VCC alumnus gives back through architecture and design
Left to right: Jacob Dobrinsky, Curtis Krahn
Architectural design has changed a lot since Curtis Krahn attended VCC’s drafting program in 1982. "Houses are way more sophisticated now than when we started," he says. "What took four to five months to build now takes two years."
In a city with a limited housing supply and soaring real estate prices, however, smarter homebuilding is coming back in style.
Today, at his North Vancouver firm Synthesis Design, Curtis and his team are consistently working on ways to increase both productivity and sustainability in the industry. Recent projects include modifiable laneway houses, Passive House (ultra-low energy) designs, and new, time- and waste-saving modular construction techniques.
VCC was an awesome stepping stone.
Left to right: Kevin Li, Curtis Krahn
After getting his drafting certificate from VCC, Curtis went on to earn an architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and then a master’s degree from the University of Oregon, eventually returning to B.C. and starting his own company. "VCC was an awesome stepping stone," he says.
As our communities strive for a sustainable future, working together is more crucial than ever. It is VCC alumni and employers like Curtis who keep us on the cutting-edge, ensuring that students not only find jobs, but make an impact when they do.