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.
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.
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. He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture where he teaches design and design theory.
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. Of particular note are the North Delta Recreation Centre and the South Haven Centre of Remembrance; the latter 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.
Architect AIBC, LEED AP
Loretta is a registered architect and an associate at SHAPE Architecture. A key member of the firm since 2009, she has been project lead on a number of SHAPE Architecture’s prominent institutional projects, including the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, Kensington Hall and Childcare Centre, and the Guildford Aquatic Centre. 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. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, 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 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.
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.
With over ten years of experience in the building industry, Thomas’ knowledge, experience and creativity are derived from a diverse yet complementary background: development, building construction, and design. Thomas holds a Master of Architecture from Ecole Speciale d’Architecture and a Master of Civil Engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics, both in Paris, France. His focus on urban design innovation combines a refined design sensibility with parametric systems driven by design and off-site prefabricated wood components. Before moving to Canada, Thomas worked for the environmental branch of RFR-Group in Paris, one of the most innovative international engineering firms.
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. His recent work has been focused on the analysis of urban development to derive opportunities for affordable housing in Vancouver. In his spare time, Maxim enjoys making art including several Public Art Installations in Canada and Scandinavia.
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.
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.
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.
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. He enjoys the design / build process and has constructed his own work. 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.
Intern Architect NCARB MRAIC Assoc. AIA
Matthew’s relationship with SHAPE Architecture goes back several years, to a time before he had even applied to architecture school. With degrees in film and linguistics, Matthew’s design career began in video games where he spent several years working within an acutely technical and multi-sensory medium. His architectural education has led him to complete studio programs in Berlin, and Le Corbusier’s iconic Modernist city of Chandigarh in northern India. His Master of Architecture thesis at the University of British Columbia explored the relationship of the single family home to the changing nature of family structures and alternative forms of co-habitation.
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.
Intern Architect AIBC
Francis recently finished his Master of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science from BCIT. Prior to joining SHAPE Architecture, Francis has worked on a variety of scales, from laneway housing to planning institutional and commercial developments. Through his studies and local work experience, Francis brings his passion for architecture and the public realm, with a focus on social aspects that influence the everyday. His Masters thesis proposed an architectural market campus for a new School of Architecture in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, in an attempt to blur thresholds between public and private uses and encourage much needed social interaction and partnerships within the surrounding context.
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.
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. Examples of his built work include furniture design and an archery pavilion. 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. His recent work explores architecture that tackles territorial scales and integrates practices from both landscape architecture and urbanism. Arron believes that good design stems from a strong understanding of place, culture and ecology.
Controller, CPA, CGA