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 Sully

Nick Sully

Managing Partner, Architect AIBC, AAA, NSAA

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

Partner, Architect AIBC

Following a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies in 1996, Alec received a Master of Architecture 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.

Dwayne Smyth

Dwayne Smyth

Partner, Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC

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, 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 Architects 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 of public projects that seek to translate significant social and cultural ideas into simple, elegant and memorable buildings.

Associates

Loretta Kong

Loretta Kong

Architect AIBC, LEED AP

Loretta has been project lead on a number of SHAPE Architecture’s prominent institutional projects, including the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, the Guildford Aquatic Centre, and most recently the Columbia Valley Community Facility. After graduating with distinction from Carleton University School of Architecture, Loretta apprenticed with architects in Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver, working on a wide range of commercial, residential and institutional projects throughout Canada. Loretta is a highly conscientious architect whose technical proficiency and management skills are complemented by a refined design sensibility and a strong commitment to sustainable building.

David Guenter

David Guenter

Architect AIBC

David loves design and is good at it.  He joined SHAPE Architecture in 2010 after graduating with distinction from UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and gaining a diverse range of experience in design studios in Iran, Northern Italy and Barcelona. Throughout the past several years he has taken every opportunity to become as integrated as possible in the construction and fabrication culture of BC’s Lower Mainland, in order to draw upon the unique opportunities within the region to turn cultural ambitions into built form.

Architects

Kate Busby

Kate Busby

Architect AIBC, MRAIC

Kate offers our clients more than ten years of project experience, with special expertise in community, sport, and recreation projects and a strong interest in streamlining day-to-day design and construction processes through BIM implementation. A graduate of Dalhousie University School of Architecture, prior to moving to Vancouver she worked with offices in Paris, Oslo, Dublin, and her home province, Alberta.

Avery Titchkosky

Avery Titchkosky

Architect AIBC

Avery believes that design is to understand and balance the multiple facets of a project and develop a formal solution that is at once complex yet simple. He joined SHAPE Architecture in 2014, and is currently the Project Architect for Maple Grove Elementary. With a diverse education in engineering, business and architecture; and a focused work portfolio, Avery has developed a sensitive design process focused on client needs and constructibility; space and proportion.

Maxim Pravosoudov

Maxim Pravosoudov

Architect AIBC AIA

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.

Paul Hegarty

Paul Hegarty

Architect ARB RIBA

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. He brings a further enthusiasm for sports projects, having focused several research pieces on the subject throughout his education. 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.

Dea Knight

Dea Knight

Intern Architect AIBC

In her ten years of practicing, Dea has coupled creative problem solving with design expertise to realize a range of projects, from modern single-family homes to complex arts and community projects. Dea received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and has worked and studied in London, Toronto, Rome and Vancouver. Dea is valued by her clients and collaborators for her attention to detail, clear communication and thoughtful designs. Dea brings to SHAPE Architecture her passion for contributing to the quality of public realm with architecture that is beautiful, functional and enduring.

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Intern Architect AIBC

Ben joined SHAPE Architecture in 2016 and brings with him a strong sense of space, material, and tectonics. Past experience has put him on site and in the studio, working on residential projects of various scales and budgets. Ben believes that good design can enhance daily life and provide the framework for individual, communal and environmental connection. His strong technical and conceptual background allows him to explore architecture from many angles. He completed a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from BCIT and a Master of Architecture from UBC.

Jessica McGillivray

Jessica McGillivray

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.

Ivana Hainz

Ivana Hainz

u.d.i.a.

Ivana Hainz received her Master of Architecture from University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In more than ten years of work she has gained knowledge, skills, and experience in the fields of architecture, engineering, and interior design, with a specific focus on creative thinking, team and project management, and building regulations. She enjoys residential architecture where she can take a more personal approach to planning, and aspires for intimate and custom-made results.

Arron Griffioen

Arron Griffioen

Intern Architect NCARB

Arron is a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture program at UBC. He enjoys the design-build process and has learned how buildings come together from working in the construction industry. While Arron’s aptitude in architecture began in the world of the small and finely detailed, he has grown to appreciate its application at much grander scales. His passion for the outdoors and travel have exposed him to diverse and inspiring landscapes, which have in-turn influenced his practice as a designer. 

Ciaran Long

Ciaran Long

Intern Architect RIAI

Ciaran joined SHAPE Architecture in 2019, and prior to moving to Vancouver he worked in offices in San Francisco and Dublin. He holds a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin.  Ciaran has worked across a range of projects and scales, from private residential to cultural and educational buildings. Within the wider sphere of architecture, his interests lie in the potential of design as an agent and catalyst for change in society; how architecture can embrace the realities and challenges posed by climate change, urban sprawl and globalization.

Staff

Mary Reaney

Controller, CPA, CGA

Ron Toth

BIM Manager

Past Collaborators

Francis Garcia

Thomas Bocahut

Matthew Harty

Nuala O’Donnell

Nathaniel Funk

Scott Keck

Megan Florizone

Emma Sims

Kathy Chang

Michael Fugeta

Anne Ehrlich

Evan Hauptmann

Hannah Teicher

Matt Traub