Architects Behind the Vision

Our Company

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, L41 was created in the Design Studio of Michael Katz Architecture. The Company, led by it’s founder for four decades, has built its reputation on a spirit of innovation and sustainability in Architecture, Urban Design and Industrial Design.

Under the direction of Michael Katz and his partner, Janet Corne, L41 home strives to create design solutions, individual to each project and to each client, all executed with meticulous attention to detail.

L41 home employs a multi-disciplinary approach, including close, creative collaboration with Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental Engineers and Landscape Architects which helps it to advance Building Technology and Design and to find fresh ways to provide meaningful, sustainable design solutions.

Our Approach

The underlying concept is to manufacture houses in the same way as the majority of mass-produced products, utilizing the genius of the Robotic assembly line.

L41 has been designed as factory-built, fit-to-ship modules which can be connected together in varying sizes and configurations to create low, medium and high-density complexes.

The L41 home is designed for a generation that understands the principles of “small is beautiful”, preservation of resources, improving the lives of others and enhancing our future by means of sustainable actions. With every inch of space utilized and many built-in storage solutions provided, L41 fulfils the maxim, “everything in its place and a place for everything”.

Sub-compact, highly affordable houses satisfy many diverse needs:

  • First-time buyers
  • Student Housing
  • Seniors
  • Hotels
  • Recreation
  • Emergency housing
  • Special-needs
  • Homeless
  • Military

Who We Are

Michael Katz

Architect, M.Arch. Urban Design

Michael Katz is an architect, urban designer and innovator. Founder and principal of Michael Katz Architecture, Mr. Katz’s career has included being Chief Planner for Grosvenor International making him responsible for the planning and urban design of major projects, including Maui’s Wailea and Oahu’s University Town. His original designs for high-density, affordable, housing have been utilized extensively by Government and private enterprise. Author of numerous published Patents, he designed and built the world’s first universal mobile keyboard, The Pocketop. He is a member of the Architectural Institute of B.C. and has been an Academic Advisor to final year students at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and the Sauder School of Business.

Janet Corne

Designer, BID MFA

Janet Corne is an artist, designer, and innovator. A partner in Michael Katz Architecture, her education spans fine art, interior design, architecture and urban design; her mediums include sculpture, painting, photography and architecture. Transforming complexity of thinking into simplicity of presentation, her work in both art and architecture creates a dialogue between the two and illustrates their affects on each other. She exhibited extensively at Buschlen Mowatt Galleries in Vancouver and Palm Desert and most recently at Royale Projects in California. She has been a Design Critic at the School of Architecture, University of Manitoba and an Academic Advisor to final year students at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.