About

D’Arcy Jones Architects (DJA) is a studio practice in Vancouver known for design excellence. Regardless of a project’s size or type, we believe in clear ideas, balancing budgets with quality, and precision. Combining pragmatism and invention, we like to play with common construction techniques and a building’s proportions, built with traditional and unconventional materials.  We work hard to create designs that are curious and classic.

Our work has been widely published, with features in Architectural Record, Dwell, Hauser, and Canadian Architect.  Recent practice honours include the 2017 Emerging Firm Award from the AIBC, the 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice Award from the RAIC / Architecture Canada and the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts. Project honours include two AIBC Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence Medals, two Canadian Architect Awards, a Canadian Wood Council Award and a Vancouver Urban Design Award.

Newness is highly valued in contemporary culture. To stay relevant, architecture needs to reflect this newness in the built world, but more maturely and more sustainably. Since newness and history complement and enhance each other, we believe that practising architecture requires lifelong learning. Architecture of depth and substance comes from looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, to find inspiration in the technical and poetic accomplishments of every culture.

Awards
Okada Marshall House
2018 Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence Medal
Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Okada Marshall House
2018 Residential Wood Award
Woodworks BC / Canada Wood Council

Friesen Wong House
2017 Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence Medal
Architectural Institute of British Columbia

2017 Emerging Firm Award
Architectural Institute of British Columbia

2017 Emerging Architectural Practice Award
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

430 House
2016 Urban Design Award
City of Vancouver

Ha-Ha House
2015 Award of Merit
Canadian Architect

Greenest Block
2015 VIVA Vancouver Robson Redux
Honourable Mention

Monte Clark Gallery
2015 Architizer Award / Best Art Gallery (shortlist) 
Architizer.com

Monte Clark Gallery
2014 Best of Canada Award / Best Commercial Interior
Canadian Interiors

2014 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement
Canada Council for the Arts

Inaugural Winner
2010 Arthur Erickson Memorial Award
Western Living Magazine / Arthur Erickson Foundation

The Cowboy
2009 Award of Merit
Canadian Architect

Island House
2005 Residential Design Award
Western Living Magazine

Jones House
2001 Winner
Metropolitan Home Magazine

Magazines
Emerging Architectural Practice Award - D'Arcy Jones Architecture, Canadian Architect, May 2017
Outward Bound, Dwell, May-Jun 2017
Yan Residence / House of the Month, Architectural Record, Apr 2017
Audio/Visual, Gray No. 30, Oct/Nov 2016, p 50-52
Home Remedy, Western Living, Jun 2015 
Raising The Roof, Dwell, Jun 2015
Stunning Midcentury Kitchen Renovation, Western Living, Mar 2015
The Flats, Montecristo Magazine, Spring 2014, Vol. 07, No.01
Gallery Nouveau, Gray Magazine, Aug-Sep 2014, p 88-91
Institutional Winner: Best of Canada, Canadian Interiors, Sep-Oct 2014, p 33
Industrial Revolution, Canadian Architect, Mar 2014, p 18-23
Divine Dining Room, Western Living, Oct 2013, p 30
The Big Fix, Western Living Condo, Spring / Summer 2013, p 38-46
Keeping Up With The Joneses, Canadian Architect, Apr 2013, p 14-18
Small is Beautiful, Western Living, Sep 2010, p 45
Canadian Architect Award of Merit: The Cowboy, Canadian Architect, December 2009, p 32-33
Fab 40: Canada, Wallpaper*, No.128, November 2009, p 80
Nip and Tuck, Canadian Architect, Apr 2008, p 32-36
Déjà-view, Western Living, Dec 2007, p 53-59 (BC)
Home Sweet Earth, Wish, Apr 2007, p 104-106
A tono con la naturaleza, Casaviva, Ano 17 Num 97 (2007), p 98-106
En equilibre, Decors, No. 1034, Dec 2006 – Jan 2007, p 44-52
Precarious Stability, A+ Architecture of a New World, 11 – 2006, p 74-77
Sukurti Kanados krastovaizdziui, Naujas Namas, 2006 m. NR. 3 (42), p 52-69
Ma Cabane au Canada, Design @ Home, N. 6 / Nov-Dec 2006, p 138-143
Island House, Wood Design & Building, Fall 2006, No. 26, p 23-2
The Natural: Residential Design Awards - Best Medium Sized House, Western Living, Oct 2005, p 48-52
Confident Cubes over Kamloops, Hauser, 5/05, p 44-48

Books
The West Coast Modern House: Vancouver Residential Architecture
Figure.1 Publishing, Vancouver/ Berkeley CA, 2014, p 168-169

Wallpaper* City Guide Vancouver
Phaidon Press Limited, London, 2014

Twenty + Change 02
Riverside Architectural Press, Hong Kong, 2009, p 40-45

Die Neue Villa: Hauser Ohne Limit
Callwey Verlag Munchen, Germany, 2008, p 36-39

1000x Architecture of the Americas
Verlagshaus - Braun, Germany, 2008

50+ Vacation Homes
Images Publishing, Australia, 2006, p 122-127

Home: New Directions in World Architecture and Design
How Books, Australia, 2006, p 232-235

Contemporary Houses
Könemann, Germany, 2006, p 676-685

Architecture Inspirations
Daab Publications, New York, 2006, p 188-195

New Sustainable Homes: Designs For Healthy Living
Collins Design – Harper Collins Publishers, USA, 2006, p 120-129

New Fireplace Design
Daab Publications, New York, p 42-45

Newspapers
Designer D’Arcy Jones crafts a cliff-side home with a brawny heart, Globe and Mail, Hadani Ditmars, Jan 12, 2014
The value in charring wood surfaces goes beyond visual effect, Globe and Mail, Alex Bozikovic, Jan 7, 2014
This modern Toronto Bungalow holds hidden surprises, Globe and Mail, Alex Bozikovic, Jun 7, 2013
In Vancouver, a condo reno that revives, Globe and Mail, Hadani Ditmars, Jun 28, 2013
From courtyards to pre-fab, what’s new in home design, Globe and Mail, Wency Leung, Jan 2, 2013
Finding sanctuary in superb design, Globe and Mail, Lisa Rochon, Jun 1, 2012
House Beautiful: Little Footprint, Big Views, Times Colonist, Litwin Grania, Jul 12, 2012
Good things, small packages, Globe and Mail, Adele Weder, Jul 2, 2009
Architects get serious:  They tackle the Gingerbread House, Vancouver Sun, Dec 4, 2009
Architects sweeten up house designs, Vancouver Courier, Dec 4, 2009 

Radio / TV / Film
CBC: The Afternoon Show, Re:CONNECT Viaduct (Mount Vancouver), Dec 1, 2011
CBC: As It Happens, Gingerbread Competition, Dec 10, 2009
The Red Rooster (VIFF 2009), Director: Terry Miles, Vancouver, 2009 (McLellan – Saddy House)
Jen and Heron’s Backyard Cabana, HGTV: Take It Outside, Feb 2007