Richard Evans created Evans Architecture (EA) in 2009 to build upon experience and qualifications gained within Marceau Evans Johnson Architects a firm he co-founded in 1993.
Prior to 1993, Richard interned with Arthur Erickson Architects’ Vancouver office, from 1986 to 1991, and provided project management services to the Department of Indian Affairs (now Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) where he was project architect from 1991 to 1993.
With EA, Richard continues to pursue his strong interest in designing culturally relevant projects, developed in close cooperation with users.
With the intention of strengthening long-standing working relationships, and broadening EA’s experience and qualifications base, Richard within the first three years of EA’s operations established formal working relationships with Dimas Craveiro Architect and Joe Y Wai Architect Inc, who share office space in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood.
The relationships are based on a joint venture model wherein one of the firms holds the consultant services contract with a client. A supporting agreement delineates
mutual responsibilities with respect to project management, design and professional insurance requirements for each project.
The joint venture mode of operation is recognized and sanctioned by both the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and professional liability insurers.
Joe Y Wai Architect, Inc. brings to the relationship a passionate interest in West Coast regionalism with a particular focus on cultural facilities and housing. Dimas Craveiro Architect contributes extensive building code and technical experience, in his capacity as Certified Professional within the City of Vancouver. Evans Architecture contributes extensive experience in educational and cultural facilities, with a particular interest in projects developed with and for First Nations community groups and organizations.
The three firms share an approach that embraces the notion that successful architectural projects are products of the communities that hold them. Of particular interest is the practice of designing projects that enhance and strengthen relationships between community groups and individuals, not for profit organizations, business interests, and local and regional governments.