Carbon Architects Incorporated
Established in 2012, Carbon Architects Incorporated is a multi-disciplinary architecture and urban design studio founded with the belief that it is the responsibility of architects to provide and promote good design as the foundation of a sound social and civic fabric.
Our aim is to actively engage the forces driving design and development, and to inform the way the public understands and relates to architecture and design.
Our team brings to each project a wealth and diversity of experience, a rich network of resources and strong relationships with people in many different areas of expertise.
Geoffrey Kumagai, Principal Architect
Geoffrey’s creative vision for the practice is formed from the belief that good architectural solutions have their origins in a socially, culturally and environmentally responsive approach to design.
After completing the professional architecture programme at the University of Waterloo in 1994, Geoffrey gained extensive experience at firms in Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles, on projects located in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and China.
Geoffrey’s theoretical work is centred on the role of visual and spatial memory in architecture and design, including exploration of the Japanese Canadian community in the Powell Street neighbourhood prior to World War II. His written and creative work considers both the natural evolution and formal creation of cultural artifacts, including places, spaces, objects and events.
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Chris Vriend, Partner
Carbon Architects Incorporated is pleased to announce that Chris Vriend has joined the practice as a new Partner. Chris brings with him 25 years of experience in architecture across a wide variety of project types in Canada and around the world, along with strong leadership and management skills. Chris is a graduate of the architecture program of the University of Waterloo and is a licensed member of the OAA.
Prior to joining Carbon, Chris was a Team Leader at Giannone Petricone Associates where he directed teams on large-scale mixed-use residential redevelopment projects for some of Canada’s most well-known development companies, in addition to completing a variety of corporate commercial renovations. Chris’s experience also includes senior roles with Reich + Petch Architects Inc. and Forrec Ltd. where he worked on major residential, commercial and institutional projects, museums and public attractions.
Chris is committed to developing high quality architectural solutions that respond to the use and experience of built spaces. His wealth of technical expertise and depth of experience in all areas of architectural practice and across many project types makes him a perfect fit for Carbon Architects and we are excited to have him become an important member of our team.