Kuno Architecture Inc., founded in 2016 by Jane Vorbrodt, Architect AIBC, is a small practice with a focus on universal residential design. Projects include new homes and renovations in the Vancouver area, including heritage preservation, universal and accessible design, mid-century modern renovations and interior design. Kuno strives to make homes liveable and visitable for all. Kuno matches the vision for each project with creative design-oriented solutions that look good, offer optimal flexibility and contribute to a happy life.
Jane holds a Master of Architecture from the UBC School of Architecture (2002), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1998). Jane has been a registered architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia since 2009, and she became a LEED accredited professional in 2007.
Jane’s experience as an architect spans from tiny to huge, ranging from residential renovations to large-scale planning. Before starting Kuno Architecture, Jane gained diverse experience while working for a handful of architecture firms in Vancouver. With Stantec Architecture, Jane enjoyed a prominent role in the development of the Downtown Vancouver YMCA as well as many projects at the Vancouver International Airport. During her years with Ramsay Worden Architects, she worked on mixed-use developments including Empire at QE Park and Kits 360 and she assisted with the development of design guidelines for local municipalities. With Johnston Davidson Architecture and Planning, she gained experience working on a colourful range firehalls and university projects. And through working with Ian McLean Architect, Jane developed a strong interest in residential work.
Jane has served on Advisory Design Panels for the City of Maple Ridge and the City of Richmond. Mentorship and teaching are important to Jane’s practice. She has taught graduate level design studio at both the UBC School of Architecture and for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Syllabus program and she enjoys mentoring a continual roster of intern architects through the Architectural Institute of B.C.’s Intern Architect Program. By writing about architecture for publications such as the Vancouver Sun newspaper and Houzz, Jane hopes to make architecture and design more accessible to the general public.
And last but not least…who is Kuno? Well, let’s see. The name “Kuno”, also spelled “Cuno”, has run through my Baltic German family for hundreds of years. My great grandfather’s name was Kuno Friedrich Baron von Hahn, and my grandfather’s name was Heinrich Kuno Alexander Gabriel Baron von Hahn. Whew, that’s a lot of names…So I suppose I enjoy the idea of tying into my past through an old name. Also, the German meaning for “kuno” is honest advisor, which I feel is strangely fitting.