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Hotson merges with SvN Architects

Hotson merges with SvN Architects
HOTSON ARCHITECTURE — Hotson Architecture led the design for District Flats at the Southlands community, a transit-oriented development at 48th and Cambie Street in Vancouver.

TORONTO — SvN Architects + Planners of Toronto has announced it has merged with Vancouver-based Hotson Architecture.

In a statement SvN said the move gives it an expanded presence in Vancouver, and also expands SvN’s leadership team, with the appointment of Kai Hotson as the firm’s newest partner.

Over the last year, SvN has hired Minsu Kim as Vancouver’s design lead and announced the upcoming relocation of partner Shonda Wang to provide overall leadership alongside Kai Hotson of the Vancouver studio.

The firms are said to have views that align on climate-positive practices, housing affordability and mobility.

Formed in 2013, Hotson is a boutique-scale design firm with a focus on a range of project types including retail, interiors, housing, academic and community buildings, feasibility studies and master planning.

Projects have included 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; and several projects for Granville Island.

SvN focuses on mobility and transit-related projects, waterfront revitalization, affordable housing, design resilience and rural and urban economic development.

“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,” stated Wang. “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.

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