Firm Profile

Checkwitch Poiron Architects Inc. (CPA) is an internationally recognized award-winning architectural firm with offices in Nanaimo and Vancouver, British Columbia. Its founding partners, David Poiron and Ben Checkwitch, met in 1990 while earning their Environmental Studies degrees from the University of Manitoba. CPA works closely with its clients to gain a well-rounded understanding of the challenges and opportunities within each project. Every project is designed by both partners, allowing clients to draw upon the unique skills that David and Ben bring to the table. Their hands-on approach with contractors and construction sites lets them fully engage with the building process in order to achieve the highest quality possible. Their attention to detail and administration of the construction process have resulted in a history of producing buildings that are on-schedule, on-budget, and serve as a source of pride for the clients and communities they serve.



David Poiron

Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Principal

Ben Checkwitch

Architect AIBC, CPHD, Principal

Brett MacIntyre Xuut'a K'ii

Architect AIBC

Trish Harder

Registered Interior Designer

June Caluza

Intern Architect

Hajo Meijer

Intern Architect, CPHD

Lindsay Watson

Communications Coordinator

Allison Fletcher

Design Technologist

Kelsey Parker




St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service

2017 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board: Judge's Choice Award—Best Overall Project
2017 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board: Award of Excellence—Institutional Renovation

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal Building

2013 North American Wood Design Awards—Citation
2012 Shaw Contract Design Is... Award
2012 Canadian Wood Works! Award: British Columbia—Best Commercial Wood Design
2012 World Architecture News Awards—Transport Long List
2012 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board—Best Office
2012 Glass Magazine—Most Innovative Curtain Wall

Edgewater Apartments

2008 City of Nanaimo Award for Design Excellence—Multi-family Residential 


Double High House

YAM Magazine—Issue 47, January/February 2017, Cover, p.30-39

Harbour Road Sail Loft and Residences

Boulevard Magazine—March 2015, p.66-71

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal Building

Canadian Architect—March 2016, p.18
Award Magazine—April 2016, p.7
2012-2013 North America Wood Design Award Winners, p6-7, p54-59.
2011-2012 North America Wood Design Award Winners, p108-113.
Shaw Contract Group Design Is 2012, p.86.
Svenskt Trä! (Swedish Wood) 2012 #4, p.27-29
Award Magazine—June 2011

Cabin on Secret Island

Young Architects 5, Inhabiting Identity, p.126-131




Current Opportunities:

Architect AIBC / Intern Architect AIBC / Architectural Technologist AIBC

Level of Experience:

Job Description:
CPA is seeking candidates for positions in our downtown Nanaimo office. We are looking for proactive, organized and team-oriented individuals for permanent full-time positions. The successful candidates will ideally possess the following attributes:

  • fluency in English with excellent oral and written skills

  • excellent design ability

  • knowledge of current codes and municipal zoning requirements

  • strong technical detailing ability

  • experience with design and construction document preparation

  • proficiency with Vectorworks software is a strong asset

  • self-motivated with a keen interest in architecture and building

  • experience in wood-frame construction, Passive Haus, LEED, and AutoCAD are also desired assets

  • strong graphic ability

Contact Info: 
Candidates will only be considered if they:

  • respond to (no mail, drop-in, or telephone enquiries please)

  • forward a portfolio including examples of work completed by the applicant with information stating to what portions of projects they directly contributed

  • forward a resume or CV including eduction, experience and references

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