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HDR | CEI Architecture hires two senior architects


Ulrich Geissler brings international design experience while John Etcher bolsters their impressive healthcare credentials


VANCOUVER, BC—HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc. has hired two new architects in senior roles in the firm’s Vancouver office.


Ulrich Geissler joins HDR | CEI as a senior project design architect. The LEED Accredited Professional has over 20 years of experience leading and creating projects from conceptual design to construction for a range of project types, including transportation, hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, high rises, museums and more. Ulrich brings an international pedigree to HDR | CEI, having lived in Switzerland and Hong Kong. He is fluent in English, German and French, and previously worked for Foster and Partners Hong Kong, and on projects in China, Vietnam, Macao, and elsewhere. Working in Vancouver for another firm since 2015, Ulrich has contributed to local projects including Marine Gateway 2, Willingdon residential development, Simon Fraser University residential project and more.


John Etcher joins HDR | CEI as a senior clinical healthcare planner, bolstering the firm’s depth of experience in the design of complex hospital and healthcare facilities. John has extensive experience on healthcare projects across Canada, including the Royal Columbian Hospital, Toronto Psychiatric Hospital, Timmins District Hospital, Abbotsford Hospital and Cancer Centre, and many more. He has worked closely with and for many health authorities and agencies across the country, providing him with a deep understanding of health clients’ needs and clinical processes.


“The addition of these two talented senior-level architects strengthens HDR | CEI’s ability to design and deliver successful significant projects to a range of clients,” says Bill Locking, Vice President, HDR | CEI.


“We are thrilled to have them join our team.”


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HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc. is a leading architecture and design firm in Western Canada, the product of a 2015 merger between CEI Architecture and HDR. The firm is noted for expertise on significant and award-winning recreation projects, complex healthcare projects delivered by public-private partnership, and education and commercial facilities. Significant recent projects include the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and the 980 Howe Office Building in downtown Vancouver.



Kim Gosteli, Director, Sales and Marketing, HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc.,
Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604-687-1898