Philosophy

Formwerks is a full-service design house.

Central to our practice, OUR VALUES are informed by a respect for design integrity, coupled with a mindfulness to quality and responsibility to homeowners.

OUR EXPERIENCE spans thirty years, with renowned expertise in residential homes and commercial projects. Our talented and highly skilled team of designers and project managers offers a fully comprehensive range of services unequalled in Vancouver.

OUR APPROACH begins by carefully listening to our clients and thoroughly understanding their needs. The process – a story that we co-author together – is organic, allowing for the functional requirements to be expressed within an artistic form. Our homes reflect a public mood for comfort and tradition without the cold and austere qualities found in much of today’s architectural mainstream.

We cherish OUR NETWORK of collaborating professionals, builders, technicians, and artisans, who share our values and, more importantly, our vision to create the most distinctive homes possible.

  • Jim Bussey

    Owner & President of Formwerks

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  • Philip Sachs

    Director of Business Development

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  • Lyle Richards

    President of Formwerks Boutique Properties

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An architect at heart, and a passionate leader in the Vancouver architecture scene, Jim is the Founder and President of Formwerks and Formwerks Boutique Properties, acting as the mastermind behind the timelessly designed projects.

Fueled by a desire to design homes that embody architectural integrity, Jim applies his mindfulness-in-design philosophy across all single and multi-family projects, delivering value through carefully interpreting each client’s needs. He is inspired to create purpose-driven, intentional spaces with an emphasis on character. Having designed more single-family homes than anyone in Vancouver’s history, Formwerks has grown into a well-rounded and distinguished pillar of the industry.

Fluent in both Mandarin and English, Phil has cumulatively spent over 20 years in Asia, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. His career experience in business development for destination resort properties, golf courses, and other commercial enterprise ventures has proven most valuable in bridging the cultural gap between Asian clients and the architectural team at Formwerks.

He values the ability to directly and genuinely communicate with clients, accurately representing their needs and desires during the design process. Due to this sensitivity and understanding, Formwerks has become a preferred firm to handle some of the most exclusive overseas clientele.

Growing up, Lyle would spend most summers on a construction site. Those early days inspired him to make development and construction his life, earning him a reputation as an ardent professional. Joining the Formwerks team in 2010, Lyle specializes in multi-family residential developments with a focus on wood-frame townhomes and condominiums.

As President of Formwerks Boutique Properties, Lyle directs the entire development process of a project lifecycle. His deep-rooted connections in the industry were founded on respect and quality workmanship – pivotal values in establishing Formwerks Boutique Properties’ reputation as a formidable development company in the boutique, high-end, multi-family realm.

  • Jack Brown

    Director of Interior Design

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  • Matt Mauza

    Senior Residential Designer

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  • Andrew Cook

    Senior Project Manager

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Originally a Toronto native, Jack began his interior design career in Los Angeles. He worked with acclaimed designer Craig Wright; it was here where Jack honed his extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques.  Later, Jack worked with Michael S. Smith, an Architectural Digest AD 100 firm where he led high-profile projects for industry leaders and celebrity clients across the United States and Europe. He remained in the U.S. for 15 years, before joining Formwerks in 2015.

As Director of Interior Design, Jack’s leadership was crucial in establishing the Formwerks Interior Design team, galvanizing the strength of the firm as a turn-key design powerhouse, both for internal projects and external clients. Jack works with clients across Canada and Asia who seek his discerning eye for classic European and American design, and his ability to complement their diverse lifestyles through tailored and cohesive designs.

While Matt began his design career on the construction side of the industry, he always knew residential design was his passion. Nearly a decade after graduating from BCIT with a diploma in Building and Architectural Engineering, Matt has proven himself as a leader in single-family home projects, contributing outstanding design to over 150 homes in Vancouver, particularly on the West Side.

Appreciating the degree of design flexibility encouraged at Formwerks, Matt is able to craft residences that are notable and subtly unique. Matt is proud to distinguish Formwerks homes from others due to their unparalleled attention to detail and curb appeal.

After completing his Diploma of Technology at BCIT in 2007, Andrew joined Formwerks as a practicum student – at which point, he became captivated by architecture. He was inspired to increasingly take on more responsibility, ultimately seguing into project management.

Since joining Formwerks over a decade ago, he now specializes in multi-family residential projects. Andrew is an organized and talented Senior Project Manager responsible for completing such tasks as yield analysis, preliminary site layouts, and working drawings. He is currently completing the RAIC Syllabus in pursuit of becoming a registered architect.

  • Wilson Wong

    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Evelyn Hansen

    Director of Operations

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  • Claudia Rust

    Senior Landscape Designer

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With over 17 years in accounting and finance, Wilson first became acquainted with Formwerks over 10 years ago. As CFO and a Chartered Professional Accountant, Wilson focuses on development finance and acquisition, responsible for the overarching financial strategy, financial reporting, strategizing, and investing for Formwerks and Formwerks Boutique Properties Group.

Wilson approaches numbers with a solutions-focused mindset, and has developed unique analysis tools and cutting-edge proprietary systems that have enabled Formwerks to favourably pursue the right opportunities. It is this competitive edge that has assisted in solidifying Formwerks’ reputation in the development world.

A critical team member and one of the longest standing employees at Formwerks, Evelyn has offered support, organization, and total commitment to the company since 1994.

Evelyn oversees every aspect of administration, including payroll, human resources, and property management. Evelyn’s passion for architecture is evident through her keen interest in supporting and watching projects grow from inspiration boards to graceful finished residences. She views challenges as opportunities to move forward, and has earned a wealth of knowledge from Jim Bussey over the 20 years they have worked together

After completing a Master of Landscape Architecture degree in Dresden, Germany, Claudia packed her drawing board to connect with British Columbia’s West Coast allure.

Claudia’s holistic approach to landscape design is reflected in gardens with timeless elegance, attention to detail, and an individual interpretation of a site’s unique features and surroundings. Her collaborative design process integrating landscape and architecture reflects her client’s lifestyle and elevates their property’s livability and appeal. She is fascinated by the power of form, texture, colour, and light, which, in proportion, allow her to create outdoor spaces of purpose, retreat, and enjoyment.

As an adventurer and new mother, Claudia can be found hiking the North Shore mountains, skiing in Whistler with her family, and fueling her inspirations when travelling.

  • Jim Bussey

    Owner & President of Formwerks

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  • Philip Sachs

    Director of Business Development

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  • Lyle Richards

    President of Formwerks Boutique Properties

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  • Jack Brown

    Director of Interior Design

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  • Matt Mauza

    Senior Residential Designer

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  • Andrew Cook

    Senior Project Manager

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  • Wilson Wong

    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Evelyn Hansen

    Director of Operations

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  • Claudia Rust

    Senior Landscape Designer

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