Deutscher Architecture is defined by its approach to design that seeks to establish architecture as an armature for nature and community — reconnecting humans to nature through biophilic design.
Biophilla suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other life forms. At the beginning of every project we harvest all the natural and historical inspirations from the site to help inform the final design. Site inspirations come in all forms, from a leaf on the ground, how the sun baths the site, or brick that was used on an existing building. When these elements are used in the design of a building they all help to reconnect us to nature and the community around us.
Biophillic design also encourages us to start thinking about building systems with a holistic mindset, to find symbiotic relationships. The ultimate goal is to create systems that have no end, helping us move towards a post carbon future.
The People of DA
Jeremiah Deutscher , Founder and principal of Deutscher Architecture.
Jeremiah founded Deutscher Architecture in the summer of 2015. Deutscher 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 on the prairies of Saskatchewan and Alberta food production was always nearby. When Jeremiah made the move to a more urban lifestyle he missed this connection to food production and has been constantly looking for new 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. 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 , Student Intern at Deutscher 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.