Vancouver Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a 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 Vancouver 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
  • Delta, British Columbia, V4L 2L8, Canada, 146 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver'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...
  • Click to Call(778) 401-9578
  • 2 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Lanefab is an award winning design+build team crafting new custom homes and major renovations. Design quality and... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 227-5042
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T1Z7, Canada, 24 projects in Vancouver Metro
Burnaby's Passionate and Creative Architecture Firm
Creativity, Commitment, Friendliness, Capability–These four words describe the essence of our work. Our passion...
  • Click to Call(604) 265-9749
  • 10 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
John Henshaw Architect Inc. is a multidisciplinary, award winning firm with more than 20 years of experience. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 264-1072
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V6P 6G2, Canada, 18 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver's Luxury Full-Service Architecture & Interior Design Firm
We offer a playful yet rigorous approach to design. Projects come to life through pollination of key ideas and a...
  • Click to Call(604) 670-8512
  • 11 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
As an architectural / designer and visual artist Daniel (Dan) Boot has spent his artistic career pushing the... Read More
  • Click to Call(778) 400-5034
  • North Saanich, British Columbia, V8L5R7, Canada, 39 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver Architecture & Interior Design | 11x Best of Houzz Winner
Synthesis Design Inc. has a strong background in residential projects from renovations and additions, to complete...
  • Click to Call(604) 980-2087
  • 48 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
International design firm, specializing in rustic, luxurious, heavy timber design. Located in Abbotsford,... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 854-2966
  • Abbotsford, British Columbia, V2S 7Y8, Canada, 28 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver Area's Award-Winning Architectural Design Solutions
Peter Rose Architecture and Interiors creates residences of distinction in Greater Vancouver. Our houses are...
  • Click to Call(604) 330-0120
  • 12 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Established in 1985, Frits de Vries Architect Ltd. is an award-winning, Vancouver-based Architectural firm with a... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 670-5357
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1G5, Canada, 23 projects in Vancouver Metro
Surrey's Top Home Builder I 2018 Georgie Awards Renovator of the Year
For over 20 years Graeme Huguet and his team have been creating great living spaces. From a small kitchen or bath...
  • Click to Call(604) 265-9733
  • 75 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Creating Spaces for Meaningful Lives
Our architectural studio consults on residential, cultural and institutional projects. We offer architectural...
  • Click to Call(604) 332-3382
  • 4 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Vancouver home design services with over 32 years of experience offers exclusive design ideas to Home owners,... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 929-6696
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1A2, Canada, 23 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver Area's Versatile Residential Design Firm -Best of Houzz 2017
From the design of a small renovation to the construction of a single family home, I work with clients to create...
  • Click to Call(604) 816-4831
  • 4 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Vancouver Area's Skilled Architectural Design Firm
Committed to hands-on design that reflects the clients needs against the creative constraints such as...
  • Click to Call(604) 670-5246
  • 8 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Sustainable...Evocative...Efficient...Distinct! One SEED is a boutique firm based in Vancouver, BC, that is... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 566-9808
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 3H7, Canada, 12 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver's Premier Architecture and Design Firm - Best of Houzz!
Boutique home design firm with a focus on modern, energy-efficient & cost-efficient dwellings tailored for the...
  • Click to Call(604) 757-4966
  • 10 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Vancouver Based Award Winning Residential Design
We are small by design which allows us to provide our clients with a highly personalized service. We also have a...
  • Click to Call(604) 670-8216
  • 7 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Since establishing Sensitive Design in 1996, Susanne has undertaken numerous design and project management... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 265-9242
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 2E7, Canada, 15 projects in Vancouver Metro
North Vancouver's Knowledgable Building Designer
We specialize in space planning and building design customized to the needs and desires of our clients and are...
  • Click to Call(604) 265-9637
  • 16 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Vancouver Award Winning Custom Home Design 9X Best of Houzz Winner!
SGDI is an award winning residential interior design company dedicated to helping clients create beautiful...
  • Click to Call(604) 952-4448
  • 146 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
  • Click to Call(604) 980-2087
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7L 1B3, Canada, 48 projects in Vancouver Metro
High-Quality Prefab Homes—Designed For Living Well
We guide our clients through a simplified, interactive design process, leveraging the predictability of...
  • Click to Call(617) 925-6537
  • 1 project in the Vancouver Metro area
Building Design Professional specializing in custom and high end spec home design Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 670-8023
  • Abbotsford, British Columbia, V3G 2Z2, Canada, 12 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver's Preferred Architectural Design Studio- Best of Houzz 2018
Matthew T. Hansen Architect is a registered firm established in 1996. Matthew T. Hansen Architect has developed a...
  • Click to Call(604) 983-3723
  • 9 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Arata Hatanaka Design Atelier (ADA) is a registered Building Design and Interior Design studio based in North... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 670-3724
  • NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, V7L 1J1, Canada, 17 projects in Vancouver Metro
British Columbia's Top Architect - Specialized in Contemporary Design
We listen to our clients, understand their needs & then guide them through the process of designing high quality...
