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 and Saskatchewan (through parallel entities).
Hearth Architectural Inc. was founded on the premise that all clients receive the best, professional service. We accomplish this by having a firm principal involved in all aspects of client projects. This simple approach has allowed us to share success with clients with projects as modest as a single family house renovation to as complicated as mid-rise mixed use residential buildings.
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.
All members of our team are encouraged and required to actively pursue professional development and learning.
Hearth Architectural Inc. routinely undertakes work in the residential sector, from custom single family to multi-family developments. As well the firm of Hearth Architectural undertakes a wide breadth of commercial architecture, ranging in scale form tenant improvement to overall shopping malls, to new multi-use developments.
In addition to these traditional architectural typologies, our firm is experienced in the negotiation of Heritage Revitalization Agreements, as well as smaller scale planning exercises. Similarly, specific to our commercial clients we offer a wide array of services to facilitate the development and protection of brand identity. Hearth Architectural Inc. offers "corporate architect" services that include conceptualization and maintenance of brand standards, and can also work as regional architect to bring the corporate vision to reality.
The dedication of our firm has led to a loyal, established base of repeat clientele in Vancouver and all surrounding jurisdictions. Below are some of the services offered by our firm.
- Project Feasibility and Yield Studies
- Planning Feasibility Studies
- Official Community Plan Amendments
- Rezoning Applications / Subdivision Applications
- Development and Development Variance Applications
- Heritage Revitalization Agreements
- Board of Variance Applications
- Building Permit / Issued for Tender / Issued for Construction - Full Documentation
- Tendering Services
- Contract Administration
- Post Occupancy Services
Hearth Architectural Inc. is able to offer the full breadth of service under all of the preceding headings. Please call our office for more information.
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.
Beyond traditional architectural practice, Joe represents many clients with planning and subdivision applications. Typical planning projects range from simple two-lot subdivisions to more complex re-zoning and bare-land strata developments. In his capacity as an experienced residential architect, Joe has also acted as an expert witness.
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 2019, 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 the municipal sphere Joe volunteers tirelessly with the Delta School District as a PAC chair for four years and member for eleven, a DPAC representative for six terms and entering his third year as chairperson of Delta DPAC representing parents from all 31 Delta Schools to the Superintendent of Schools.
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 projects work includes custom homes in West Vancouver and Delta, and Childcare Facilities in Vancouver, Nanaimo and the Township of Langley.
Beyond projects, Allison can be found running marathons, scuba diving or flying around the world.
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 orgnazing school events.