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2006, 2023

Pride Month at Proscenium!

June 20th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

In honour of Pride month we have launched our second annual mini-fundraiser for Rainbow Refugee, a great organization that promotes safe, equitable migration and communities of belonging for people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. Get involved and donate to our fundraiser on our Canada Helps page! How does Rainbow Refugee support refugees from inside Canada? Rainbow

805, 2023

Indigenous Awareness Training and Red Dress Day 2023

May 8th, 2023|All, General|

This May, our firm is proud to have completed the Indigenous Awareness course with Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.! Thank you to Rupert Richardson, our fantastic facilitator. We are committed to better understanding the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, to working well with our Indigenous partners on projects and advocating for the 94 calls to action. We have much to offer and much to learn!

105, 2023

UBC Jack Bell Renewal Open House

May 1st, 2023|Architecture, All, General|

On April 26, we were pleased to participate in an Open House for Jack Bell, our ongoing project at UBC in collaboration with Teeple Architects. Rendering by Tango Studio This project, in the design stage, will transform the existing Jack Bell building in a complete renewal project. This project represents the next capital renewal project on UBC campus, following the successful renewal of

2604, 2023

WISH & Working Gear Donation Drive

April 26th, 2023|All|

For over a decade, we have held a "Spring Cleaning" donation drive for two amazing organizations in East Vancouver, WISH Drop-in Centre and Working Gear! This week, we were able to drop off 5 large garbage bags of donations from our firm and some other participating local firms to benefit these organizations. Natasha and Vicki sorting donations! Drop-off at WISH! Thank

2604, 2023

PAI Highlight: Massey Theatre Renewal

April 26th, 2023|All, Design, Architecture|

We are excited to be working with the City of New Westminster on the upcoming Renewal of the Massey Theatre! Proscenium has been involved in renovations and studies for the building since 1997 through various phases and we are thrilled to be leading its next steps. WHEN THE MASSEY WAS A ROADHOUSE The Massey Theatre is a historic, modernist theatre built in 1949. In its

1704, 2023

Residential Design at PAI

April 17th, 2023|All, Design|

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS Proscenium has over twenty years’ experience providing architectural and interior design services for single and multi-family residential projects. Our architecture and interior design professionals work in an Integrated Design Team format, and a dedicated interiors department consists of eight full-time individuals. DESIGN APPROACH Our firm is community-minded, client-focused and takes a process-driven design approach to our projects. We strive to create functional and

1304, 2023

PAI Team: Meet Faraneh, Architectural Graduate!

April 13th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

Meet the PAI Team: Introducing Faraneh Nouraei! Faraneh joined Proscenium in 2022 as an Architectural Graduate. A skilled technician and designer, Faraneh has become an essential member of our team. Her strong work ethic and easygoing positive attitude makes our office a better place to be! Since joining the firm, Faraneh has primarily been working on mixed use and residential projects. Her big-picture values are

2403, 2023

Ballet BC is Taking Shape!

March 24th, 2023|All, Design, Architecture|

As spring arrives, our project out at Granville Island for Ballet BC is taking shape! We are at the exciting turning point where finishes and floors are being installed and we're starting to see the final product. The phased project for the province's preeminent contemporary dance company is establishing a new home for the organization out of a former Arts Umbrella space. Proscenium has

1603, 2023

Forum featured on RenX, Colliers

March 16th, 2023|All, Architecture|

Our newest industrial/office project in South Vancouver is getting attention. Colliers Canada is talking about how the eight-storey strata office for Chard Development is in a prime location with excellent connectivity, and flexible floor plans for businesses. They also speak to how Southwest Vancouver’s Marine Gateway Neighborhood is a new hotspot for development. In the Real Estate News Exchange, Byron Chard is quoted on how

1503, 2023

Staff Ski Day & Vancouver Aquarium

March 15th, 2023|All, Company News|

We were lucky to get out of the studio last Friday and enjoy some local tourism! The snow-savvy half of the team spent the day sliding down Grouse Mountain, enjoying lunch at the lodge and finally seeing the beautiful view in the afternoon when the clouds lifted and the city came into view! Footwear included skis, snowboards and snowshoes for those that felt like

2802, 2023

2346 West 4th Ave in for Development Permit

February 28th, 2023|All, Architecture|

We are glad to be working with Yenik Realty Ltd. on a new commercial building located on the bustling West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano! The project will bring much-needed office and retail space to a lot that has been vacant for over six years. The proposed two-storey building will replace the existing single-storey building to allow for 7,100 ft2 of new office, retail and restaurant

2102, 2023

PAI Team: Meet Justin, Senior Architectural Designer

February 21st, 2023|All, Company News|

Meet the PAI Team: Introducing Justin Huang! Justin joined Proscenium in 2022 as a Senior Architectural Designer. Justin's MO is to create inspiring architectural spaces that enrich the people and organizations that use them. He has a diverse portfolio that includes worked internationally on projects in New York, L.A., Shanghai, Xiamen and his home haunt, Vancouver. Where were you born? Vancouver, BC. How did you get

1602, 2023

Waffle Wednesdays are Back

February 16th, 2023|All, Company News|

Warning: this post includes "fluffy" content. A longtime tradition at Proscenium has made its way back into the weekly calendar... Waffle Wednesdays! This month we debuted the new PAI waffle maker to surprisingly delicious results. Special thanks to Pouian for getting us back on the waffle train. Proscenium... getting through the week one waffle at a time!  

