ph5 architecture was founded by Peeroj Thakre & Henning Knoetzele in 2008. The practice brings together their expertise in urban design, architecture and interiors and team of dedicated individuals.

Where Broad Thinkers Thrive

In our work, we collaborate to articulate social, cultural, and historical practices through design. Our small, focused team is as diverse as our projects, shifting to accommodate and capitalize on each other’s strengths. If you’re a self-sufficient person, able to collaborate as well as lead, you’ll fit right in.


Henning Knoetzele

Henning Knoetzele

Principal, Dipl Ing. Architekt

Henning studied architecture & urban design at Bauhaus University in Germany & has honed his professional skills in Vancouver since 2000. His experience not only spans an ocean but also a range of project types & sizes — from furniture & art installations to housing, towers, & urban design, with extensive experience in multi-residential & commercial projects. Throughout his career he has put a strong emphasis on knowledge of construction methodology and technology. As an avid observer of urban life & form, he develops designs that are responsive to site and context. Henning sits on the board of the Gastown Business Improvement Society & chairs the Public Realm Committee. He has been an instructor in the UBC Master of Urban Design program.

Peeroj Thakre

Peeroj Thakre

Principal, Architect AIBC, LEED AP

Peeroj is a principal and founder of ph5 architecture. She has a solid foundation in community and commercial projects. Her full range of architectural skills include pre-design services such as feasibility studies, programming, space planning and urban design studies. She is committed to clear communication and consensus building with project stakeholders. Her design approach is a blend of pragmatism and idealism that leads to successfully realized projects and enhanced spatial and social environments. Peeroj is active in the architecture community, as a guest critic and adjunct professor at UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, mentor and urban thinker. Her work has been recognized with an RAIC advocacy award.

Cristien Murphy

Cristien Murphy

B.EDS, M. Arch, Intern Architect AIBC

Cristien studied architecture at Dalhousie University and is in the process of registering as an intern architect. Growing up in Vancouver and spending summers at his family’s 1970’s modernist wood cabin, shaped his passion for the urban built environment, coastal wilderness of BC, and instilling architecture with a unique sense of place. An ongoing interest in emerging building technologies such as mass timber construction informs Cristien’s approach to sustainable design. Building on the ideas of his Masters’ thesis, he explores the connection between the micro and macro aspects of architecture and how different construction methods and techniques impact a building’s life span, maintenance and adaptability to user’s needs.

Pam Troje

Office Administrator

Pam supports office operations through monitoring project schedules, budgets and invoicing. She also formats reports and you may hear from her when we are setting up meeting times. Her organizational skills keep our office running smoothly.