ankenman associates architects inc.

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