BRIAN CAVANAUGH  |  Principal & Co-Founder

Brian Cavanaugh was born in Portland, Oregon in 1969. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon during which time he received a one-year fellowship to study architecture and urban design at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Scotland. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

With over 20 years of experience, Brian has demonstrated a unique commitment to the practice of architecture and played a critical leadership role in his community. His record of design excellence, his contributions to academic and non-profit institutions, and his positions on municipal boards, all speak to a career built on a deeply held belief in the value of the architecture profession and its potential to serve the public good.

Prior to establishing ABC, Brian served in senior positions at a number of internationally recognized design firms. From 2001 to 2006 he was a Senior Associate at the award winning Los Angeles based office of Michael Maltzan Architecture, serving as Project Director on a number of major cultural institution projects. Most notable of which was MoMA QNS, the Museum of Modern Art’s temporary facility during the major renovation and expansion of their Manhattan home. MoMA QNS received over six major design awards, including the 2003 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and the 2004 Award of Excellence from the New York State Chapter of the AIA.

Brian has been an instructor at the University of Oregon, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Southern California, the Boston Architectural Center, Woodbury University, and the Otis College of Art & Design, and a guest critic at a number of academic institutions. He is a licensed architect in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC); and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is the current President of AIA Portland and President of the Center for Architecture.

In 2012 Brian was honored with the national AIA Young Architects Award. The award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.

MARK RITCHIE  |  Principal & Co-Founder

Mark Ritchie was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1967. Mark was educated at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, where he earned his Bachelor of Building Science and Bachelor of Architecture with 1st class Honors. He was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects Bachelor of Architecture Scholarship for leading graduate, and won 1st Place in the 1995 Wellington Architecture Center 20 under 40 Design Competition.

Mark brings to the practice over 20 years of wide ranging experience including 6 years running his own practice in Wellington, New Zealand prior to relocating to British Columbia, Canada in 2008.

Prior to establishing ABC, Mark worked for internationally recognized practices in a number of countries including New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Canada. From 1996 – 2002 he served as Project Director with the award winning South East Asian practice Kerry Hill Architects. In 2000 he relocated from their head office in Singapore to Australia to set up and manage the Kerry Hill Architects Sydney office. During this time in Australia he completed among other projects the Ogilvie Residence which was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Robin Boyd Award in 2003.

Both in his own practice and with other design firms Mark has been responsible for a number of private residences and various civic and hospitality projects. These include the new interior for the Singapore National Public Library; the Upper Hutt Cultural Center Community Theatre and Galleries, Upper Hutt, New Zealand; and Vomo Island Resort, Restaurant, Spa and Villas, Fiji Islands. Many of the projects Mark has worked on have won National (New Zealand and Australia) and international design awards and have been published internationally.

Mark served as a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Architecture and Design from 2002-2004. He was also an active member of the University’s Interior Architecture Curriculum Development Group.

Mark has been a licensed Architect with the New Zealand Architects Registration Board (NZARB) since 2003 and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) since 2011. He is a member of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), the New Zealand Institute of Architects (ANZIA), and the New Zealand Architects Co-operative Society (NZACS). Mark is also a Founding Member of the Smarter Homes Forum in West Vancouver, BC.