Michael Henderson



For Michael, it’s all about creating an engaged and empowered team where personal strengths can grow and flourish. Driven by connections with ambitious and engaged people, Michael promotes community building in both the facilities we design, as well as in our office environment. He has acted as Project Architect for some of our largest aquatic and recreation projects, both in BC and across Canada.

A skilled leader, Michael oversaw the design and construction of the award-winning Hillcrest Centre, which was voted Best Community Centre by locals in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver for three consecutive years (2012-2015). He also led the Complexe Aquatique de Laval, a design competition won by hcma and NFOE in joint venture. Most recently, Michael has led the team for the City of Richmond’s Minoru Centre for Active Living – a new wellness-focused community and aquatic centre that represents our most current thinking on aquatic accessibility.

Beyond sports and recreation, he is leading our effort on the development of a high rise office and entertainment complex in downtown Vancouver. Michael has also served on the City of Vancouver's City Planning Commission and is the Past Chair of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel. Both are advisory bodies to the City of Vancouver Mayor and Council.

Outside our studio, Michael finds inspiration trading time between the city and wilderness. He can often be found on the tennis court, browsing vintage furniture stores, or planning his next trip.