Dedicated to designing and creating high-end, cutting edge residential projects both locally and worldwide.

Dedicated to designing and creating high-end, cutting edge residential projects both locally and worldwide.

Style

Modern.

Freedom. Light. Air. Transparency. Spaciousness. Function. These are the hallmarks of modern design that inform the holistic sensibility of our work here at LAI. From interior to exterior treatments and site planning considerations beyond, we aim to integrate all aspects of a home in order to support a modern lifestyle within it.

Classic.

We feel the best designs are those carefully developed to include signature moments which punctuate the experience of a home. These designs evolve best over time, with intensive input from our clients and diligent execution of details. Our goal is to produce designs that become classic in any style or genre we choose to explore.

Timeless.

We advocate for superior quality in the detailing, materials, and construction of the homes we design. This is because we believe that a custom home should be enduring and increase in value as it ages. In this, we aim to generate designs that set the tone for excellence and have a life beyond the latest trend.

Approach

At LAI, we are passionate about being full-service residential architects. With past projects ranging from world-class estates to inventive renovations, we take inspiration from knowing every project will be unique based on the collaboration between client and architect.

We believe strongly in the principles that guide our design process:

Style is not prescriptive.
We approach projects with no preconceived agenda, believing that the finest design arises from a dynamic process of collaboration with the client. Our projects take on a multitude of forms. See examples of both our classic and modern work in our Featured Projects.

Environment informs architecture.
We believe in allowing your home’s site to inspire its architecture, unleashing the potential of your property and creating a home that exists in harmony with its surroundings. The varied and spectacular landscape in and around Vancouver often presents both challenges and opportunities for design, and we have extensive experience with both conquering the steepest sites and maximizing the most luxurious ocean views.

Collaboration and communication are paramount.
We embrace the exchange of ideas and collaboration between architects, consultants, and clients to achieve something special. Our process emphasizes listening and open communication to ensure that objectives are clearly defined and our clients’ vision is realized.

Technical expertise allows for creativity.
Creativity is at the heart of what we do. Our years of education, decades of experience, and superior technical expertise are how we do it. The design and construction process involves many complex realities, and our clients know they can trust us to produce work that is skilled, sound, and meticulous.

Architecture should inspire.
At LAI, residential architecture excites and motivates us every day. We seek to inspire our clients and the community at large, through innovative, beautiful design that enhances our collective environment. View our In Progress work to see what’s inspiring us lately.

Services

When clients engage LAI, they can expect a full-service architectural experience. This means our team works closely with you from start to finish, from the spark of an idea to the full realization of your dream home.

Our range of high-end service offerings include:

  • Property selection
  • Project coordination
  • Zoning and property research
  • Conceptual design
  • Design development
  • Permit applications
  • Construction drawings
  • Building details
  • Construction administration
  • 3D architectural renderings
  • Interior architecture and design
  • Furniture design

For any additional services your project may require, such as landscape architecture, we pride ourselves on connecting clients with the right professionals with whom we can seamlessly integrate our workflow.

Sharing our clients’ commitment to the environment, the LAI team includes CSBA and LEED AP certified professionals to provide expertise on green building considerations.

Recognition

We advocate for superior quality in the detailing, materials, and construction of the homes we design. This is because we believe that a custom home should be enduring and increase in value as it ages. In this, we aim to generate designs that set the tone for excellence and have a life beyond the latest trend.

2010 - Present

Honorable Mention, Architecture MasterPrize, 2021, Modern Beach House

Trends ,”Private property,”September 2016 , Forest Modern

Taste of Life Magazine ,”Inside Out,”November 2014 , Pacific Rim Residence

Taste of Life Magazine ,”Modernist Gem,”October 2014 , Cobalt Contemporary

Trends Top 50 American Kitchen Award, 2013 , Cobalt Contemporary

Interior Living Trends ,”Artistic Expression,”vol 28 no 10 2013 , Pacific Rim Residence

Design Bureau ,”Hot Home Design – From City to Sea (and Everywhere in Between),”May/June 2013 , Pacific Rim Residence

Perspectives on Design – Western Canada, Panache Publishers, 2012

21st Century Homes, Panache Publishers, 2012

Western Living ,”Magic Mountain,”June 2011 , Cathedral Cabin

Jack Sigurdson Gold Award, AMWAC BC Awards of Excellence, Interior Millwork and Detailing, 2011 , Rosebery Estate

2015 - 2009

HGTV’s Top 10 ,”Rooms With a View,” 2009 , Cobalt Contemporary

Canadian Architecture & Design ,”West Vancouver Meets West Indies,”July/Aug 2008 , Villa Mustique

Masonry Institute of BC Award of Excellence, 2008 , Cobalt Contemporary

Canadian Architecture & Design ,”The House on Sentinel Hill,”July/Aug 2008 , Hill House

Canadian Architecture & Design ,”Wow House,”Nov/Dec 2008 , Cobalt Contemporary

Western Living ,”The Outsider,”October 2007 , Lakeside Chalet

The Globe and Mail ,”A house as ‘West Coast’ as can be,”March 23, 2007 , Hill House

Canadian Wood Council, BC Wood Design Award, Residential Wood Design, 2007 , Hill House

Homes by Design ,”Site Specific,”Episode #601, 2007 , Hill House

Western Living Residential Design Awards, Best New Home of the Year, 2007 , Lakeside Chalet

Western Living Kitchen Design Award, 2006 , Hill House

Three Exhibitions on Architecture: The Poetics of West Coast Modernism in West Vancouver, Curated by Ruth Payne, 2005

 
 

2004 & Earlier

Western Living Residential Design Awards, Best New Home of the Year, 2003 , West Coast Jewel Box

Western Living ,”This Old New House,”April 2003 , Seaside Villa

Wood Design and Building Magazine ,”Cooper Residence: Post and beam defines home of art,”Autumn 2000 , Pylot House Revisited