By Mario Toneguzzi
Cutler, a Vancouver-based commercial interior design firm, has launched a new architectural division as its business continues to grow.
Jeff Cutler, president of the company which was established in 2010, said Cutler Architecture Ltd. will operate under the company brand and provide existing and new clients with integrated interior design, architectural and project management services.
The new division extends the in-house capabilities at the company, provides a perspective that extends beyond interiors, and will elevate customer experiences.
“We provide interior design and project management services to commercial clients across Canada. Retail is a big part of that,” said Cutler. “We started out with retail projects and our portfolio has since grown to also include offices, fitness facilities, restaurants, showrooms and wellness facilities.”
“We now work with national and international companies to develop and expand their brands across Canada. Our business has grown organically. Over the past year, we decided it was the right time to add Architecture to our team’s expertise.”
The company has 12 employees. Team members’ areas of study include Interior Design, Architecture, Project Management, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Branding.
“These skillsets work together to bring innovation and a balanced perspective to each project.”
Cutler Architecture will be led by AIBC-registered architect Kathy Chang. As the Principal Architect, she will be responsible for developing and managing projects at the new architecture company.
Originally from Mississauga, she studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and obtained a Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia.
With more than 10 years of architectural experience, Chang has worked on many high-profile projects at design studios in Vancouver, Toronto, and London.
Jeff Cutler said as the interior design company’s projects grow in scale, scope and budget, architectural components often need to be integrated.
“We often get inquiries from international retailers about coming into Canada. They want to have someone local on the ground that understands the procedures. In their experience, and their terminology and language, they’re looking for a local architect. We now have those services internally, so we can manage these specific client requirements, and generally larger projects, ourselves.”
Cutler said he believes the overall company is going to grow as a whole due to this new initiative and there will likely be, in the future, more people on the architecture side of the business as it grows.
For more information, visit: cutlerdc.com.