ankenman associates architects inc.

Ankenman Associates Architects Inc. (AAAI) was established in 1980. Since its inception the firm has practiced throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and beyond, undertaking a variety of successful projects involving both the private and public sectors. Architectural commissions have included residential, education, recreation, health care, institutional, commercial and hospitality projects.

Over time, AAAI has expanded its services beyond traditional architectural commissions. The firm has become well known for its successes in maneuvering through the complexities of municipal approval processes (Rezoning, Development Permit, OCP Amendments, Variances, etc.) Also, due to the success of the Garrison Crossing Development in Chilliwack, BC for Canada Lands Company, our involvement in large scale master planning and design guideline development is steadily increasing.

AAAI is one of the more diverse architectural practices south of the Fraser River. Our services extend from programming through all phases of design, interior design, construction, and post-occupancy analysis. We have worked comfortably with project managers in conventional construction procurement processes, as well as on fast track, design/build, and construction management projects. Our roots in our community run deep and our understanding of the local environment is extensive. For over thirty years we have nurtured relationships throughout the Fraser Valley and in particular with city council, municipal staff, consultants, and contractors as well as through extensive community involvement. AAAI has the commitment, creativity, and expertise to ensure every project is successfully completed.


The firm is managed by three partners: Mark Ankenman, Emily Kearns and Mary Triemstra.

Mark Ankenman, Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC, the company’s founder and managing partner is responsible for client liaison, conceptual design and practice development. Mark is active in the community and has served as chairperson or member of a number of local boards and committees.

Emily Kearns, Architect AIBC, AAA, has worked on a variety of projects and tasks in the firm, including  master planning, design guidelines, the detailing and design of custom single and multi-family housing, commercial and institutional projects, as well as graphic layout and design.

Mary Triemstra, Office Manager and Controller manages all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the office including accounting, staffing, and office events.  Mary maintains the balance between the management of people and finances.

Mark Lesack, Architect AIBC and LEED Accredited Professional, is the firm’s lead designer and is responsible for project design and coordination as well as driving the firm’s overall architectural expression. Mark has a vast spectrum of experience in health care, commercial, institutional, and residential architecture.

Technical and administrative support is provided by the following individuals: Sandra Lee, Intern Architect AIBC, Lance Peters, Senior Technologist, Mallory Sandhu, Intermediate Technologist, Chen Wang, Intermediate Technologist and Amber Triemstra, Administrative Assistant.

Design Philosophy

A key factor in the philosophy of our firm is that a Principal is involved at every stage throughout the project. We strive to ensure that a constructive dialogue exists between the client, the various levels of government and the architect and that the design solution will reflect the client’s needs. We appreciate that a collaborative working relationship with the client is paramount and that continual fine tuning of a range of options are positive key forces in the design process. We maintain the client’s program can be achieved within an architectural form that is aesthetically pleasing, cost effective and spatially efficient with building components, details, and materials that are superior and provide long term performance. Ankenman Associates Architects Inc. is committed to generating a product on time and within budget constraints.