Founded by Christine Lintott in 2009, CLA is a focused, award-winning firm with a history of delivering meaningful projects that support real change in the communities we serve.
We are today a tightly integrated team of practitioners who share a passion for creativity, collaboration and robust environmentally sound designs.
Collectively, we seek to foster an innovative, regional architecture that strengthens the communities in which we work through an integrated design process that responds to our client's needs and listens to the local narrative.
We provide full Architectural service at all stages of the building-making process from Master Planning initiatives to Architectural Design and Construction Administration.
Our portfolio of work is broad and resilient, servicing the needs of clients in the non-profit, public and private sectors at all scales and typologies. The common thread is our commitment to the community and the opportunity to support change while remaining accountable to the people who will inhabit the places we design.
We elevate human well being through integrated built environment solutions.
We take initiative and are action oriented self starters. We take ownership of our part in the team and fully engage, building success within the team.
We have a strong desire for continuous learning, having openness to feedback and the courage to grow. With continuous learning comes continuous growth, and great opportunities for sharing knowledge so that we all grow together.
We hold ourselves to a high standard and take pride in our work. We are motivated by the pursuit of excellence and have the drive to seek out the best possible outcome. We’ve built a reputation in the industry for delivering high quality work.
We have the underlying foundation of curiosity and the ability to apply to analytical, integrative, critical thinking when developing the best path forward. We achieve big outcomes with a small amount of resources.
Seek to make an Impact
We see the human in others and seek the opportunity to have a positive impact at every opportunity. Everything we do has a human implication; it is important that we keep the desire to have a positive human impact in mind in all that we do.
Our studio’s work is steeped in place and begins by understanding each site as part of a dynamic and complex ecosystem.
We seek to foster new relationships between people and other living systems through the lens of site-specific ecology, both natural and cultural.
We see every project that we are involved with as an opportunity to positively impact the site and the healthful experience of the people who use it.
We are fundamentally committed to regenerative design and have extensive experience in a wide variety of sustainability protocols, including LEED®, WELL®, the BC Step Code, and the Living Building Challenge.
Our studio embraces techniques and technologies which allow for communication at all stages of the design and delivery process.
We are both innovators and enablers and take pride in facilitating active participation from our clients and their key stakeholders at every step of the building-making journey.
Research and Development
CLA works closely in collaboration with the University of Victoria’s Visualization Lab. Together we explore ecological design and the integration of design practices with ecological realities.