Campos Leckie Studio: Adapting Materials Across Contexts

Vancouver, BC Based Architects Campos Lecki – The Zacatitos 03 House. Image © John Sinal

In the following interview, presented by ArchDaily Materials and originally published by Sixty7 Architecture Road, Canadian firm Campos Leckie Studio defines their process for designing site-specific, beautiful architecture that speaks for itself. Enjoy the firm’s stunning projects and read the full interview after the break. 

We asked Michael Leckie, one of the principals of Vancouver-based Campos Leckie Studio, about the importance of discovery in design and the textural differences between projects. Your website states that your firm is committed to a rigorous process of discovery. How do you explain that to clients?

Process is extremely important in our work. When we meet with clients we do not immediately provide napkin sketches or an indication of what form the work will ultimately take on. Rather, we focus on the formulation of the ‘design problem’ and the conditions that establish the basis for exploration and discovery. These contextual starting points include the site, program, materiality, budget, as well as cultural reference points. This is challenging for some clients, as our culture generally conditions people to expect to see the final product before they commit to something.

University of Windsor CEI / B+H

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Architects: B+H
Location: , ON,
Area: 28800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tony Hafkenscheid , Dan Reaume

House In The Beach / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 2,139 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shai Gil Fotography, Chris Nicholls

Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG

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Architects: DIALOG
Location: Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton,
Architect In Charge: Stephen Boyd
Area: 8,410 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Arban

Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

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Architects: Williamson Chong Architects
Location: , ON,
Area: 2,300 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bob Gundu

The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design

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Architects: Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design
Location: Gambier Island, , BC,
Design Team: Steve McFarlane, Michelle Biggar, Josie Grant, Daniel Marcotte, Lydia Robinson, Tomas Machnikoski
Area: 1700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

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Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

Thunder Bay Courthouse / Adamson Associates Architects

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Architects: Adamson Associates Architects
Location: Thunder Bay,
Area: 23,225 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Gil

Sorel Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 2,100 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

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Architects: DIALOG
Location: Osoyoos, BC V0H,
Architect In Charge: Bruce Haden
Project Architect: Brady Dunlop
Area: 1,115 sqm
Photographs: Nic Lehoux Photography

Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture

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Architects: Sturgess Architecture
Location: National Park, , AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Lemermeyer

Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

Daniel Libeskind’s “elongated Star of David” has been announced today, the architect’s 67th birthday, as the winner of an international design competition for ’s National Holocaust Monument. Selected from a shortlist of six, the winning ”Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” monument is expected to be constructed in the Canadian capital of on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets sometime next year. 

Great Gulf Active House / Superkül inc

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Architects: Superkül inc
Location: , ON,
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Project Architect: Wendy Wisbrun
Area: 3,290 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Torben Eskerod

PoolHouse / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 1,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Colin Faulkner

Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc

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Architects: Superkül inc
Location: , ON,
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Project Architect: Anya Moryoussef
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Photographs: Shai Gil

Mineral Springs / Superkül inc

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Architects: Superkül inc
Location: Dundas, , ON,
Architects In Charge: Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
Area: 1000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shai Gil

Remembering Ron Thom’s Subtle Mark on the Canadian Landscape

Trent University in Peterborough, . Image © Alexi Hobbs

“You don’t need big and flashy starchitecture to make a statement; the most powerful architecture is often that which blends into the landscape and reveals itself slowly.” In this article on Monocle, written by Nelly Gocheva, the late Canadian architect is remembered for just this reason. To learn more about Thom’s architectural approach and works, including his masterplan for Trent University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, read the article here.

Esquimalt House / Mcleod Bovell

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Architects: Mcleod Bovell
Location: , BC, Canada
Area: 7,015 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Mcleod Bovell