D’Arcy Jones Architects (DJA) is a studio practice in Vancouver known for design excellence. Regardless of a project’s size or type, we believe in clear ideas, balancing budgets with quality, and precision. Combining pragmatism and invention, we like to play with common construction techniques and a building’s proportions. We like to make architecture built with traditional and unconventional materials, and we work hard to create designs that are curious and classic.
Our work has been widely published, with features in Architectural Record, Dwell, Hauser, and Canadian Architect. Recent practice honours include the 2017 Emerging Firm Award from the AIBC, the 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice Award from the RAIC / Architecture Canada and the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts. Project honours include two AIBC Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence Medals, two Canadian Architect Awards, a Canadian Wood Council Award and a Vancouver Urban Design Award.
Newness is highly valued in contemporary culture. To stay relevant, architecture needs to reflect this newness in the built world, but more maturely and more sustainably. Since newness and history complement and enhance each other, we believe that practising architecture requires lifelong learning. Architecture of depth and substance comes from looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, to find inspiration in the technical and poetic accomplishments of every culture.
The Lampa house was sited between mature Garry Oaks at the east and rock outcroppings near the street at the west. Living spaces and a pool are organized in a U-shape, enclosing a lushly planted courtyard.
This new infill project is tucked between two houses from very different eras. On the left is an original house from the early 1900's, where one of the clients grew up. On the right is a 1980's version of the same kind of house.
The Lui House enthusiastically embraces this odd and archaic approach to street-making, by taking the best elements of the neighbouring houses and re-assembling them into a muted face that is agreeable enough to not stand out, but atypical enough to suggest a rich inner world.
The Okada Marshall House is comprehensive tribute to wood: for its efficient and ambitious engineered wood structure, for its delicate yet robust courtyard screening, and for its hard-wearing traditional board and batten cladding that will last hundreds of years.