ABOUT

Low Hammond Rowe Architects is a growing Victoria-based partnership with a continuous 34 year history of practice throughout British Columbia.

The collective experience of firm leaders Jackson Low, Paul Hammond, and Christopher Rowe is diverse and encompasses urban design and large site planning projects, university buildings & renovations, libraries, multi-family market and non-market housing, seniors housing and care facilities, sports, recreation and community facilities, retail and office buildings.

The practice’s design philosophy places a high value on imaginative place-making, sensitive response to site and context, an integrated approach to sustainability and energy conservation, and a creative engagement with client objectives. With our long history and stable continuous leadership, we’ve built an energetic and experienced team of 20, including 8 licensed architects.

Over 1000 projects

30+

Office Projects

80+

Healthcare Projects

120+

Institutional Projects

140+

Educational Projects

280+

Commercial Projects

280+

Housing Projects

FIRM HISTORY

First established in 1985 by partners Sid Chow and Gary Fleischauer, the firm became Chow Fleischauer Low Architects Inc when Jackson Low became a full partner in 1996. With the retirement of founder Gary Fleischauer and the addition of partner Paul Hammond in 2006, the firm became Chow Low Hammond Architects Inc. In March 2014, the firm name changed to Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc following the retirement of founder Sid Chow and the introduction of new partner Christopher Rowe.

Our clients and collaborators can continue to count on the partners’ enthusiastic hands-on involvement with every project, and our entire team’s focus on providing imaginative, versatile and responsive design, thorough technical execution, and personal service dedicated to our clients’ success.

1985

Established by Sid Chow and Gary Fleischauer

1987

Jackson Low joined the firm

1st Single family housing project- the Wong residence

1st Commercial project- CIBC Oak Bay Branch

1st Healtcare project- Elkford Diagnostic and Treatment Centre

1st Office project- DFH Real Estate, Victoria BC

1988

1st Senior Housing project- Berwick House in Victoria BC

1st Multi- family housing project- Hulford Street Housing in Victoria BC

1991

1st Educational project-UVIC Visual Arts Building

1996

1st Institutional project- Victoria Island Regional Library, Harbourfront Branch in Nanaimo

2002

Jackson Low became partner

2006

Paul Hammond joined the firm and became partner

2014

Introduction of new partner Christopher Rowe

2018

Roya Darvish, Howard Kim, and Selena Kwok named Associates of the firm

2019

Introduction of new associate Jan Veselsky

AWARDS

2015 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Community Institutional – Renovation, Vancouver Island Regional Library: Nanaimo North Branch, Nanaimo BC

2015 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Community Institutional, Uplands Walk Supportive Housing, Nanaimo BC

2015 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Multi-Family, Berwick By The Sea, Campbell River BC

2015 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Retail, Island Optimal Health & Performance & Moksha Yoga Centre, Nanaimo BC

2014 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence and Judge’s Choice Award
Nanaimo Golf Clubhouse, Nanaimo BC

2014 VIREB Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Community/ Institutional
Vancouver Island Regional Library: Cowichan Lake Library & Cumberland Library

2013 BC Library Association Building Project Merit Award – Best Library Design
Vancouver Island Regional Library: Cowichan Lake Library & Cumberland Library

2012 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Community Housing,
Vergo Affordable Family Townhouses, Victoria BC

2012 Canadian Wood Council BC Wood Design Awards – Multi-Family Residential
Camas Gardens Supportive Housing, Victoria BC

2011 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Excellence
Camas Gardens Supportive Housing, Victoria BC

2011 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Merit
351 Cook Street/1101 Oscar Street Mixed Use Development, Victoria BC

2011 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Merit
L’Ecole Doncaster Elementary School Addition, Victoria BC

2011 British Columbia Library Association Merit Award
 – Best Library Design
Camosun College Library and Learning Commons, Lansdowne Campus

2011 British Columbia Library Association Merit Award
 – Best Library Design
Camosun College Library – Interurban Campus

2010 Planning Institute of British Columbia Award of Excellence, Physical Plans & Design
Greater Victoria Public Library Facilities Plan: Making Space for the Future
(in association with CitySpaces Consulting)

2009 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Merit
Cherry Bank Condominium, Victoria BC

2010 City of Nanaimo Design Awards
 – Commercial
125 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC,

2009 AWMAC BC Excellence of Quality Award – Silver
Nelles Block Dining Hall & Servery, CFB Esquimalt BC
(with CHF Contracting Ltd)

2009 City of Nanaimo Design Awards
 – Commercial
Shenton Road Offices, Nanaimo BC

2008 Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Housing
Berwick Royal Oak, Victoria BC

2008 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award of Excellence – Housing
Berwick Comox Valley, Comox BC

2008 City of Nanaimo Design Awards – Institutional
Faculty of Management Centre, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC,

2004 City of Nanaimo Design Awards – Residential
Berwick on the Lake, Nanaimo BC

1997 City of Nanaimo Design Awards – Institutional
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo BC

1996 City of Nanaimo Design Awards – Residential
Winchelsea at Rocky Point, Nanaimo BC

1993 Victoria Real Estate Board I.C. & I. Division Building Award
The Brittany, Victoria BC