randy bens architect

our studio

Our Studio

This is our new home. 

It is a modified shipping container which has been trimmed from 40' to 28'. The cut end has been glazed, and we've clad the steel box in yellow cedar.  The windows and doors will also be yellow cedar, left to weather.  The end of the container cantilevers off the foundation by 7', and a light steel stair connects it to the ground.    

Photos courtesy of Ema Peter

Press / Publications:

CTV Story

Georgia Straight

Azure Magazine

Design Milk



Dwell Magazine


Randy Bens, Architect AIBC apprenticed with two of the finer architectural practices in North America - Arthur Erickson / Nick Milkovich Architects, and Busby & Associates Architects.  While working for these firms, he graduated with Distinction from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and completed his registration as an Architect.  

He is a Member of the Architectural Institute of BC (Architect AIBC), and holds a Certificate of Practice.  After working on large, multi million dollar projects for other firms, randy bens architect was formed in April 2005 to focus on custom single family housing and select commercial projects.

The practice has been kept intentionally small, so we can provide a high level of service while focusing on a few quality projects each year.  



Each project is different because each client is different.  

This is not an oversimplification.  

The process begins by carefully considering all the factors that influence the project, not by selecting a style.  The design unfolds as the relationship between site, program, budget, and client evolves.  

Our goal is to deliver beautiful spaces that are tailored to the needs of our clients, that perhaps challenge the norm, and enhance the lives of those who inhabit them.