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Paul Rosenau founded EKISTICS in 1992, in Vancouver, Canada. He was later joined by partners; Paul Fenske and Leah Yan (Planning), Ron Baerg and Mark Blackwood (Architecture), expanding the company’s depth and growing its ability to service both local and international markets.

Our studio is currently supported by over fifty highly skilled design professionals with expertise in planning, architecture, urban design, stakeholder consultation, graphic design, resort planning, landscape architecture and integrated golf design.

Recent projects

SEAandSKY Discovery Centre

This temporary Discovery Centre was designed to market the upcoming SEAandSKY community – a 950-unit mixed use neighbourhood (475 townhomes and 475 apartments), built in spectacular location along the Mamquam Blind Channel.

The Centre’s architectural inspiration was derived from local and historic design references. Careful consideration was put into paying homage to the site’s industrial past as well as its prominent waterside location. The building’s bold form – an impressive 35’-tall, 60’ x 30’ gable-ended space clad in dark metal panels, integrated with a smaller, more intimate, cedar-clad ‘box’ providing entry, pays homage to marine warehouses and industrial waterfront precedents.

Burke Mountain

A mountain for a backyard. That was one of the defining qualities sought for the new community of Burke Mountain. In 2000, EKISTICS completed the Burke Mountain (NECAP) Area Plan with the City of Coquitlam, establishing a framework for a new urban village of 7600 homes that would be socially diverse, economically viable and ecologically guided.

In 2002, EKISTICS was commissioned to lead the master planning of the first Burke Mountain neighbourhoods – Upper Hyde Creek and Smiling Creek – encompassing over 750 acres. Through an extensive public consultation with residents, stakeholder groups, the Client and City, the designs worked with principles of community design to integrate the site’s significant natural features to define a local a sense of place. The resulting clustered neighbourhoods provide a diversity of residential homes, community facilities, parks and commercial uses supported by a network of pedestrian-oriented streets and trails. Unlike typical suburban neighbourhoods, the designs were able to incorporate alternative design standards for the public realm, such as park-front green streets and innovative low-impact development practices, creating civic spaces friendly to wildlife and residents alike.