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2023 Mackin Architects


Mackin Architects, founded by Dr. Nancy Mackin Architect AIBC AIA, is an internationally recognized firm based in Vancouver BC with extensive experience in the architecture of public buildings. We attribute the success of our projects to community participation in the design process and to a deep awareness of the influence of every building on the environment.


The firm has received many design awards. The 2022 award from Wood Design and Building Council recognizes the firm's "vinsionary uses of wood". The two awards in 2021 illustrate our approach to architecture and landscapes: every project respects culture and treats people equitably, and every project respects the ecosystem and the plants and animals sustained within.


Dr. Nancy Mackin

PhD, Architect AIBC, LEED AP

Dr. Nancy Mackin has a Ph.D. in Architecture and Landscape Architecture focusing on community-based design and integrating landscape and architectural design. Her thoughtful and practical architecture brings together the shared vision of clients, stakeholders, and communities, resulting in environmentally excellent solutions that are suited to their location and occupants. Awarded the AIBC medal for community service in architecture and the 2021 Canada Green Building Award, Nancy is known for listening to the client team while designing buildings that have the lowest feasible carbon footprint. She is skilled at building consensus at community meetings, a result achieved by listening and responding to the client team. Nancy was certified in 2021 as an Advanced Code Specialist. Nancy’s architectural and landscape work has been presented internationally, including New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Northern Norway, Finland, Portugal, USA, and Italy. She has also made international presentations on rapidly built structures as a way to minimize construction costs.

Professional & Community Service

Architecture Foundation of BC
2015 AFBC Chair

North Vancouver District, First Shaughnessy, West Vancouver, New Westminster
Design Panels

St. Peter Hospital Family Practice
Co-winner 2007 Triathalon

Women in Architecture BC
Vice President


West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Past Vice President

Retaw (Shijia) Liu

Intern Architect AIBC, LEED GA, M.Arch

Retaw Liu has a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Retaw also trained as a traffic engineer and has exceptional skills in photo-realistic renderings and architectural photography. Retaw is a key member of the Mackin Architects team, bringing a creative spirit alongside his commitment to technological excellence.

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Yang Yu

Intern Architect AIBC,  M.Arch

Yang graduated with a Master of Architecture from The University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture where her thesis won the 2022 John Gaitanakis Prize in Architecture. She has a background in industrial design, with a B.Des from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Yang is currently an Intern Architect AIBC. She has experience working as a designer both in architecture and product design firms in Vancouver and Beijing. She is passionate about forming interactions, narratives, and community through design and architecture.

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Parker Albanese

Intern Architect AIBC, CPHD, M.ARC

Parker is an intern architect, AIBC and a Certified Passive House Designer.  He has completed a Master in Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in January 2021, where he focused his research on how architecture may become more inclusive and welcoming towards otherness.  His work has received many awards including the AIA Henry Adams Medal and was part of the RAIC Honour Roll.  Parker is committed to creating spaces that foster community-building and become entangled to the cultures of the site.

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