Fort McMurray International Airport wins a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
May 7, 2018
We are extremely honoured to announce that the Fort McMurray International Airport
(YMM) has been awarded with a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. This bi-annual award is presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) with the objective of recognizing and celebrating outstanding design in built projects by Canadian architects over the past decade. The jury of five distinguished architectural professionals from Canada and abroad selected 12 projects to honour with the award. This is the first time a building in Fort McMurray has been presented with the prize, shining a spotlight on the airport as building of national importance.
1555 West 8th Avenue
February 7, 2018
That's a wrap! we are happy to share that our West 8th residential development is now complete.
Museum of Anthropology Additions and Upgrades
May 31, 2017
It is an honour to have been shortlisted for the Museum of Anthropology
Additions and Upgrades. We would like to congratulate Nick Milkovich Architects on the project award!
Simon Fraser University – Department of Mathematics Renovation is complete
May 30, 2017
Another exciting completion! SFU's Department of Mathematics
is now open to the students and faculty.
Simon Fraser University – Academic Quadrangle Theatre Renovations are complete
May 5, 2017
We are excited to announce that three of the new Academic Quadrangle lecture theatres
are now complete and open to the faculty and students!
Glory Juice Lonsdale Opens
April 14, 2017
Glory Juice Lonsdale Café is now complete and open for business! Check out their new space where we collaborated with local lighting designer Matthew McCormick.
Pacific Derm’s new location is officially open!
April 5, 2017
Going beyond full-service interior design for Pacific Derm’s
new clinic, we reimagined their brand to reflect their professional sophistication and fresh approach, seamlessly integrating it with the design of the new space.
Our project on the cover of Canadian Architect
August 16, 2016
Our project Telus offices at Telus Garden
is featured on the cover of Canadian Architect
this month! Great article by Erick Villagomez. Photos by Andrew Latreille and Ema Peter.
Fort McMurray Airport wins 2016 Prairie Wood Design Award
March 8, 2016
We’re honoured to have been awarded a Prairie Wood Design Award for the Fort McMurray Airport
project. This prestigious award recognizes our team’s success in pushing the boundaries of wood and building a legacy of innovative wood construction. “The winning projects from our awards program demonstrate Alberta’s increasing commitment to exploring options for wood in construction,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Wood WORKS! Alberta. “The advancements in wood research and technology are breaking down barriers for our industry and increasing the options for the design community.”
Fort McMurray airport wins North American Wood Design Award
January 15, 2016
We are delighted to receive this recognition
. The new airport terminal authenticates that Mass Timber construction systems can create beautiful meaningful spaces while still competing with the efficiency and economics of steel and concrete solutions that currently dominate the building industry. This alone establishes The Fort McMurray airport
as a critical precedent in the Canadian building industry.
UBC bookstore wins Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award of Merit
November 2, 2015
We are honoured to receive a Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture
for our expansion and renovation of the UBC Bookstore
. The award was presented on October 28, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference’s Opening Reception. We are proud to have contributed to the revitalization of not only the bookstore, but also the adjacent public realm at the very heart of the UBC campus.
Fort McMurray International Airport receives IIDA IDC Award!
June 24, 2015
We are thrilled to share the news that the Fort McMurray International Airport
was selected as a winner of the prestigious International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Interior Design Competition
The project was 1 of 6 projects selected from more than 440 entries from around the world. The award was announced in March
and presented in Chicago, Illinois on June 14, 2015 where our team had the honour to receive the award. Additionally, the project has been featured in the May 2015 issue of Interior Design magazine
the houses at 1340 on the globe and mail
June 13, 2015
Just finished, these three houses bring a fresh, modern approach to North Shore living.
"It’s clever design, making the most of the uniqueness of the property."
-says Kerry Gold from the Globe and Mail
Fort McMurray Airport featured in Homes & Living: The Architecture Issue
May 27, 2015
Flying with style. Article by Ron Devitt here
In-Context videos features Oppenheimer Park
May 26, 2015
reports on the social, political and economic impact of contemporary public architecture projects across Canada, in a seven-part video series and online publication. They just released a video
featuring the Oppenheimer Park Activity House
as a modest project located in Vancouver's downtown eastside, its design process resulting from an intense public consultation effort, and its current role serving the community.
