PROJECT UPDATE: UBC Rec North Construction

The main feature stair at UBC Recreation Centre North is a key wayfinding element within the building. It weaves together the various levels of the publicly accessible fitness program and is visible from all three building entrances. The exposed steel structures will be concealed once construction is complete.

STUDIO UPDATE: Nick Sully Named as a 2024 RAIC Fellow

We are honoured to announce that Managing Partner Nick Sully has been named as a 2024 RAIC Fellow for his contributions to the profession.

“A Fellow of the RAIC College is a member of the RAIC who has achieved professional eminence or has rendered distinctive service to the profession or to the community at large. Nomination and advancement to Fellowship is administered by the RAIC College. Fellowship is bestowed upon individuals through a nomination process and recognizes members for their contribution to research, scholarship, public service, or professional standing to the good of architecture in Canada, or elsewhere.”

Nick co-founded SHAPE Architecture in 2007 on the premise that critical design practice can be both commercially viable and environmentally responsible. Over the last two decades, his focus has been on place-making; unlocking design potential with low energy / high performance design solutions and progressive engagement with technology.

His work on ecological densification in Vancouver in the 2000’s helped pave the way for fundamental changes to Vancouver’s Land-Use bylaws which enabled multiple residences on single-family lots across the City, transforming the way families live in Vancouver.

Nick’s work has been recognized with the 1999 AIBC Gold Medal, several City of Vancouver Urban Design Awards, the 2016 RAIC National Urban Design Medal, 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal and the 2020 Governor General’s Medal.

He has over twenty five years of experience leading both local and international projects at multiple scales. Nick was also previously chaired the UBC Advisory Design Panel, and was a former board member for the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

This year’s Fellows will be officially inducted to the RAIC College on Thursday, May 16 during the 2024 RAIC Conference. Congratulations to all 41 new RAIC Fellows!

Learn more about this year’s RAIC Fellows here.

NEW PROJECT: South Granville Commercial Mixed-Use Development

On the boards: an exciting new mixed-use commercial development in the South Granville neighbourhood. Learn more about this project here.

STUDIO UPDATE: Talking About Impactful Women in Architecture

Last Friday was International Women’s Day.

With the impact that women are making daily in every industry, in our Friday Design Review we decided to highlight women in architecture who have inspired us and left a lasting impression. It was an amazing experience to learn about female leaders in architecture (and architecture-related programs), both known and unknown, internationally and locally.

Curious to see who our staff presented? Check out the short video on our Instagram here.

NEW PROJECT: High-Rise Residential Tower

A sneak peek of renderings for an upcoming high rise residential tower. Taking inspiration from cedar basket weaving, the facade of the new tower building creates a rich, dynamic weave of shadow and light by alternating the recessed balconies at each level.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting project!

PROJECT UPDATE: UBC Recreation Centre North Construction

Steady construction progress on UBC Recreation Centre North! Learn more about the project here.

PROJECT UPDATE: Blatchford Fire Station #8 Renders

Located in the vibrant new Blatchford Community in Edmonton, Alberta; The new Blatchford Firehall #8 will be a new 16,000 square foot Fire Station featuring a three-bay drive-through apparatus bay which is strategically positioned to serve the community through visual engagement and connectivity. The building is wrapped in a subtly reflective, matte metallic folded metal skin which responds to the interplay of light and shadow throughout the seasons.

Find out more details on the project page here!

2023 Wrap-Up and Holiday Hours

Wishing you all a happy and restful holiday!

We are very thankful for all our collaborators and clients, alongside the friends and family who support us. We wrapped up 2023 with one last project pin-up.Check out our Instagram!

It’s amazing to see all that we have accomplished throughout the year. None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our incredible team.

Please note that our office is closed for the week of December 25th and will reopen on January 2nd.

Best wishes from the SHAPE Architecture team. We will see everyone in the new year!

STUDIO UPDATE: Administrative Assistant Position

Join our award-winning firm and work with our growing team of talented architects and designers!⁠⁠ At SHAPE Architecture, we advocate an open and collaborative work environment. We believe every voice matters, because sharing our thoughts, experiences and viewpoints brings forth the best ideas. We offer mentorship, generous paid-time off, health benefits, flexibility, and work-life balance.⁠⁠

We are currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to start immediately at our Vancouver Studio. As a diverse and growing studio, join us as we build an engaging, humane and sustainable future. In addition to this position, we have more exciting career opportunities – see full job listings at
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AWARDS: Maple Ridge Recreation Centre Expansion a Winner at the 2023 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Architecture Awards!

The 28th IAKS Congress has officially concluded, and we are thrilled to announce that the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Expansion was named a 2023 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prize winner!

These awards are a joint effort between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) to celebrate sustainable, accessible and innovative sports and leisure facilities. The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Expansion was awarded in the category of Pools, spas and wellness facilities. As the Partner in Charge for this project, Dwayne Smyth accepted the award on SHAPE Architecture’s behalf at the Awards Gala in Cologne, Germany.

This year’s theme for the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Congress was: “Building resilient communities through sports and leisure facilities”. With over 80 amazing entries from outstanding architecture studios around the world, we are honoured to have our work recognized.

We noted that six of the fifteeen overall prizes were awarded to sports and leisure facility projects from Canada. We are pleased to be apart of Canada’s increasing presence on the international stage of recreation facilities, and we are excited to continue our efforts.

  • From the jury: “MRLC Expansion is an exceptional project in many ways. It takes a building from the early Eighties and redevelops it with clarity and elegance. What is immediately apparent, is a high level of design that is both architecturally attractive and significant in its response to universal accessibility. This project successfully deals with the more subtle aspects of the broader range of disabilities, instead of only looking at wheelchair access…”

Thanks to City of Maple Ridge and our project partners: Chandos Construction, RJC Engineering, AME Group, and AES Engineering.

Read the full feature in sb magazine here.

Learn more about the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Expansion project here.

Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography