Vancouver office

Ryder Architecture Celebrate Entry into the North American Market in Vancouver

The move builds on international expansion for the award winning practice, now with global expertise and connectivity across six locations in the UK, China and Canada.

The new Ryder team is led by internationally experienced architect and Passivhaus designer, Adam James, who hails from Newcastle upon Tyne along with Canadian architect, Warren Schmidt.  Both have been based in Vancouver, British Columbia with Acton Ostry Architects for the past ten years.

Adam said, “Warren and I have been privileged to work with great clients and colleagues in Vancouver over the past decade and are delighted to join with Ryder to create a new Canadian practice.”

“Ryder’s vision statement, Everything Architecture, aims to improve the world around us and in doing so, improve people’s lives.  With our new partners, we endeavour to achieve solutions that are socially and culturally germane, embody the values and aspiration of our clients, and that connect and resonate within our community.” 

Warren said, “Clients will benefit from our strong local connections to the city and region and be supported by the extensive experience, insights, and expertise from Ryder’s international teams.”

Ryder was established in 1953, with projects in the civic, education, healthcare, infrastructure, leisure, manufacturing, office, residential, retail and science sectors, also specializing in conservation, interiors and placemaking.  The new Canadian base will initially focus on projects that meet Canada’s coordinated efforts to reduce building greenhouse gas emissions, benefitting Ryder’s UK and Asian client base through broader international team collaboration and knowledge sharing. 

Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder said “We have known Adam for many years so when the opportunity came to join with him and Warren, it was an obvious next step in broadening the Ryder team of people with a passion for collaboration and pioneering the development or architectural practice.”