Happy Holidays from Proscenium

We are closed for the season and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

The new Vancouver MEC Store in progress

Site located at 2nd and Quebec:

South-west corner of mass timber (& steel frame) structure with steel canopy supports

Second of 3- storey mass timber structure, (glulam & steel frame with 7-layer CLT floor & roof plates)

Photography courtesy of Jack Korb

Halloween – business as usual

Concept Design Project

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 provides an additional material and visual separation between existing and new construction.

The main entry and two storey lobby to the building have been located on the side street between the existing building and the addition, a linchpin connecting heritage and contemporary elements in juxtaposition.

Ample outdoor spaces on both north and south facades add depth to the architectural expression and provide the passive solar gain control required to meet energy targets.




Gone lawn bowlin’!

We are closing early today for our summer staff party!

Peter Carter has been made an Associate!

SABMag Canadian Green Building Award 2018 for the Langara College Science & Technology Building!

The Langara College Science & Technology Building has received a SAB Magazine Canadian Green Building Award in the category of Institutional [Large], and we couldn’t be prouder.

Jury comments:

This project is notable for its planning, with a six-storey atrium that functions not only as a light and ventilation well, but also as a social incubator that reinforces the academic program. The quality and quantity of natural light is extraordinary for a laboratory building of this type, and the energy performance is also exemplary. The project also creates a striking new landmark for the college.

Meet PAI Employee Steve Dixon


Where were you born?

Woodlands, New Zealand. It’s a tiny rural village of about 150 people at the bottom of the country.

How did you get into design?

I became interested in design when I was a kid watching my uncle drawing floor plans and construction details at his drafting table. I was fascinated with technical drawing and after taking graphic design in high school I knew I wanted to work in a design field, which eventually lead to Architecture.

What class in school has proven to be the least useful?

I think every class has been useful to a degree except maybe the semester on Shakespearean literature. Painfully boring.

What is the best building of all time?

My favourite building would have to be the Len Lye Centre but the best building would be anywhere that I can get a good peaceful sleep at the end of the day.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Anywhere that I can get good eggs benedict at the start of the day

You never leave home without…

Keys, Phone, Wallet

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Take a heli-ski trip to a remote mountain somewhere in Japan

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

A slow cooker. For those tasty beef stews.

What is your spirit animal?

I like to think mine would be something silent and deadly. Like a jaguar, or a wolf. But in reality, I’m probably an old house cat.

What word do you have trouble saying?

“Conscientiously” It always trips me up.



Meet PAI Employee Juliette Dubois



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 have turned out to be useful at some point in my life.

What is the best building of all time? The Taj Mahal, The Guggenheim Museum in  New York, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, The Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is… Chambar.

You never leave home without… A tape measure, you never know when you might need one!

Your Great Escape would be to… The Sunshine Coast, Southeast Asia, the Yukon to see the Northern Lights, Toronto, San Francisco, they are so many places to discover.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier? Smartphones

What is your spirit animal? The turtle

What word do you have trouble saying? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

What gets better with age? Wisdom

Design Week MEC Head Office Tour

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 visitors through the massive LEED Platinum–certified building, and offer info about the retail co-op’s sustainability and technical-design work. RSVP to