Solar Crest House Stars in SPRUCE Magazine

Spring/Summer 2018 

“This home is built with Blue Sky Architecture’s signature curvature, allowing the building to fit into its environment and the view. Locally harvested Douglas fir posts form the skeleton of the home, while the exterior siding is made from one-by-six inch horizontal flush cedar boards, and the roofing is standing seam metal. The most impressive element of the home, however, is the fact that it was built — and operates — entirely off the grid.”

Read the full article here.

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Drawings from Handbuilt Hornby, Featured in Cabin Fever Exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery

2018.06.09 – 2018.09.30 

Original drawings by BSA partner Bo Helliwell and Blue Sky Design co-founder Michael McNamara have been featured in the Cabin Fever exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, which traces the evolution of the cabin in North America.


Leaf House Included in Cabin Fever Exhibition Catalogue


This classic Hornby Island cabin, designed by Lloyd House with drawings by BSA partner Bo Helliwell, is examined in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cabin Fever exhibition catalogue.

A richly detailed monograph investigating the cabin as a typology, this book includes case studies from across North America.

“…the Leaf House is part of a collection of experimental residences constructed during the period that reflect a preference for the handmade— in opposition to mass production, which had come to define post-war society.”

Purchase copies here.


Arbutus House Featured in The Cedar Book Vol. XI 

Winter 2018 

Blue Sky Architecture’s use of western red cedar, a quintessentially west coast material, made it a perfect fit for the Western Red Cedar Modern Architecture Series by Real Cedar.

“The detailing of the high quality and fine grained cedar siding, inset with thin, horizontal galvalume strips, gives the house a look like fine furniture placed in the arbutus forest.” 

Download a copy here.


Lakeshore House Wins Livable City Design Award


The Lakeshore House has been awarded an Award of Excellence at the Livable City Design Awards, which celebrate architectural excellence and creative urban management in the City of Kingston.

"This home was built on the last undeveloped lot on Lakeshore Boulevard, a property owned by the family for over forty years. With the intention of building a sustainable, accessible home that will last for generations, they created a home that accommodates a live/work lifestyle, aging in place, and a centre for their extended family.

View the winning projects here.


Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture: 2016-17 Wood Design Award Winners


The Arbutus House is featured in the 2016-17 edition of the Canadian Wood Council's Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture, which features winning design projects from around the world.

"Locally sourced fir and red cedar achieve minimal environmental impact with maximum elegance."

Purchase Copies of the Publication Here

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Arbutus House Wins a 2017 Gold CARE Award


The Arbutus House was awarded a Gold Construction Achievement and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Award for Best Single Family Detached Home $1,000,000-$1,500,000.

"The CARE Awards highlight Canada's finest West Coast Homes and the skilled people behind them." - Casey Edge, Executive Director, Victoria Residential Builders Association.

Congratulations to our project team: Rob Parsons Construction, Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc, and Timber Supplier JMC Forest Maintenance Ltd. 

Read the media release here


Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith Invited as Guest Lecturers at ISTHMUS #YoDesiño Conference

2017.09.04 to 08

Bo and Kim presented two lectures as a part of the seventh edition of the International Cycle of Conferences of the Isthmus School in the City of Knowledge, Panama. They join other guest lecturers from Austria, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and Panama.

This cycle of conferences is very rich in supply and this is important because almost all humanity is in permanent contact with the design. This year, we are joined by a select group of speakers who are experts in their respective fields." - Carlos Morales, Director of the Isthmus School

Read more about the Isthmus Lecture Series here