Ryan Bragg

Principal, Corporate and Commercial, Vancouver

Adventurous and curious, Ryan jumped at the opportunity to leave northern Alberta and live with relatives in Europe for several months when he was 14. That journey began a life-long love of travel and an appetite for experiencing different cultures—traits that Ryan believes to be the foundation of his context-first design approach.

When responding to the contextual and external influences of a project, Ryan looks for the clear simple design solutions first. Through extensive project experience, he has adopted an objective and malleable approach to design. He likens design to another of his passions, artisanal bread baking: all the right ingredients can be combined in the correct proportions, but a successful outcome requires adjusting and responding to the specific environmental conditions.

“I think the idea that the architect is this great creator is actually a fallacy. Architects are not great creators; we are visionaries and conductors, bringing balance and harmony to the various disciplines and elements that impact every project.”
Ryan Bragg during a design meeting.
Creating a heart for the campus
Ryan's project at 555-565 Great Northern Way that hosts Nemesis Coffee is located next to Emily Carr University; the building massing and site strategy was driven by a strong civic strategy—maximization of open space and daylight within a public realm.
Sketch of Cambie corridor
Ryan's context-first design approach is evident in his work on the EcoDensity initiative which manifest itself in the Marine Gateway project.

Ryan's Featured Work

Toronto Metropolitan University Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex
Toronto, Ontario
Entrance of Burquitlam station
Evergreen Line Stations
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Marine Gateway Overview
Marine Gateway
Vancouver, British Columbia
Prototype Infill Station
Photo from Great Northern Way showing office building and pavilion.
Great Northern Way Office and Pavilion
Vancouver, British Columbia
A photo of the interior of Nemesis showing the full service counter.
Nemesis Coffee at Great Northern Way
Vancouver, British Columbia
True North Square Thumbnail
True North Square
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Rendering showing the 800 Granville project from the corner of Robson Street and Granville Street
800 Granville
Vancouver, British Columbia