Harvest Architecture is defined by its unique approach to design that seeks to establish architecture as an armature for nature — reconnecting humans and their buildings to nature through agriculture and other biophilic design innovations.
Jeremiah Deutscher is the founder and principal of Harvest Architecture.
Jeremiah founded Harvest Architecture in the summer of 2015. Harvest Architecture was formed on the ideas from his architectural thesis, ‘Farming the Box’, which focused on issues of urban agriculture as it relates to design, including the re-purposing of existing buildings for agriculture production. Growing up in the prairies of Saskatchewan and Alberta food production was always nearby. When he made the move to a more urban lifestyle he missed this connection to food production and is constantly looking for ways to reconnect to agriculture and nature through his work and everyday life.
Jeremiah graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Masters degree in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2009. Before Architecture he attended the Alberta College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts and Digital Technologies. In 2015 Jeremiah became a registered architect with the AIBC (Architectural Institute of BC)
Jeremiah has over 8 years of work experience with award winning architectural practices in Calgary (Housebrand and Strugess) and Vancouver (Perkins + Will) on projects all over the world, varying in scale and building typology. His diverse background has provided him with strong design, visualization, construction administration and overall project management skills.
During his 5 year position with Perkins + Will Jeremiah received recognition for his collaborative role in the design of the Pitt River Middle School in Port Coquitlam, BC. This project received the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Merit Award from the Architectural Institute of BC.
Julie Niu is a student intern at Harvest Architecture.
Julie is currently an undergrad at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Architectural Studies. Growing up in a first generation chinese canadian family, Julie understands the importance of preserving and celebrating cultural identity.
Her goal as an architect is to create immersive narrative spaces that highlight human moments, compel physical movement, and explore how the built environment can influence our perception of the world.
Harvest Architecture's design approach is directly connected to promoting urban farming for projects and clients that align well its core benefits.
Benefits of Urban Farming
Year round crop production
Significantly reduces use of fossil fuels
No weather related crop failures
Converts black and grey water to drinking water
Creates new urban employment opportunities
Returns farmland to nature helping restore ecosystems, functions, etc
Eliminates agriculture run off
Makes use of abandoned or unused properties
Offers the possibility of sustainability for urban centers
Adds energy back to the grid via methane generation
Reduces the risk of infection from agents transmitted at the agricultural interface
Controls vermin by using restaurant waste for methane generation