PROJECT UPDATE: Just West Townhouses

The Just West Townhouses have come a long way since our last update in late 2021. This project is now complete! As part of the City of Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor Planning, this project includes stacked townhouses along West King Edward and Manitoba Streets as well as typical townhouses along the lane.

The project is arranged around a large village green that includes extensive landscaping and a storm water management system. Green roofs help to slow the flow of rainwater into the City’s civil infrastructure.

Learn more about the project here. 

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PROJECT UPDATE: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre Expansion

Have you seen the latest renderings for the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre Expansion?

The main entry plaza leads you into the Community Living Room, a dynamic multi-use space that continues throughout the building to the Social Heart of the park on the other side. The Social Heart is a natural outdoor living room with community gardens and a great lawn that will be used for outdoor learning, fitness or special events.

Construction will begin in Spring 2022, with estimated completion in 2024. Learn more about the project here: 👉

The City of Surrey recently held an open house to welcome community feedback for the proposed design. If you missed the in-person open house, you can still share your thoughts, ask questions and view the design boards online until August 10th: 👉


The Grant Street project consists of a Net Zero infill and the retention of an existing character house with a new vertical addition.

Currently the project is the construction phase, with work steadily progressing by Rain City Homes. During our recent visit, we were excited to see the installation of the metal standing seam underway. Following completion of the cladding, the next steps will be for the installation of the solar panels.

Stay tuned for more updates!


SHAPE Architecture is excited to share that our Mateah project has passed a public hearing in Saanich last week! This mixed-used development is located on the border between Royal Oak and Carey and is comprised of three buildings connected by large external public spaces to provide a unique opportunity for connecting existing residential, commercial, and light industrial uses in the neighborhood to a vibrant community hub.

Mateah will include more than 250 new market and affordable housing, as well as amenities such as a non-profit childcare centre, a medical campus, and commercial and light industrial businesses. We are appreciative of our team and the broader community for their input and support over the past three years!

To learn more about the project, please visit this link.

PROJECT UPDATE: Cardero Street

The Cardero project consists of 3 adjoining ‘houses’ which form 1 building: Houses A and B are heritage houses, while House C is a new adjoining infill. Both heritage houses were repositioned forward on site to facilitate this infill, carefully increasing the density of the site.

House B is a little further along in construction and is being fitted with original refurbished sash windows this week. House A is currently framing out on level 3 while House C is almost completely framed.

Stay tuned to see more updates for this project!


SHAPE Architecture is pleased to announce that an Informational Open House will be held tonight for the Menno Hall proposal with MCC and PCDA—an exciting place for students, residents, and academics to live, reflect, and study in a purpose-built new development at the Gateway to the UEL. The project will benefit the wider community by providing a special place which integrates living, faith, and learning through a considered approach to urban design, landscape, and the public realm.

The proposal is comprised of a mid-rise 4 to 6-storey mixed use Institutional space for Peace Studies, Student Rental Housing, and Rental Housing which creates housing opportunities for the missing middle. Consistent with the core planning principles underpinning the newly adopted Area D Plan (local area policy for the neighbourhood), the project will be a model of sustainable development with its utilization of mass timber, green roof + rainwater management, and energy efficiency meeting Step-Code 4.

As part of the formal consultation period, this Informational Open House will be an opportunity to share further details about the proposal and solicit feedback. We welcome all to come out and meet our team in-person!

For additional information, please visit this link.

PROJECT UPDATE: Morrison on the Park

Construction continues to advance on the Morrison on the Park Townhouses—with the below-grade work largely in place now, above-grade curb forming and wood framing have been progressing quickly over the past few months. Building wrap and vapour semi-permeable PO film installation for window preparation has been observed on Buildings 1 + 4 on the east side of the site, which have now been framed to the roof levels.

Upper level framing can also be observed in-progress for Buildings 2 + 3 on the west side of the site. The team is very excited to get a sense of the massing on-site now, and we look forward to the upcoming developments!

Learn more about the Morrison on the Park Townhouses here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: SHAPE Architecture is Moving!

Our studio is moving into a new custom-built office space effective December 17th as we celebrate a significant milestone in growth with our expanded team of 30 people! The new space is built with state-of-the-art technologies, design features and end-of-trip facilities to create an even more collaborative in-person work environment, while supporting a hybrid in-office/work-from-home model.

The move into the new office parallels with our move into larger scale complex projects as we continue the pursuit of excellence in project delivery and client services while enriching our communities through architectural expression.

The new office will be housed in the new VMC + Affordable Housing mixed-use tower located at 1462 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 0C3.

Stay tuned for more information and images!


The installation of the building envelope is well underway in our Just West Townhouses project. Passersby along West King Edward Avenue can now observe the painting of the white brick and black stucco cladding that will articulate the finishing architectural character of these six three-storey townhouses.

Sample mock-ups of the entry portals and deck railings have been installed on site for the team to evaluate on Building 1, which will inform the construction of these items for the remaining buildings. Other hardware, including the windows and doors, have also been put in place throughout the site now.

Stay tuned over the next few months as construction of these townhouse units continues to move towards completion!

Learn more about Just West Townhouses.

PROJECT UPDATE: 1037 West King Edward Housing

This new four-storey wood-frame development, located on West King Edward and Oak Street in Vancouver, BC, provides 36 secured rental units, which will benefit from strong relationships to fresh air, natural light, landscape and usable outdoor space based on the building’s central courtyard and rooftop garden typology.

The unique multi-family rental housing project targets LEED Gold and is in its final stages of construction, where the exterior finishes are coming together, and work is ongoing in the interior. The design concept encapsulates a sense of community and living together, while the project further contributes to the City of Vancouver’s goal of improving the options and availability of affordable housing.

Learn more about 1037 West King Edward Housing.