302, 2023

T3 Mount Pleasant mentioned in DesignBoom Magazine

February 3rd, 2023|All, Company News, Architecture|

Our project with DLR and Hines is getting international attention. DesignBoom posted a feature on the two companies' ventures, including the new mass timber office building T3 Mount Pleasant, for which Proscenium is Associate Architect. When complete, the project will be the tallest mass timber building in Western Canada. Image by Steelblue "The most recent proposal developed as part of the Hines T3

2401, 2023

Day One of Demo at Volvo Richmond

January 24th, 2023|All, Company News|

The start of something exciting! Demolition is underway at our project site in Richmond, BC. We are working with Dilawri Group to design the first Volvo dealership in North America to express their re-branding. The project will also be LEED certified. In consultation with brand designers and Volvo’s corporate guide, Proscenium is devising a facility that communicates their latest corporate image. The renovated commercial/retail facility

1601, 2023

PAI Highlight: Designing Offices for the Future

January 16th, 2023|All, Design|

Proscenium has long been passionate about workplace design (see MEC Head Office) and the shifting trends that are defining the future of office design. The increased accessibility of remote work has made us hone in on what makes in-person workplaces worth the commute. In 2022, we had the privilege of designing a new office for Chard Development, a long-time client of our firm. The

1001, 2023

2022 in Review

January 10th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

2022 was a year of growth for Proscenium! We won awards, started new projects, finished projects, celebrated our 25 year anniversary and held fundraisers for some great charities. Our staff team expanded and returned to the office. Business is officially back in full swing and we can't wait to see what 2023 has in store! Last year in a Snapshot: AWARDS MEC

1912, 2022

Happy Holidays!

December 19th, 2022|All, Company News|

We want to take this opportunity to wish you a great holiday season! Next week, we are taking a break from the studio to rest, recharge and spend time with loved ones. The office will be closed from noon on Friday Dec 23rd to Tuesday, Jan 3rd. ⁠ We had a lot of fun with our Christmas cards this year, which feature festive trees

812, 2022

New Website Launched!

December 8th, 2022|Design, General, All|

We are very excited to share our new website with you, which is the result of several months of working with the folks at Amplitude Multimedia. From the outset, our goal for the new website was to marry design with functionality. Showcasing our projects and communicating who we are as a firm was the top priority, while optimizing navigability and readability throughout. The new site

112, 2022

Fundraiser for Urban Native Youth Association

December 1st, 2022|All, Company News, General|

We are excited to share our fundraising campaign this holiday season to support UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association), a charity working to support and empower Indigenous youth in East Vancouver. Click here to help us make a difference! More information about Urban Native Youth Association: Urban Native Youth Association delivers over twenty culturally responsive, prevention focused programs to urban Indigenous youth in Metro Vancouver. Our

3011, 2022

Two PAI Industrial/Office Projects featured in Storeys Magazine

November 30th, 2022|All, Architecture, General|

Two of Proscenium's ongoing industrial/office projects have been featured in an article “It’s The Next Evolution: Why Stacked Industrial is on the Rise in Vancouver" in Storeys Newsletter. https://storeys.com/stacked-industrial-real-estate-market-vancouver-british-columbia/

1511, 2022

Meet Chloe, Junior Architectural Graduate!

November 15th, 2022|All, Employment, Company News|

We are very glad to welcome Chloe to Proscenium! Chloe hails from France and has hit the ground running working on several projects. Where were you born? In a small town in North East France. How did you get into interior design?  Since I was a kid I’ve always been into design and creative stuff. I was actually first attracted to interior design, but at that

911, 2022

PAI Highlight: Langara Bioinformatics Lab

November 9th, 2022|All, Design|

After a project is finished, the architect usually steps out of the equation. But we find it extremely valuable to check in after the fact to see how the design is supporting users. What is their day-to-day experience of the space? What design features are working well and what can we learn for future projects? The Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College was completed in 2020

1110, 2022

Welcoming New Staff

October 11th, 2022|All, Employment, Company News|

Over the past couple months, Proscenium has been growing! We are thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to the team. (left to right, top to bottom) Adriana Agueros, Architectural Graduate Adriana graduated from the Polytechnical University of Madrid with a Master of Architecture in 2017. She began her architectural career at a company specializing in the design and building of exhibition spaces, where she gained experience

808, 2022

Setting up Royal Bay Presentation Centre

August 8th, 2022|All, Company News, Design, General|

After three recent successful residential projects in Victoria, BC in the last few years, Proscenium is excited to be continuing our work on Vancouver Island in Colwood, BC! We are providing full interior design services for Royal Bay Ryder Village, a new multi-family residential development located in the Royal Bay neighbourhood of Colwood, at the edge of an urban seaside. Our interior design team

812, 2022

New Website Launched!

December 8th, 2022|Design, General, All|

We are very excited to share our new website with you, which is the result of several months of working with the folks at Amplitude Multimedia. From the outset, our goal for the new website was to marry design with functionality. Showcasing our projects and communicating who we are as a firm was the top priority, while optimizing navigability and readability throughout. The new site

112, 2022

Fundraiser for Urban Native Youth Association

December 1st, 2022|All, Company News, General|

We are excited to share our fundraising campaign this holiday season to support UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association), a charity working to support and empower Indigenous youth in East Vancouver. Click here to help us make a difference! More information about Urban Native Youth Association: Urban Native Youth Association delivers over twenty culturally responsive, prevention focused programs to urban Indigenous youth in Metro Vancouver. Our

3011, 2022

Two PAI Industrial/Office Projects featured in Storeys Magazine

November 30th, 2022|All, Architecture, General|

Two of Proscenium's ongoing industrial/office projects have been featured in an article “It’s The Next Evolution: Why Stacked Industrial is on the Rise in Vancouver" in Storeys Newsletter. https://storeys.com/stacked-industrial-real-estate-market-vancouver-british-columbia/

808, 2022

Setting up Royal Bay Presentation Centre

August 8th, 2022|All, Company News, Design, General|

After three recent successful residential projects in Victoria, BC in the last few years, Proscenium is excited to be continuing our work on Vancouver Island in Colwood, BC! We are providing full interior design services for Royal Bay Ryder Village, a new multi-family residential development located in the Royal Bay neighbourhood of Colwood, at the edge of an urban seaside. Our interior design team

