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MEC Vancouver wins CaGBC Award for New Construction

We are so pleased to receive the 2021 Canadian Green Building Award for New Construction for MEC Vancouver! Thank you to Canada Green Building Council for recognizing the project.

Hugh Cochlin will be giving a presentation on the building’s many green features along with Roland Charneux next week, September 28th at 9am PST.


CaGBC Awards Lunch ‘n’ Learn: New Construction

Tuesday, September 28th; 9-10 am Pacific, 12

Cost: FREE

Registration link

Lawn Bowling with PAI Staff

For the first time ever, it rained so much we almost didn’t get to play! Our staff’s annual August lawn bowling tournament at Dunbar Lawn Bowling was a bit colder than usual this year — but great fun once we got moving! Laughing, heckling and lawn bowling jargon were heard all over the green and PAI staff persisted through the weather with good attitudes and a healthy supply of beverages from Steel & Oak Brewing.

proud winners of the tournament & bragging rights for a year!

Meet Ee Jay, our new Junior Architectural Graduate

A warm welcome to Ee Jay, who joined our firm last month as a Junior Architectural Graduate.

Where were you born?

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It is a city of an estimated 600,000 people, and a 20-minutes drive to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city.

How did you get into architecture?

When I was a kid, I liked to make handicrafts and drawings. Initially, I thought of becoming an artist. However, my parents discouraged me because I can’t make a living on that. Therefore, the closest option was to pursue career in architecture.

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

Electrolysis in Chemistry, I just do not understand the logic.

What is the best building of all time?

Brion Cemetery by Carlo Scarpa. The details are subtle, yet breathtaking.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Chewie’s Biscuit along 4th Ave & MacDonald St.

You never leave home without…


Your Great Escape would be to…  

Isolated places with great scenic view.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Rice cooker.

What is your spirit animal?

Probably an owl, I feel more active and calmer during the night than day.

What word do you have trouble saying?

I can’t think of any words, maybe a lot when I speak too fast!

Meet Carolyn, our new Junior Graduate Technologist

We’re excited to welcome Carolyn Ruttan to the team at PAI.

Where were you born?

Duncan, on Vancouver Island.

How did you get into architectural technology/drafting?

I’ve always been interested in buildings and how spaces work. I considered interior design, but I found a great program to become a technologist — I definitely have a passion for both.

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

University physics. It was more trouble than it was worth!

What is the best building of all time?

In Vancouver, my favourite is the Marine building, which is really ornate with sea creatures on it. I love the detail.

Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…

Cafe deux Soleil on Commercial Drive.

You never leave home without…

My water bottle.

Your Great Escape would be to…  

Anywhere at all (pandemic life). But probably the beaches on Vancouver Island.

What single piece of technology makes your life easier?

Headphones — I listen to a lot of podcasts.

What is your spirit animal?

Realistically, a cat. I’m an indoors person.

What word do you have trouble saying?

I have perfect pronunciation!


NEWS: PAI named Associate Architect for new mass-timber office

Proscenium is excited to announce our involvement in T3 Mount Pleasant, a new mass-timber office building in Vancouver. Standing for “timber, transit and technology,” T3 Mount Pleasant will be a 10-storey, 196,000 sq ft office building geared towards tech and creative industry tenants.

PAI will be acting as Associate Architect to DLR Group in this project developed by the Houston-based Hines and local developer PC Urban. This will be our third mass-timber office project in the area.

Exterior of Hines’ T3 Minneapolis / Photo courtesy of Hines, credit Ema Peter

Interior of Hines’ T3 Minneapolis / Photo provided by


Proscenium will be acting as Design Architect for the heritage component, the SFU Annex building built in 1929 (a category “B” heritage building) which will be retained and revitalized as part of the new development.

Simon Fraser Annex heritage building (c. 1929), 123 East 6th Ave / Photo by Heritage Vancouver

The City of Vancouver-owned site was rezoned in 2017 to new I-1A and 1-1B (Industrial) zones in order to support and enable the intensification of digital and technology uses, increasing maximum floor space area ratio (FAR) up to 5:0 FAR with contributions to community amenities (CACs), e.g. affordable housing and heritage.

T3 Mount Pleasant is now in the Design phase with construction to start in 2022.


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