The firm was established in 1995 as Besharat Friars Architects and earned a reputation for successfully responding to diverse client and community aspirations. In 2018 the practice was re-branded as BFA Studio Architects

BFA Studio Architects has worked with clients on over 200 successful & challenging projects in Canada.


The firm's philosophy is based on providing contextual regional design, through a socially conscious and environmentally sensitive approach to the profession of architecture for people and communities. We believe in architecture with a sense of purpose, crafted in layers; a design statement in motion.

BFA Studio Architects is committed to innovative & economical design solutions, including the application of sound technical expertise during all phases of the communication, regulatory, management, and construction processes of building design.



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With Besharat Friars Architects you benefit from the service of a boutique architectural firm without sacrificing innovation in design. Besharat Friars’ ability to respond to design changes and effectively manage consultants during the construction process is second to none. regardless of the size or complexity of the project I would not hesitate to use Besharat Friars Architects on my next project
— Oliver Webbe, Vice President of Darwin Properties (Canada) Ltd.
Over the last decade, we’ve selected BFA for projects of various size and complexity. Although we’ve approached many firms, we continue to choose BFA over other firms as they strike the perfect balance between design, functionality and budget. As a business owner with a hectic schedule, their design, execution and management of our projects has been instrumental to our success.
— Fardad Moayeri, Vice President of Parissa Labs Inc.
Besharat Friars Architects is a boutique firm that gives a personal touch to all their projects and clients. Building design by Helen Besharat and Shane Friars is distinct, practical and functional, whether it be a high rise tower or a commercial complex. Their service to their clients and attention to detail are top notch.
— Nelson Chan, President of Citimark Developments