Project: Petit Architect

Maïa Tarassoff is an architect and interior designer from Paris, France. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from École d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Degree from l’École Boulle. After graduation, she sought out a career in sustainable design and built energy efficient social housing dwellings and private residences. In 2013, she moved to Vancouver with her family in search of a better lifestyle with greater landscape. She obtained her Passive House Designer Certification in 2015. Maïa started Petit Architect in 2017, she teaches after-school programs in school workshops for all ages ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In parallel, she continues to work as a passive house and interior designer.


Petit Architect brings architecture workshops in schools and after school programs with the mandate to make architecture more accessible to children and youth and inspire them to become educated citizens involved in their cities. Maïa’s focus as an architect has always been sustainability, social impact and energy efficiency. Her curriculum is focused on sustainable architecture and urban design. In November 2018, with the help of ZEBx, the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada, and other private sponsors, she hosted a family workshop called A Passive House Intro for Kids in Vancouver. Her goal is to bring these fun hands-on workshops into many schools and raise awareness to accelerate the shift towards greener cities.