2207, 2022

Our Story – Celebrating 25 years of Proscenium

July 22nd, 2022|All, Company News, General|

It is with pride that we recognize 25 years of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc! What started in 1996 as a small architecture and interior design firm specializing in theatre design has grown to a mid-sized firm in 2022 working across many project types. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on where we came from and where we are going. Team members

1406, 2022

UBC MacLeod: Inside the Envelope

June 14th, 2022|General, All, Design, Architecture|

Clothing a building has become infinitely more complex due to new building codes. Building envelope technology, which once may have been akin to throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, is now the equivalent of designing a custom Gore-Tex parka, with a sweat-wicking base layer for good measure. As expectations for buildings’ environmental performance increase to meet new sustainability goals by clients and municipalities, navigating envelope

3005, 2022

T3 Mount Pleasant receives support from Design Panel

May 30th, 2022|All, Design, Architecture, General|

Last week, we received support from the Design Panel for T3 Mount Pleasant, a new 12-storey mass-timber office project designed by DLR Group for which Proscenium is Associate Architect. The project (developed by Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban) joins other T3 buildings around the world named for their use of mass timber, technology and close proximity to transit. Renders by Steelblue

2704, 2022

Donation Drive for WISH and Working Gear!

April 27th, 2022|All, Company News, General|

Spring is in the air and we have completed our annual donation drive for WISH Drop-in Centre and Working Gear! These are two great organizations that benefit folks in need in our community. Proscenium has been supporting WISH and Working Gear since 2010. We truly believe in the work they are doing and are glad to be able to donate physical items again. Thanks to

1503, 2022

Meet Saeedeh, our new Junior Architectural Graduate!

March 15th, 2022|All, Company News, General|

We are excited to welcome Saeedeh to our growing team at Proscenium! She joins us with a Masters of Urban Design from UBC and has hit the ground running in a busy spring season at the firm. Where were you born? I was born in Tehran, Capital of Iran How did you get into architecture?  When I was 15 I visited an art school. I

1001, 2022

Designing Ballet BC’s New Home

January 10th, 2022|General, Architecture, All, Company News, Design|

We are excited to be working with Ballet BC with the design of their future home on Granville Island! Our team is currently working with the dance company to renovate the space at 1286 Cartwright St, formerly occupied by Arts Umbrella. The project includes new administration and dance rehearsal spaces. Over the holidays the company announced the news: Following more than a decade at Scotiabank

2411, 2021

Supporting Carnegie Community Centre & The Gathering Place

November 24th, 2021|All, Company News, General|

Over the years, Proscenium has held donation drives to support two exceptional organizations we have worked on in the past, Carnegie Community Centre and The Gathering Place in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This year, we are excited to be collecting physical items from our staff to bundle together and drop off to benefit their programs! A little bit of history: CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE Carnegie Centre is

1711, 2021

PAI Highlight: 1235 Marine Drive

November 17th, 2021|All, Design, Architecture, General|

We are pleased to be moving forward in the design phase with our project at 1235 Marine Drive in North Vancouver!   This Mixed-Use project on the vibrant Marine Drive corridor consists of one floor of Commercial Retail and three stories of market residential condos ranging from one to two bedrooms. Some great design features include: A widened pedestrian sidewalk and added seating to encourage

1810, 2021

QET and BMO Theatre featured in Construct Connect

October 18th, 2021|All, Company News, General, Uncategorized|

We're excited to see two of our favourite theatre projects featured in September's edition of Construct Connect. The issue's main feature is an article on Acoustics called "Perfecting the Sound Experience in Theatres", written by Payam Ashtiani. It's certainly an interesting time for the performing arts community as audiences re-enter theatres following the pandemic. Many organizations are looking for safe ways to accommodate higher numbers

1708, 2021

PAI Insight: Evolving Space Needs for Industrial/Office Buildings

August 17th, 2021|All, Architecture, General|

Our projects like The Yukon (2021) and 750 SW Marine Drive (ongoing) have highlighted some recent changes in space needs of our clients. We'd like to share some insights on the mixed-use building typology of industrial/office buildings and how we're navigating those changes. MEC Head Office (2014) Covid-19 Impacts on Workplace Design The increasing capabilities of remote work and employee's desire for flexible

2206, 2021

Skewed off the Grid: Elenore on Fifth

June 22nd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture, General|

The design of Elenore on Fifth, a distinct mixed-use commercial and residential building completed in 2020, was driven by the site's unique parameters and the identity of the vibrant lower Main Street neighbourhood. STEPPING DOWN THE HILL Located on 5th and Main, the site is about halfway down the hill between Broadway and 2nd Avenue. The area has a history of small, light industrial uses

2704, 2021

Langara Bioinformatics Lab is complete!

April 27th, 2021|All, Design, General|

We're excited to have completed the Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College. This brand new molecular lab has a built-in tissue culture lab and some other great features. The main lab has all the essentials for an academic science lab geared towards teaching upper-level biology. Proscenium paired a clean contemporary design with the necessary specialized building services such as access to water, compressed air, fume hoods,

1003, 2021

UBC MacLeod: A Seismic Test Case

March 10th, 2021|All, Architecture, General|

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JDRk9iZ--Bs Our ongoing major renovation of The MacLeod Building, the electrical and computer engineering building at UBC, involves a complete gutting down of the building to its basic structural elements. Necessary seismic upgrades are driving the renovation, which has provided an opportunity to reconstruct the building to evolve its approach to 21st Century learning. As part of the assessment, there was consideration given to not

1801, 2021

242 West 6th Site Visit

January 18th, 2021|Architecture, General, All|

This beautiful heritage house at 242 West 6th is coming together, with the roof complete, windows in, and the shingle cladding being installed. The renovation/restoration project is about 80% built, with estimated completion for Spring 2021. The project will really come together over the next couple months as attention is turned to tiling, millwork, painting, site work and landscaping. The project converts The

