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Our Philosophy

We are a boutique architectural practice based in Vancouver, BC.  We believe that clear, functional design can have a positive impact on the social and environmental landscape, and that simple and thoughtful designs can be both creative and innovative.  We are extremely passionate about our work, and bring personalized service to each project regardless of scale and complexity

Our Team

We are an architectural studio with a dedicated team of registered architects, intern architects, technologists, and Hector, the office dog.  Our predecessor firm history dates back to 1976, when Michael Bjornson founded the studio.  After honing her skills for over a decade at two large-scale award winning firms, his daughter Sarah Bjornson joined the practice in 2015 to establish Studio Bjornson Architects. With 17 years expertise in educational design, Annerieke van Hoek joined the practice in 2017 to co-found studioHuB architects Ltd.

Our Services

We create built environments. We are innovators and we apply our skills to a wide array of projects, small and large. Over the years, we have designed numerous houses, educational and institutional, office spaces, restaurants, and art galleries. In addition, we have experience in functional and strategic planning.  Our clients are artists, school districts and universities, home owners and civic agencies, as well as entrepreneurs launching innovative concepts.

Our Approach

Our shared belief in listening, dialogue, and engagement is core to our studio design process. We listen to your needs and translate these needs and challenges into an architectural solution. From experience, we understand that asking the right questions at the right time can be critical to a successful project.  Our approach to design is with a focus on the human experience, and in creating thoughtful environments for the community. 

 

We believe good design results from collaboration.  Our studio environment blurs the line between art, industrial design, and design-build.  We have an active artist studio and wood shop, and our team draws from a deep background in fine arts, architecture, film, wood working and construction.

 

Although every project is unique, we believe a clear understanding of project scope, goals, budget and schedule is key to a project’s success.

 

We practice Integrated Design: we focus on collaboration and communication between all those engaged in the idea, planning, design, use, construction, operation and maintenance of the building or environment. Through an iterative design process, we strive to arrive at a clarity and honesty in our designs. We maintain a consistent team and design lead throughout the project, something we believe is a critical success factor in delivering a coordinated project, on time and on budget.

 

Environmental sustainability is part of our studio’s DNA.  We do not apply “sustainability” to a project, it is integral to our designs.  From site selection, building orientation, innovative wood structural systems to geothermal systems, these sustainable solutions are all part of our design vocabulary.

 

At studioHuB, we take seriously our social responsibility to the profession and to the public. To this end, the principals of studioHuB volunteer their time in several ways:  AIBC mentorship and oral reviews, Advisory Design Panel members, thesis advisors, guest lecturers.

About Us

We are an architectural studio led by three Partners whose expertise spans multiple sectors and disciplines.  Additionally, our firm includes a diverse group of designers and technologists.  A bit more about our Partners:

SARAH BJORNSON  Architect AIBC, M.Arch, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Arts

 

Sarah brings passion and creativity to every project, large or small. In her work on large and complex projects, she brings a high level of experience in Institutional and Schools, Mixed-use, Multi- Residential, Infrastructure, and Master planning projects. Sarah’s strength is her creative design sensibility, her expert technical knowledge and her ability to co-ordinate effective consultant teams while delivering projects on time and budget. Sarah enjoys the challenges of multi-stakeholder client projects that demand a high level of user engagement and public consultation.

 

Sarah holds a Masters of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Dalhousie. With over 15 years of experience, Sarah worked at Bing Thom Architects and DIALOG (formerly HBBH), leading several large-scale projects.

Sarah is a registered architect with the AIBC, an active mentor to AIBC interns as well as graduate students at The University of BC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  She currently serves on the executive council of the BC Chapter of The Association for Learning Environments.

sarah@studiohub.ca

ANNERIEKE VAN HOEK  Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, MScA, BScA

 

Annerieke is an exceptional listener with a deep passion for educational design. She has valuable experience in the design and construction of educational spaces, from complicated renovations to coordinating large design-build teams, from competition through to design and construction.  She developed strong team management skills as Assistant Coach for the Dutch National Rowing Team and assistant to the Dutch Olympic Team.  She is used to working under pressure, while striving for excellence.

 

Annerieke was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she completed a combined Architecture and Engineering degree at the Delft University of Technology, graduating with a Master’s of Science in Architecture.  After gaining work experience in Holland, she emigrated to Canada in 2004.  Prior to co-founding studioHuB architects, she worked for Grant + Sinclair Architects, and was an associate at HCMA Architecture + Design.  Annerieke lives in Squamish where she enjoys hiking and mountain biking with her rescue dog.

Annerieke is a registered architect with the AIBC, and contributes to her community as a former member of the Squamish Advisory Design Panel and the District of North Vancouver Advisory Design Panels. She is a current member of the West Vancouver Design Review Committee, and volunteers her time as an oral reviewer and mentor with the AIBC.

annerieke@studiohub.ca

MICHAEL BJORNSON  Architect AIBC, B.Arch, Bachelor of Arts, Dipl. FA

 

With a background in architecture, art and film, Michael brings over 40 years of experience to every project, along with his passion and creativity. In the studio, he oversees quality control and provides project peer reviews, while contributing to various aspects of the design process.

 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of BC and a Diploma of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  After interning with Werner Forster Architect he founded his own practice in 1976.  His work also includes production design for film for which he was awarded a Leo and Golden Sheaf Film Awards.

Michael is a registered Architect with the AIBC. He has been an active mentor to AIBC interns, as well as a thesis advisor to graduate students at the University of BC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Additionally, he has mentored film students at UBC and Langara College, and taught film production at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

michael@studiohub.ca

What We Do

New Construction

Renovations

Seismic Upgrades

Tenant Improvements

Pre-fabricated Modular Construction

Public Consultation

Re-zoning

Feasibility Studies + Programming

Project Identification and Definition Reports

Facility Assessments

Long Range Facilities Planning

 

Our tools include drawings, renderings and 3D models, and extensive product library.  We are firm believers in hand sketching and explorations through physical models, for which we have a full workshop in our studio.