Nanaimo, BC Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Nanaimo home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through Nanaimo, BC interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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SGDI is an experienced and award-winning design firm; offering complete design or interior design of custom homes... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 952-4448
  • 41 miles from Nanaimo, 1 project in Nanaimo
Victoria's Top Building Designer | 20+ Years of Experience
With 20 years’ experience in building design and construction industry of which 10 years on Vancouver Island,...
SYNTHESIS, BY DEFINITION: “THE COMBINING OF ELEMENTS TO CREATE A UNIFIED WHOLE” Founded in 1992, Synthesis... Read More
Vancouver Island's Premier Design Build Firm | Best of Houzz 2018
No matter what scale or style your renovation or home building project requires, David Coulson and his...
John Henshaw Architect Inc. is a multidisciplinary, award winning firm with more than 20 years of experience. We... Read More
Victoria's Modern Design/Build Architect Best of Houzz 2015 & 2016
A believer in the inherent synergies of design & construction, Ian follows an integrated approach to produce...
Sustainable...Evocative...Efficient...Distinct! One SEED is a boutique firm based in Vancouver, BC, that is... Read More
Vancouver Island's Experienced Design-Build Firm
Our design philosophy and passionate attention to detail produce highly integrated structures within the natural...
Custom Home Design and Interior Design firm located in Victoria, British Columbia Read More
Victoria's Experienced Architecture Firm
Our specialty is creating unique & imaginative designs that reflect our customer's wishes for harmony & balance...
Devise Design is a custom residential design firm based in Vancouver, with projects ranging from small... Read More
Vancouver Island Residential Designer Best of Houzz 2016 & 2017
I have over 30 years experience in the building design field rendering my skills to the architectural community.
Ours is a small architectural studio based in North Vancouver, British Columbia providing personalized service in... Read More
Wow! and Zen - Spaces that promote wellbeing and manifest dreams
We know the value of establishing a relationship to understand clients and create exactly the kind of space they...
LIVING RADIUS Architecture & Interior Design Inc. is a Vancouver architecture and interior design studio. Since... Read More
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Premium Urban Design as a company is privately owned, made up of an Architectural Building technologist and...
Based on a understanding of architecture, planning and the natural environment JWT Architecture aims to connect... Read More
Victoria's Customer-Preferred Architect For Over 20 Years
We derive inspiration from where we live, work, and play everyday. We seek to protect and enhance nature, while...
We're Making PLANS... For Your Future! Specializing in the planning and design of Custom Residences, and... Read More
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  • Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6M4, Canada
Everyone has ideas and dreams about what they want their home to be but bringing that dream into reality is... Read More
Our projects range from showcase homes to budget-driven renovations. Our clients range from first time home... Read More
Lanefab is an award winning design+build team crafting new custom homes and major renovations. Design quality and... Read More
Established in 1985, Frits de Vries Architect Ltd. is an award-winning, Vancouver-based Architectural firm with a... Read More
We design homes, additions and renovations that are a celebration of the owners’ lifestyle. At aspire our main... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
SGDI - Sarah Gallop Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"Sarah is a consummate professional with a keen eye and shares a unique vision for every space she approaches."
- COREY KLASSEN INTERIOR DESIGN
Synthesis Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"We worked with the team at Synthesis Design and (now 2 1/2 years later) we are (still) thouroughly happy with their work. In fact, we consider them to be part of our family! When we went into this project we knew nothing about design, construction, zoning, or anything... we told them "we're either going to be your best clients or your worst, because we don't know what we don't know"... Well they certainly helped us through it incredibly well! Not only did they do a great job (many of the photos they posted here are of our home), but we had a blast working with them too! Our home is very important to us.. and take note the word... HOME... that's what Synthesis built for us... our family, our values, our lives were worked into this home in so many wonderful ways! I can't say I would ever use them again... because they did such a fantastic job this time around that we are NEVER moving. We love our home and we love Synthesis Design. C, L, K, O, K, B, everyone... you know who I'm talking about! :) !!! Don`t even THINK, hire them straight away!!!"
- pteevan
John Henshaw Architect Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"John Henshaw Architect is a team of highly professional architects and designers. They will take the extra step and go beyond what is expected of them. In result, projects are always stunning, innovative and timeless. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who is looking to build a home or improve the interior design of an existing space."
- gogotelugo
One SEED Architecture + Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"SEED is specialised in custom homes that are sustainable. Allison Holden creates evocative, healthy environments that are in tune with the occupant and site."
- clementinebleue
Step One Design
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"Having built two homes before, we were impressed with what Step One Design had to offer and commissioned Mike to draw up the plans for our current home. Mike arranged to meet with us at our lot, listened to our ideas and offered feedback and suggestions to come up with a plan that fit us perfectly based on our wants and needs. He was accessible, easy to communicate with and provided the plans on schedule. Step one Design brought together our vision while paying attention to practicality, finances and the aesthetics of the home. We were extremely happy with Mike’s work, would use his professional expertise again and would not hesitate to recommend him to others."
- beavercreekwharf
Devise Design
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"Amazing company. Kirby made the process of building a new home fun and exciting with no stress. We could not happeier Theresa and Tylar"
- tkoppang
Vallely Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"Kevin designed two Contemporary single family residences for me with an eye towards the working at home professional. Beautiful design and open concept with the option of a nanny/ income suite and seperate entrance to my home office. Unfortunately we moved before we could complete the project. I hope the new property owners continue with his design , it would be a great addition to the North Shore ."
- rolfr1
Living Radius
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Brian and Kelly from Living Radius. They are true professionals; they always made us feel that our ideas and input were valued, while also making suggestions and recommendations that were reasoned and confidence inspiring."
- Lauren Startup
JWT Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"Our waterfront, island property in Howe Sound was our favourite refuge from the city for 8 years before we finally decided to build a cabin. James won us over immediately with his relaxed, attentive approach, and his excellent understanding of what is truly important to people who value their natural environments. Seven years later, we are finally building this home, and it's stunning. I can't thank James enough for giving us this beautiful space that we could never have imagined on our own. (We are currently under construction, so photos represent a work in progress)"
- C Viau
Datum Point Studios Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Nanaimo, BC
"I hired Datum Point for 2 projects - a residential garage in a heritage style to match the house, and a residential detached duplex project. Both designs were completed to a very high standard."
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How do I find the best Nanaimo architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire British Columbia subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the Nanaimo residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Different architecture firms in Nanaimo, BC provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Residential architects in Nanaimo, BC are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective Nanaimo interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


Find a home architect in Nanaimo, BC on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Nanaimo architects. You may also look through photos of British Columbia projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Victoria, Gabriola, Chemainus, Lantzville and Thetis Island.

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