Born into a British military family in Calcutta, India in 1942,
Brian Hemingway migrated to the West Coast of Vancouver at 18
years of age. After working as a draftsman/designer for several
of the city's notable engineering firms, he decided to study architecture
at the University of British Columbia.
Immediately after completing his degree, Hemingway was recruited
by Thompson, Berwick, Pratt and Partners - one of Canada's premier
architectural practices. Here, he was exposed to the fine work
of C.E. Pratt, Ron Thom and Paul Merrick. After a year-long
sojourn with his family across Europe and North Africa, Hemingway
returned to the firm to become a partner and eventually, Chairman
of the Partnership.
From 1978-1990 Hemingway was responsible for numerous institutional
projects throughout BC, including the award-winning Canadian Forces
Officers Candidate School and the Canadian Forces School for Military
Engineering. During those years, the firm also designed the famous
and scenic Granville Island and False Creek Redevelopment Projects
in downtown Vancouver. While guiding the design direction of Thompson,
Berwick & Pratt, Hemingway also traveled to South East Asia to
consult on housing and resort projects in Malaysia and Singapore
for The Kuok Group.
In addition to his distinguished designs, Hemingway has offered
his time to the architectural community, as a guest lecturer at
U.B.C.'s School of Architecture, as Chairman of the Vancouver
Design Panel, as a member of the National Capital Commission Design
Committee and as an AIBC and RAIC Council member. In recognition
of these contributions to Canadian Architecture, the Royal Architectural
Institute of Canada bestowed a fellowship (FRAIC) upon Hemingway in 1995. In 2008 the
Architectural Institute of British Columbia granted him an honorary lifetime membership.
Since 1995, Hemingway has focused his efforts on the design of custom residences in the Pacific Northwest.