Workbench Barcelona Design


Workbench Barcelona Design is a Vancouver based Design-Build firm with a focus on architectural design for commercial and residential projects, as well as furniture and product design. We work together with our clients right from the first schematic sketches to offer an integrated solution, including design development, construction documentation, construction coordination services and project management. Our commitment is to find unique and creative solutions to any design challenges with an on-going exploration of function, utility, detail, materiality, and character in our projects.




Mario Paredes is an architect from Barcelona based in Vancouver since 2015. He came to Canada in pursuit of expanding his knowledge in wood based design and construction techniques.

Mario spent the first years in Canada working as a construction manager in the high rise development industry. Meanwhile, he could be found in his little workshop growing his love for wood and craftsmanship. 

Later he spent some time studying fine cabinet making on the Sunshine Coast (Inside Passage School) while building the foundations of a dream. Workbench Barcelona was founded in 2018.

Always curious, he has been acquiring new skills that help him offer a different perspective of design and fabrication. Mario‚Äôs goal is to help his clients develop their vision into beautifully built designs. Starting from a sketch on a napkin or a simple conceptual model, to a fully developed construction project.