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Meet Proscenium’s Employee – Lisa Doucette

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Name:

Lisa  Doucette

Where were you born?

Inglewood, Southern California

How did you get into design?

I was drawn to the energy that working in an artistic environment brings.

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

I was fortunate to attend San Francisco State University which had crazy-interesting courses and fantastic teachers. No regrets.

What is the best building of all time? 

Wayfarer’s Chapel (aka “the glass church”) on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is built amongst redwoods, overlooks the Pacific and is the most peaceful place I’ve been.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

…Mamie Taylor’s

You never leave home without…

…telling my boys I love them.

Your Great Escape would be to…  

…a rented country house in the South of France

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Google

What is your spirit animal?

The Bear

What word do you have trouble saying?

Selfie

What gets better with age?

Confidence

Sarah Piccinato has been made an Associate at Proscenium!

 

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It is with great pride, honour and excitement that Proscenium announces that, effective immediately,

Sarah Piccinato has been made an Associate with the firm.

In addition to her broad range of design skills displayed over her tenure here at Proscenium, Sarah brings extensive management experience and has already stepped into the day to day running of various aspects of this office. We are delighted to have her as a part of the management team and can’t wait to see how she whips us all into shape!

In addition to Sarah’s new position and contribution we are also very pleased to announce that Sarah has completed the interior design registration process and now can add the letters R.I.D. after her name. Congratulations Sarah on this milestone!

On all of our behalf, congratulations Sarah and we look forward to many more years of watching your achievements.

Cheers,

The good folk here at Proscenium.

MEC’s Head Office graces cover of Interior Designers of Canada’s D Magazine

Our own Kerri Shinkewski was interviewed for the brand new Spring 2016 edition of D magazine! The article explores the use of sustainability practices in the design of the MEC Head Office.

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Meet Proscenium’s Employee – James Bligh!

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James Aaron Volpé Bligh

Where were you born?  

North Vancouver

Where did you go to school? Why?

Like many architects, I wanted to design buildings from a young age. In typical high school fashion, I did zero research on my dream career and applied for structural engineering at the University of Waterloo. Five years later I had the degree but I was not designing buildings in the capacity that I had imagined. I spent a year at Emily Carr working on my design skills in a bid to get into a Masters of Architecture program, and the next year I started at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

As a B.C. native, it was always my desire to go to school and live on the West Coast. I went to Waterloo as it was the best institution in the country for engineering, and I went to the Daniels faculty as they were the only architecture school willing to take a chance on a very left-brained engineering student. It took me ten years out of the province before I got to go home. Now I cherish the city more than ever.

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

Differential Equations V.

What’s your most prized article of black clothing?

My black-on-black Chuck Taylors.

What is the best building of all time?  

I have a soft spot for the Museum of Anthropology by Arthur Erickson, however I would have to say perhaps the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí, the Church of the Light by Tadao Ando, the Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, or the Säynätsalo Town Hall by Alvar Aalto.

What are some of your favourite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver?  

The Alibi Room can be found in a 100-year-old heavy timber heritage building by Port Metro Vancouver; when the trains go by you can sense the bottles behind the bar shaking at the proximity of the massive locomotive engines. Further, they have an unparalleled number of taps.

What do you never leave home without?  

My wood glasses.

Your Great Escape would be to?  

Finland or Japan; I have a very long list of architecture to see in both countries. After that, the lightning fields and James Turrel’s work in the New Mexico Desert.

If you could only play three albums in the studio, what would they be? 

Theme to Homeworld 2 (an old computer game made by some locals), Delta Waves, and the Google Play Music soundtrack “Wobblin’ Dubstep”.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

It took a long time to get used to, but having a WACOM Tablet has been an irreplaceable tool when I have been doing complex graphic design.

What magazine do you look for when you are stuck in a waiting room?

Detail and Gray.

What word do you have trouble saying?

No.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Wake up late, make coffee with my chemex, play one (or two) rounds of Dota 2, get some design work or writing done, and then date night with my wife J

 

What have you been up to lately?

I was recently on the Jury for the AIBC Architectural Awards, I am writing for Vancouver is Awesome as their local architecture & urbanism rep, and I am helping my parents renovate their condo to recapture some of that 1950’s modernist magic from the old bungalow they used to live in.

MEC Head Office Informational Video

 

 

Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. recently completed a beautiful informational video of the MEC Head Office. The video has interviews from Sandy Treagus (CFO, MEC), Tanya Luthi (Engineer, Fast + Epp), our very own Hugh Cochlin and many more talking about the building from design to construction to every day use.

To view the video, follow the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7rN206lkgI

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Proscenium Ski Day!

 

 

 

 

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!Proscenium Ski Day! Proscenium Ski Day! Proscenium Ski Day!Proscenium Ski Day! Proscenium Ski Day!

MEC Head Office Featured in a Japanese Magazine

MEC Head Office featured in Japanese Wood Building Magazine

 

The MEC Head Office was featured in the Japanese Wood Building Magazine. It looks at our high use of wood throughout the building.

Meet Proscenium’s Employees

Ben Nielsen

Name?

Benjamin Leif Nielsen

Where were you born? 

Brockville, Ontario

Where did you go to school? Why?

University of Waterloo. Proximity, but in retrospect it suited me, lots of ‘why’ along with the ‘how’.

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

Dedicated class on using Form-Z.

What’s your most prized article of black clothing?

Toque.

What is the best building of all time?  

Zumthor’s Vals Thermae.

What are some of your favorite micro-breweries/food-trucks in Vancouver?  

Local Omnivore.

What do you never leave home without?  

Kindle.

Your Great Escape would be to?  

Cayoosh Creek.

If you could only play three albums in the studio, what would they be? 

They would be podcasts, not music.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

The wheel.

What magazine do you look for when you are stuck in a waiting room?

Highlights. But I try not to touch things in waiting rooms.

What word do you have trouble saying?

None, my prodigious vocabulary is matched only by my otherwise peerless elocution.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Sleeping in, reading, video games and overly elaborate meals.

 

Wood Design Conference Presenters

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This past week, Hugh and Greg presented at the Wood Design conferences in Victoria and Kelowna, respectively. They told participants about the methodology that went into designing the MEC Head Office in Vancouver. They got to talk about the advantages to using wood, a renewable and carbon capturing resource.

Here is a write-up from the Kelowna presentation: http://globalnews.ca/news/2360234/new-mountain-equipment-coop-store-in-kelowna-will-have-prominent-wood-features/