Return to the Man Cave

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As a forty-something husband and father of two I think it’s about time; I need a Den. When I was growing up, my dad always had a space that was distinctly his (although as the father of four boys he likely remembers this very differently!) In the 70’s it was a small room in the basement of our “Vancouver Special”, complete with shag carpeting, faux …

My Time at Synthesis

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Over the summer I have spent some time working in the Synthesis Design office as an architecture student. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Architectural Science Degree at Ryerson University in Toronto. Having just finished my third year of the program, the experience I have had at Synthesis has really helped me to see another side of the business of architecture. Single-family residential …

Giving ‘Green’ a Design

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I’ve been an advocate for ‘green’ design since my inception into Architecture, however I have often been quite skeptical about the usefulness and its ability to adjust to our perception of homes.It’s rare that you can come across a product that is easily manipulated while also providing a clean, beautiful finish; this product is SIREWALL.

Outdoor Living in Outdoor Rooms

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I have been designing houses in Greater Vancouver for many years. Every once a while, I go back to Beijing to visit my family and friends and each trip back to China I realize how much the climate and environment affect our homes and lifestyles. While the apartment balconies in Beijing are enclosed with glass and equipped with air conditioning units, most people in Vancouver, …

Where New House Meets Old

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While my future colleagues from Synthesis were implementing Canadian design on Russian fields, I was exploring Canada and the famous “Canadian house” design and technology. My past experience in Russian residential design was based primarily on houses built from brick, concrete block, and log wood. During that time I had a general knowledge of wood frame construction from my University studies. I had never met …

From theory into practice…

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Over the past few years, I have been taught various ‘green’ methods for construction and material implementation. These lectures were delivered by various people who would cover ‘eco’ materials, methods and sometimes – if we were lucky – the final building products. While settling into Synthesis I have been given a project concerning the use of Built Green environmental rating system which is the first …