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Architecture with soul

At Kariouk Architects, we’re driven by a curiosity to uncover the distinctive subtleties, needs and nuances that reflect each of our unique clients. This intimate familiarity and awareness leads to wonderfully inventive outcomes – or as we like to call it – architecture with soul.

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Sorelle House
m.o.r.e. CLT Cabin
DASH Home Wins Best Custom Urban Home (3,000 sf or less)
Forest Retreat
Houses Designed for Families – Hurteau Miller Cottage

Ottawa architects delivering value in custom homes

Kariouk Architects is not your typical architecture firm. Here is why you should choose us for your project:

You’ll receive a better home for the same budget because we defend your interests with the construction industry. Our expertise pays for itself — we complete homes that cost less per square foot than competing options.

We always provide turn-key services that are perfect for busy people.

We specify the details to ensure you get quality construction materials and processes for a home that lasts a lifetime.

There is no such thing as “good enough” — we don’t stop refining until the design is perfect for you.

Our designs are truly original: every element rises from the needs of our clients and the hidden opportunities in every site.

We’re an intentionally small atelier in which Paul, the principal, is personally involved in every project at every stage.

You’ll have an unparalleled level of artistic talent for your project. Every member of our team is trained as an architect.

We go beyond plans and digital models. We create physical architectural models for each residential project we design to give you the most tangible representation of your project.

Environmental sustainability is critical to us: we strive to make every project as environmentally friendly as possible.

Artistic Merit

Few other architects can claim their work is good enough to be in a world-class art gallery. Principal Paul Kariouk and colleague Mabel O. Wilson co-created "(a)way station: the Architectural Spaces of Migration", which is part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

When you consider how much we do and how well we do it, working with us represents not only an incredibly rewarding creative journey but a surprisingly cost effective one in the overall delivery of your project.



We are honoured and grateful for the international recognition that we have received. We are recipients of the most venerated design award in architecture in the US – an American Institute of Architecture National Design Award. We are also a National American Institute for Architects and Architizer Award Winner (First Place). Closer to home, our DASH Home project won “Best Custom Urban Home (3,000 SF or Less)” at the 2020 GOHBA Housing Design Awards.

Our work has been recognized by respected institutions such as the Smithsonian National Design Museum in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA).

International publications like Dezeen, Azure, Elle Decor, Space, ArchDaily, Casa Vogue, and Architectural Record have also featured our projects. Our work appears in dozens of books.

We’ve also worked with a number of top interior designers including Karin Bohn of Netflix’s Restaurants on the Edge.