Henriquez excels at large, complex, mixed-used projects that aspire to create beautiful buildings that foster inclusive and engaged communities.
We believe that architecture has the potential to be a poetic expression of social justice. It is our view that every project is an opportunity to enrich local communities by integrating ethics and aesthetics. Informed by this credo and an unwavering commitment to design integrity, we are committed to managing projects from design through to construction and have the technical expertise to create structures that stand the test of time.
As a mid-sized studio, we possess the dexterity to successfully deliver large-scale projects, while remaining intimate enough to provide high levels of client service, and work collaboratively within our communities. Our design philosophy is guided by our values and our intention to harmonize competing interests and challenge convention.
Over the past 50+ years we have built strong relationships with and amongst developers, non-profits, and various levels of government. As a result, our projects benefit from the latent potential within cross-sector partnerships to achieve meaningful collective objectives. From inception, our early involvement in projects allows us to positively influence the translation of capital towards the achievement of socially valuable goals and enables us to collectively meet the needs of the community’s most vulnerable members, providing affordable housing and community amenities with the aspiration of building more inclusive and accessible communities.
At Henriquez, we are a talented and diverse team of 50+ individuals gathered from over 20 countries who collectively bring a multicultural discourse to our studio and depth to our designs. Our goal is to mentor, inspire our people to innovate, and to execute the meaningful work that has been entrusted to us.
Henriquez Partners was founded in 1969, and grew to 20 people by the 1970s. Notable projects such as the Sylvia Tower, Sinclair Centre and the BC Cancer Research Centre were led by Richard Henriquez. As a major figure in Canadian architecture, Richard has been honoured with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal in 2005 and the Order of Canada in 2017. His son, Gregory Henriquez, a fourth-generation architect, grew up in the studio and formally joined as an Associate in 1989 after studying under Alberto Pérez-Gómez, and became Managing Partner in 2007.
In 2004, Henriquez played a pivotal role in the Woodward’s Redevelopment, which is unique in the history of Vancouver due to its scale, inclusivity, social aspirations and the intricacy of the partnerships required. Under Gregory’s stewardship, the studio has continued with progressive and community-minded civic projects – sometimes referred to as the “children of Woodward’s” with the goal of creating truly inclusive cities. The leadership expanded in 2018 to include four additional Principals: Patricia Tewfik, Peter Lawrence Wood, Rui Nunes and Shawn Lapointe. In 2023, Jennifer Mallard joined Henriquez as Principal of our new Toronto studio.
Today, with a team of over 50+ talented individuals from over 20 countries, our projects continue to receive acclaim. We remain dedicated to our people and committed to serving our communities. We invite you to share in our journey.
Architecture Masterprize, Architizer A+ Jury Award, World Architecture Festival WAFX Award
Azure AZ Award & People’s Choice for Urban Design Visions, AIA Canada Urban Design Award
Publication of “GHETTO: Sanctuary for Sale”
Exhibited at Palazzo Mora in the European Cultural Centre’s 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale
Henriquez Partners Launches Nepal Initiative
Henriquez Partners 50-year Anniversary
Central Presbyterian Church
New Principals at Henriquez Partners
Richard Henriquez appointed to the Order of Canada
TELUS Garden Office received the Jury and Popular Choice Awards for the Architizer A+ Awards
Publication of “Citizen City”
TELUS Garden Office
Henriquez Moves to TELUS Garden
6th & Fir
Woodward’s Redevelopment wins the Design Exchange Awards Gold Medal
Publication of “Body Heat: The Story of the Woodward’s Redevelopment”
The Woodward’s Redevelopment
Stop Gap Housing
Publication of “Towards an Ethical Architecture”
Publication of “Richard Henriquez: Selected Works”
Richard Henriquez awarded the RAIC Gold Medal
Lore Krill awarded the RAIC Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia
Henriquez Partners selected for the Woodward’s project after a two-stage competition process
BC Cancer Research Centre
Joint venture with IBI Group
Lore Krill Housing Co-operative
Coal Harbour Community Centre
Bruce Eriksen Place
Trent University Environmental Centre awarded the RAIC Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
Publication of “Richard Henriquez: Memory Theatre”
Richard Henriquez’s “Memory Theatre”
Exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
National Peacekeeping Monument
Environmental Sciences Building, Trent University
Joint venture with Laszlo Nemeth Associates
Sinclair Centre awarded the RAIC Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
Gregory joins the studio
From L–R: Sanford Hirshen, Gregory Henriquez, Richard Henriquez and Ivo Taller
Jericho Circle House
Firehall Training Tower
Joint venture with Toby Russell Buckwell & Partners
Fire Hall No.22
False Creek Housing Co-operative
Henriquez & Todd
Project for False Creek Area 10
Gulf Islands Cabins
Henriquez studio is founded
GHETTO: How can we live together?
Exhibited at the Museum of Vancouver, August 23, 2023 to January 1, 2024
Our studio is a place of learning where as educators we recognize our responsibility to develop our people to become relationship builders and thought leaders in the design community. We believe that education and dialogue are the keys to encourage a new generation of architects towards greater civic engagement.
We actively invest in our people through targeted career pathing, professional development, an Apprentice Program and various in-house curricula such as our Leadership Program. We financially support and encourage licensure through a shephered internal internship process, and are grounded in the belief that individualized support is collectively beneficial. We nurture a collaborative environment where research, design and technology converge. Our digital practice pushes boundaries in areas such as visualization, parametric design, virtual reality simulation and 3D model fabrication that are integral to our design process.
We are engaged in our profession, our communities and in the cultural fabric of our city. By sharing our knowledge, we contribute to more vibrant, community-oriented cities. We are deeply connected to people that share our values and to our studio members with whom we share our daily lives. If you are committed to aesthetics and ethics, we invite you to join us.