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Vaughan Hoy is a practicing architect, designer, exhibiting visual artist and recording artist.

Canadian born to British parents, he spent his youth in Western Australia, the UK, and California.

Vaughan is an honors graduate in architecture from the University of British Columbia and has studied abroad in Israel, Egypt, and Greece. While living in California, Vaughan received a diploma from the School of Modern Photography in New Jersey. He has been a competitor and winning contestant in international architecture and design competitions in Canada, the United States, and Japan, with award winning work exhibited in New York and Nagoya Japan. He plays the cello and guitar, has been an amateur performing member of the Vancouver Folk Orchestra and has given solo and small ensemble performances. He has released two full length albums and a single in 2012 and 2013 globally on iTunes.  Concurrently with leading his decade long practice from 1995 to 2005-Rural + Urban Architecture, Vaughan has also been a sessional design instructor at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC.

From 2005 to 2013 Vaughan was an Associate and then Principal with an international architecture practice, first based in Vancouver, working concurrently on 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic related projects at Vancouver International Airport; the YVR Airport Station Canada Line LRT expansion and the Domestic Terminal Level 3 / 4 & HBS Expansion, and the Doug Mitchell / Thunderbird Hockey Arena at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  In 2008 Vaughan transferred to the Edmonton office and worked on the Edmonton Federal Building + Plaza at the Alberta Legislature, Artist Quarters, Edmonton Civic Precinct Masterplan, Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower in Monaco, and a number of other strategic projects. His architecture passion is for leading design, design teams, building and managing design practices and their client base and building innovation.  He is dedicated to positive and exemplary leadership of project and consultant teams, client service and relationships, and strives to bring and maintain a high motivational energy to the collective work of colleagues.

In moving on from corporate life and senior leadership roles, Vaughan has taken his 40 years of design and architecture experience and re-established his practice Vaughan Hoy Architecture, an interdisciplinary practice covering the range of his collective experience. For more information see

Vaughan’s creative influences have been rich. His father’s first career was as a concert pianist before becoming a hydro mechanical engineer and his mother worked as a commercial artist and later a town planner. The West Australian bush, northern coastal and inland desert regions of Western Australia have had a lasting and profound impact on Vaughan’s world view particularly in respect to the natural landscape. He has been influenced by the abstract qualities inherent in Australian aboriginal art. While living in California the photography of Paul Strand and Edward Western were major visual influences.

Since returning to Canada the indigenous west coast native art and formidable landscape of the Gulf Islands, European Impressionist and modernist movement, as well as painters like Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O Keefe, and Jack Shadbolt, sculptors like Alexander Calder, Richard Seirra and Donald Judd, have been significant influences.

Vaughan works in a variety of mediums that include lino and woodcut printing, mixed media on paper, watercolor, oil paints, photography, and three dimensional work.

Get in touch: Vaughan [at]


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University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), Vancouver, BC

William van Alen Scholarship: N.Y., N.Y.-Travel and study of classical sites in Greece; Completed studies at Mt. Athos Monastic Republic

Studies Abroad, Israel and Egypt: Bezalel Academy / University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia, Second Year Arts, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Vocational Institute, Certificate of Architectural and Structural Drafting, Vancouver, BC

Marconi Technical Center, Sacramento CA, Certificate in Graphic Arts

School Of Modern Photography, New Jersey, NJ, Certificate


Academic Awards

American Institute of Architects; Henry Adams Fund Award of Merit for Excellence in the Study of Architecture

National Institute for Architectural Education: William Van Alen Memorial Fellowship, New York, NY

University of British Columbia: Frank Stanzl Memorial Scholarship for Urban Design

University of British Columbia: University of British Columbia Scholarship

University of British Columbia: Thompson Berwick Pratt & Partners Scholarship for Design

University of British Columbia: Carl and Elsie Halterman Scholarship


Competition / Project Awards

2016 Award of Merit (while with KENNEDY), City of Edmonton Infill Competition - team member design review

2014 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence - Borden Park Natural Swimming Experience - Canada's first biological public swimming pool (teamed with gh3 Architects while with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning)

2010 City of Edmonton Urban Design Award for Civic Architecture-Edmonton Federal Building + Plaza (while with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning)

2010 SKYTRAX Award for No. 1 International Airport - Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC (overall terminal projects): Domestic Terminal Expansion + YVR Airport Station (LRT), Brussels, Belgium.  Guest Lecturer at Conference, (while with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning)

2003 St. Mark’s Orthodox Canadian Village & Cathedral International Competition, Markham Ontario, Canada; Finalist-Honourable Mention Masterplan for 12 acre precinct of civic buildings and cathedral

1998 Huron Street Public Art Competition: Victoria, BC, commissioned contestant with K E Kerr

1992 Okazaki City Plaza International Competition, Nagoya Design Fair, Japan: Special Judges Award

1990 Technical University of Nova Scotia International Competition: Extension to the School of Architecture; Award of Merit, (while with Paul Merrick Architects)

1987 Timbucktoo University International Competition, Mali, West Africa: Student Competition, University for 5,000 Students, National Institute for Architectural Education, New York, NY; Third Place, (Independent Entry)


