Cascadia Architects is a ten person architecture studio based in Victoria, British Columbia. The practice is led by Principal Architects Peter Johannknecht and Gregory Damant. The firm’s identity is rooted in their combined 40 years of practice with respected and award-winning firms in Victoria, Vancouver and Germany. Cascadia’s areas of practice are broad, and include commercial, institutional, mixed use residential, and custom residential. Our focus is on urban and in-fill projects. Attention to good urban design principles and sustainable construction systems such as LEED and PassiveHouse inform our methodology.
Architecture is building for people. It is vital and enduring because it contains us. At its best, it provides a beautiful context for life’s drama, with space we move through and use. Though architecture is a small piece of the human equation, as its practitioners, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience.
The spirit of the firm grows from three simple ideas: creative collaboration is fun; beautiful surroundings enhance our daily lives; and it is the role of the architect to weave together the needs and resources of the client, community, and the natural environment to create spaces that are elegantly functional and uplifting. Cascadia Architects approach each commission with this awareness. We are interested in working in new ways – collaborating across traditional professional boundaries to assist our clients in identifying and realizing their aspirations and the best results for their projects.
Cascadia Architects provides a full range of architectural services. The staff of Cascadia Architects have completed many successful commercial, residential and education projects for a broad range of clients including the University of Victoria; Vancouver Island University, Public Works Canada; Jawl Properties; Abstract Developments; Fort Properties; Royal Roads University; and the Canadian Red Cross.