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 is a registered architect in BC. He holds a BA in western architectural history and earned his Master's degree in architecture from UBC, 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 $400 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 recent 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 2015, 2018, City of Delta
Advisory Design Panel 2016, 2017 and 2018, City of Delta
Making Room Advisory Group 2018, City of Vancouver
Advisory Design Panel 2020, 2021 and 2022, 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 five years and member for thirteen, 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 is an Architectural Technologist AIBC. She holds a Building Technology Diploma and a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management. Allison has been with Hearth Architectural for many years, and in that time has worked on a broad range of project types in the commercial and residential sector. Her commitment to Hearth and its ideals make her a valuable member and representative of the practice.
Allison is involved in all project phases from pre-design, right through to construction administration. Allison's current projects include childcare facilities, character retention and multiple conversions dwellings, multi-family developments and commercial projects generally.
When not working Allison can be found diving, running marathons or travelling around the world.
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 travelling with her family.