The UBC bookstore wins an IES Illumination Award of Merit
May 12, 2015
The UBC bookstore
wins an IES Illumination Award of Merit
for “Interior Lighting Design” and “Energy and Environmental Lighting Design”. Thanks to MMM Group for the great work!
Float House featured at the contemporist today!
April 30, 2015
See it here
Fort McMurray Airport Opening Gala
June 4, 2014
We were thrilled to be part of the celebrations at opening gala of our (almost) completed Fort McMurray Airport
this weekend. It was an amazing event for an amazing building. Good job team!
omb is designing the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Terminal Expansion
May 21, 2014
We are delighted to have been selected to design the renovation and expansion of the Northwest Regional Airport (NWRA) in Terrace-Kitimat, BC –A very exciting project! It is great to be part of the successful and sustainable growth of this community.
North Vancouver City Hall receives Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
May 13, 2014
Congratulations to the mcfarlane green biggar (mgb) team on another Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
, this time for the North Vancouver City Hall.
(Michael, Tracey, Asher, Jordan, Lydia, Jennell, Stephanie, Megan, Jing, Michelle, Kevin and Adrienne). This is one of the most prestigious awards in Canada, given every two years by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) with the Canada Council for the Arts, it recognizes “outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects.” Our Tracey Mactavish
who was the Project Associate is in Ottawa today receiving the Medal with the team. omb
is proud to continue working with the City of North Vancouver on several subsequent phases of this innovative wood building.
Granville Island Florist in Canadian Interiors
April 11, 2014
This petite flower shop
we designed at the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel has been featured in Canadian Interiors. Full article on page 41
Gambier House on Gray Magazine
April 7, 2014
We are thrilled to see our recently completed Gambier House
in the cover of Gray Magazine
! Go to page 60 for the full article.
bosk restaurant is a winner!
January 7, 2014
Right before the holidays we received the wonderful news that bosk
had won a Wood Design & Building Merit Award
. Only sixteen projects were awarded from over 125 submissions –We’re proud to be one of them! The official announcement can be viewed here
Fort McMurray Airport wins Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
December 11, 2013
We are proud to announce that the Fort McMurray Airport
project* (Northern Portal) has won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
The award was announced today in the digital edition of Canadian Architect
Now in their 46th
year, these awards are the highest recognition for excellence in the design stage in the Canadian architectural sector. By focusing on commissioned but not yet completed projects along with exceptional student work, the program recognizes design ambition and supports an overall culture of design excellence.
A total of eleven Canadian Architect awards were announced today. Of the 208 submissions received for this year’s awards program, the jury selected 6 projects for Awards of Excellence, 3 projects for Awards of Merit, and 2 projects for Student Awards of Excellence.
The jurors noted that “the solution feels appropriate to the context as the elongated form hunkers down in a northern climate to offer a unique point of entry and exit from this active northern community.” They were impressed with how the project “factors in the remote, rapidly expanding community it is being built for by using a robust material palette and a high performance building envelope.” They added: “the long-span spaces, clear structure, and simple shifting of the levels become very legible and enjoyable.”
This year’s jury comprised Karen Marler, partner at Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA), Marianne McKenna, founding partner of KPMB Architects, and Marc Simmons, founding partner of Front Inc.
The award-winning projects are described in full, along with images and complete juror comments, in the December 2013 issue of Canadian Architect
*This project was commenced as predecessor firm mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design Inc.
bosk restaurant honoured at the Interior Design Magazine 2013 Best of Year awards
December 9, 2013
We’re proud to be an honoree at this year’s BOY awards! From 900 international submissions, bosk
was one of 3 honorees on the Hospitality: Restaurant: Fine Dining
TELUS call for artists
October 17, 2013
If you’re a Canadian artist this is a great chance to have your art permanently displayed in the iconic TELUS Garden development
. This can be a great opportunity to showcase a contemporary piece of art that talks about Canada and the meaningful use of materials. We are designing the interiors
component of the office tower and are the creative force behind the TELUS art program. More info here: http://blog.telus.com/community/calling-on-canadian-artists-to-help-bring-telus-garden-to-life/
bosk wins gold at IDIBC Awards
September 26, 2013
We’re happy to announce that our project bosk
has won gold at this year’s IDIBC
Awards Gala. Way to go Michelle + team!