  • Click to Call(604) 706-1351
  • 7 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Our projects range from showcase homes to budget-driven renovations. Our clients range from first time home... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 670-5402
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J1T5, Canada, 13 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver's Premier Architect
Our design philosophy is focused on personal attention. We bring you the talent, advice, expertise, attention to...
  • Click to Call(604) 670-5402
  • 13 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
K. Henry Design has been providing residential design services to Vancouver and surrounding communities since... Read More
  • Click to Call(778) 998-5441
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J1T5, Canada, 11 projects in Vancouver Metro
Surrey Area's Vancouver Area's Reputable Architectural Services
Distinctive custom homes by Folio Living Design. I incorporate and design based on my distinct philosophy;...
OpenSpace Architecture (OSA) is a boutique luxury architectural and interior design practice based on Vancouver’s... Read More
  • Click to Call(604) 670-8512
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7L1B2, Canada, 11 projects in Vancouver Metro
Vancouver and the Greater Pacific NW Award-Winning Architect
babienko ARCHITECTS is an inventive architecture firm whose approach is grounded in solid construction techniques...
  • Click to Call(206) 309-7347
  • 3 projects in the Vancouver Metro area
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
SGDI - Sarah Gallop Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"Sarah is a consummate professional with a keen eye and shares a unique vision for every space she approaches."
- Corey Klassen Interior Design
Lanefab Design/Build
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"Lanefab provides excellent service to their customers and is a pleasure to work with as a professional. We work with them on a routine basis collaboratively on design and install. Their modern take on laneway homes and eco footprint makes them an invaluable resource in a city that is quickly densifying."
- Aloe Designs
John Henshaw Architect Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"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
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"Dan Boot as a designer is asked to solve specific problems. Understanding that the requirements presented by the client may sometimes be vague, Dan is able to work with them to come to a conclusion that the client is comfortable with and represents the goal that the client was seeking when they engaged the services of StudioDB3. Dan analyzes the information by determining the key elements of the requirements, the relationships between them and how to combine them into a solution to present to his clients for consideration. He is able to conceptualize client’s desires through sketches, drawings and models so that his clients can visualize the process from start to finish to gain a unique understanding of what the end result can and will be. His clients can then determine whether it meets their expectations, that prior to the process that Dan engages them in, were just ideas and dreams. StudioDB3 is able to then move the process through all the intricate steps required from start to finish, including the required engineering and approval process, construction and final occupancy. Dan Boot is an excellent communicator and combined with his professionalism and confidence and his ability to communicate these to his clients, provide them with peace of mind, knowing their project is in good hands. Working with StudioDB3 adds value to the project, since conception, up to and including occupancy, can be dealt with through one office that has the experience, ability and energy to see the project through to completion. Forty years of being involved in the design and construction industry, mainly in British Columbia, but as well as in Alberta, Hong Kong, Mexico and Hawaii, combined with Dan’s unique and artistic flair bring elements to the table that can alleviate anxieties of even the most discerning clients. Dan’s integrity, honesty, passion and professionalism make the engagement of StudioDB3 for your building project an excellent choice, since they are not only able to visualize their client’s needs and wants but they are able make their project real."
- jcvh
Streamline Design Ltd. - Kevin Simoes
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"As a interior designer, I have had the pleasure of working with Kevin on numerous occasions over the past couple of years. I have no hesitation in recommending Kevin to anyone and everyone in need of an Architect. He is extremely passionate about his work, and it can be seen in every one of his projects. With an outgoing personality, he is easily the perfect fit for any client."
- AccenTrix Design
Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"Working with the Frits de Vries firm has been an incredible process. Although my husband and I were new to building a house, they showed amazing patience and respect, being mindful of our budget, keeping us on track, always erring on the side of functionality when needed, and incorporated our personal wishes into a gorgeous design that has culminated in a truly stunning house that feels easy and comfortable to be in. They are connected to excellent builders and have overseen the construction of the house with great dedication and care. What is often a tense and stressful process was mostly mitigated due to their experience and calm demeanours, and I can happily say that it's been a lot of fun working with them."
- M. S.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"This was a very challenging project due to the size.We were very pleased with the research done with materials and knowledge of new ideas. The company was very respectable of the budget provided, and often found various idea of how to complete projects. Preparation was always done before we tackled any new job with various choices which made it easier for us to make decisions. Also was able to work with different contractors sometimes at the same time and make the work "flow " accordingly."
- liamdeo1
One SEED Architecture + Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"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
sensitive design inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"Susanne Doise has worked for us as a designer and project manager, introducing contemporary ideas and good space solutions always with her touch of European flavor . We enlarged and modified the interior and exterior of the second floor of a 50 year old house into an open space concept mostly in the dining, sitting and kitchen area as well as the Master Bedroom quarters. Overall good work, within budget and complete understanding of our needs and lifestyle."
- uamuam
Synthesis Design Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Vancouver
"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!!!"
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How do I find the best 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 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 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 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?

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