Salal* Architecture is based on Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, Canada–Dan Parke is the principal. Most projects are in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands. While projects range in size from small studios and residences to larger scale institutional and commercial buildings, they share some commonalities: a sensitivity to context; a team approach to design and construction; and often highly customized solutions for particular sites and clients. Recent work includes planning for a permaculture demonstration farm, an animal hospital, resort master planning, a mental health facility, as well as custom homes.
We spend a lot of time listening to clients, and are able to be highly responsive, creative and flexible in the ways we meet clients’ needs. We consider ourselves to be “guides” who assist and support clients as projects evolve. We tend to let the look and feel of buildings be determined by site influences—sun, wind, views, trees, neigbouring buildings—and by the use, materials, and layout of each building. In this sense, we let the process drive the design (rather than fashion whims). We don’t impose pre-conceived agendas, and the results of this collaborative design process are often pleasantly surprising to clients.
We have a strong interest in environmental issues–Dan has been LEED accredited for over a decade– and encourage clients to take the long view and to minimize the impact of their project on the environment. All buildings and developments require a vast amount of time, energy and resources to plan, build and operate. Our task is to ensure clients get the best possible building while using resources effectively and responsibly.
* Salal is an indigenous plant found in coastal BC forests.
From 1986 to 2000, Dan worked for a number of architectural firms in Vancouver and gained experience with projects ranging from residential renovations and custom houses, to upgrades to heritage buildings, medical centers, schools, sports centers, night clubs, hotels, office and residential towers, and tenant improvements. Projects were located in Vancouver, Burnaby, the North Shore, Richmond, Bowen Island, Whistler/Pemberton, Vancouver Island, and in numerous BC interior towns. Clients ranged from individuals and businesses to developers and institutions.
In 2001, Dan registered as a practicing architect with The Architectural Institute of BC, and established his own firm – Salal Architecture. He also serves as a mentor architect in the internship program. Recent projects with Salal include research and design for sustainable communities, feasibility studies, custom houses, and healthcare facilities. Dan also collaborates with other architects on larger projects.
In 2003, Dan became LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited, and he continues to address ‘green’ issues in all his projects. Dan is also a member of the Canadian Green Building Council.
Dan was born in Winnipeg, but has lived in Vancouver for over 35 years. He moved with his family to Bowen Island ten years ago. Dan also works on Bowen Island and in his free time, can be found biking/hiking/skiing in the surrounding mountains.
1990 Professional degree in architecture from The University of British Columbia
Scholarships from the provincial government, and from the Architectural Institute of BC.
1986 Bachelor of Arts from UBC majoring in architectural history/theory
Scholarships from the provincial government.
- Registered architect Architectural Institute of BC 2001-present
- Cascadia Chapter, Canadian Green Building Council, member
- LEED accreditation, 2004
- Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
- Past member Bowen Island Civic Facilities Working Group—(a municipally appointed volunteer group charged with planning for a community center and arts building)
- Past member Bowen Island Snug Cove Master Plan Working Group—(a municipally appointed volunteer group charged with master planning for the principal town on Bowen Island)
Principal, Salal Architecture
Consulting services for new retail/office building in West Vancouver (prime consultant KGA). Duties include design, coordination with consultants and client group.
Consulting for 15 unit high performance concrete residential building with underground parking in West Vancouver–KGA prime consultant. Construction cost $7million. Services included design, detailing, liaison with client group and municipal staff, supervision of drafting personnel, coordination of consultants, and field reviews. Features of the building include a geo-exchange heating/cooling system, and massing optimized for solar orientation and natural ventilation. Achieved ‘Builtgreen’ gold level.
Consulting for high end 4 unit residential building in West Vancouver–KGA prime consultant. Construction cost $3million. Services included design, supervision of drafting personnel, public consultation, and liaison with planners. Features include geo-exchange heating/cooling, a ‘living wall’ (landscaped wall), and passive solar heating. Targeted for ‘Builtgreen’ gold level.
Consulting services for new 60 acre residential community on Bowen Island. Work included research on green communities, development of green development and building checklists, and presentations to municipal authorities. First phase is now under construction. Features include preservation of 50% of land for park, clustered housing to preserve open space, and a restriction on house size.
Consulting services for renovation and expansion of 65 bed mental health facility in Vancouver–KGA prime consultant. Construction cost $3.5 million. Services include research, design, public consultation, rezoning of property, extensive coordination of building code equivalencies, consultation with city staff, coordination of consultants, field reviews, etc.
Consulting services for high end custom timber framed houses in Whistler ski resort (Openspace Architecture-prime consultant). Duties included design, contract documentation, and field reviews.
Design, contract documentation, and field reviews for over 20 custom single family residences (as well as renovations). Houses are typically high performance and include passive and active solar strategies, efficient water use, healthy indoor air quality, etc. Houses have included strawbale and rammed earth wall assemblies, as well as more traditional light frame and heavy timber construction.
Principal, Salal Designs
Typical projects included single family and multi-family houses, in Vancouver, rural areas, as well as resort areas.
Project architect with Ben Ling Architect, Vancouver
Typical projects included high end custom houses. Duties included: client liaising, design, contract documentation and field reviews.
Project architect with Allan Diamond Architect, Vancouver
Typical projects included custom single family houses, renovations, heritage restorations, recreation facilities and commercial buildings. Duties included: client liaising, design, contract documentation and field reviews.
Employee with Roger Romses Architect, Vancouver
Typical projects included multi-family residential, residential towers, and hotels. Duties included: conceptual design, drafting, model building.
Relevant skills and abilities
- On-going coursework with the ‘Living Building’ program—for professionals designing advanced green buildings (beyond LEED).
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Vectorworks (drafting), Sketchup (3D).
- Excellent oral and graphic communication skills (including freehand sketching).
- English as a first language and some understanding of French and Spanish.
- Cultural understanding and sensitivity based on extensive travel in Europe, US/Canada, Central America, Asia and North Africa.
Awards and media
2013 City of Vancouver Heritage Award for Britannia Lodge (project architect with KGA)
2012 Heritage BC award for Britannia Lodge (project architect with KGA)
2008 ‘O at Home’ magazine (an Oprah magazine)
2008 Nearly Green (a book about the above project)
Author: James Glave. Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre.
2004 Healthy Homes television program
2003 Good Green Homes
Feature house. Author: Jennifer Roberts. Publisher: Gibbs Smith.
2003 Small Houses
Feature house. Publisher: Taunton Press.
2002 Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Feature project May 2002, pgs 102-107.
1998 City of Vancouver Heritage Award
Feature home. (Project architect with Allan Diamond Architect).
1994 Western Living Magazine
Feature house. Issue: April (Project architect w/ Allan Diamond Architect).