Warren Schmidt

Principal

Architect AIBC AAA MRAIC


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The measure of great architecture is how it inspires those who interact with it.

My approach to design is to foster that inspiration through inclusivity, innovation, and connection to context. My process always begins with the aim of creating resilient, robust, and beautiful buildings that are practical, economical, and sustainable. I look at architecture though a highly pragmatic lens, and am inspired by finding effective solutions to complex challenges.

 

For the past 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to contribute to many award-winning public and private projects across a wide variety of sectors. The intrinsic inclusion of sustainability and resiliency in design, such as adhering to the Passive House low-energy standard, has further directed my approach to designing future-ready buildings.

 

As a collaborative leader, I look to engage everyone in the design and delivery process, strongly encouraging a ‘learn to do by doing’ mentality.  That idea has taught me how and when to promote my own vision, and when to step back and support those around me.

 

Besides championing the emerging talent on my team, I serve as regional coordinator, sessional instructor, mentor, and thesis advisor in the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) Syllabus program, as well as an intern mentor with the AIBC, and a grad student mentor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

 

My Sectors: Arts & Culture, Commercial Mixed-Use, Education & Research, Government Administration, Industrial, Senior Living

My Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Lifescape, Master Planning & Urban Design

 

We Asked, Warren Answered:

 

What drew you to architecture?

“The process of ‘making’ really resonates with me.  I love making things, through the tactile hands-on process of pen-on-paper design, sketches, drawings, and models, and ultimately, seeing that idea delivered through to completion. There is a magic in capturing an idea through pen on paper, the evolution of design, and the collaboration needed to achieve the realization of that idea.”

 

How would you describe your leadership style?

“Pragmatic and collaborative, and always forward-thinking. I am strong believer in teamwork and am looking to help others connect, grow, and thrive. Everyone involved in the project should have the opportunity to be part of solving the design puzzle, and ultimately, feel a sense of ownership and responsibility. As a leader, it is my role to provide that environment, and to provide direction and guidance throughout.”