Author Archives for Lisa Doucette

Meet Proscenium’s Employees!


Name? Adrian Wong

Where were you born?  Vancouver

Where did you go to school? Why?  University College Dublin. It was 20 minutes from my house, plus it’s the oldest school of architecture in the country, has strong teaching staff and promotes a considered design ethos.

What’s your most prized article of black clothing?  My new New Balance runners

Who do you have an architectural/interior design crush on?  Joshua Prince-Ramus

What is the best building of all time?  Teshima Art Museum

What are some of your favourite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver?    Still trying to work that out.

What was your most recent splurge?  My new New Balance runners

Your Great Escape would be to?  Eventually want to explore the interior of Canada on a road trip and see all its landscapes.


Name?  Alexandra Tresa

Where were you born?  Vancouver

Where did you go to school? Why?  I went to BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology). I like that their programs have a more practical and hands on approach to education.

What’s your most prized article of black clothing?  Does my invincible mini umbrella count as an article of clothing? Let’s go with that.

What is the best building of all time?  The Florence Cathedral is pretty spectacular!

What are some of your favourite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver?  Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck, Aussie Pie Guy and Vij’s Railway Express.

What do you never leave home without?  My umbrella. You never really know in Vancouver.

What are you doing for fun when you’re not at Proscenium?  There’s fun outside Proscenium?

What was your most recent splurge?  Cashmere sweater.

Your Great Escape would be to?  Australia or Iceland.

Artist Selected for Christ Church Bell Spire

Proscenium has been working with Christ Church Cathedral on restoring their heritage cathedral over the last decade.  The current phase of work sees the restoration of the roof along with the construction of a 1oo foot tall bell spire clad in stained glass.  The bell spire is one step closer to reality with the selection of Canadian artist, Sarah Hall and her stained glass design, “Welcoming Light.”

Work is slated to begin this spring with completion in time for Christmas 2015.

Read more about the selection of the artist and the restoration campaign:

Christ Church Cathedral – “Raise the Roof Campaign”

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2014 AWMAC Awards – Austeville Head Office

We are pleased to report that Seagull Enterprises is the recipient of a 2014 AWMAC Award for their architectural millwork on the Austeville Properties Head Office project.  The Ed Russell Award recognizes the “overall excellence in quality and service” on a small commercial project. Proscenium served as the Architect and CDC Construction as the general contractor.


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Proscenium in the News!

Mountain Equipment Coop’s move into its recently completed head office on Great Northern Way has been generating a lot of buzz.  It’s the building’s small environmental footprint and design which encourages staff interaction and well-being which has been getting the most attention.   We were thrilled to once again work with MEC as this project as with other MEC buildings we have designed, keeps true to their commitment to innovative and sustainable building practices. 

Click on the links to the stories below to learn more about this exciting project!

Canadian Architect

Vancouver Sun

Business in Vancouver

Western Living

Vancity Buzz

MEC Exterior

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Patagonia’s Vancouver Flagship Coming Soon


Proscenium is hard at work with Patagonia on their new Vancouver store, the first in city and only the second in Canada. The West 4th flagship location in Kitsilano is targeted to open at the end of November just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

This adaptive re-use project retains much of the existing building, salvaging as much material as possible for the new store. The concept is to return the building back to its 1950’s roots by sandblasting the floor and exposing the original ceiling. A unique element is the use of rusting corten steel for the exterior shingles that will naturally age, which along with the raw steel canopy will reflect the building’s industrial warehouse heritage.

Escher Victoria – Take a peak inside.

Proscenium once again has the pleasure of working with Chard Development, this time on the interiors for their new residential development in Victoria, “Escher”.   The project is coming together, with the display suite now open, and website launched.  Here are some renderings to illustrate what awaits future residents of Escher.

For more information, check out the project’s website.


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Aston Martin Vancouver Opens its Doors!

The Aston Martin showroom is finally finished, complete with shiny new merchandise on the showroom floor. We understand that they have a great coffee machine. Work continues for our team on the Bentley showroom, the sister showroom for 1770 Burrard.7



Stunning bell spire to grace Christ Church Cathedral

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Proscenium has long worked with Christ Church Cathedral through extensive renovations which have rehabilitated the landmark church with a keen eye to retain and restore its heritage properties.  The restoration work has gone a long way to ensure that Christ Church is able to accommodate its parishioners and have the ability to carry out their important work in the community.

In an exciting development, Christ Church is now moving forward with a phase of the project that will likely catch your eye, if you don’t hear it first.   A visually stunning glass and steel bell spire is to be erected at the cathedral.

Proscenium is proud to work with Christ Church Cathedral on this exciting project.

Read the article in the Vancouver Sun:  Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral finds its voice


Aston Martin Vancouver prepares to open its doors…

The new Aston Martin showroom at Burrard and West 2nd Ave., received occupancy and substantial completion permits June 4th.  Just a few more finishing touches to take care of (such as driving some inventory onto the showroom floor) and the dealership will be ready to open for business.

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MEC North Vancouver wins Canadian Green Building Award!

Proscenium is pleased to announce that the MEC North Vancouver store has won a Canadian Green Building Award!  The project is featured in this summer’s edition of SAB Magazine.

MEC’s innovative retail space at 212 Brooksbank Ave. in North Vancouver raises the bar for sustainable building practices for retail stores.  The store is is targeting LEED® gold designation focusing on energy efficiency, water consumption, materials, landscaping and public access.

Congratulations to MEC and all the consultant teams who saw this project through to completion!

Read the article: SAB Magazine: MEC North Vancouver StoreMEC-NV-001