McLeod Bovell is a collaborative design partnership specializing in complete residential architecture. Since 2008, our firm has grown to include a group of 10 designers with diverse backgrounds in architecture, interior and landscape design. Our work embraces embedded social, spatial and environmental opportunities as generators for architectural invention.

Over the last decade, we have gained experience designing houses on steep and irregularly-shaped land in the Vancouver area. While these sites are often afforded significant views, their immediate landscapes are not remarkable: neither purely cultivated nor raw wilderness. Under these conditions, the priority of the view can dominate the discussion. Our work makes efforts to balance the primacy of the view with opportunities afforded by extreme topography that allow for varied and unusual programmatic sequences. Creating unusual relationships at different scales of living connects the house to the surrounding landscapes.

We listen closely to our client’s stories in an effort to create a profound connection between them and their project. Sometimes their desires are articulated but often what is not said is the most important. Through continuous dialog we establish a narrative which sets the framework for design decision-making. Architectural ideas evolve from this investigation rather than out of pre-conceived, prescriptive solutions. Spatial experiences and idiosyncrasies are prioritized. Through this process we hope to create work that conveys feeling, specific character, and is receptive to influences beyond our region.