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MEC Brewery District wins 2020 Excellence in Commercial Wood Design Award!

In 2015 MEC launched their strategic plan to evolve from encouraging “self propelled wilderness” to “active outdoor lifestyles”.  Along with developing products, marketing and community involvement for their expanded market, an enhanced store environment was required to create a meaningful experience for existing and new members.

The simple goals: To create a contemporary consistent distinctive MEC store design which is inspiring, easy to navigate, recognizable and familiar from coast to coast, in alignment with MEC brand values; to encapsulate the core principles that will be applied to all stores, while allowing modulation and flexibility both in store planning and building expression to respond to local opportunities; to make MEC stores ‘siblings’ rather than ‘identical twins’, sharing a visible relationship and an approach to composition & material palette, without being a carbon copy; to register – from any distance, a dedication to sustainable goals & green features, a clear respect for use of organic materials and for a regionally inspired landscaping.

Winners Announced for Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards

Project title: Mountain Equipment Co-op, Brewery District (Edmonton, Alberta)
Architect: Proscenium Architecture + Interiors with Aedifica
Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp
General Contractor: Ventana Construction Ltd.

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.

Proscenium is Hiring!









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 team co-ordination is an asset.

Proscenium provides a cooperative and positive work environment and an interesting range of cultural, institutional, corporate and residential projects. You can check out our work at

We offer a competitive level of remuneration, job security and extended benefits for self-motivated team players interested in a long-term relationship with our firm.

Proscenium covers professional dues, contributes to on-going education funding and discusses staffing over local craft brews. We snowboard and ski together, golf together, and close our office over the Holidays.

Required Skills:

  • AutoCAD proficient
  • REVIT proficient
  • Good understanding of BC Building code
  • Design and Construction drawing experience
  • Experience with building envelope design
  • Interior detailing experience
  • Experience in the detailing of multi-family projects will be a strong asset.


  • Extended health and dental benefits
  • AIBC, NCIDQ and IDIBC dues for Professional Members
  • Education fund for career development
  • Friendly and supportive team of designers, architects, techs and partners
  • Project status staff meetings with local beers and snacks
  • Office located close to Main St and Olympic Village Sky train stations. We’ll even cover half your compass card
  • Semi-annual team building events

If you possess these skills and experience level, please send your resume and sample portfolio highlighting relevant experience, current references and contact information along with a brief letter of introduction outlining your employment expectations and goals. Packages are to be sent by email only to

We apologise in advance if we do not respond to all enquiries.

Meet Proscenium’s Employee – Lisa Doucette

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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?


What is your spirit animal?

The Bear

What word do you have trouble saying?


What gets better with age?