PROJECT UPDATE: Grace Townhouses

If you’ve been in the Ash and W 30th neighbourhood recently, you may have noticed ongoing construction. The Grace Project with Conwest Developments is nearing completion. We’re excited to see the finished development.

AWARDS: Maple Grove Elementary Shortlisted for the 2024 WAN Awards Americas

We’re excited to announce that Maple Grove Elementary School (MGE) was shortlisted for the 2024 WAN Awards Americas, under the Institutions Category. This project was completed in association with Montgomery Sisam Architects.

The WAN Awards by World Architecture News aim to acknowledge and celebrate excellent architecture within various geographical regions. These Awards recognise outstanding works that are innovative, visionary and imaginative.

Curious to learn more about MGE and the WAN Awards? Check out the links below.

PROJECT UPDATE: Blatchford Fire Station No. 8

A preview of new renderings for Blatchford Fire Station No.8! Fitness is a crucial aspect for firefighters as it promotes both their mental and physical well-being. Our design team listened to the needs of the firefighters – working with them to create a spacious and comfortable fitness room that is bright and welcoming. Users have a clear view and access of the courtyard, allowing them to easily transition between indoor and outdoor activities.

Learn more about the project here.

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!