Graeme Verhulst, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, CPHD
Graeme has always strived to a seek a deeper understanding of the interconnections that are operating all around us, and done his utmost to let those interconnections inform design. He recognizes that, laws, social conventions, governments - and especially physical infrastructure - drive environmental and social change far more than individual choices.
Graeme has focused his career in architecture on the goal of improving people's relationships with our fellow humans and all the others with whom we share the planet. With the realization that to make change we have to build differently, he has pursued cultural and technical change in buildings.
He is a keen advocate for advanced building science and the need to move our new and existing buildings towards net zero carbon. He is one of the few architects in BC trained to design to the stringent International Passive House Standard, the world’s leading approach to energy in buildings. He is also on the board of directors for the Alternative Solutions Resource Initiative (ASRi), a non-profit research society which promotes affordable, environmentally-sustainable and healthy buildings through the use of appropriate natural materials and systems. ASRi pursues this goal through research, education and the development of technical guidelines and references in collaboration with local municipalities, educational institutions and the building community.
Graeme engages in architecture as a team sport. The team goes beyond the modern design processes, which includes not only engineers and other consulting professionals, and builders, and also includes occupants, user groups, neighbours, and the public at large in the design process. Committed to the social and cultural aspects of architecture, he has proven an aptitude for deep social engagement through his work with clients and users experiencing homelessness. He has also been a teacher of architecture as a session lecturer to students in the Gambia. This process was enabled by a partnership of The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), The University of The Gambia, and the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University.