who we are

Architecture49 has a strong history of pioneering contributions to cities across Canada and beyond.

As a strategic partnership between six of our country’s most prolific firms, we share a depth of experience in designing, engineering and building complex, high-profile projects around the globe. Together, we create inspiring spaces that elevate the health, social vitality and sustainability of our communities.

We are united in the belief that our communities are enriched by a broader, more enlivened collaboration between clients, builders, architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners. We believe in the strength of a multi-disciplinary view, and in the opportunity to shape urban infrastructure to Canadian principals of honesty, diversity, practicality and regionalism.

With offices from coast to coast across Canada, Architecture49 boasts a history spanning over half a century of profoundly significant contributions to cities and communities. As we merge together from a collective of regional offices, our array of specializations and experiences will continue to be in harmony with the Canadian landscape.

Our History:

Our founding firms span the country and bring a depth of knowledge and experience in a variety of sectors that will strengthen us as a whole. 

From St. John’s to Vancouver, we navigate urban and rural contexts. Some cities enjoy a wealth of heritage properties, and benefit from a mindful approach to blending contemporary glass with two-hundred-year-old stonework. Other regions experience unique weather—high winds, frequent storms, or low winter temperatures—and require local expertise to craft gathering places built to withstand those conditions with longevity and relevance.

The six practices that have come together to form Architecture49 represent some of the most accomplished and respected architectural minds in the country. 

PBK Architects, with a staff of over 80 in seven offices across Canada, is renowned for its collaborative and partnership-focused mindset. Its focus on complex projects with a high level of design and engineering complexity coupled with demanding delivery constraints has secured the firm’s position at the forefront of design of key civic projects delivered with P3 and Design-Build methodology across North America.

For over 70 years, the Smith Carter name has been synonymous with landmark projects in the Prairies and beyond. With a strong focus on complex, often one-of-a-kind projects, the team takes pride in approaching projects from a collaborative, interdisciplinary framework.

Montreal-based Arcop’s award-winning design work spans 60 years, with major projects in almost every Canadian province. On the international scene, Arcop was the first winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the first Governor General Award for a project outside of Canada.

For nearly 70 years, WHW Architects has built deep roots and a reservoir of trust in the Atlantic region’s rich social and cultural mosaic. With a strong focus on sustainability, the team has creatively contributed to a broad range of projects spanning the public and private sectors. AE Consultants’ broad-based Newfoundland and Labrador team is known for its leadership in Multi-unit Residential, Research, Educational, Commercial and industrial sectors in one of Canada’s fastest-growing marketplaces. Prince Edward Island’s N46 (North 46 Architecture Inc) exemplifies the local, collaborative studio presence that underpins the client service mandate of Architecture49.  N46 provides essential architectural design that blends traditional with modern elements and emphasizes integrating architecture with the unique island character.