Presentation House Gallery in the news

Sneak peak at Patkau Architects' design. Read Vancouver Sun article here. Check out drawings submitted to North Van council here.

Drawings and renderings by Patkau Architects.


Model Behaviour - Exhibit


Architectural Institute of British Columbia currently has a very nice - and free - exhibition on that would appeal to everyone from seasoned architects to littlest architecture fans. Check it out! On until August 30th.

Architectural models, scaled-down representations of big ideas, have long been essential tools of the architectural profession. This exhibition, curated by the AIBC Gallery Committee, highlights the important historic role that architectural models have played in bringing abstract ideas to life while conveying visions of the future. It demonstrates some of the creative ways that architectural models can help architects and designers connect with the public. In so doing, this exhibition also affords a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process. Featured projects were designed by AIBC-registered members, AIBC Intern Architects, or students enrolled in post-secondary architectural programs. Projects include:
  • 3 x 3 – Minnie Hiu Yan Chan M.Arch Candidate
  • Brentwood Station – Perkins+Will Canada
  • Cabins – D’Arcy Jones Design
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre – Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Inlet Residence – FWC Architecture & Urban Design Inc.
  • Knoll Residence – FWC Architecture & Urban Design Inc.
  • Lynch House – D’Arcy Jones Design
  • Nut Farm Residence (unbuilt) – Mark Ritchie Architects Ltd. (Now Architecture Building Culture Inc.)
  • Orko Mine – James R Simpson Architect Inc
  • Paul – Minnie Hiu Yan Chan M.Arch Candidate, UBC SALA
  • Renovation and Addition to a House in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy Residential District – DB Simpson Architect
  • Still House Prototype / Shaw Island House – Level Design
  • Studio 34, Townhouse, Desert House, Context, Stair (Arch Studies) – James R Simpson Architect Inc
  • Study 01: Itinerant Body – Operative Agency
  • UBC Bookstore Expansion and Renovation – Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers
  • UBC District Energy Centre – DIALOG
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Center – Perkins+Will Canada
  • Villa Donisa – JWT Architecture and Planning
  • Waterfall Building – Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.
  • White Rock House – Thomas Grimwood Design Inc
  • Zacatitos 02 – Campos Leckie Studio
The exhibition takes place at the AIBC Gallery, 100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Here are a few snaps - there are many more models to view from very complete traditional houses to quick and rough iterative studies:



Ron Thom's Elswood house - open house

This Wednesday Elswood House will have 'Architecture & Martinis' Open house!

Where: 1510 West 36th Avenue, Shaughnessy
When: 5pm-8pm June 5th 2013
What: Martinis and Canapes 60's style
Who: Anyone who appreciates design

RSVP's appreciated (email, call or text 604.351.3312 duncanbrown@royallepage.ca)



Barry Downs exhibit reception

Barry Downs exhibit opened at West Vancouver Museum but the reception is tomorrow night - Tuesday, May 14th 7-9pm.



Patkau Architects' model for Audain Whistler Museum unveiled

Michael Audain unveiled the model of Patkau Architects design for his namesake museum this morning. Check out this video and the article in Vancouver sun.

The building is the same size as Museum of Vancouver and just over half of Vancouver Art Gallery's size. The museum is - ambitiuosly - slated to open in 2015.


Carscadden Book Launch at Vancouver Special

Lovely people at Vancouver Special continue to host lovely events for us to attend, ogle the goodies at their store, drink beer and get educated. The first thursday of May (May 2nd), they are helping Bruce Carscadden Architect launch his book Thrift - a very unusual take on modern local practice. More info here.

Bruce Carscadden does a fair bit of work that is quite special and, yet, is under the radar - this is your chance to be introduced to it or to get to know it better. Maybe I'll see you there!


West Van home tour

This week West Vancouver Museum announced opening of registration for their annual and famous tour of West Vancouver west-coast modern houses. It is an annual must for many and there might just be some spaces still left on the tour.

There are two ways to enjoy this July 13th event - by bus and by own car. The price might be discouraging to some, but it is well-worth the money and time.

Head over to the West Van Museum's page for more information.


Barry Downs Exhibition - Catalogue Fundraiser

A fundraising event for a catalogue to accompany an upcoming exhibition of Barry Downs's work will take place next week at a Massey-Medal-winning design of the man himself. The beautifully situated house in West Vancouver has been since gracefully added to by another famed West Coast Architectural practice - Helliwell+Smith: Blue Sky Architecture.

It’s in the evening of April 11th, 6-9pm. The admission is $ 200 a person, and it sounds like a beautiful event. To register contact Kiriko Watanabe, assistant curator at West Vancouver Museum, at 604-925-7179 or at kwatanabe@westvancouver.ca

The exhibition of Barry Downs' work will take place in West Vancouver Museum from May 8 - June 15, 2013. The opening reception will be on May 7th, at 7pm. Fuller description here.

More info on the event below:


Sala UBC lecture cancelled tonight

A quick note: Harry Gugger lecture tonight is cancelled!



My fave building of 2012

I just voted on ArchDaily for my favourite educational building of the year and I hope that you go, check out the contenders and cast your vote for this awesome Vancouver project too - UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences building by joint venture firm of Montreal's Saucier + Perrotte and Vancouver's own HCMA.

Just finished and opened last year, it has generated a lot of buzz already - but how could it not? Just look at it:

It is - hands down - my favourite new Vancouver building and my favourite new Canadian building. Perhaps, a future classic; and certainly in Vancouver it joins a rather small elite group of buildings. Right now I can put it in my top five for this city.

Only a few days ago, it was announced that Wallpaper* magazine awarded it "Best Lab 2013" title.

Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA have teamed up for more buildings, unfortunately none in Vancouver. I hope they will. Meanwhile, vote here (apparently you can win an iPad if you do - like you need more incentive!).

All photos are by Marc Cramer.


UBC SALA Spring 2013 Lecture Series begins

Barking Town Centre public realm redesign by muf architecture/art. 
Although I do not have the full listing for SALA's Spring 2013 Lecture series, I do have a few dates to get the ball rolling:

François Roche

Paris and Bangkok

Sponsored by BC Hydro Power Smart.

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:30pm
800 Robson Street, Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Aranzazu Rangel (muf architecture/art)
POP*TACTICS Keynote Address

Presented by the PuSh Festival and SFU Woodward’s with additional 
support by the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 7:00pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings

Marlon Blackwell

University of Arkansas


Lead sponsorship by Stantec

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:30pm
Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC


UBC SALA lecture date change - Henri Bava


IMPORTANT NOTE: This lecture was originally to be held Monday 22nd October and is now being held on Friday 26th October.

Next week we have the wonderful opportunity to have Henri Bava from Agence TER in Paris as our guest lecturer who will be discussing “Territories in Motion”. As you can see noted above, this lecture was originally to be held on Monday 22nd October however has been changed to Friday 26th October, starting at 6.30pm. The invitation of Henri Bava is made possible through the support of the French Consulate in Vancouver, as part of the Vis-à-Vis Architecture program, which is an initiative to connect French and Canadian architects. You won’t want to miss this fabulous opportunity! Remember, these lectures are free and open to the public.

Who:          Speaker Henri Bava
Where:      HR MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When:        6.30pm Friday 26th October
What:         Lecture entitled "Territories in Motion"
                Cost:          Free admission