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Rural Roots

Our team grew up on farms, and many of us still live on a farm.  So farming is in our blood.  But we have a love and passion for good functional design and beautiful architecture. And beautiful architecture is not just for urban. We see an amazing opportunity for rural to connect with urban through architecture. Whether it be through historic barn conversion, on-farm agritourism buildings, or modern rural design.

The Team

Krista Hulshof, Architect, Owner, Pig Farmer’s wife

Why did you become an architect?

I grew up on a farm but always wanted to be an architect. So I attended the University of Waterloo for a bachelor’s and master’s of architecture. While studying I found a book at chapters about barn conversions and I knew then that that was what I wanted to do! I completed my master’s thesis on permaculture farm design in 2008. I have worked in the industry since and started VELD architect in 2012 to pursue my passion for rural architecture. I have done work with a variety of clients with a variety of design challenges in rural and agritourism projects. I facilitate clients through the myriad of decisions, regulations, and construction processes so that they get what they want and achieve success in their businesses and homes.

What are your rural roots?

I grew up on a dairy farm which transitioned into specialty birds (geese, ducks, silkie chickens) near London, Ontario. Then I married a pig farmer.

What’s your superpower?

I tell clients that “you don’t have to teach me (your architect) how to shovel manure!

Hobbies & extracurriculars

I have three young children, I have a permaculture orchard of my own, and I am the vice president and founder of Ontario Barn Preservation.

Rain Maki, M.Arch. Intern Architect, Goat Farmer

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Hobbies & extracurriculars

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Keturah Breackon, M.Arch. Intern Architect, married to a maple syrup farmer

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