We Have a Unique Approach to Architecture

Our primary objective is to translate our clients’ desires and needs into innovative, sustainable and unique building solutions. Our philosophy is based on successful collaborations with our clients and a highly integrated team of consultants from project initiation to post-occupancy.

We believe that outstanding design and economic feasibility need to go hand in hand. We understand that any building has to be effective and follow the most resource conscious solution while driving innovation within the limitations of the budget. Through an integrative design process and a highly skilled team we find solutions that can be used flexibly and effectively, incrementally innovating proven building technology to build what is needed and to eliminate any extraneous construction.

 

Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture (LWPAC) was established in Vancouver in 1999 as a multidisciplinary design firm. Ever since it has been operating at the intersection of architecture and culture bringing both local and international experience to every project.

LWPAC is an accomplished and experienced full service design firm, licensed to practice architecture in British Columbia, New York and Germany. We have practiced and taught architecture in Berlin, New York, Barcelona, Valparaiso, Beijing and Vancouver. Following a 15 year career that has been equally split between university and practice around the world we bring an unusually broad perspective of knowledge and international exposure to each project. Since early 2008 we have been focusing exclusively on full time practice.

LWPAC specializes in innovative architectural design. We deliver integrated and holistic solutions to any project. We have worked on a broad range of projects – from single family homes to housing, art installation and public projects, and large scale urban planning. Our work has been exhibited and published around the world.

The firm has executed award winning institutional and residential projects both nationally and internationally. Among other awards we were the winners of the 2008 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, of both Lieutenant Governor’s Medal and Innovation Awards, and of the Home of the Year Award from New York’s Architecture Magazine for the ROAR_one housing project. In 2012 LWPAC won the Western Living Designer / Architect of the Year Award.

Our Team

We work with our clients as one team, and we hope to have you fully involved. Your ideas, insights and feedback are invaluable. We are experts in facilitating collaborative processes with multiple stakeholders, be that in planning processes or in obtaining permits for complex projects that require community workshops and consultation.

We manage strong teams and provide for an engaging and participatory platform for design development and construction. We have worked with many of our consultants for 3 to 10 years on previous projects and have developed a very strong mutual professional respect and understanding of each other’s working methodology.

Looking to join us? Head over to the contact page for more information.

Oliver Lang, Principal and Creative Director

Oliver Lang is a German-Canadian architect and urban entrepreneur with 25+years experience and a recognized leader in design innovation and integration of complex urban projects, mixed use housing, advanced prefabrication and green building strategies. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and he holds a professional degree Diplom-Ingenieur Architektur from the University of Technology Berlin with two-year studies at the ETSA Barcelona UPC. Prior to founding LWPAC in 1998, Oliver researched and practiced in digitally assisted design and fabrication with Smith-Miller & Hawkinson in New York, while teaching digital design at Princeton University, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently has taught advanced design and digital technology at SCI_ARC, the Berlage Institute, TU Berlin, UTF Santa Maria and University of British Columbia (UBC).

Cindy Wilson, Principle

Cindy Wilson is a principle of LWPAC and co-founder of IC. She is a Canadian designer and cultural entrepreneur. She holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. She has a broad and profound understanding of the cultural forces that shape our societies. She is active in urban and market research, building analysis, strategic planning, design and definition of livability, interior design, materiality and overall project quality control.

She has over 25 years experience in the field of design and urban development and has worked in Barcelona, Berlin and New York which in turn has enriched her understanding of typology variation for urban living. She has taught the design of “Connective Housing” at the University of British Columbia and is a frequent juror for the thesis reviews.

John Cheng, Senior Architect

John is a generalist architect with a focus on client service and design. He has been involved in a number of large scale project from half a million to a million square feet and has worked in a number of building types: institutional, market/non-market residential, commercial and retail. His focus with LWPAC is to provide high service to clients and to provide detailed project management and execution of design development, construction documents and construction administration through to occupancy.

Clayton Blackman, Director of Sustainability

Clayton Blackman is a certified passive house designer and an expert in sustainability, ecological building materials, as well as building information modelling. He has over six years of experience in designing mass timber buildings, modular housing and passive house design.

Oliver David Krieg, Director of Technology

Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. His research is characterized by a focus on integrative processes and close collaborations between engineering, material science, sustainability analysis, building physics, and fabrication. As Director of Technology at LWPAC in Vancouver, Canada, and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, his work aims to employ the reciprocities between technology and material characteristics in order to rethink how architecture will be designed, fabricated, and constructed in the future.

Shaique Uddin, Senior Designer

Shaique has over 7 years of experience working as a project and design architect in India, Germany and Middle-east with a strong passion and appreciation for detail. He is experienced in working with computational tools for resolving complex geometries, coordinating with different consultant teams in design development, and working closely with on-site engineers in the execution of projects according to design, including construction details. His portfolio includes a variety of building programs, ranging from hotels, offices, interiors, and master plans, realized. He has been regularly involved in academics, organizing workshops and collaborating with architectural institutes. Shaique achieved his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 from Chandigarh College of Architecture in India.

Ryan Gillespie, Design Technologist

Ryan holds a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Science and a Diploma in Architectural Building Technology  from the BCIT. He joined LWPAC in 2017 and has been involved in various multi-family projects and with research and development.

Jodi Williams, Officer of Finances

Jodi Williams is responsible for the office finances.