• Caner Oktem

Caner Oktem

Designer | Intern Architect

Caner is an architectural and urban designer, who contributes to progressive city-building projects with positive community impact across scales and disciplines. As an architectural designer, he has been working extensively on mixed-use projects with retail, institutional,

or housing components, as well as on public buildings and urban transit work. As an urban designer, he has been actively involved in neighbourhood-scale master plans, planning studies, public realm projects, as well as urban development applications and processes.

Coming from a design-research background, Caner has held various teaching and research appointments at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He remains involved with the University of British Columbia (UBC) as an adjunct professor, guest critic and graduate thesis committee member. He most recently co-taught design studios focusing on advancing sustainability, livability and affordable housing options in False Creek Flats, Great Northern Way Campus and False Creek South.

Caner graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) in Architecture and Urbanism, from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), and from Middle East Technical University (METU) with a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (Intern Architect AIBC) and has worked at Diamond Schmitt Architects from Oct. 2019 to Apr. 2022, ZGF Architects from Feb. 2019 to Oct. 2019, VIA Architecture from Sept. 2017 to Feb. 2019 and DIALOG from Nov. 2014 to Sept. 2017.

Project experience:

Squamish Oceanfront Village Parcels A1+D4+D5 mixed-use, Squamish, BC

while at Diamond Schmitt

Oakridge Development, Buildings 3+4, Vancouver, BC

Olds College Masterplan, Olds, AB

Cameron Recreation Centre, Burnaby, BC

Okotoks Arts & Learning Campus, Okotoks, AB

while at ZGF

VAHA Downtown & Midtown Housing Portfolio: Burrard and Seymour, Vancouver, BC

VAHA Downtown & Midtown Housing Portfolio: Kingsway and Vanness, Vancouver, BC

while at VIA

BCCUCC Affordable Housing: Brighouse United Church Redevelopment, Richmond, BC

BCCUCC Affordable Housing: Lakeview United Church Redevelopment, Vancouver, BC

Northeast False Creek – Public Realm Design Integration, Vancouver, BC

while at DIALOG

Oakridge Municipal Town Centre Reset, Vancouver, BC

Eglinton Crosstown LRT Chaplin, Forest Hill + Avenue Stations, Toronto, ON

with Collective LOK

“Mirror Mirror” – MoMA PS1 YAP Competition Finalist, New York, NY