The Independent

February 2020

The Independent is a 27,600 square metre, transit-oriented, mixed-use residential, office and commercial development located in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The project reinterprets, celebrates and reflects various aspects of the Mount Pleasant context, street life, materiality and colour through a bricolage of jumbled effects inspired by the diverse range of buildings from different periods and styles that are located throughout the neighbourhood. The form and massing is configured into five distinct building components, each featuring a unique character.

The triangular tower reflects the diagonal slash Kingsway makes across the city grid while a cascade of cantilevered penthouses celebrates the eclectic, independent character of the neighbourhood. A tree-topped crown symbolizes the height to which the first-growth forest once soared, marking the summit of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood in Vancouver’s skyline.


Grands Prix du Design Residential Silver Award

MIBC Masonry Design Award of Excellence

Vancouver Talmud Torah

July 2016

Completed in 2016, the 8,360 square metre Vancouver Talmud Torah is Vancouver’s largest Jewish elementary school. The plan addresses the multiple spatial and infrastructure constraints that hinder the existing building. Vancouver Talmud Torah accommodates preschool programs, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 7. The renewed school welcomes students in a collaborative and project-based learning environment, where they can acquire skills paramount to the 21st century.

Taylor Building

October 2014

Completed in 2003, the 2,500 square metre Taylor Building is located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district. The project is a rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a former heritage warehouse into a mixed-use development with 22-units of market housing above ground floor commercial use.

The residential units are flexible and open to maximize use of natural light from the existing windows. Seismic upgrading is integrated with both a functional and aesthetic purpose. Finishes are held back from existing heavy timber, concrete and masonry components.



Urban Development Institute Award of Excellence


City of Vancouver Heritage Award

33 W Pender

September 2014

Completed in 2009, 33 West Pender is a 5,700 square metre, 9-storey mixed-use residential development that includes a mix of flats and loft units with retail located at grade. 

Characteristic of heritage buildings located in Victory Square, the Pender Street frontage respects the fine grain of development by dividing the facade into two distinct components of varying width and height that reflect the historic pattern of development. The masonry and glass facade is punctuated with recessed sills, solar shading and coloured glass panels that celebrate and reference the colourful and elaborately painted Millennium Gate and the Silk Road tapestry of the nearby Chinatown neighbourhood.


2009 Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver