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I was aware of my interest in design and creativity at a very young age.  I was always fascinated about how things were made and amazed that creators could design such practical and thoughtful things.

So I used to disassemble pens, toys and machines to understand how they worked rather than playing as they were originally made for.

Because of my playfulness, soon it made me the handyman in my family.  My pure curiosity and experiences (disassembling!!) developed my three dimensional thinking and spacial perception.

Discovery of life’s work has happened when I first vacationed at the log cabin in Hokkaido, Japan. 

Wooden-made handcrafted structure and furnitures inspired me to deepen the knowledge and technique of interior design, as well as wood in which an organic material can transform into a piece of art and comfort to our daily life.  Then my passion expanded into architecture, that is “box” decorates beautiful furnitures. 

I have very unique experiences which include not only drawing spacial design but also manufacturing, building, site management and directing whole process.  Those allows me to contribute a wide range of creative possibilities and to provide full support from the beginning to the end of projects.

Since I was born and raised in Japan, I have acquired a good appreciation for both cultures and skills of Canada and Japan.  So that’s why, I am specializing in designs that are in harmony with nature, mixing Pacific Northwest Modern and Zen philosophy.





Arata Hatanaka


Present - 2002    ADA - arata hatanaka design atelier

2014 - 2004      Openspace Architecture Inc.

        Deepen experiences in architecture and design philosophy through working with Don Gurney


2005 - 1998      Interior Craft Inc.

           Participated projects with Arthur Erickson/Nick Milkovich Architects, Bing Thom Architect,

                              Russell Hollingsworth, Architect, Kiyoshi Matsuzaki Architect



  • Certified Technician-Building (CTech)

  • Registered Building Designer (RBD)

  • Diploma-Interior Design (DID)





  • Best of Houzz Service Year 2022, 2019, 2017

  • Best of Houzz Design Year 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018

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ASTTBC - Applied Science Technologist and Technicians of British Columbia
Homebuilders Association Vancouver
Canadian Home Builder's Association
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