Co-create, Transpire, Actualize

Our design process is simple.

Co-create. We work hand in glove with our clients.
Transpire. We come to the table with no pre-conceived notions. Through engagement with the client, combined with our research and studies, we find a solution that is unique to each project.
Actualize. We are quality and budget conscious while providing innovative, fully resolved, and thoughtful solutions. An extremely high percentage of our projects make it through to construction.

For us, it’s not just about the final outcome. We pride ourselves in being intensely process oriented and we focus on the end users and the clientʼs experience.

We always re-think a problem. Architecture is an exploratory process that seeks to challenge assumptions and shift perceptions, redefining design solutions in the process. But we don’t go alone on this journey of discovery and design inspiration. Instead, we pride ourselves on being excellent collaborators and integrators with our clients and consultant teams. Together, we problem solve and develop creative and successful designs.

At CTA we’re in love with architecture. For us, this means that the CTA principals actually work on projects themselves and are directly involved in the problem solving process.

Collaboration is our method. We work together with our clients. Freshness and sustainability are our mantras and they guide us to innovative solutions on every assignment we undertake.


Chernoff Thompson Architects (CTA) is a partnership that is under the leadership of Russell Chernoff, Naomi Gross,Tony Yip and Vicki Sucic Hruskovec. We are Vancouver based, and specialize in innovative, holistic design solutions for Post-Secondary Education, Civic, Corporate, and Public Sector Clients. Established in 1981 in Vancouver, we have continued to expand our scope of practice with projects throughout BC and across Canada and the USA.


We also have affiliated firms under overlapping ownership: Chernoff Thompson Architects North in Prince George, BC, and Jensen Chernoff Thompson Architects in Victoria, BC. Currently, we have active projects in British Columbia, Ontario, Washington State, and Hawaii. Our goodwill, financial stability, and knowledge will continue to sustain and contribute to the wellbeing of society.


Our nature is collaboration. As architects, we know the importance of a positive surrounding environment. We have an open studio layout where all levels of staff, including partners, work together. We encourage vibrant dialogue amongst the principals, designers, and technical staff during the design process. We promote the exchange of ideas and shared technical support among our different design teams.

Want to know more? Listen to our CTA employees.

Our Workplace

At CTA, we always strive to improve workplace desirability in our designs. It just makes sense that our own office incorporates these elements too. Our space is designed for optimal workflow and includes dual-monitor workstations, as well as bookable private and collaboration rooms. The majority of our furnishings incorporate sit-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and footrests. We also offer extended health benefits and free gym access within our building for all full-time staff. To ensure employee safety, and maintain client confidentiality, there is required card access to our office. We host a number of social events throughout the year, such as a summer boat cruise and an annual Christmas dinner, and reimburse taxis afterwards to make sure everyone has a fun and safe time.

Our Story

In 1981, two Vancouver-based architects had a dream to make a positive contribution to the world through their work. As a result, Chernoff Thompson Architects was created. The firm began in a difficult economy in humble circumstances, but quickly found success with large projects such as the UBC Computer Science and Engineering building. Russell Chernoff and Rand Thompson went on to develop an internationally recognized architectural practice known for providing well-designed, functional projects for its clients in both the public and private sectors, including specialist science, engineering, and technically complex facilities.


In 1998 and 2005, associate firms in Prince George (Chernoff Thompson Architects North) and Victoria (Jensen Chernoff Thompson Architects) were added to the ownership group.In 2009, Naomi Gross and Tony Yip joined the partnership, enhancing the firm’s original philosophy of design excellence, as well as augmenting its commitment to clients and the wider community.Rand Thompson, Founding Partner, retired from the partnership in 2018 and sadly passed away soon after, though his architectural legacy lives on.In 2019, Vicki Sucic Hruskovec joined the partnership, and the firm continues to embody the passion and philosophy of our founding partners.

Rand Thompson, Founding Partner, April 10, 1945 – September 17, 2018

Rand Thompson was key to the success of Chernoff Thompson Architects for 37 years as a designer and mentor of younger colleagues; he provided both professional and personal guidance with passion and spirit.

Rand was passionate about proportion, space, symmetry and design. He talked best with a pen in his hand, drawing as he went. Rand was calm, measured, systematic and practical, a natural mentor.

Rand was a pioneer in computer applications for architectural practice, and he strongly influenced the firm as a business. Rand’s lasting legacy will live on through his numerous works and through the work of all of us who were profoundly influenced by his spirit. His insightful contributions and commitment to the firm, colleagues and the profession of architecture leave a foundation for continued success. He is missed.

Environmental Consciousness

Our office has a built-in recycling centre, lots of desk-side recycling bins and reduced garbage container size to support the City of Vancouver’s Zero Waste Management challenge. 45% of our current workstations are dual-monitor and 95% of them use to larger format to minimize printing. We’re working towards a paper-free environment so our technical library has reduced its paper by 70% by increasing our digital filing. We’re right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, just blocks away from the gorgeous waterfront of Coal Harbour and just a half an hour walk from Stanley Park.