We are an architecture and design research studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The practice was founded in 1978 by Patricia and John Patkau. We deliver a wide variety of project types, ranging in scale from art installations, to custom homes and major urban buildings. Over the years, the office has been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in design. A collection of our architectural research, Material Operations, is now available on Princeton Architectural Press.
John Patkau founded Patkau Architects with Patricia in 1978. He is licensed in a number of jurisdictions in both Canada and the United States. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, a recipient of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and a Member of the Order of Canada.
Patricia Patkau has shared design direction in Patkau Architects with John since the firm’s founding in 1978. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. In addition to practise, she is a Professor Emerita in the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia where she taught for over 20 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, a recipient of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and a Member of the Order of Canada.
Greg joined Patkau Architects in 1997 and became Principal in 2013. Along with his fellow principals, Greg leads the practice with broad experience from conceptual design to contract administration. At Patkau Architects, Greg has lead design of university buildings, cultural buildings, and private residences. Recent highlights include the Arbour Competition in Toronto, the Capilano Library in Edmonton, and the ARTlab in Winnipeg—awarded a Governor General Medal. Greg studied philosophy and architecture at the University of British Columbia and, upon graduation with a Masters degree in Architecture, received the RAIC medal. Greg is an Architect AIBC, AAA, and a LEED AP
David joined Patkau Architects in 1990 and became a Principal in 2013. He is responsible for managing project design teams, quality control, and the fulfilment of program, schedule, and budget requirements. Consistently delivering projects of architectural and technical excellence, David was Project Architect for the Audain Art Museum, the Tula House, the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, the Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver, Hamilton Village Student Housing Feasibility Study at the University of Pennsylvania, the Air Canada International Arrivals Lounge, and the Agosta Residence in Washington State, all of which have received international recognition. David is an Architect AIBC, OAA, MRAIC, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Peter joined Patkau Architects in 1989 and became an Associate in 2008. He is experienced at every level of design and project delivery. Peter was Project Architect for Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver, the Winnipeg Centennial Library, the Shaw House, and the Linear House on Saltspring Island. He has contributed extensively to the Audain Art Museum , the University of Manitoba ARTLab, Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre, Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec, and the Strawberry Vale School, among many other projects . Peter is an Architect AIBC, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Michael joined Patkau Architects in 2005 and became an Associate in 2016. He has more than twenty five years’ experience delivering private, federal, civic, and institutional projects in Canada and the United States. Michael has contributed extensively to the completion of numerous award winning buildings, most recently, the Audain Art Museum, the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport , and Fort York National Historic Site Visitors Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Michael is an Architect AIBC, and CDT certified by the Construction Specifications Institute.
Mike joined Patkau Architects in 2006 and became an Associate in 2019. He is experienced at every level of design and project delivery with a special emphasis on cultural and commercial projects. Mike was Project Lead for the award winning Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre in Toronto. He was also a senior team member on the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the Audain Art Museum where he developed the envelope for both projects. Mike graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture in 1999. Mike is an RIBA Chartered Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Dimitri joined Patkau Architects in 2005. He is a senior architect with experience in all aspects of design and project delivery. He has contributed extensively to key projects such as the Audain Art Museum , University of Manitoba ARTLab, Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre and UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre. He holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from McGill University. Dimitri is an Architect AIBC and a LEED accredited professional.
Katy joined Patkau Architects in 2017. She brings ten years of experience on award winning cultural, commercial, residential, and institutional projects in the US and Canada. She has lead renovations as a project manager at a construction management firm and her design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she served as a Teaching Assistant and now mentor, returning regularly as a guest critic. Katy is an Architect AIBC, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Pete joined Patkau in 2013 and became Design Lab Director in 2020. The Patkau Design Lab is a resource for experimentation in architectural concept, form, materiality, and manufacture. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pete is the main contributing author of Patkau Architects, Material Operations Princeton Architectural Press 2017.
Federico joined Patkau in 2019. He brings a full range of experience designing high-rise office/ commercial and mid-rise residential buildings in Canada. Federico holds both a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Cagliari (Italy), graduate with honors. His thesis focused on Sustainable Architecture in Developing Countries (Benin, Africa) and was funded by Engineers Without Borders. Federico is a Licensed architect in Italy (Order of Architects).
Roy joined Patkau Architects in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where he was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal. He is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught courses in history/theory, design media, and building information modelling. His design research has been published widely, most recently by Footprint Journal, SITE Magazine, and Bracket Journal. Roy is an Intern Architect NCARB.
Sebastian joined Patkau Architects in 2018. He brings to Patkau professional experience spanning three continents. Originally from London UK, Sebastian attained both bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Brighton. His thesis project on the restoration of the film industry on the South Coast of England earned him a distinction, together with the RIBA South East Prize and the RIBA Sussex Prize for Masters of Architecture. Sebastian is a UK qualified Architect ARB.
Thomas joined Patkau Architects in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Design with a specialization in Industrial Design from the University of Alberta and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. His graduate thesis was funded by a Hampton Grant and focused on material research and digitally controlled fabrication. This research was awarded the Vaughn Berg Memorial Prize in 2016. In addition to his studies, Thomas taught classes and workshops on digital modelling and parametric design at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC. Thomas is an Intern Architect AIBC.
John joined Patkau Architects in 2018. He brings experience as a designer in both architecture and landscape architecture firms on projects ranging in scale from institutional work to private residences. He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where he also received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with distinction. John is an Intern Architect NCARB.
Matthew joined Patkau Architects in 2019. He brings experience in mixed-use and multi-family residential projects. He holds a Masters of Architecture and a BA in Linguistics, both awarded by the University of British Columbia, where he has been a guest critic and lecturer at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is a contributing writer of architecture and design to several publications, most recently for a book profiling the use of wood in architecture in British Columbia. Matthew is an Intern Architect NCARB.
Marc joined Patkau Architects in 2013. He brings a special interest in complex emergent systems and experience as a specialist in architectural visualization. Marc has made significant contributions to various projects, including Polygon Gallery, Audain Art Museum, Tula House, and Hadaway House. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Dalhousie University and BSc in Urban Geography from the University of Calgary. Marc is an Intern Architect NCARB.
Edward joined Patkau in 2016. He brings over 10 years of professional architecture and design experience to the practice. He received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University with distinction and his Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he received Best Graduate Thesis Prize for his thesis work.
Zach joined Patkau Architects in 2017. He graduated from the University Of British Columbia with an Honours Degree in Environmental Design. He was awarded Honour Roll status at graduation and received a Design Innovation Award from the Faculty of Applied Sciences for his final studio project.
Luke joined Patkau Architects in 2019. He brings international experience in residential and commercial design, working in offices in London and Vancouver. His academic work at the University of Liverpool focused on the role the façade in streetscape design, for which he was recognized with a Building Design Award and was awarded a fellowship at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. While in the United Kingdom, he was a guest critic at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture. Luke is a UK qualified Architect ARB.
Nicole joined Patkau in 2019. She brings experience with mixed-use, high-rise residential development as well as heritage conservation and restoration. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia where her work was recognized with the Henry Adams Medal. She is regularly involved with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC teaching as an adjunct professor and serving on masters thesis committees. Nicole is an intern architect AIBC.