Shean Architects is a multidisciplinary architecture studio based in Ottawa’s Hintonburg neighbourhood.

Principal Rick Shean strives to bring the natural aesthetic into every project. His goal is to design unique homes that fit the needs and lifestyles of his clients. Rick creates beautiful, modern spaces that rely on use of the natural environment and manipulation of light.

We’re proud to have a wide range of award-winning large and small-scale projects in our portfolio. Our designs have also been featured in numerous publications and websites.


Our philosophy for what makes beautiful buildings centers around bringing natural elements into modern spaces. At the core of our design, we believe in making use of the natural environment and surrounding site, manipulation of natural light and space and use of texture and natural materials.

“People strive to make something interesting by having it stand out—but I would much rather have beauty. Done well, that natural aesthetic is sublime.”



Growing up in the theatre town of Stratford, Ontario laid the groundwork for Rick’s fascination with architecture, art and design.

Rick's interest in building began early in life with jobs pouring concrete and stone masonry. After earning his Bachelor of Architecture in 1998, he went on to combine his two passions: architecture and art, as a set designer for feature films and television.

A self-professed minimalist, Rick loves innovative architecture that focusses on the natural environment and light. He designed and built his own modern Ottawa home to reflect his family’s aesthetics and lifestyle.

Rick’s love of travel has led to design work in other corners of the world, including building schools and women’s shelters in (name of area), India. He can also often be found riding around town on his motorcycle.



With 20+ years as an architect technologist, “J-P” has tremendous technical design experience in projects ranging from commercial and institutional to high-end residential projects. His specialized training provides highly detailed working drawings, CAD, 3D visualizations and digital architectural renderings.

A self-professed “geek”, if there is a new state-of-the-art technology – J-P knows about it, knows how to use it, and probably owns it. Because of this he has, by default, become the office “IT”guy. When not immersed in technology – J-P enjoys the great outdoors and wouldn’t miss his two annual camping trips.

Areas Served

Ottawa, Aylmer, Barrhaven, Bells Corners, Britannia, Chelsea, Deschênes, Gatineau, Gloucester, Hazeldean, Hull, Kanata, Leitrim, Nepean, Old Chelsea, Orleans, Pointe-Gatineau, Quebec, Rockcliffe Park, Shirleys Bay, Templeton, Uplands



The Eddy—GOHBA, Best Project: High Rise Building, 50 Units or more

Wellington Village Serenity—GOHBA, Exterior living space

Wellington Village Modern—GOHBA, Best Project: Green Custom Home of the Year


Val des Monts — GOHBA, Best Project: Anywhere in the World

The Eddy— Quest Community Energy Builder Award for Real Estate Sector


Gatineau Hill Modern—GOHBA, Best Project: Anywhere in the World


Ottawa River House—GOHBA, Best custom home, 4000 to 5999 sq ft. // Best custom bathroom, 91sq. ft. and over

Zen Barn—GOHBA, Best custom home, 2400 sq ft or less & People’s Choice Awards

Westboro Beach Modern—GOHBA, Best Custom Infill


Waters Edge (Mississauga, Ontario)—Ontario Home Builders Association Awards of Distinction, Most Outstanding Custom Home, 5000 sq.ft. and over