Since its beginnings in 1985, the office of W. T. Leung Architects Inc. has been an important participant in the phenomenal growth of Greater Vancouver, sparked during the mid-80s by unprecedented urban transformation and several awakening visions which remain robust to this day.
The architectural design work responsible for contributing to the growth of WTLA into a mid-sized practice is multi-family housing. This building type has led to work on projects located in the urban core, in heritage areas, in centres of growing suburbs as well as established communities and neighbourhoods. Many of these projects include mixed-use buildings and large multi-phase developments with a variety of uses including commercial, institutional, educational, hospitality, office and cultural uses. Team participation on each project is a sacred philosophy the office believes in putting to practice with the faith that the best ideas come from collective input. To that end, WTLA is committed to undertaking each project as a singular opportunity to conceive and develop designs which respond to local context, building orientation, the logic of the plan and a sustainable footprint knowing that no two projects will produce the same solution.
The design studio is one that fosters collaborative participation in a natural light filled, open environment with barrier-free communication, sharing of ideas and exchange of critical thought. While the practice uses the current CAD and visualization software, old school hand sketches and physical models still play an important role in the design development of all projects. The diversity of professional skills and experience in the studio is enhanced by the international background of many staff who have relocated here from abroad, contributing their training and architectural knowledge to our work, projects and office culture.
While always keeping the interests of the Client paramount, the work of the design team’s consultants and professionals led by WTLA endeavours to manage design and engineering efficiency while constantly refining the design principles being developed for a project’s unique location.
Another critical piece in the design and construction process which WTLA also hangs its hat on is its long-term, close relationships with many local planning and design authorities. The value of the open dialogue and mutual understanding we maintain with these official bodies is immeasurable and is an important part of understanding the civic responsibilities of development and urban growth.
With the project design and construction process being a very long and often uneven endeavour, W. T. Leung Architects Inc. always commits to deliver its best for a successful project for our clients and the community at large. With numerous awards of recognition and many clients retaining WTLA for multiple projects, such support is a testament to the level of service and expertise that comes with the practice.
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