EKISTICS is a multi-disciplinary design and consulting studio, specializing in sustainable planning, architecture, landscape architecture and land development. We bring together an energetic team of talented design professionals with expertise in town planning, architecture, urban design, stakeholder consultation, resort planning, landscape architecture and golf course design.
The word “EKISTICS” derives from the Greek word oikos meaning “home” and is defined as, “the science of understanding and making human communities.” This idea is deeply rooted in everything we do, no matter how sophisticated or complex their requirements.
The issues of community require a broad knowledge base that is best understood through different backgrounds and perspectives. The professional expertise of EKISTICS lies in our ability to bridge the gap between disciplines, to unveil the spirit of place, and to collectively design based on sound, innovative principles. From concept development to detailed design, EKISTICS possesses the experience and commitment to successfully realize award-winning projects. It has been said that design is more discovery than invention. With its comprehensive approach to results-oriented planning and architecture, EKISTICS has developed a respected reputation for creative, contextual and realistic responses to the complex issues of buildings and communities. EKISTICS work is exploratory as it strives to find innovative solutions that are appropriate to each unique context. The studio's work is always grounded within the framework of sound financial analyses.
WE ARE PASSIONATE. We stake our personal and professional reputations on the excellence of our work.
WE ARE A TEAM. We are a diverse and skilled group of innovative individuals unified by a clear common purpose. Our studio environment fosters collaboration and creativity.
WE ARE PLAYFUL. We believe that play and enjoyment at work are vital to our creativity, innovation, and overall health and success as a team.
WE ARE SUPPORTIVE. We feed off and grow from each other’s energy, ideas, inspiration and enthusiasm. We recognize, support, and celebrate each other’s achievements. We listen, mentor and motivate.
WE ARE CURIOUS. We enjoy the process of discovery and exploration and are unafraid to step outside of our comfort zone.
EKISTICS' reputation has been established primarily in Canada and China where numerous award-winning projects have been successfully constructed. The firm's proven approach has brought life to over 350 planning and architectural projects around the world. EKISTICS was founded in Vancouver in 1992 by Paul Rosenau. As President of EKISTICS, Paul leads the firm’s three offices in Vancouver, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh and currently focuses his attention on international large-scale resort projects. He was later joined by Paul Fenske, Mark Monteiro, Leah Yan, Ron Baerg and Mark Blackwood in order to expand the company's depth and grow its ability to service both local and international markets.
PRINCIPALS - PLANNING
Paul is the principal owner and founder of EKISTICS. Paul brings a community and land use planning perspective to EKISTICS’ projects, allowing the firm to engage early and significantly in a variety of large-scale work. He received undergraduate degrees in Urban Geography and Landscape Architecture and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of British Columbia.
Paul and the team at EKISTICS have undertaken the design of over 350 urban planning, residential and resort community projects in Canada, the Caribbean and Asia and has gained an international reputation for innovative, site sensitive and ecologically sustainable design in the field of urban design, site planning and resort architecture.
Paul became an adjunct professor in 1995 and he lectures internationally on the subject of new urbanism, site planning, golf course community design and sustainable urban design. He received the Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal in Landscape Architecture and was honored as recipient of the University of British Columbia’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award for outstanding achievements in urban design and planning. Rosenau received the PIBC Award of Merit for Outstanding Accomplishments in the Field of Planning and was named as one of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 award recipients for Outstanding Achievements in Business. He was selected as a finalist by Ernst and Young for Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.
Paul brings unique skill to his role as Principal - his distinctive expertise lies in his sensitivity to landscape and context. Approaching design and planning as partners in the process of place making, he seeks to bridge disciplines and strengthen the relationship between intention and form, policy and experience.
Trained in landscape architecture and urban planning with a focus on public facilitation, Paul has participated in the design of some of EKISTICS’ most complex planning and design projects, from the Olympic Athlete Village design in Whistler to community planning in Beijing.
Experienced in the role of prime consultant, Paul often manages a multi-disciplinary team of design professionals from planners and architects, to civil engineers and biologists in realising a design that captures the unique spirit of place. Paul leads multi-faceted consultations towards reconciling the often competing tensions among community, land and economics.
Prior to joining EKISTICS, Paul worked in the private and public sectors, managing park development projects on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Paul was also the research associate to the 1998 provincial review of the Agricultural Land Commission Act, contributing to the landmark "Stakes in the Ground" public report.
In addition to his consultant work, Paul is also a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning and the Simon Fraser University City Design Program.
As a Principal, Mark is responsible for the design and project management of the firm’s international urban design, master planning and landscape architecture projects encompassing a variety of scales and cultural contexts.
Mark holds a Masters degree in Architecture and his specialty is master planning, urban design, new community projects and landscape architecture for a diverse range of projects, both locally and internationally. The integration of these disciplines forms one of the fundamental philosophical goals of EKISTICS - to create human settlements with a balance between built form, open space and public realm.
Mark’s involvement in detailed landscape architecture of the firm’s large planning projects ensures that the overall vision established in the master plan is carried through to the detailed implementation of the public realm and open space. Mark travels extensively in Asia in support of EKISTICS numerous overseas projects.
In addition to a wide range of private sector design and project management experience, Monteiro spent a number of years as the Senior Architect-Urban Design with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, a federal crown corporation whose mandate is to plan and build the National Canadian Capital City of Ottawa. During his time he designed and managed numerous projects within the Canadian Federal National Capital Core.
Leah has successfully managed EKISTICS China operations since 2002. Born in Guangzhou, Leah went on to study Architecture in Toronto. She has a strong understanding of the land development and design process and industry in Asia and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English fluently. Her experience growing up in China together with her professional training in North America provides her with a special insight into how these two different cultures need to work together.
Leah also participates as a designer on residential and resort projects and has a keen eye for detailed design development. Her passionate and meticulous work has created a fluent communication channel between EKISTICS and our land development clients, ensuring that all China projects are completed both accurately and on time. This unique background along with Leah’s open and friendly personality has proven to be an invaluable asset to the EKISTICS team.
PRINCIPALS - ARCHITECTURE
Ron Baerg is a principal and a director of architecture at EKISTICS Architecture. He received an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, Canada (‘88) and received a master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon, USA (’94). Ron brings a diverse background in site planning and architectural design with a focus of designing buildings in context.
Ron began his professional career in 1988 and has since participated in a wide range of projects involving architecture, urban design, resort design, town planning and landscape architecture, in Canada and abroad. Ron has won international design awards for architecture and urban design and has lectured at the University of British Columbia as a seasonal professor.
Ron has played a key design role in projects exploring innovative solutions to complex building designs at a variety of scales. Ron brings to each project a thoughtful consideration of context, space, form and material. More recently, Ron has designed projects in Canada, China and Vietnam with a focus on resort hotel and clubhouse design.
Mark Blackwood is an architect and principal at EKISTICS Achitecture. He received an undergraduate degree in Architectural Technology from Ryerson University in Toronto (‘98) and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia (‘02). Blackwood began his career working for both architectural and structural engineering firms in Ontario and British Columbia where he gained an appreciation for the tectonics of architecture. He continued to develop this expression of structure working on First Nation’s projects across British Columbia; primarily incorporating wood and glulaminated timber into the building structure. More recently, he has designed projects in Canada, the United States, China and Vietnam with a focus on residential and resort community projects.
Blackwood strives for design solutions with a sustainable approach to architectural and planning issues. His work pursues “green” strategies and technologies whenever possible to reduce the environmental impact of development and examples of his projects have been published in both wood industry journals and sustainable building magazines. Blackwood received the Henry Adams Medal in Architecture and received an honorary membership into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is currently a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.