DESIGNING FOR ENGAGEMENT; ENGAGING WITH DESIGN
At Engage Architecture, we engage in the practice of design. We bring our experience, knowledge and skills to the opportunity and unique potential of every project. We believe that buildings can and should be beautiful, functional, sustainable and durable. Every project is its own education; we learn from our clients and from the solutions that arise in the process of making buildings. We strive through every project to build relationships, community and a better place to live and work.
We design architecture for everyday life.
Founded in 2015, Engage Architecture is a full-service architecture firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Our projects include both market and non-market multi-family housing, commercial new construction, custom homes, mixed-use buildings and office interiors. We also help with assessing sites through master-planning or feasibility studies. At Engage Architecture we combine our deep experience of residential and commercial design with the personal and hands-on approach a small owner-operated firm can offer. We value diversity and collaboration and we strive to foster lasting relationships with our clients.
Engage Architecture offers the direct involvement of Principal Karen Smith through every project. Karen brings to each project a pragmatic and intelligent approach coupled with a genuine passion for improving everyday lives through design. Responsive service and innovative design solutions are hallmarks of our approach, and we are committed to finding the best potential in every project. Every project is an opportunity to grow, to inspire and ultimately to build better relationships and communities. We take our work personally and bring our best to every project.
Principal, Architect AIBC, AAA, RAIC
Karen is a professional Architect, project manager and a business owner with more than 17 years experience designing multi-family residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. She is an adept and creative problem-solver who applies these skills across a range of project types and scales. Meticulous, organized and detail-oriented, Karen is designer with an enthusiasm for engaging the complexity of a project, exceeding the expectations of the client and achieving deadlines. She is an engaged leader and dedicated to mentoring and fostering growth within her team. Personable and tactful, Karen is adept at engaging with various stakeholders and managing complex projects from conception to completion.
C. EARL PENG
Designer, Intern Architect AIBC
An Intern Architect, project manager and designer, Earl has a keen focus on providing sound, rational, and creative design solutions for projects. Over the past 13 years, he has brought his design and management skills to a wide range of projects, with an emphasis on multi-residential and mixed-use projects. A detailed-oriented designer, Earl’s strong technical background also gives him a realistic approach to practicing architecture, synthesizing pragmatic design with inspiring built environments.
Adel is an architectural technologist and a graduate of BCIT’s Architectural Science Program. He is a dedicated collaborator and excellent communicator, with experience working on residential, commercial and tenant improvement projects. Adel brings specialized building and construction knowledge to his careful and detailed drawings. He contributes to ensuring projects are functional, safe, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing.
NEWS & UPDATES
September 17, 2019
Our mid-rise apartment project with Fairborne Homes has now been formally submitted to the District of North Vancouver for review. The project, is a two-building, 6-storey wood-frame complex in the heart of Lynn Valley neighbourhood, designed for family-oriented buyers and urban adventurers.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
September 9, 2019
We were recently in Calgary, AB to attend the first public open house hosted by our client Hungerford Properties for a new residential development in the Inglewood neighbourhood. The meeting was helpful in soliciting early community input that will influence the form of the project as it moves forward. We are now moving toward making a formal Land Use Application for this project.
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
August 15, 2019
An under-construction site photo from our Terra Alta rental apartment project in Langford BC. We have just achieved occupancy for Phase 1 of this project. Residents are now moving in. Working jointly with Architect of Record WA Architects, we are now proceeding with Building Permit drawings for Phase 2 of this project for Le Gers Properties.