about the studio
Waissbluth Architecture Office Inc. (W/A Office) is a Vancouver based, architecture, design and research studio. W/A prides itself as a collaborative practice exploring innovative design and building practices that integrate complementary fields of work including new technologies, community development, and the arts.
At W/A, we understand the architectural process as an open dialogue among all team members, where between clients, consultants, designers and builders we can achieve unique results that respond to each project’s challenges and opportunities.
Founded by Nicholas Waissbluth, an award-winning architect, W/A is an emerging practice that focuses on residential and commercial projects of all scales. From feasibility studies, design to full architectural services, we bring over 12 years of local and international experience to your project.
Through research, participatory design practices and different models of fabrication, W/A is also dedicated to community projects that explores how citizens and cross-disciplinary specialists can work together to improve our built-environment. To support these efforts, W/A collaborates with the Insitu Foundation and uA.bureau (an international design collective), both co-founded by Nicholas and his long-term collaborators. Projects include design-build initiatives in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Ethiopia.
Nicholas Waissbluth // Principal
A registered architect with over 12 years of local and international experience, Nicholas’ work includes custom homes, commercial + retail, and larger scale mixed-use developments. He brings a strong focus in design and craft as well as an ongoing commitment to implementing new digital tools within the architectural process. Prior to establishing W/A, Nicholas worked in Toronto, Copenhagen, Barcelona and New York and was a senior designer / project leader at Vancouver-based studios, Francl Architecture and Arno Matis Architecture (AMA) where he led the award-winning South Creek Landing as well as the rezoning for Focal (now Ellsworth) a mixed-use development along the South Main district of Vancouver.
Nicholas completed his studies in Architecture at Carleton University and postgraduate research in Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) where we was a member of the award-winning Fab Lab House as well collaborated with near-space tourism company, Zero 2 Infinity, in prototyping their first design proposals for the passenger capsule, Bloon.
Nicholas is also a co-founder of uAbureau, an international design collective with members from across Latin America and Europe, as well as the Insitu Foundation, a design-build initiative that looks at improving public space in developing communities. Together with his collaborators, they have completed projects in Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Barquisimeto, Venezuela, San Salvador, El Salvador and Mexico City, Mexico. Nicholas has also exhibited at the Toronto Offsite Design Festival (2006;2007; 2012), Temps de Flors Festival 20011-16 (Girona, Spain), Interior Design Show (Vancouver, Canada), and Art-City Festival (Calgary, Canada).
Nicholas is actively involved in academic and critical discourse, having lectured at various conferences and academic institutions on the subject of digital architecture and community engagement. He has also received grants from organizations including IDEO and Canada Council for the Arts for his research. At UBC School of Architecture (SALA) in Vancouver, Nicholas is an adjunct professor, regular guest critic and member of graduate thesis committees.
He is fluent in English and Spanish.