Peter Busby

C.M., FRAIC, LEED Fellow
Principal, Vancouver

A philosophy major with an arts degree, even as a university student Peter enjoyed critical thinking and discussions of right and wrong. But he didn’t want to just talk about his ideals; he wanted to do something big with them. That same drive and determination to make a positive difference is what shaped Peter’s entire architectural career, as well as his position on protecting the environment.

Peter sees architecture as the ideal mix of two of his passions: protecting the environment and effecting change. Through his work, he’s been able to influence how people live, the way they treat the environment, and the way cities are formed. In many ways, his passion and track record for making better buildings defined modern-day sustainable architecture—first throughout Canada, then throughout the world. Today, his work continues to inspire new generations of architects and environmental advocates.

"Wherever I go in the world to practice architecture, I bring the same attitude. I’m always focused on sustainable design and simplicity."

—Peter Busby

Peter Busby sketching over a drawing.
Concept sketch of VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
"Sustainable design is so much more complicated than it used to be. And that’s a good thing. It means we are getting better at it."
Peter on "Sustainable Design," 2010
Peter with a big halibut.
Fun Fact
An avid runner, Peter has run eight marathons and 20 half marathons!

He credits many years of running, including countless Sunday morning runs in the rain. (After all, this is Vancouver!)

Peter's Featured Work

707 Terry residential towers during the sunset
Work
707 Terry
Seattle, Washington
Brentwood station platform showing wood roof.
Work
Brentwood Station
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada's Earth Tower Winter Gardens
Work
Canada’s Earth Tower
Vancouver, British Columbia
Work
Our Atlanta Studio
Atlanta, Georgia
Interior Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Work
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California
Work
Potrero Power Station
San Francisco, California
The platform of Aberdeen station.
Work
Canada Line Stations
Richmond, British Columbia
Rendering of Tremblay station plaza.
Work
Ottawa Confederation Line
Ottawa, Ontario
Marine Gateway Highstreet
Work
Marine Gateway
Vancouver, British Columbia
Rendering of prototype metro station showing elegant steel canopy structure.
Work
Riyadh Metro Prototype Stations
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Work
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia