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Our creative team thrives on designing unique and timeless installations that are respectful to their environments and nurture connections to the natural world.
- Homes & Living Magazine, Fall 2011
- Yam Magazine, Jul/Aug 2013
- Yam Magazine, Mar/Apr 2014
- Douglas Magazine, April/May 2014
- Boulevard Magazine, April 2015
- Capital Home, Spring 2016
- Capital Home, Summer 2016
- Capital Home, Spring 2017
- Modern Home Lookbook, Volume 1, 2017
- Yam Magazine, Jan/Feb 2017
- Seaside Magazine, March 2017
- Yam Magazine, Jul/Aug 2017
- Yam Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017
- Spruce Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018
Owner and principal designerBianca has extensive experience designing and project managing residential and commercial installations including landscapes, living walls and green roofs. Biophilia’s service is driven by Bianca’s values of open communication and understanding; sustainable materials and construction; and respect for budgets, timelines, and efficiency. As an outdoor enthusiast, surfer, traveller, and a student of art and architecture, Bianca’s approach results in work that is unique and inspired.
Designer, Builder and Ticketed welderA ticketed welder and creative carpenter, Lindsay has mastered her trade in both Montréal and Victoria over the past 12 years. She is a talented designer and builder with all types of metal—including stainless, aluminum and steel. Whether it’s a living wall, a gate, water feature or furniture, her creations are unique and built with the detail and quality that defines her work.
View the CUSTOM BUILT Page for examples of Lindsay’s furnishings.
Katie Nikota, MLA
Landscape Designer Katie Nikota has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. After achieving a Diploma in Landscape Design and a degree in Integrated Land Planning (ILP) she spent numerous years working for the City of Toronto as a Landscape Technician for the Parks Department Landscape Architects. Katie’s interests lie in the preservation and conservation of natural habitats, and her designs are driven by her focus on urban strategies that move beyond “sustainability” into “regeneration.” Living a well-balanced lifestyle of traveling, hiking, SUP, running and deep appreciation for nature it was a natural fit for her to join Biophilia’s team.
JUSTIN KAU, MLA
LANDSCAPE DESIGNERAs a designer, Justin translates his fascination with the natural world into a passionate pursuit of excellence in landscape design. With a work history in facilities maintenance, a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Oregon State University, and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, Justin brings a diverse background and a technically focused perspective to the team. Outside the office, Justin enjoys backpacking, digital photography, good tea, and foggy fall days.
Kenneth W. Buck, PDC, BCSLA, OALA, CSLA
SENIOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, CERTIFIED COACH, ARTIST Ken’s over 400 completed projects range in scale from regional master plans to detailed site design, contract drawings/documents and built form. Ecological systems theory is fundamental to his approach to design, particularly when the balance among environmental sensitivity, and human use and enjoyment of natural spaces is the focus of attention. He excels at nurturing ideas toward sensitive solutions! Ken’s professional interests include: ecologically based land management, rural/regional master planning, equestrian facility design, visual landscape assessment, simulation and management, open space system planning, trails and greenways, tourism/economic diversification, public consultation and expert testimony. On behalf of his design teams Ken has accepted local, provincial and national planning and design awards. He is also a certified Equine Facilitated Executive/Life Coach and an accomplished photographer.
DESIGNS THAT REFLECT YOU
Biophilia design collective connects people to their environment. Careful consultation with our clients ensures everything we do is an organic reflection of your individuality. Educated in sustainable design, ecological landscape design and LEED accredited, we understand existing ecosystems and work with them to fulfil the desires of our clients. Working closely with a network of local artisans, Biophilia practices local and ethical resourcing. The end goal of this practice is for clients to receive the best quality results, while knowing that careful attention has been given to the environment and the local economy every step of the way.
Our creations are utterly unique, built with the attention to detail and quality that defines us. From small residential projects to large commercial installations, Biophilia design dollective has the skill and experience to bring your space to life. We believe that cultivating relationships with the environment and community is fundamental, and our team is actively involved in the community as educators in sustainable design. Our aesthetic is inspired by the materials and raw beauty of the West Coast, and is also influenced by the cultures, art and architecture we have encountered around the world.