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: LWPAC + Intelligent City

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.

Oliver Lang, Co-Founder, 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, Co-Founder and Principal

Cindy Wilson is a principal 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.

Oliver David Krieg, Chief Technology Officer

Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture and timber construction. As Chief Technology Officer he leads the development of parametric design methods and automated manufacturing technology for the company’s multi-storey, high-rise, mass timber construction systems. His focus is on enabling reciprocities between design, technology and materiality in order to re-conceptualize how architecture can be designed, fabricated, and constructed. Oliver is also a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, where he previously led and participated in several research and built projects investigating digital design and fabrication technologies for timber construction.

David Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer

David was most recently VP Finance and CFO for Aquatic Informatics, where he spent 12 years helping grow the company from 5 employees to over 120. He took a key lead position in supporting the company through a corporate merger and sale of the business to a private equity firm. Over his 12 years at Aquatic Informatics he served in various roles including leading finance, accounting and human resources, and lead positions in operations, marketing and business development. Over his career he has worked with several high growth firms in the start up stage in various industries including health care, technology and industrial/manufacturing. David has an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Warren Wall, Chief Operating Officer

Warren is a high-tech executive with experience at both small startups and multi-national organizations. Most recently at quantum computing company D-Wave Systems, he managed all internal operations as COO and then as EVP Corporate Affairs, he built relationships with governments, universities and industry partners across Canada. Prior to D-Wave, he held senior technology executive positions at Electronic Arts, including Chief Operating Office of its Canadian studio and VP Technology for Worldwide Studios.

Clayton Blackman, Director of Sustainability

Clayton Blackman is a Vancouver born Canadian architect and an expert in high performance buildings, ecological design, as well as building information modelling. He has ten years of experience designing prefabricated mass timber buildings including innovative modular housing, community and educational facilities. He is a certified passive house designer. Prior to joining LWPAC and Intelligent City, Clayton worked on several mass timber projects at Perskins+Will.

Aaron Willette, Director of Manufacturing Technology

Aaron Willette is an experienced designer and technologist with an expertise in understanding and developing the relationship between design and industrial production. In his role as Director of Manufacturing Technology he is leading Intelligent City’s manufacturing initiatives, including the deployment of the manufacturing processes and facilities necessary to produce the P4L building components. Prior to joining Intelligent City he was working with the manufacturing development teams at WeWork and Apple, where he was able to develop a deep knowledge of construction, manufacturing facilities, and robotic processes.

Maria Cowper-Smith, Director of Finance

Maria is a proud Canadian immigrant who specializes in corporate finance. Her experience in international compliance, government subsidy, planning and tax for US and Canadian corporations allowed her to create long term multi-jurisdictional financial and tax plans for global corporations with revenues in the hundreds of millions. Through perseverance, she obtained her degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Finance from the University of Calgary and Harvard University. She has been a recipient of multiple scholarships and inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society. Her competitive spirit shines through her participation of prestigious business competitions like the Harvard vs MIT Business Case Competition.

Shaique Uddin, Senior Designer, Digital Development

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.

Tania Pilon, Intern Architect

Tania Pilon graduated with her master’s in architecture from McGill University. She competed in the Solar Decathlon China 2018 with TeamMTL where they designed and built a flexible and adaptable net-zero prefabricated row house. She worked on exhibition designs, logistics, the construction and gave a conference at the Sustainable Development Center in Montreal. She took a PassivHaus designer course and is LEED AP BD + C accredited. Her thesis investigated the role of an architect as a translator and the influence of Indigenous cultures on architecture. She worked in Montreal and Mexico City before moving to Vancouver.

Stuart Lodge, Designer, Advanced Systems Development

Stuart Lodge is graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture (SALA). His thesis project focused on the intersection of 3D printing, materiality and architectural components. Before joining Intelligent City and LWPAC he worked at Michael Green Architecture. In addition, he is currently also completing a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture focusing on non-linear additive manufacturing using organic compounds and materials.

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.

Nicholas Hamel, Computational Designer

With a background in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering, Nicholas has focused his personal design philosophy on the intersection between digital fabrication and detail-oriented assemblies. As an MArch and MEDes graduate from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary, he wrote his thesis on parametric tool design and cross laminated timber supply chains. Before joining the Intelligent City and LWPAC team, he worked at SAPL’s digital fabrication laboratory and Calgary-based firm Studio North as a parametric designer.

Fiona Lang, Coop Student, Engineering Physics

Fiona Lang is completing her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia. Fiona is interested in using software as a tool to improve processes and in applying mathematical analysis and technical solutions to problems of design.

Jodi Williams, Controller and Bookkeeper

Jodi Williams is responsible for the office finances.


LafargeHolcim Silver Award, North America, Platforms-for-Life
City of Vancouver Urban Design Awards – Innovation
City of Vancouver Urban Design Awards – Special Jury Award Excellence and Ingenuity in Architecture
City of Vancouver Urban Design Awards – Medium Scale Residential Building
AIBC Innovation Award
BC Wood Design Award, Canadian Wood Council
Western Living Designer / Architect of the Year Award
Major Grant from Canada Council for the Arts
Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Roar_one
Home of the Year Award, Architecture Magazine New York, Roar_one
Lieutenant Governor’s Medal Architectural Institute of BC Award, Roar_one
Lieutenant Governor’s Innovation Award, Roar_one
National Post / Design Exchange Award
2005/2006 ACSA Faculty Design Award
The New Vanguard’ by Architectural Record, December 2001
1st Prize at Bienal Architecture Exhibition, Santiago Chile, September 2000


Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, Museum of Vancouver, Jan – May 2016
Vancouverism 2010, Woodwards Building, Jan 2010
Movers and Shapers Exhibition, Vancouver Museum, Spring 2008
WORLD’s FAIR Exhibition of Canadian Architecture, EXPO 2005, Japan
Tokyo Design Week, October 2003
Vancouver Art Gallery Solo Exhibition 2003
ArchiLab, Earth Buildings, Orleans France
Bienal Architecture Exhibition, Santiago Chile. September 2000

Media Recognition

Architectural Record: Upcoming Multifamily Project in British Columbia Combines Passive House and Mass Timber
Canadian Architect: Canadian design wins big at LafargeHolcim sustainability awards
The Globe and Mail: The long road to a ‘zero emission’ Vancouver
Azure Magazine: The 10 Best Housing Projects of 2016
Business Elite Canada: Rethinking Urban Planning in Vancouver
Times Colonist: Architects selected for Art Gallery of Greater Victoria addition
Times Colonist: Art gallery director defends proposed design: ‘A gem of a building’
Canadian Architect: LWPAC designs sculpturally striking and highly sustainable new home
Monad is cover story of Canadian Architect’s January issue on Urban Sustainability
Globe and Mail Jan 23 “4 ways North American homes are looking more like Northern Europe”, by Hadani Ditmars
LWPAC winner and major feature in Western Living Magazine Awards issue
The work of LWPAC has been published around the world in Architecture Record (New York), A+D (UK), A+U (Japan), the D-Book by AplusT (Madrid), Azure, Wallpaper, Canadian Architect, Loft, The Globe and Mail, National Post among others