2710, 2020

Join us at the Wood Solutions Conference

October 27th, 2020|All, Company News, Architecture, General|

On November 18th, Proscenium's Hugh Cochlin (Principal) will be speaking at the annual Wood Solutions Conference (November 16-20) hosted by Wood WORKS! BC. This year all the sessions will be virtual.   Hugh's session, "The Material is the Message," looks at the connection between material and brand for commercial projects, with the new timber-frame MEC Vancouver building as an example. He will dive into the

1410, 2020

UBC MacLeod underway

October 14th, 2020|All, Architecture, General|

Out at UBC, we're excited to see the renovation of the MacLeod building deep in progress! This gutting and renovation project on the electrical computer engineering faculty building is taking the building down to its basic structural elements to rebuild/reprogram/refresh for 21st century teaching. We're at that exciting turnaround point where we see the vision start to come to life...    

2801, 2016

Proscenium Ski Day!

January 28th, 2016|All, Company News, General|

        Proscenium enjoyed some well deserved time outside with a team ski day up on Cypress Mountain. Lucky we picked one of the best days to go up, with fresh powder on the slopes and no lines at the lifts!

1307, 2021

MEC Vancouver wins the BC Wood Design Award 2020

July 13th, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

On July 14th, WoodWORKS! BC announced MEC Vancouver is the winner of the BC Wood Design Awards (2020) for Commercial buildings! We are so glad to receive this award and thank you to our great project team for all their hard work on this inspiring, sustainable project. IN THE NEWS: Canadian Architect Journal of Commerce The building has also been spotlighted a Case Study publication

2206, 2021

Skewed off the Grid: Elenore on Fifth

June 22nd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture, General|

The design of Elenore on Fifth, a distinct mixed-use commercial and residential building completed in 2020, was driven by the site's unique parameters and the identity of the vibrant lower Main Street neighbourhood. STEPPING DOWN THE HILL Located on 5th and Main, the site is about halfway down the hill between Broadway and 2nd Avenue. The area has a history of small, light industrial uses

306, 2021

PAI Feature: Cook Street Plaza

June 3rd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

Cook Street Plaza is a comprehensive mixed-use development in the City of Victoria, currently under construction. The vision for the project was to supply a range of market and below-market housing options and locally supportive commercial space for a walkable, thriving urban area with excellent access to transportation options. The scale of the site allows a holistic approach to the public realm; landscaped mews forming

2505, 2021

MEC’s newest Head Office

May 25th, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

New flooring is being laid at MEC's new head office, the third our firm will have completed for the company (1999, 2014 and 2021). Following a transfer of ownership, MEC gave up its former head office in 2020 and engaged Proscenium to do a basic tenant improvement for a new space on Great Northern Way.  The new, smaller footprint office is a clean shell and

1705, 2021

NEWS: PAI named Associate Architect for new mass-timber office

May 17th, 2021|Company News, All, Design, Architecture|

Proscenium is excited to announce our involvement in T3 Mount Pleasant, a new mass-timber office building in Vancouver. Standing for "timber, transit and technology," T3 Mount Pleasant will be a 10-storey, 196,000 sq ft office building geared towards tech and creative industry tenants. PAI will be acting as Associate Architect to DLR Group in this project developed by the Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban.

305, 2021

750 SW Marine Drive approved by Urban Design Panel

May 3rd, 2021|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Another milestone moment for our project at 750 Southwest Marine Drive, which has full support from the Design Panel held last week. THE PROJECT The proposed building for Chard Development is an eight-storey, mixed-use building between Oak St. and Cambie St. in Vancouver’s South Marpole district. It is located on the southeast corner of Marine and Aisne Street, walking distance from the Marine Drive Skytrain

2303, 2021

Study for a Local Kollel

March 23rd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

Earlier this year, we developed a study for a new community centre building for a local Kollel. There are some great features about this project that we want to share with you! WELCOMING FROM ALL SIDES The Kollel is located on a site that faces the street on the west and backs onto the Arbutus Greenway on the east. The greenway is an ongoing City

1003, 2021

MEC Vancouver in the Press

March 10th, 2021|All, Company News, Architecture|

MEC Vancouver Flagship store seems to be the talk of the town! It's great to see the project get some recognition for its various sustainable elements, from mass timber design to rainwater recycling. ArchDaily Wood Design & Building Magazine, 2020: Print and Online: "Expressing a brand’s outdoor-friendly philosophy by building with wood" Think Wood Blog: "Biophilic Brands: Can Wood and Nature Boost the Bottom Line?"

1003, 2021

UBC MacLeod: A Seismic Test Case

March 10th, 2021|All, Architecture, General|

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JDRk9iZ--Bs Our ongoing major renovation of The MacLeod Building, the electrical and computer engineering building at UBC, involves a complete gutting down of the building to its basic structural elements. Necessary seismic upgrades are driving the renovation, which has provided an opportunity to reconstruct the building to evolve its approach to 21st Century learning. As part of the assessment, there was consideration given to not

1801, 2021

242 West 6th Site Visit

January 18th, 2021|Architecture, General, All|

This beautiful heritage house at 242 West 6th is coming together, with the roof complete, windows in, and the shingle cladding being installed. The renovation/restoration project is about 80% built, with estimated completion for Spring 2021. The project will really come together over the next couple months as attention is turned to tiling, millwork, painting, site work and landscaping. The project converts The

2411, 2020

1235 Marine Drive goes in for development permit

November 24th, 2020|All, Design, Architecture|

We are excited to announce that 1235 Marine Drive, a new four-storey residential/commercial project in North Vancouver has gone in for development permit. The new project on the North Shore is a contemporary expression of the history of Marine Drive and its rich ship building past, historically an early industrial neighbourhood constructed of brick, steel and wood. We researched local building typology and expression circa

