Atelier design+build is a Victoria-based firm that integrates architectural design and fine craftsmanship to create spaces for work or play where beauty and function are in harmony.
Classically trained in architecture, Adrian Shewchuk (B. Arch and B.Sc. Arch, McGill University) is an experienced designer, builder and fine woodworker, who for nearly 30 years, has specialized in breathing new life into older or historic homes- transforming them into modern, efficient living spaces. He brings a knowledge of the latest in building science, sustainable design and building practices and a rare commitment to quality of construction and elegance in performance to every project.
The spirit and method of work of Atelier design+build is captured by the word “atelier”: traditionally the artisan's workshop (from the Old French astelier) and, in modern usage, the artist's or architect's studio. The ethic of AD+B unites both meanings; the atelier is both the workshop and the design studio where projects are conceived, designed, and executed. The architectural design process, the inherent nature of materials and the methods and details of construction inform and influence each other, while careful consultation with clients ensures that their needs and vision are more than satisfied.
Working closely with tradespeople he knows and trusts, each project is a collaborative effort whereby the team works in unison and strives to make it easy for the next trade. “You don’t find many jobsites like this anymore...” was overheard recently on site.
Whether completely gutting and rebuilding a house from foundation to roof, designing a home addition to adapt to the changing needs of a family, creating custom built-ins, renovating kitchens or bathrooms, Adrian balances the principles of beauty and functionality to create enjoyable and timeless spaces for living and working.