Photo thanks to Christine Pienaar photography

Photo thanks to Christine Pienaar photography

Maïa Tarassoff is a registered architect and interior designer from Paris, France. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Ecole d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture Degree from l’Ecole 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, with the mandate to make architecture more accessible to children and youth and inspire them to become educated citizens involved in their cities.

She teaches fun, hands-on after-school programs and intervenes in schools, for all ages ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Her curriculum is focused on sustainability, social impact and energy efficiency. In parallel, she continues to work as a passive house and interior designer.

She truly believes that better living environments can be created by inspiring and empowering the next generations to design more beautiful, more welcoming and more sustainable cities.


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  • Teaching architecture workshops to children 7-12 in different locations in Vancouver, after school and during spring and summer breaks.

  • Social Media / Web design a plus


  • Part-time, Contract

  • Hourly rate to be discussed upon experience.

  • Available to start in September


  • Must be available from 3pm to 6pm at least 3 days/ week 

  • Ability to work with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm

  • 1 year or more of experience working with children.

  • Background or interest in architecture and design.

  • Self motivated, passionate, approachable

  • Outgoing, friendly, upbeat and fun!

  • English mandatory, French speaking is a plus

  • Criminal record check will be required

  • Must have reliable transportation (car preferred)

  • Social media / web design skills a plus

  • Formal teaching training is an asset but not required


  • Community centres in Vancouver

  • Schools in Vancouver

You are outgoing, you love arts and crafts and making models. You love children, have some educational skills and can maintain a working environment in a classroom. You show up on time and have a great positive attitude. You know how to adapt to the unexpected challenges that may come up in a classroom.

If this sounds like you and you think you would be a good fit, please apply!

Only applicants with relevant experience will be contacted.