211, 2020

Sustainability in Design

November 2nd, 2020|Architecture, Design, Company News, All|

Sustainable urban design is about more than innovation, it's about survival. On October 31st, the UN-Habitat (a UN program for sustainable urban development) released its 2020 report on World Cities, as mentioned by this article in ArchDaily. A central issue highlighted in the report is sustainable urban development. More people than ever before are living in cities, and reducing their carbon footprint will be a

2710, 2020

Join us at the Wood Solutions Conference

October 27th, 2020|All, Company News, Architecture, General|

On November 18th, Proscenium's Hugh Cochlin (Principal) will be speaking at the annual Wood Solutions Conference (November 16-20) hosted by Wood WORKS! BC. This year all the sessions will be virtual.   Hugh's session, "The Material is the Message," looks at the connection between material and brand for commercial projects, with the new timber-frame MEC Vancouver building as an example. He will dive into the

2010, 2020

2020 Excellence in Commercial Wood Design

October 20th, 2020|Architecture, All, Awards, Company News|

We are thrilled to receive this award for MEC Edmonton Brewery District in Edmonton! WOOD WORKS! Alberta / the Canadian Wood Council jury provided these comments on the building: "Wood was used for structural and accent finishing pieces and the jury felt that this choice makes the project stand out. It is going above and beyond in a retail experience when customers are allowed to

1410, 2020

UBC MacLeod underway

October 14th, 2020|All, Architecture, General|

Out at UBC, we're excited to see the renovation of the MacLeod building deep in progress! This gutting and renovation project on the electrical computer engineering faculty building is taking the building down to its basic structural elements to rebuild/reprogram/refresh for 21st century teaching. We're at that exciting turnaround point where we see the vision start to come to life...    

1106, 2019

MEC’s new Vancouver flagship store set to open this fall!

June 11th, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Excerpted from The Daily Hive by Kenneth Chan... "Designed by Proscenium Architecture & Interiors (PAI), the new store — a wood building using cross-laminated timber panels — is aiming for a LEED Gold green building standard. PAI is also behind the design of MEC’s office headquarters in the False Creek Flats, and three newer store locations in North Vancouver, Kelowna, and Edmonton." Early-June 2019 construction of

2905, 2019

The Vancouver Sun reports on our project “The Yukon”

May 29th, 2019|All, Company News, Architecture|

Chard adding more light industrial space in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant The Yukon is a four-storey, 49,000-sq.-ft. strata office and light industrial building being built on the former site of the 3 Vets outdoor equipment store. EVAN DUGGAN Updated: May 15, 2019 Vancouver Sun Another strata office/light industrial building is under construction in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. And while the project will be a welcome addition

805, 2019

5th & Main Project Topping Off Ceremony

May 8th, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

We were thrilled to attend the topping off ceremony for our project at 5th and Main. The shape of the building is really starting to come together as a unique look in the city fabric. The views from the top are going to be spectacular! Congratulations to Chard, ITC and all of the sub-trades involved in getting this project to where it is.   Above,

205, 2019

MEC’s new Head Office and Flagship – Vancouver

May 2nd, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Proscenium's Hugh Cochlin and Ben Nielsen recently led sold-out hard hat tours of MEC’s new Head Office and Flagship at 2nd & Quebec. Currently under construction, this project was designed under our  sustainability agenda and using innovative technology. This LEED Platinum Certified office building is designed to be 55% more energy efficient than a conventional building of A similar size.   The Head Office and

2504, 2019

Pipe Shop Phase II

April 25th, 2019|All, Design, Architecture|

Early this year, the City of North Vancouver commissioned the second phase of the Pipe Shop. Primarily a building systems scope comprising a new HVAC system, complete with AC to condition the space, along with new lighting and controls -  the Pipe Shop will soon be a comfortable space for event goers.   There are only two architectural elements in this phase, but they will

1909, 2018

Concept Design Project

September 19th, 2018|All, Design, Architecture|

This project consists of two distinct parts – the revitalization of an existing heritage building and the addition of a new 6-storey residential building at the back of the site. The main challenge was to create a volume that wasn’t imposing, that is respectful of the existing heritage building. The cantilever of the upper levels was informed by zoning mandated setbacks from the lane, and

306, 2021

PAI Feature: Cook Street Plaza

June 3rd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

Cook Street Plaza is a comprehensive mixed-use development in the City of Victoria, currently under construction. The vision for the project was to supply a range of market and below-market housing options and locally supportive commercial space for a walkable, thriving urban area with excellent access to transportation options. The scale of the site allows a holistic approach to the public realm; landscaped mews forming

2505, 2021

MEC’s newest Head Office

May 25th, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

New flooring is being laid at MEC's new head office, the third our firm will have completed for the company (1999, 2014 and 2021). Following a transfer of ownership, MEC gave up its former head office in 2020 and engaged Proscenium to do a basic tenant improvement for a new space on Great Northern Way.  The new, smaller footprint office is a clean shell and

1705, 2021

NEWS: PAI named Associate Architect for new mass-timber office

May 17th, 2021|Company News, All, Design, Architecture|

Proscenium is excited to announce our involvement in T3 Mount Pleasant, a new mass-timber office building in Vancouver. Standing for "timber, transit and technology," T3 Mount Pleasant will be a 10-storey, 196,000 sq ft office building geared towards tech and creative industry tenants. PAI will be acting as Associate Architect to DLR Group in this project developed by the Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban.

305, 2021

750 SW Marine Drive approved by Urban Design Panel

May 3rd, 2021|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Another milestone moment for our project at 750 Southwest Marine Drive, which has full support from the Design Panel held last week. THE PROJECT The proposed building for Chard Development is an eight-storey, mixed-use building between Oak St. and Cambie St. in Vancouver’s South Marpole district. It is located on the southeast corner of Marine and Aisne Street, walking distance from the Marine Drive Skytrain

2704, 2021

Langara Bioinformatics Lab is complete!

