In order to practice architecture, individuals and their firms must meet the stringent educational, experience and professional conduct requirements defined and governed by their architectural associations in their provinces or states.  In British Columbia, Canada, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) has been given this mandate.  Only those who have met the requirements of the AIBC can practice architecture in BC and present themselves to the public as architects.  Architects can be identified by the designation “Architect AIBC” after their name.

Hearth Architectural Inc. is a boutique size architectural firm located in Vancouver, BC.  The firm of Hearth Architectural practices primarily in particular market sectors, but do have  broad experience and are able to assist clients in need of excellent architectural service in British Columbia and Alberta.

At Hearth Architectural Inc. we pride ourselves on our professionalism.  We continually strive to to serve our clients in the most responsible manner.  The architects' mandate is first and foremost Protection of the Public.  We accomplish this by acknowledging the seriousness of all building endeavours from site diligence to actual construction.  It is solely our job to deliver great, responsible design that is a reflection of our clients wishes and budgets and takes into account the increasingly complex variables, such as Building Codes, Zoning Bylaws and other regulatory devices, that shape buildings. 


Joe Muego Joe Muego is a registered architect in BC and Alberta.  He holds a BA in western architectural history and earned his Master's degree in architecture from UBC in 1999, with special recognition for his achievement in Building Structures, and since then has dedicated his career to residential and commercial architecture.  Over that time Joe has focused on the development of all areas of practice, including project delivery, site services, and firm promotion and management. 

On the project level and as a practice leader, Joe has amassed broad experience through in-depth involvement in countless projects throughout Greater Vancouver and through the prairies in his capacity as a senior architect and project administrator.  Under his purview Joe’s firms have been the architect-of-record for over $350 million worth of construction.


Over forty percent of Hearth Architectural practice is devoted to single family residential, and this project type is core to Joe’s practice.  Custom homes have been the foundation of Hearth since its inception.  Currently, the practice still has over 15-20 active home projects annually.  In fourteen years, Hearth Architectural has been the architect of record for nearly 300 house projects.

Outside of his practice, Joe is also active in municipal committees.  Recent appointments include:


Tsawwassen Area Plan Committee 2011, City of Delta

Zoning Advisory Group 2018, City of Delta

Advisory Design Panel 2017 and 2018, City of Delta

Making Room Advisory Group 2018, City of Vancouver

Advisory Design Panel 2020, City of White Rock


Beyond committee work, Joe is a very active professional mentor to architect candidates entering the profession as part of their registration process and also acts as an Oral Examiner at the culmination of that process.

Outside of architecture, Joe volunteers with the Delta School District, as a PAC chair for four years and member for twelve, and as a DPAC representative for seven years and chairperson of Delta DPAC for three years representing parents from all 31 Delta Schools to the Superintendent of Schools.


Allison Lui Allison Lui is a registered Architectural Technologist with the AIBC.  She holds a Building Technology Diploma from BCIT and a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management also from BCIT.  Allison has been with Hearth Architectural for over eight years and in that time has worked on a broad range of project types in the commercial and residential sector.

In practice, Allison is involved in all project phases from schematic design, right through to construction administration.  Recent project work includes custom homes in West Vancouver and Delta, and Childcare Facilities in Vancouver, Nanaimo and the Township of Langley.  Allison's current focus is character retention and multiple conversions dwellings in the City of Vancouver.

When not working Allison can be found scuba diving, running marathons or traveling around the world.

Samantha PattersonSamantha Patterson is a  registered Architect of BC and member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  Sam received her B.A. from the University of Victoria before pursing her Master of Architecture from UBC.  Sam has been practicing as a senior architect for many years on Vancouver Island as well as Vancouver.  Her career trajectory has had her involved in projects as diverse as municipal infrastructure projects,  complex and comprehensive development projects (including residential towers and mixed-use development), public assembly (private schools) and public works. 

Sam has a particular interest in sustainable design, which is balanced with her advance course work in BC Building Code design and compliance.

Outside of work Sam is an avid swimmer, an aspiring chef and can be found walking her dog around the seawall.


Gina Gelson
Gina Gelson is the Hearth Architectural office administrator.   Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC and a Publishing Certificate from SFU.  She has many years of administrative experience in the private sector, including a long tenure at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), but also has experience in more creative venues including styling in print publications.  Gina has brought this diverse experience to Hearth.

In the community, Gina volunteers countless hours in school classrooms, libraries and organizing school events. When not working or volunteering, she can be found walking her big dogs on the beach or traveling with her family.

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