A fourth-generation architect, Joost focuses on innovative urban design, mixed-use, institutional, and cultural projects. His passion for enhancing the public realm has led to his involvement in projects across Canada, China, the United States, and Denmark. Within Canada, Joost has contributed to meaningful and memorable public spaces, such as the internationally-recognized Granville Island, the Governor General award-winning Richmond City Hall, and the new student union building at the University of British Columbia, dubbed ‘The Nest.’ Joost is currently overseeing construction on Smithe and Richards Urban Park in downtown Vancouver and leading Vancouver College’s community master plan.
A source of guidance and inspiration for his colleagues, Joost encourages a culture of listening deeply before designing. He fosters collaboration between our studios and helps facilitate knowledge transfers among designers and across disciplines. In addition, he energizes the studio and our design innovation by leading complex competition entries.
Joost has maintained a parallel art practice throughout his career, including set design, monument design (most notably, the Royal Canadian Navy Monument), and numerous drawing exhibitions. Active in the public life of his community, Joost is on the Board of the Western Front and was president of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery. He was also a member of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee and a past member of a civic political party.
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts (General Economics)
Trinity College, University of Toronto