John Patkau and Patricia Patkau are founders and principles of Patkau Architects. John Patkau holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba. Patricia Patkau holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. In addition to practice, she is a Professor Emerita in the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia where she taught for over 20 years They are both fellows of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, a recipient of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and a Member of the Order of Canada.
Patkau Architects is an architecture and design research studio based in Vancouver, Canada. We explore the richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations.
The practice is led by four principals: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, Greg Boothroyd, and David Shone; and three associates: Shane O’Neill, Peter Suter, and Michael Thorpe. Their comprehensive involvement throughout all phases of design and construction consistently results in projects recognized for architectural innovation and quality.
In over 35 years of practice, the studio has been responsible for a wide variety of project types, ranging in scale from art installations to major urban buildings. The practice is also actively engaged in architectural research. Our current research explores the potential resulting from the response of materials to applications of force.
A compendium of these investigations, Material Operations, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2017, and a comprehensive monograph entitled Patkau Architects was published by The Monaecelli Press, in 2008. Additional publications have been included in such publications as GA Document and Detail Magazine.