Inspired Process. Inspired Design.

Profile & Philosophy

DGBK was founded in 1972 and has been steadily regarded as one of the leading design firms in Vancouver. Our commitment to producing exceptional buildings and lasting design solutions is intrinsic to the way we work; our ability to listen and coalesce the client’s needs is what sets us apart from other firms.

Quality of design and functionality are two of the fundamentals of architecture that we value most, since it is our belief that great buildings must inspire the public, while also providing a clear and workable design solution. We have built our practice around this philosophy and with the intent of becoming leaders in specific sectors of architectural design including, Health Care, Education, Recreation and Public Safety.

From the success of our approach, DGBK has expanded to offices in Shanghai and Beijing, bringing our skill, expertise and methodology to a variety of new challenges and new regions. The strength of our work speaks for itself but more significantly it is also echoed by the testimony of our clients.


We deliver value through a diversity of knowledge, experience and service

The process of design presents certain necessities; knowledge and experience in a multiplicity of projects types. In truth, we consider these to be the basics that most firms should fulfil and instead seek to stand apart from others by offering a service that is more holistic as well as personal. Based on this goal, we have consciously developed and maintained a core group of staff that have a history together creating a strong working knowledge and relationship. We are proud of our staff and of the fact that we maintain their loyalty to DGBK.

The promise to our clients is that we will provide the best and most dedicated attention possible to their project with input by all levels. We have always been a service oriented firm, concerned with solving not only the big issues, but the small ones as well. This doesn’t happen without a personal approach and commitment to listen.

We approach all aspects of our design with the same degree of relevance, from the exterior to the interior, because we are interested in the design as a whole. Continuity of the design is vitally important and this is only achieved by approaching all aspects of the design with the same level of rigor.

Sustainable Design

DGBK and its Consultant Team have developed a working methodology that incorporates the most current thinking and technologies in sustainable design.

We view sustainable design as an important contribution to mitigating environmental impacts but also in designing buildings and their settings as a healthy environments.

We have successfully completed several LEED gold projects and are also well versed in the new Energy Step Code as well as Net-Zero design strategies.

The Team’s commitment to the benefits and goals of sustainable design is borne by the collective skill sets as evidenced in the broad scope of projects completed and on the drawing boards.