Art / Design / Media Projects

2018, Jean; single released on iTunes February 22, 2018, Folk / Alt Country Music.  All download proceeds are being donated to Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres

2017 GREAT PRAYER; single released on iTunes November 1, 2017, Indie Rock, Alternative Music. All download proceeds are being donated to Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres

2017 Kings In The Trees; single released on iTunes September 19,2017, Indie Rock, Alternative Music, all download proceeds are being donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research - Sunnybrook Foundation:

2016 Where To Now; album released globally on iTunes, Indie Rock; Alternative Music, Download proceeds donated to Doctors Without Boarders/Medécins Sans Frontières

2016 Helium Eyes; single release globally on iTunes, Indie/Alternative Music, Download proceeds donated to  Doctors Without Boarders/Medécins Sans Frontières

2015 Goin' To The Woods; single release globally on iTunes, Alternative Music, Download proceeds donated to  Doctors Without Boarders/Medécins Sans Frontières

2013 Heaven's Arms; album release globally on iTunes, Alternative Music,
Partial proceeds donated to YESS. Youth Empowerment & Support Services

2013 Thinking of Ginger; single release globally on iTunes, Alternative Music

2012 Solitaire; solo album release globally on iTunes, Alternative Music,
Partial proceeds donated to iHuman Youth Society, Edmonton, AB

2001 & 2003 Sessional Design Instructor
3D and Basics of Architectural Design courses
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design Vancouver, BC

2000 Performance, Vancouver, BC
Music for Solo Cello Corazon Performance Society Vancouver, BC

2000 Design Instructor
Project: 3D and Basics of Architectural Design courses
Client: Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design Vancouver, BC

2000 Performance, Vancouver, BC
Project: music for solo cello
Client: Front Room Reading Series New Orphic Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1997 Music Recording, Vancouver, BC
Project: Studio session work for CD All This Could Be Yours
Client: Sing Sing Dead Man, Vancouver, BC

1996 Corporate Graphic Design, Vancouver, BC
Project: Concept design and original artwork for guest lecture invitation
Client: Light Resource, Vancouver, BC / Novus Design, Montreal, QC

1995 Glazed Soundscapes, Vancouver, BC
Project: Design of exhibition supports for electro acoustic installation at the Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Client: Richard Wineyer artist, and Simon Fraser University

1994 Katabasis, Vancouver, BC
Project: Design and installation of exhibition supports for mixed media exhibition; Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Client: Julie Andreyev, artist

1993 Rara Avis, Perth, Western Australia
Project: Design and installation of exhibition supports for mixed media exhibition; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Client: Julie Andreyev, artist

1987 Breakfast With The Browns, CITR Radio, Vancouver, BC
Project: Co-Founder and Co-Host of morning radio show. Show is active and in it's 31st year


2008 Brackendale Art Gallery, Brackendale, BC, solo print and painting exhibition

2008 Cityscape Group Exhibition, North Vancouver, BC

2006 Group Exhibition, Squamish Public Library, Squamish, BC

2005 Works, Squamish Public Library, Squamish, BC, solo print exhibition

2000 Silence, Liberty Gallery Cafe, Vancouver, BC, solo print exhibition

2000 Silence, Kerr / Hoy Gallery, Vancouver, BC, solo print exhibition

1993 Nagoya Design Fair, Nagoya, Japan; group exhibition

1987 Dasein, William McCarley's Bookstore & Gallery; solo photographic exhibition

1987 Timbuctoo University, National Institute for Architectural Education, New York, NY, group exhibition


Citations & Publications

2000 Platform Magazine, Vancouver, BC; September / October-The Art of the Cafe by Helene Daniels

1993 International Public Design Fair, Official Report, Nagoya, Japan

1987/88 William Van Alen Memorial Fellowship 16th Annual International Jury Report


Committees & Organizations

2018/19  Chair & Committee Member, National Advisory Committee for Alberta Rural Development Network, Edmonton, Alberta.  Not-For-Profit Sustainable Housing Initiative.  Planning & Design Guidelines.

2008/19 Architectural Association of Alberta; registered architect

1995/19 Architectural Institute of British Columbia; registered architect

2008/19 Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

2013 iHuman Youth Society, Extreme Makeover Project - Principal-in-Charge of Corporate Sponsorship, Project Initiation + Design (while with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning)

2008/15 Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board Member / co-Chair / Chair

2012/13 Mayor's Edmonton Winter City Strategy Task Force, Member-Planning & Design Committee

2008/13 M.A.D.E. (Media Art & Design in Edmonton), member at large

2008/15 SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers), member

2011/18 AGA (Art Gallery of Alberta), member

2005/08 Humanity Village, tsunami relief NGO-Board of Directors; volunteer chair planning + operations committee

2002/05 Squamish Chamber of Commerce, member

2003/04 Advisory Design Panel, Resort Municipality of Whistler, BC

1997/99 Vancouver Folk Orchestra; performing member

1992/93 Vancouver Forum for Design and the Built Environment Society; Chairperson and Founding Director; a not-for-profit organization hosting interdisciplinary exhibitions in Art and Architecture

1993 Steering Committee Member, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre; Graduate design pilot program