Joyce Drohan

Architect AIBC, LEED AP

Director of Urban Design, Vancouver


+1 (604) 484-1562

An accomplished architect and urban designer, Joyce brings extensive experience in public and private sector projects as well as sustainable communities. Recently, she led the successful design for the Edmonton City Centre Redevelopment master plan competition, a transformative project that will reshape and invigorate the city for future generations. Her past experience includes leadership roles on the design teams for Vancouver's flagship sustainable communities, South East False Creek (ODP) and East Fraserlands (ODP and Rezonings). The latter was recognized in 2007 with awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, Smart Growth British Columbia and the Canadian Urban Institute and in 2008 by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Many of Joyce's built projects have evolved through initial master planning/urban design work. This has given her a unique perspective, bringing to the envisioning of innovative communities the specific realities of building design and delivery. Richmond City Hall, winner of a Governor General's Award for Architecture, is an example. Others include the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna and three SkyTrain Stations on Burnaby's Millennium Line.

Joyce is especially interested in the potential of built form to shape meaningful places expressing the historic, cultural and social aspects of a community and underpinned by a deep commitment to sustainable design. She has gained a reputation for effectively advancing this potential in her professional work, leading multi-disciplinary teams in the design of communities that embody the broader goals of sustainability. As an adjunct professor at University of British Columbia, she has had the opportunity to more deeply explore this potential through interdisciplinary urban design studios.