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.
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.