April 27th, 2021|All, Design, General|

We're excited to have completed the Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College. This brand new molecular lab has a built-in tissue culture lab and some other great features. The main lab has all the essentials for an academic science lab geared towards teaching upper-level biology. Proscenium paired a clean contemporary design with the necessary specialized building services such as access to water, compressed air, fume hoods,

604, 2021

The Royals featured in the North Shore News

April 6th, 2021|Design, Company News, All|

Our project with Chard Development in central Lonsdale, North Van has been featured in the North Shore News. "The Royals" includes a new 24-storey building and a fully renovated 16-storey building for which Proscenium is doing full interior design services. The article describes the design intent, quoting Alissa Foss, PAI designer: "Residents of both towers will be greeted by beautifully designed foyers and elevator lobbies

2303, 2021

Study for a Local Kollel

March 23rd, 2021|All, Design, Architecture|

Earlier this year, we developed a study for a new community centre building for a local Kollel. There are some great features about this project that we want to share with you! WELCOMING FROM ALL SIDES The Kollel is located on a site that faces the street on the west and backs onto the Arbutus Greenway on the east. The greenway is an ongoing City

2411, 2020

1235 Marine Drive goes in for development permit

November 24th, 2020|All, Design, Architecture|

We are excited to announce that 1235 Marine Drive, a new four-storey residential/commercial project in North Vancouver has gone in for development permit. The new project on the North Shore is a contemporary expression of the history of Marine Drive and its rich ship building past, historically an early industrial neighbourhood constructed of brick, steel and wood. We researched local building typology and expression circa

211, 2020

Sustainability in Design

November 2nd, 2020|Architecture, Design, Company News, All|

Sustainable urban design is about more than innovation, it's about survival. On October 31st, the UN-Habitat (a UN program for sustainable urban development) released its 2020 report on World Cities, as mentioned by this article in ArchDaily. A central issue highlighted in the report is sustainable urban development. More people than ever before are living in cities, and reducing their carbon footprint will be a

1106, 2019

MEC’s new Vancouver flagship store set to open this fall!

June 11th, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Excerpted from The Daily Hive by Kenneth Chan... "Designed by Proscenium Architecture & Interiors (PAI), the new store — a wood building using cross-laminated timber panels — is aiming for a LEED Gold green building standard. PAI is also behind the design of MEC’s office headquarters in the False Creek Flats, and three newer store locations in North Vancouver, Kelowna, and Edmonton." Early-June 2019 construction of

805, 2019

5th & Main Project Topping Off Ceremony

May 8th, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

We were thrilled to attend the topping off ceremony for our project at 5th and Main. The shape of the building is really starting to come together as a unique look in the city fabric. The views from the top are going to be spectacular! Congratulations to Chard, ITC and all of the sub-trades involved in getting this project to where it is.   Above,

205, 2019

MEC’s new Head Office and Flagship – Vancouver

May 2nd, 2019|All, Company News, Design, Architecture|

Proscenium's Hugh Cochlin and Ben Nielsen recently led sold-out hard hat tours of MEC’s new Head Office and Flagship at 2nd & Quebec. Currently under construction, this project was designed under our  sustainability agenda and using innovative technology. This LEED Platinum Certified office building is designed to be 55% more energy efficient than a conventional building of A similar size.   The Head Office and

2504, 2019

Pipe Shop Phase II

April 25th, 2019|All, Design, Architecture|

Early this year, the City of North Vancouver commissioned the second phase of the Pipe Shop. Primarily a building systems scope comprising a new HVAC system, complete with AC to condition the space, along with new lighting and controls -  the Pipe Shop will soon be a comfortable space for event goers.   There are only two architectural elements in this phase, but they will

1909, 2018

Concept Design Project

September 19th, 2018|All, Design, Architecture|

This project consists of two distinct parts – the revitalization of an existing heritage building and the addition of a new 6-storey residential building at the back of the site. The main challenge was to create a volume that wasn’t imposing, that is respectful of the existing heritage building. The cantilever of the upper levels was informed by zoning mandated setbacks from the lane, and

1405, 2018

Meet PAI Employee Juliette Dubois

May 14th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Company News, All|

  s Where were you born? Brussels, Belgium How did you get into design? I’ve always been touched by beautiful things and spaces and I wanted to improve people’s lives through my work, so design seemed like the perfect way to combine both. What class in school has proven to be the least useful? None. Even the classes I thought weren’t useful at the time

1105, 2018

Design Week MEC Head Office Tour

May 11th, 2018|Design, Architecture, All|

MEC Head Office Tour (May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 1077 Great Northern Way) Get a behind-the-scenes look at MEC, the grand-daddy of sporting-goods stores in Vancouver, with a free tour of the company’s East Van HQ. Led by the company’s CEO, CFO, and senior director of product design, as well as Hugh Cochlin, principal of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors, the jaunt will walk

2404, 2018

Lt. Governor Merit Award: Langara College Science & Technology Building

April 24th, 2018|Architecture, Design, Company News, Awards, All|

We are honoured to have received one of three Lt. Governor Merit Awards for The Langara College Science and Technology Building. The $54-million building is a gateway to the college’s main campus that cantilevers out 16 metres over the 49th Avenue entrance. Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc in association with Teeple Architects Inc

2703, 2018

Western Living Magazine: Kitchen Design Secret #11

March 27th, 2018|All, Company News, Architecture, Design|

http://ow.ly/Jqp830j4kmx   9. Know that a kitchen is more than just a place to cook. When architect Kori Chan of Proscenium Architecture and Interiors began working with his clients on designing their dream home, it was clear that the design of the space itself was far more important to them than flashy appliances or marble counters. So the budget went into creating an airy open-concept design, complete with

