SvN Architects + Planners joins forces with Hotson Architecture

SvN Architects + Planners has acquired Vancouver-based Hotson Architecture to bring together both firms' expertise and resources.

Hotson Architecture led the design around District Flats at the Southlands community, a transit-oriented development at 48th and Cambie Street in Vancouver.

SvN Architects + Planners (SvN) has announced that they have joined forces with Vancouver-based firm, Hotson Architecture (Hotson), a move that marks a milestone for the firm’s expanded presence in Vancouver.

This decision follows a collaborative working relationship between the two firms, and a shared alignment to address  issues in the architecture and urban design industry, such as climate-positive practices, housing affordability and mobility. This new chapter also expands SvN’s leadership team, with the appointment of Kai Hotson as the firm’s newest Partner.

Hotson, formed in 2013 and led by founder Kai Hotson, is a full-service boutique-scale design firm of architects and designers. Some notable projects include tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater), a student residence at the University of British Columbia, District Flats at the Southlands community, a transit-oriented development at 48th and Cambie Street, as well as various ngoing projects for Granville Island.

“To have the opportunity to bring our firms’ expertise and resources together to better serve our clients and pursue new opportunities in the design and building industry is inspiring and motivating,” said Kai Hotson, Partner, SvN. “ Very early on, we recognized the potential for synergy between our firms, and believe we are presented with a tremendous opportunity to become a part of SvN and collaborate with a talented and diverse team. Working closely with my new partners, I am excited to see how we make a meaningful impact on our communities and industry.”

tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater) is a student residence at the University of British Columbia that was led by Hotson Architecture.

SvN has made several advances over the last year in their efforts to strengthen their presence in Vancouver, most recently hiring Minsu Kim as Vancouver’s design lead in 2023, as well as the upcoming relocation of partner Shonda Wang to provide leadership alongside Kai Hotson of the Vancouver Studio.

“We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with Hotson and are looking forward to integrating our teams and leveraging our combined strengths to deliver exceptional results in the community-building space,” said Shonda Wang, partner, SvN. “The alignment of our shared values, commitment to design excellence, and focus on key areas such as housing and institutional projects make this integration a natural fit. Hotson brings an intricate and local perspective in Western Canada and we look forward to amplifying this experience while we continue to expand the firm’s capabilities and enhance our project portfolio across the country.”

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