The Buttjes Group The Buttjes Group


Buttjes Architecture strives for creative, responsive solutions that not only achieve the aspirations and goals of the client but also to enrich the broader scope of our built environment. Influences that help shape each project arise from site, context, client, budget, environmental concerns and authorities. The firm's ability to translate conceptual ideas into a sophisticated and refined reality is derived from the diverse talents and expertise of the team. Imaginative planning and designs, comprehensive documentation, and on- site construction expertise, combined with exceptional client service help to ensure an efficient and seamless process.


The architectural firm was established in 1960 by Wilfred D. Buttjes. Since its inception, the firm has provided efficient, professional and personal service to private, corporate and institutional clients from Canada, United States and overseas. In 1969, the firm was the recipient of two Canadian Housing Design awards and in 1970, received Canada's prestigious Massey Medal for Architecture in the multi-family residential category. By 1975, the office's growing assignments led to major commissions and to the formation of a multi-disciplinary team under the name of The Buttjes Group, Architects and Urban Planners.

Dirk Buttjes joined the firm in 1981, after completing a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado, in Denver, Colorado. He established the firm Buttjes Architecture, Inc. in 1987 to continue the tradition of providing an exceptional level of architectural expertise both in the field of high rise and low rise multi- family residential and commercial developments. Dirk has earned a reputation for bringing large, complex mixed use projects successfully to reality. He is a practicing member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.


  • Urban Development Institute
    Best mixed-use project ("TIME") (2005)
  • Royal City Builders Award (1999)
  • Award of Excellence, North Vancouver, B.C. (1997)
  • Award of Excellence, Fraser Valley Region (1992)
  • Royal City Builders Award (1992)
  • Design Award, Delta, B.C. (1985)
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia Design Award (1981)
  • Massey Medal for Architecture (1970)
  • Housing Design Awards (1969)

In the field of multi-family housing, the firm has designed over 15,000 units from 1960 to 2005.


Project Analysis

  1. Feasibility Studies
  2. Location and site analysis
  3. Operational planning
  4. Building programming

Design and Planning

  1. Operational planning
  2. Building design
  3. Co-ordinate team of consultants
  4. Establish balance of economy and quality
  5. Advise on appropriate building materials
  6. Construction Field Review and Progress Certification
  7. Certification of project completion

Supporting Design Services

  1. Urban planning
  2. Interior design and furnishing
  3. Post-construction consultation