Emily Kearns

M.Arch, Architect AIBC, AAA

Emily is a registered Architect in British Columbia and managing partner at the firm of Ankenman Associates Architects Inc in Surrey, BC. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University in 2002, and a Master of Architecture degree from the same University in 2005. Emily has worked on a variety of projects and tasks while at AAAI, including master planning, design guidelines, custom single and multi-family housing, as well as commercial, industrial and most recently, the firm’s affordable housing projects. In 2016, she received the Fraser Valley Commercial Design Award for ‘Best Multi-Family Development’ and Urban Development Institute’s ‘Best Multi-Phased Community in BC’ award for River’s Edge, a 50-acre master-planned community in Chilliwack BC. She was part of the project team that received the same award from UDI in 2007 for Garrison Crossing, a 150-acre parcel also in Chilliwack. Both projects were commissioned by Canada Lands Company.

Emily has lots of experience maneuvering through the complexities of the municipal approval processes. For over 13 years, she has nurtured relationships throughout the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland with city councils, municipal staff, consultants and contractors, as well as through extensive community involvement with various non-profit and community-based organizations. Proof of this is the recent honor of the 2020 ‘Women in Business Award’ in the Professional Category from the Surrey Board of Trade.

Emily has virtually no spare time with two children, volunteer responsibilities and managing an architectural practice; but when she does, she plays piano, enjoys cooking, drawing, fishing, travelling and playing basketball with her husband & kids.

Masters of Architecture
Dalhousie University, 2005

Bachelor of Environment Design Studies
Dalhousie University, 2002

Professional Associations
Architecture Institute of British Columbia, Architect
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Architect

Career History
Ankenman Associates Architects Inc.
Crescent Beach, British Columbia
Position: Partner
2015 – Present
Position: Architect AIBC, AAA
2014 – Present
Position: Intern Architect AIBC
2005 – 2014

Volunteer Work
City of Surrey, ADP Panel Member & Chair, 2022 – Present
City of Maple Ridge, ADP Panel Member, 2020 – 2022
AIBC Internship in Architecture Progam, Mentor, 2019 – Present
YMCA Youth Basketball League, Basketball Coach, 2017 – Present
UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Mentor, 2015 – 2020
AIBC Invigilator, ExAC Exam, 2015
Ecole Laronde/Star of the Sea/Fraser Valley Elementary, Architectural Workshops for Children, 2012 – 2019
KidSafe BC, “Architects of our Future” Workshop, 2012


Mark Ankenman

Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC

Mark Ankenman has practiced in the architectural field since the early 1970’s, with over 35 years as a principal architect. In this time he has been involved in more than 1000 projects of varying size and complexity in all market sectors. When the firm was first established, Mark was involved in all aspects of project delivery, but it was his passion for good design that brought continued success and growth to the firm. Mark remains involved with every AAAI project. He focuses on conceptual design, client liaison, and advancing projects through the ever changing and complex approvals process. Of special interest over the past 10 years is Mark’s involvement as prime consultant for many major master planned communities.

Bachelor of Architecture
University of Waterloo, 1977

Bachelor of Environmental Studies/Architecture
University of Waterloo, 1974

Professional Associations
Member of the Architecture Institute of British Columbia
Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Member of Alberta Association of Architects

Career History
Ankenman Associates Architects Inc.
Crescent Beach, British Columbia
Position: Principal Architect
1988 – Present

Mark Ankenman Architect
Position: Principal Architect
1980 – 1987

Architectural Institute of BC – Past Chair South Fraser Chapter
Crescent United Church – Past Chairman Building Committee
Surrey Advisory Design Panel – Past Member / Past Chairman
White Rock Advisory Design Panel – Past Member
Surrey Rehabilitation Society Board of Directors – Past Secretary
Surrey Board of Trade – Member
Peace Arch District Hospital – Past Trustee, Past Chairman of Building Committee
Semiahmoo Peninsula Affordable Housing Society – Board President
White Rock Chamber of Commerce – Member
Urban design Institute – Member
National Skeet Shooting Association – Member
Associated Wildlife Preserves – Member