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Donation Drive for WISH and Working Gear!

Spring is in the air and we have completed our annual donation drive for WISH Drop-in Centre and Working Gear! These are two great organizations that benefit folks in need in our community. Proscenium has been supporting WISH and Working Gear since 2010. We truly believe in the work they are doing and are glad to be able to donate physical items again.

Thanks to everyone who participated, including other firms on our floor! Today, we were grateful to drop off a car load of essential items including clothing, toiletries, shoes and more.

 

Meet Saeedeh, our new Junior Architectural Graduate!

We are excited to welcome Saeedeh to our growing team at Proscenium! She joins us with a Masters of Urban Design from UBC and has hit the ground running in a busy spring season at the firm.

Where were you born?

I was born in Tehran, Capital of Iran

How did you get into architecture? 

When I was 15 I visited an art school. I met graphic designers, photographers, and architectural students and their architectural activities were so interesting to me, so a year later I registered there and became an architectural student.

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

Most of the classes have been useful, but I don’t know why now I have no idea about Math or chemistry.

What is the best building of all time?

There is a lot, but I am going to choose one of the Tadao Ando works, maybe invisible house or church of light

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

I usually have my breakfast at 6 or 7 am, so I don’t know about brunch spots.

You never leave home without…

Kissing my husband!

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Honestly, SHOPPING

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

I guess my phone (Internet phone call/ video call applications), because whenever I miss my parents, I can call them and see them.

What is your spirit animal?

I don’t know, But I always wanted to be a giraffe.

What word do you have trouble saying?

A lot of words, but every time I wanna say probably, I stop and say another thing.

Staff Ski Day 2022

For our winter staff day out this year, one half of the team opted for a romp through the snowy woods of Cypress Mountain while the other half took a meander through Vancouver Art Gallery! We were lucky to have a gorgeous sunny day to enjoy the afternoon away from phones and emails.

Staff Ski Day came a little late for actual skiing this year, but we made the most of it crunching through the snow & enjoying the Yoko Ono exhibition.

Mass Timber projects featured on ArchDaily

We’re excited to see that two of our MEC projects have been featured in this great new article on biophilia and workplace design on ArchDaily.

The article points to the positive effects of wood in built environments, including the sensory experience of users and its timeless aesthetic value as a natural material.

The article points out that several new studies, including one from the University of British Columbia and a Brown University clinical trial show that “the visual presence of wooden elements can lower stress more effectively than plants, while rooms with about 45% of wooden surfaces boost perceptions of comfort and lower blood pressure.”

Thanks for recognizing our work!

Read the full article.

Working with a local Performing Arts School

For many years Proscenium has worked with local arts groups, big and small, to realize their vision for performing spaces.

We are excited to share that we are designing a new home for Vancouver Performing Stars, a dance and theatre performance school for children and youth. The project includes a black box theatre with approximately 90 seats, 2 secondary studios, offices, front of house including lobby and concession and back of house with loading. The theatre concept is a flexible black box with telescoping seating that can be folded in and reconfigured as a mainstage, end stage, arena or alley.

The new space will allow the performance school to host their own small performances in addition to their regular programming. Located in a new five-storey mass timber building in Mount Pleasant, the TI project is in the design stage and the building by Cape Group Developers is currently under construction.

We look forward to sharing more about the project!

 

 

Read more about theatres in mixed-use projects.