Motivated to create inspiring places for people to thrive, Derek considers his background in urban planning as the foundation that informs his approach to architecture. Fascinated with the energy and possibilities of cities, and inspired by simplicity and functionality, his passion is to elevate ordinary and essential building elements to become virtues.
Recognized for his leadership in sustainable and high-performance buildings, Derek is a Certified Passive House Designer and is an advocate for the responsible use of timber in architecture. He is skilled in bringing focus to complex situations to deliver effective solutions and drive positive outcomes for his clients and team members.
An engaging and collaborative leader, Derek has a determined and inclusive approach to leading the Vancouver and Calgary studios. He has championed the mentorship program in the studio with the objective of helping staff define and reach their goals and was key in the formation of our design review process to establish a standard of design excellence within our projects.