Bo Helliwell, Architect AIBC, FRAIC
Bo has over 40 years of experience as a designer and builder of award-winning buildings. He has received national and international recognition for the development of distinctive timber architecture that is unique to the West Coast. Bo is a forward thinking individual, with a direct and honest approach and a strong commitment to excellent and appropriate design. He has lectured and been published and exhibited internationally, and has taught at the University of British Columbia, and at institutions in Mexico and Panama. Currently, Bo is actively establishing the Architecture 4 Kids program through a joint initiative between Artists4Kids and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is a founding board member of the Vancouver Urbanarium Society.
Kim Smith, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, LEED A.P.
Kim has over 30 years of experience in developing an architectural approach that is distinct to the West Coast. She is an excellent designer and is committed to innovative and sustainable design strategies, as well as an architecture that is appropriate to place. She is very capable at keeping a project on time and on budget. Kim’s work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and reflects a strong understanding of timber design. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, and at institutions in Mexico and Panama. Kim is the current Chair of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, past Chair of the West Vancouver Design Review Committee, past chair the Design Review Panel in Tofino, and was a director of the Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture and the Environment.
Chelsea Louise Grant, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED A.P.
Chelsea is an Associate of Blue Sky Architecture, with 7 years of experience in environmentally-sensitive architectural practice. She is an energetic, process-driven designer, and an adept project manager. Driven by the belief that sustainability extends beyond the acknowledgement and mediation of purely environmental concerns and constraints, Chelsea’s extended research examines the intersections of architecture, urban planning, festival infrastructure, and the role public gatherings play in cultural place-making – with the goal of reducing of social isolation to create truly sustainable places. She was the 2013 RAW:POD Artist in Residence, has conducted research in the USA and Europe, and most recently has been a producer and co-Art Director for the Parade of Lost Souls Festival .
Steve Gairns, Intern Architect AIBC, MRAIC
Steve joined Blue Sky Architecture after 10 years of multi-scaled experience working in building design and construction. Steve is a detail-oriented individual who brings holistic and sympathetic sensibilities to his design approach. He has a keen interest in the intersections between the human, natural, and built environments, and his design focus is centered on fostering ecologically sensitive, socially inclusive, and meaningful connections. He has been actively involved in the design and construction of site-specific installations, graphic design projects, festival design and production, and has conducted resesarch locally and internationally. Steve is the current Chair of the West Coast Modern League, a not-for-profit that advocates for the appreciation and meaningful preservation of postwar architecture of the North American West Coast.
Harry, Landscape Barkitect
Harry has been an energetic member of the Blue Sky team since 2008. His positive and energetic disposition make him uniquely qualified as our chief studio receptionist, and he works hard to keep the studio clear of squirrels. Harry's favourite building materials are sticks, stones, and balls; most recently he has been working on the redistribution of dirt around the studio.