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'At the heart of Marianne Amodio’s eponymous firm is a desire to help Vancouverites live better. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, the architect has earned a reputation around town for bold, artful spaces that combine whimsy and function while housing multiple residents, couples, and families under one roof. This focus on beautiful, multibrood buildings earned the studio the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s emerging-firm award in 2016, carving a place for affordability-centred architecture in Vancouver’s design scene.' by Lucy Lau, The Georgia Straight.

MAAStudio practices unabashed architecture that is concise and practical, yet poetic and personal to the client.  Once described by a Client having the ability “...magically transform ordinary spaces and humble materials into places of poetic beauty”, we are driven to infuse meaning into the work as well as to delight and surprise.

It is the stretching of creative muscle that allows MAAStudio to focus on design solutions that explore alternative ways of home ownership and dwelling. Our residential sector centers on multi-family residential buildings, micro co-housing, and custom multi-family homes. This practice is based on the principle that living smarter is better than living bigger. We believe that through creative thinking, we can craft solutions that speak to todays issues of affordability and social and environmental sustainability and our drive to a sharing economy. We believe in the usefulness of creativity.

 
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MARIANNE AMODIO  
 

ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP

Marianne holds a Masters Degree of Architecture (honours) from the University of Manitoba, is a registered Architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is currently the Chair of The City of Vancouver's Creative Advisory Panel for Housing Innovation and a member of the City of Vancouver Mayor's Advisory Committee for Housing and the Mayors' Advisory Committee for Permitting and Process. 

Marianne launched marianne amodio architecture studio in June of 2010, working out of her living room before opening the Chinatown studio in 2013.

You can reach her at marianne@maastudio.com

 
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LINDSEY NETTE
 

M.ARCH BAS (HONS), INTERN ARCHITECT

Lindsey completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, where her thesis documented stories of place making in the Canadian Prairie. Before joining Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio in June 2016, she was part of the team at Francl Architecture for two years, working through the challenges and importance of designing housing in Vancouver. As a student, Lindsey had the opportunity to work for a range of studios including WXY Studio in New York, Blue Sky Architecture in Vancouver, Wallman Architects in Toronto, and Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston. Lindsey strives to create work that is both sensitive and energetic in the community, and brings to the studio a thirst to explore new ideas of place, and alternate methods of creating it.

You can reach her at lindsey@maastudio.com

All of these photos were taken by the fantastic Janis Nicolay

 
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ZAFIRAH BACCHUS

M.ARCH

Zafirah completed her Masters of Architecture at UBC, where her interest in place making and social responsibility in design cultivated in her thesis work, which explored a series of ecologically sensitive structures along the last natural shoreline in Vancouver. Since then, she has gained experience though a range of residential and commercial projects, including modular construction, infill housing, and historic renovations. 

Zafirah is constantly inspired by nature and how it can inform the built environment, and shares a minimalist, functional philosophy towards design. She brings a responsive, contextual approach to the studio and is dedicated to an architecture that can create social change.

You can reach her at zafirah@maastudio.com

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HARLEY GRUSKO


ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP

Harley holds a Masters Degree of Architecture (honours) from the University of Manitoba, is a registered Architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a LEED Accredited Professional. Harley joined Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio in October of 2016, after a decade devoted to design excellence at Perkins+Will Vancouver. There, he worked on a number projects focused on quality design and high-performance buildings. As the Project Architect of the award winning VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre (LEED Gold, Living Building Challenge Petal Certification), Harley was involved in the project from the earliest concept sketches through to the digital 3D computational design and through construction. He was also the project designer for the new Student Union Building at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, the first significant building to be constructed along Convocation Mall in the heart of the Arthur Erickson designed iconic SFU Campus since Erickson’s original Campus plan.

Harley brings a calm expertise to the practice and he consistently strives for innovation, rigour and making the pragmatic poetic. 

Harley is currently a member of the Architectural Design Panel for the City of Richmond.

You can reach him at harley@maastudio.com

 
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EGOR REVENKO
 

ARCHIECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST, BCIT

Egor completed his Bachelor of Architecture at BC Institute of Technology. Since then he's had a wide variety of experience from airports to educational spaces, heritage renovation to feature staircase designs. Egor loves exploring our beautiful city (especially by bike) as well as others around the world. His creativity and love of building things extends past the realm of architecture into things like videography, photography and wood working. 

Egor brings a creative eye and mind to his technical approach to creating impactful spaces.

You can reach him at egor@maastudio.com

 

 

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