201, 2018

Seeking Interior Designer

January 2nd, 2018|Design, Company News, Employment, All|

Happy New Year! We are looking for an intermediate Interior Designer with at least 5 to 7 years of postgraduate Interior Design Office experience. Confident enough to take on multiple projects and work well both independently and as part of a team. We are looking for confidence in decision making, team co-ordination, and leadership for younger team members. Proscenium covers professional dues, contributes to on-going

611, 2017

Elenore on Fifth in the news

November 6th, 2017|Architecture, Design, Company News, All|

Our Elenore on Fifth project was featured in The Vancouver Sun by Kathleen Freimond: http://vancouversun.com/homes/buying-selling/elenore-on-fifth-set-to-maximize-outlooks “The podium steps down and the tower itself steps down, creating the massing that moves with the slope of the land and allows us to have lovely big terraced decks,” Cochlin says.      

1810, 2017

Proscenium is Hiring!

October 18th, 2017|Design, Employment, All, Architecture|

                We are currently looking for a junior and two intermediate Architectural Graduates, Graduate Technologists or Interior Designers with at least 2 to 3 years of postgraduate experience. This individual must be confident enough to take on projects, develop a work plan and work well both independently and as part of a team. Confidence in decision making and

1610, 2017

2017 IDIBC Shine Award for BMO Theatre

October 16th, 2017|Design, Company News, Awards, All|

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - PUBLIC & INSTITUTIONAL - BMO THEATRE CENTRE Proscenium Interiors is honoured to have won the Award of Excellence for BMO Theatre. Congratulations Kerri! Lead Designer: Kerri Shinkewski, RID Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc. Photography: Andrew Latreille The interior design concept for the BMO Theatre Centre used material and pattern to weld spaces of disparate programme into a cohesive theatrical experience, creating

2006, 2023

Pride Month at Proscenium!

June 20th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

In honour of Pride month we have launched our second annual mini-fundraiser for Rainbow Refugee, a great organization that promotes safe, equitable migration and communities of belonging for people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. Get involved and donate to our fundraiser on our Canada Helps page! How does Rainbow Refugee support refugees from inside Canada? Rainbow

805, 2023

Indigenous Awareness Training and Red Dress Day 2023

May 8th, 2023|All, General|

This May, our firm is proud to have completed the Indigenous Awareness course with Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.! Thank you to Rupert Richardson, our fantastic facilitator. We are committed to better understanding the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, to working well with our Indigenous partners on projects and advocating for the 94 calls to action. We have much to offer and much to learn!

105, 2023

UBC Jack Bell Renewal Open House

May 1st, 2023|Architecture, All, General|

On April 26, we were pleased to participate in an Open House for Jack Bell, our ongoing project at UBC in collaboration with Teeple Architects. Rendering by Tango Studio This project, in the design stage, will transform the existing Jack Bell building in a complete renewal project. This project represents the next capital renewal project on UBC campus, following the successful renewal of

2604, 2023

WISH & Working Gear Donation Drive

April 26th, 2023|All|

For over a decade, we have held a "Spring Cleaning" donation drive for two amazing organizations in East Vancouver, WISH Drop-in Centre and Working Gear! This week, we were able to drop off 5 large garbage bags of donations from our firm and some other participating local firms to benefit these organizations. Natasha and Vicki sorting donations! Drop-off at WISH! Thank

2604, 2023

PAI Highlight: Massey Theatre Renewal

April 26th, 2023|All, Design, Architecture|

We are excited to be working with the City of New Westminster on the upcoming Renewal of the Massey Theatre! Proscenium has been involved in renovations and studies for the building since 1997 through various phases and we are thrilled to be leading its next steps. WHEN THE MASSEY WAS A ROADHOUSE The Massey Theatre is a historic, modernist theatre built in 1949. In its

1704, 2023

Residential Design at PAI

April 17th, 2023|All, Design|

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS Proscenium has over twenty years’ experience providing architectural and interior design services for single and multi-family residential projects. Our architecture and interior design professionals work in an Integrated Design Team format, and a dedicated interiors department consists of eight full-time individuals. DESIGN APPROACH Our firm is community-minded, client-focused and takes a process-driven design approach to our projects. We strive to create functional and

1304, 2023

PAI Team: Meet Faraneh, Architectural Graduate!

April 13th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

Meet the PAI Team: Introducing Faraneh Nouraei! Faraneh joined Proscenium in 2022 as an Architectural Graduate. A skilled technician and designer, Faraneh has become an essential member of our team. Her strong work ethic and easygoing positive attitude makes our office a better place to be! Since joining the firm, Faraneh has primarily been working on mixed use and residential projects. Her big-picture values are

2403, 2023

Ballet BC is Taking Shape!

March 24th, 2023|All, Design, Architecture|

As spring arrives, our project out at Granville Island for Ballet BC is taking shape! We are at the exciting turning point where finishes and floors are being installed and we're starting to see the final product. The phased project for the province's preeminent contemporary dance company is establishing a new home for the organization out of a former Arts Umbrella space. Proscenium has

1603, 2023

Forum featured on RenX, Colliers

March 16th, 2023|All, Architecture|

Our newest industrial/office project in South Vancouver is getting attention. Colliers Canada is talking about how the eight-storey strata office for Chard Development is in a prime location with excellent connectivity, and flexible floor plans for businesses. They also speak to how Southwest Vancouver’s Marine Gateway Neighborhood is a new hotspot for development. In the Real Estate News Exchange, Byron Chard is quoted on how

1503, 2023

Staff Ski Day & Vancouver Aquarium

March 15th, 2023|All, Company News|

We were lucky to get out of the studio last Friday and enjoy some local tourism! The snow-savvy half of the team spent the day sliding down Grouse Mountain, enjoying lunch at the lodge and finally seeing the beautiful view in the afternoon when the clouds lifted and the city came into view! Footwear included skis, snowboards and snowshoes for those that felt like

