Hessey Consulting + Architecture partners with social purpose organizations in British Columbia, Canada. We support organizations that create positive change whether it is through social, economic, or environmental initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Non-profit organizations
• Social enterprises
• Co-operatives
• For-profit companies with a clear social mission
• Municipal initiatives that further social causes, promote community economic development, or target environmental directives

This list isn’t exhaustive—social impact organizations can take many forms. Hessey seeks to build the capacity of organizations working towards social good.


Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services (VACFSS)
Child Protection & Family Services Office, 2020 Yukon Street, Vancouver

“It was such a great pleasure working with Matt! He patiently guided us in selecting a new office space, taking our needs into consideration with understanding, and practicality, and then schematically assessing how our needs could be best met. When we secured a new site, his expertise and professionalism was invaluable, as he navigated us through the retrofit, selecting a contractor, and then ensuring that everything went smoothly, and we were getting maximum value for our money. I appreciated Matt s integrity and sensitivity to our organization’s requirements. I highly recommend working with Matt!”

Kim Louie

Manageriel Consultant, VACFSS

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
573 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

“Matt prepared a Functional Program for us to document and assess physical space options for our renovation project. It was our first time being involved with such a project and he guided our stakeholders, ensuring the right people contributed appropriately. Matt was curious and respectful, taking time to learn about our organizational context and being readily available to answer questions. He patiently and thoughtfully listened to our program needs and incorporated them into the plan. In addition, Matt was a valuable resource connecting us with other community members who could contribute resources towards making our project a success. It was a pleasure to work with Matt.”

Rory Sutherland

Executive Director, DTES NH

Community Impact Real Estate Society
Multiple Locations, Vancouver, BC

“Matt has proven to be an excellent resource, a guide for our tenants navigating through their tenant improvement projects. Matt’s deep understanding of the building process, gentle personality and clear communication style makes him the perfect bridge between professional services, contractors and tenants.”

Shaugn  Schwartz

Director Portfolio Management & Capacity Building, CIRES 

Embers Eastside Works*
57 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

“We worked with Matt Hessey during the development of our newest project Eastside Works.  I had no idea about preparing a space for occupancy and all the details that came with it from the design to the permitting.  Matt was amazing at walking us through everything, making sure we were on track and he explained it all in a way that made sense to us.  At every stage he was knowledgeable and professional but more importantly he was super approachable and listened to what our needs were.  I would highly recommend working with Matt Hessey and would absolutely use him again for any project we may have it the future.”

Johanna Li

Manager EMBERS Eastside Works 

BC Artscape*
268 Keefer, Vancouver, BC

“Matt takes to heart the needs and challenges of the organizations he works with. His technical expertise, ability to navigate complexity, and project management skills are paired with a deep dedication to advocating for the best interests of his clients. Matt is honest, reliable and ensures his clients have all the information they need to be able to make sound decisions. Overall he is wonderful to work with.”

Julie Larsen

Associate Director, BC Artscape

In Development, Vancouver, BC

“The  Nestworks  team worked with Matt to develop a schematic functional program that allowed us to unlock the challenges and opportunities of our family–friendly shared workspace concept.  He and his team captured our team’s vision and developed its technical detail to create a solid foundation for our next steps. He is highly skilled, empathetic and committed to realizing socially impactful projects. I am happy to recommend working with Matt and look forward to the next time we have a chance to collaborate.”

Madeleine Shaw

Founder and Chief Community Officer,  Nestworks  Workplace Society 

Nada Package Free Grocery*
675 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC

“Matt was integral to designing the zero waste store of our dreams! We’ve known and worked closely with him for several years now, and our meetings were by far the highlight of our buildout process. Matt used his expertise to guide key design decisions that fit both within our budget and vision; his recommendations ultimately saved us a ton of time and money (hundreds of thousands of dollars). As an impact company, we were grateful for his knowledge of circular economy principles. Matt has always been an absolute pleasure to work with and we can’t wait to get started on our next project with him!”

Brianne Miller

Nada Founder & CEO 

*As Architectural Director of ZAS Architects Inc.’s Vancouver Office .