable buildings. Of particular note are the North Delta Recreation Centre and the South Haven Centre of Remembrance; both currently under construction. Dwayne’s work on the South Haven project explores the interplay of permanence and ephemerality, which expands on his passion to create meaningful architecture that captures the spatial relationship between material and light.