2802, 2023

2346 West 4th Ave in for Development Permit

February 28th, 2023|All, Architecture|

We are glad to be working with Yenik Realty Ltd. on a new commercial building located on the bustling West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano! The project will bring much-needed office and retail space to a lot that has been vacant for over six years. The proposed two-storey building will replace the existing single-storey building to allow for 7,100 ft2 of new office, retail and restaurant

2102, 2023

PAI Team: Meet Justin, Senior Architectural Designer

February 21st, 2023|All, Company News|

Meet the PAI Team: Introducing Justin Huang! Justin joined Proscenium in 2022 as a Senior Architectural Designer. Justin's MO is to create inspiring architectural spaces that enrich the people and organizations that use them. He has a diverse portfolio that includes worked internationally on projects in New York, L.A., Shanghai, Xiamen and his home haunt, Vancouver. Where were you born? Vancouver, BC. How did you get

1602, 2023

Waffle Wednesdays are Back

February 16th, 2023|All, Company News|

Warning: this post includes "fluffy" content. A longtime tradition at Proscenium has made its way back into the weekly calendar... Waffle Wednesdays! This month we debuted the new PAI waffle maker to surprisingly delicious results. Special thanks to Pouian for getting us back on the waffle train. Proscenium... getting through the week one waffle at a time!  

302, 2023

T3 Mount Pleasant mentioned in DesignBoom Magazine

February 3rd, 2023|All, Company News, Architecture|

Our project with DLR and Hines is getting international attention. DesignBoom posted a feature on the two companies' ventures, including the new mass timber office building T3 Mount Pleasant, for which Proscenium is Associate Architect. When complete, the project will be the tallest mass timber building in Western Canada. Image by Steelblue "The most recent proposal developed as part of the Hines T3

2401, 2023

Day One of Demo at Volvo Richmond

January 24th, 2023|All, Company News|

The start of something exciting! Demolition is underway at our project site in Richmond, BC. We are working with Dilawri Group to design the first Volvo dealership in North America to express their re-branding. The project will also be LEED certified. In consultation with brand designers and Volvo’s corporate guide, Proscenium is devising a facility that communicates their latest corporate image. The renovated commercial/retail facility

1601, 2023

PAI Highlight: Designing Offices for the Future

January 16th, 2023|All, Design|

Proscenium has long been passionate about workplace design (see MEC Head Office) and the shifting trends that are defining the future of office design. The increased accessibility of remote work has made us hone in on what makes in-person workplaces worth the commute. In 2022, we had the privilege of designing a new office for Chard Development, a long-time client of our firm. The

1001, 2023

2022 in Review

January 10th, 2023|All, Company News, General|

2022 was a year of growth for Proscenium! We won awards, started new projects, finished projects, celebrated our 25 year anniversary and held fundraisers for some great charities. Our staff team expanded and returned to the office. Business is officially back in full swing and we can't wait to see what 2023 has in store! Last year in a Snapshot: AWARDS MEC

1912, 2022

Happy Holidays!

December 19th, 2022|All, Company News|

We want to take this opportunity to wish you a great holiday season! Next week, we are taking a break from the studio to rest, recharge and spend time with loved ones. The office will be closed from noon on Friday Dec 23rd to Tuesday, Jan 3rd. ⁠ We had a lot of fun with our Christmas cards this year, which feature festive trees

812, 2022

New Website Launched!

December 8th, 2022|Design, General, All|

We are very excited to share our new website with you, which is the result of several months of working with the folks at Amplitude Multimedia. From the outset, our goal for the new website was to marry design with functionality. Showcasing our projects and communicating who we are as a firm was the top priority, while optimizing navigability and readability throughout. The new site

112, 2022

Fundraiser for Urban Native Youth Association

December 1st, 2022|All, Company News, General|

We are excited to share our fundraising campaign this holiday season to support UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association), a charity working to support and empower Indigenous youth in East Vancouver. Click here to help us make a difference! More information about Urban Native Youth Association: Urban Native Youth Association delivers over twenty culturally responsive, prevention focused programs to urban Indigenous youth in Metro Vancouver. Our

3011, 2022

Two PAI Industrial/Office Projects featured in Storeys Magazine

November 30th, 2022|All, Architecture, General|

Two of Proscenium's ongoing industrial/office projects have been featured in an article “It’s The Next Evolution: Why Stacked Industrial is on the Rise in Vancouver" in Storeys Newsletter. https://storeys.com/stacked-industrial-real-estate-market-vancouver-british-columbia/

1511, 2022

Meet Chloe, Junior Architectural Graduate!

November 15th, 2022|All, Employment, Company News|

We are very glad to welcome Chloe to Proscenium! Chloe hails from France and has hit the ground running working on several projects. Where were you born? In a small town in North East France. How did you get into interior design?  Since I was a kid I’ve always been into design and creative stuff. I was actually first attracted to interior design, but at that

911, 2022

PAI Highlight: Langara Bioinformatics Lab

November 9th, 2022|All, Design|

After a project is finished, the architect usually steps out of the equation. But we find it extremely valuable to check in after the fact to see how the design is supporting users. What is their day-to-day experience of the space? What design features are working well and what can we learn for future projects? The Bioinformatics Lab at Langara College was completed in 2020

1110, 2022

Welcoming New Staff

October 11th, 2022|All, Employment, Company News|

Over the past couple months, Proscenium has been growing! We are thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to the team. (left to right, top to bottom) Adriana Agueros, Architectural Graduate Adriana graduated from the Polytechnical University of Madrid with a Master of Architecture in 2017. She began her architectural career at a company specializing in the design and building of exhibition spaces, where she gained experience

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