ankenman associates architects inc.

Ankenman Associates Architects Inc. (AAAI) was established in 1980. Since its inception the firm has practiced throughout British Columbia 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. Due to achievements of the Garrison Crossing and River’s Edge Developments in Chilliwack for Canada Lands Company, AAAI has also become a leader in large scale masterplanning developments.

Our services extend from programming through all phases of design, construction, and post-occupancy analysis. We have worked comfortably in conventional construction procurement processes, as well as on fast track, design/build, and construction management projects. We are team players, from leading and coordinating the design team to working with project managers and construction teams to realize the vision for the site on the ground. AAAI has the commitment, creativity, and expertise to ensure this project is successfully completed.

We are proud of our reputation for making positive contributions to the built environment. Over the past 40 years we have nurtured relationships with our clients, consultants, municipal staff and councils as well as fostered extensive community involvement with various non-profit and community based organizations. Proof of this is the recent honors of ‘Outstanding Business Person of the Year’ Award from the South Surrey/White Rock Chamber of Commerce for Mark Ankenman, and ‘Women in Business Award Winner-Professional Category’ for Emily Kearns, from the Surrey Board of Trade.


Our Firm

The firm is managed by partners Mark Ankenman and Emily Kearns.

Mark Ankenman, Principal, Architect AIBC is the company’s founder is responsible for client liaison, conceptual design and mentorship. Emily Kearns, Principal, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, is responsible for project management, design, and client communication.

Project design and technical support are provided by the following individuals: Sandra Lee Architect AIBC; Mark Lesack, Architect AIBC, LEED AP; Wentao Zhou, Architect AIBC, CP; Lance Peters, Associate & Senior Technologist; Mallory Sandhu, Design Technologist; and Chen Wang, Technologist.

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.

Sustainable Design

At AAAI, long term solutions and low environmental impact are the outcome of good design. We strive to provide the highest quality of creative design for new environments and community spaces, and have a vested interest in enriching and protecting the greater environment. With LEED Accredited Professionals on staff, and a working knowledge of the requirements for many other sustainable initiatives, we have the ability and commitment to bring a sustainable development to fruition.