ABOUT

Testimonials

“Simply put – Andrew’s holistic and professional dedication to his clients and craft has yielded two highly significant buildings which created a lasting legacy for minting future Canadian Olympic and Paralympic gold.”

SEAN RODRIGUES, Architect AIBC MRAIC      Former VANOC Project Manager for the Whistler High Performance Centre and Four Host First Nations Aboriginal Pavilion

“Revelstoke School District has recently occupied two of the finest schools in British Columbia, Leed Gold, with functional public spaces, Neighbourhood Learning Centers, an Acrobat’s Centre, and outstanding ancillary spaces in both the secondary and elementary schools; all under the careful planning done by Andrew at the commencement of the project. Andrew has the commitment, knowledge and talent to oversee the design of large projects, and make the most from a site. I highly recommend his work.”

ANNE COOPER      Superintendent of Schools (ret), Revelstoke, BC

“Andrew transformed my ‘box’ sketches into a very unique and stylish home. I can’t speak more highly of Andrew as a talented architect. He is easy to get along with and honest. As an excellent communicator and listener he’s able to convey ideas through his talented sketch work and modeling. His commitment to supporting the project in all aspects of design/build for the duration of the construction was exceptional. Our expectations were most definitely exceeded. We are happy living in a gorgeous, well-built, and low maintenance modern home. My wife and I highly recommend Andrew to anyone planning to build their dream home.”

GEORGE & MARIA YIOLDASSIS, Vancouver, BC

 

About

Larigakis Architecture shares studio space with ZEBx, the Zero Energy Building Exchange

Our Studio

Larigakis Architecture, founded in 2012, is a studio based in Vancouver with considerable experience in the design and construction of exceptional projects.  Studio Principal, Andrew Larigakis, has worked for thirty years in architecture locally, nationally and internationally on projects of diverse type and size that have been widely published and garnered numerous awards.

Larigakis Architecture specializes in medium scale institutional work and count the University of British Columbia, University Endowment Lands, City of Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, City of West Vancouver and Capital Regional District amongst our institutional clients. We also do residential and some commercial projects. Our work is known for the quality of design, appreciation for craft and materials, and effective project management.

Our design philosophy is grounded in a detailed response to functional issues; these broadly include social and environmental sustainability in addition to programmatic and construction concerns. At the same time, we aspire to architecture that lifts the spirit, inspires, awes, provides joy and delight.

Immediately prior to founding his firm, Andrew was an associate at Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (now DIALOG) for eleven years where he was a project architect on many large, complex and prestigious projects like UBC’s AMS Nest, the BCIT Gateway Project, Quest University Canada, Four Host First Nations’ Pavilion, and Whistler High Performance Athletic Centre.

We are deeply committed to sustainability and social responsibility. Our green building experience is extensive and includes projects to LEED Platinum. Andrew Larigakis is a Certified Passive House Designer. Our studio is co-located with the Zero Energy Building Centre of Excellence (ZEBx) in downtown Vancouver.

Our Approach

While architecture is complex and many layered, there are five ideas that we see as particularly important. These are Delight, Energy, Context, Program and Process.

Delight – Architecture has the ability to lift the spirit, to inspire, awe, provide joy and delight. Bringing these qualities to projects is fundamental to our work. We have a long track record of built projects demonstrating the ability to bring delight into built form.

Energy – With a rapidly warming global climate, an important imperative of our time is to create projects that are energy efficient and produce as few carbon emissions as possible. With seven billion people now on the planet, each project should strive to minimize its ecological impact or even to improve site ecology.

Context – Each project exists in a unique context and strives to embody the aspirations and imperatives of that specific place, its people and its time. The past and future also influence a work as do broader regional and even global concerns.

Creating compact, vibrant and livable cities that are cultural repositories, potentially sustainable communities and economic drivers is an important goal for architecture. As important as the buildings themselves is the space between buildings; therefore, contributions to the public realm, or common space, are a consideration for each new building or group of buildings.

Program – Each project has its own unique programmatic requirements and functional needs that must be fulfilled. These requirements, however, can and do change with time, sometimes very rapidly, so it becomes important that projects be designed to be flexible. Intensely program-driven architecture is bound for obsolescence. Flexible, enduring buildings are those that focus on the quality and proportion of space, natural light, fresh air, thermal comfort and delight.

Process – Effective teamwork and excellent communications between all involved on a project are key to a successful outcome and a guiding principle of our studio. Making architecture is a collaborative process involving many people working together.

Team

Andrew Larigakis    RIBA  Architect AIBC  MRAIC   LEED®AP   CSBA

131209_HiVE_262-Edit copy

Andrew has twenty-five years of experience in architecture and construction. He has worked on award-winning and widely published projects and is recognized in the industry for exceptional design ability married to technical expertise and exemplary team management and coordination skills.

After graduating in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, he moved to London, England to work and for further study. Since returning to Canada in 1995, he has successfully completed many large and complex projects.  His primary focus is on institutional, recreational and residential projects and he is a leader in the field of Sustainable Design with his specialist expertise and extensive experience.

Bringing with him the diverse skills honed in some of Canada’s best-known firms, he founded his own studio in 2012. His focus continues to be on excellence in design and execution – and on green building.

Andrew is very involved with the community. He has been involved in teaching and lecturing at the University of Waterloo, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Quest University and the University of British Columbia. He recently served as  Chair of the City of North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel.

Preeti Pahwa   MArch BArch COA

With degrees in Architecture and over 12 years of work experience, Preeti has a strong understanding of the relationship between design and construction.

Since starting work at Larigakis Architecture in 2018, Preeti has worked on numerous projects including institutional buildings at UBC and residential projects. She is involved in all aspects of work including design, working drawings and contract administration.

Before moving to Canada, she founded and managed her own architectural studio in Chandigarh, India for 8 years. The studio was involved in planning, designing and constructing diverse architecture and interior design projects, both in the public and private realm – with a focus on Passive Design. Preeti has taught design and construction in architectural schools in India and designed technical audio-visual courses on various topics related to sustainability for USGBC Education.  She believes that a successful design project results from the strong understanding of the context and the end users.

 

210 – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.  Canada   V6B 1G8    T    (778) 724-0755      E info@larigakis.ca

MAP