A fourth-generation architect, Joost is focused on innovative urban design, mixed-use, institutional, and cultural projects both at home in Canada and abroad. His passion for enhancing the public realm has led to his involvement in projects in Canada, China, the United States, and Denmark.
His work 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 contributes significantly to the public life of his community. He is currently on the Board of the Western Front, and is past 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.
Throughout his career, Joost has maintained a parallel art practice. He's been involved in set design, monument design (most notably the Royal Canadian Navy Monument), and numerous drawing exhibitions.
Joost is a source of guidance and inspiration for his fellow DIALOGers, and is especially engaged in the growth of up-and-coming design professionals. Joost also energizes the studio by leading many complex competition entries. He fosters collaboration between all our studios and helps facilitate knowledge transfers between designers and across disciplines. Joost has set the precedent for deep listening before designing in the culture of our entire team.
Joost is currently overseeing construction on Smithe and Richards Urban Park in downtown Vancouver, as well as leading Vancouver College's community master plan.
- Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) University of Toronto
- Bachelor of Arts (General Economics) Trinity College, University of Toronto