Zimba Design

Zimba Design


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Zimba Design is an award-winning building design firm skilled in residential and commercial projects. As a boutique firm, we work closely with selected general contractors to ensure our client’s vision becomes a reality.

Why do people choose Zimba Design? Simply put, we bridge the gap between construction design and the building permit process. This creates a smooth transition for a stress-free project from concept to completion / reality. Clients recommend us because we speak the language of construction and ease your mind with our always available level of service.

Getting from A to B should be an enjoyable process. That’s why our clients recommend us time and time again. Sounding good? Connect with us to talk about your exciting upcoming construction design.

We design homes for the now and renovations for real living. Tell us your story and Zimba Design will transform your dream into reality.

Our services include:
• Design of new custom homes (from the ground up and the outside in)
• Additions and renovations to existing homes
• Laneway, coach house and infill housing
• Commercial tenant improvements
• Feasibility studies
• Building permit consulting

Zimba Design was created and is led by Pam Chilton. She has received the Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology from the ASTTBC and was the first female building inspector (BOABC Level 3) on the North Shore, serving the District of West Vancouver for 10 years. Prior to that, Pam was a Plan Checker for the City of Burnaby. She holds a Diploma of Building Technology (architectural major) and Management Certificate in Interior Design (Honors) both from BCIT. Pam serves as a Director with the ASTTBC BD Executive, and is Vice Chair for the City of North Vancouver Board of Variance. Formerly, she has served as a Director for the Building Designers’ Institute of BC (BDIBC), on the Advisory Design Panel for the City of North Vancouver, and on the Professional Development Committee of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Pam is also a member of The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, The ASTTBC Building Designers, The Architectural Institute of BC, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Lower Lonsdale BIA. Past memberships include the Building Officials’ Association of BC, Interior Designer’s Institute of BC, The Building Designers Institute of BC, Canadian Construction Women and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

Services Provided

• Design of new custom homes (from the ground up and the outside in)
• Additions and renovations to existing homes
• Laneway, coach house and infill housing
• Commercial tenant improvements
• Feasibility studies
• Zoning Bylaw and Building Code Consulting

Areas Served

Vancouver, North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver), Sea to Sky (Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and beyond), Burnaby


  • Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Award: Western Red Cedar

This award recognizes the beauty of Western red cedar used in an interior or exterior application on any type of project – residential or non-residential. Projects chosen highlight the richly textured grain of Western red cedar, one of BC’s most beautiful natural products.

  • ASTTBC Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology

This award honors a woman who is an ASTTBC member, has distinguished herself in her field of technology, and has demonstrated leadership within the Association or local community by serving as a role model and promoting careers in technology.

HAVAN Spotlight: Pam Chilton

We interviewed HAVAN Member Pam Chilton, Zimba Designs, and asked her a series of questions about herself! She shares a moment in HAVAN’s Spotlight.




Pam Chilton AScT, CRD, AIBC.BD
Principal Designer

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