one ten party
August 20, 2013
Last week we celebrated Steve + Michelle’s 10 years of practice together and 1 year as omb
. Thanks to all of you who came and celebrated with us! Some photos here
‘sam + pam’ is on show at the PNE
August 19, 2013
omb + kindred + canfor teamed up to create ‘sam + pam’ as part of this year’s Canfor Playhouse Challenge, currently on show at the PNE. The playhouse will be sold with proceeds benefiting BC Children’s Hospital’s Child Health BC. Stop by the PNE for a play through to September 2nd and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
We’re shortlisted for the West Vancouver Centre for Art, Architecture + Design
July 8, 2013
Our team has been shortlisted for designing the West Vancouver Centre for Art, architecture and Design (CAAD). We’re excited to be part of this community-enriching proposal.
June 7, 2013
omb has recently begun working with Lululemon Athletica to design their Whitespace Workshop –a place for innovation, inspiration and collaboration. Stay tuned to learn more about this fun project!
Float House completed
May 31, 2013
We are happy to announce that Float House is now open! omb was responsible for the interior design, branding and graphics for this flotation wellness centre. Find out more about this project here or head down to Gastown to experience floating for yourself.
CNC Quesnel in Architecture Canada
April 23, 2013
The College of New Caledonia Quesnel Technical Education Centre received an eight-page spread in RAIC's 2012 issue of Architecture Canada, a commemorative publication for recipients of the Governor General's Medal in Architecture. The full feature is viewable here
Royal British Columbia Museum Team Announced
March 19, 2013
We are thrilled to announce that omb is part of the international winning team that will be leading the renewal and redevelopment of the Royal British Columbia Museum. We look forward to our collaboration with UK-based John McAslan + Partners, a firm with many significant cultural accomplishments in their portfolio, along with Victoria based Merrick Architecture as the local partner. Rounding out the team are Arup and Don Luxton & Associates.
omb Turns One
March 15, 2013
Steve and Michelle celebrate 10 years in practice together and today toast the first anniversary of omb! We've had an amazing year and owe a huge thank you to all of our supporters , friends, and families who have made it all possible. Worthy of more than a few cocktails with the gang, who threw a surprise party this afternoon complete with party pants and fancy duds. The photo album is viewable here
Governor General Award Feature in Cariboo Carrier
March 14, 2013
The staff at the Cariboo Carrier were nice enough to send us a copy of the article
they wrote on the College of New Caledonia Governor General's Medal in Architecture.
Shortlisted for the AGGV
February 26, 2013
We’re happy to announce that we’re part of the shortlisted firms for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV).
Steve Accepts Governor General’s Medal for CNC Quesnel
February 1, 2013
The College of New Caledonia Technical Education Centre in Quesnel won the highest Canadian award for architecture, and our team is in Ottawa today to accept the Governor General’s Medal. Steve, Michelle, Nick, Beth and Jean-Philippe are at Rideau Hall on behalf of the design team and are joined by Jim and Theo from the College for the ceremony. This project was completed as mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design. Click here
for event photos.
700 West 8th Completed
December 21, 2012
The 700 West 8th interiors project is complete. The multi-family residential development was completed by omb's predecessor firm mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design. Find out more about the project here.
Steve on Jury Duty for Canada Council for the Arts
December 21, 2012
Steve is back from lending a hand to the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa last week as part of the jury for several architectural awards, including the Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.…stay tuned for the announcement of the winners in the New Year. Visit the Canada Council for the Arts website
for more information.
Alderside House Completed
December 20, 2012
We recently wrapped up a new home for Pat and Judy on the waterfront in Port Moody, BC. The Alderside House
was commenced by omb's predecessor firm mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design, and completed by the office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers.
UBC Bookstore Expansion – Design in Progress
December 18, 2012
omb has recently begun working with the University of British Columbia to develop a design for the expansion and renovation of the existing bookstore on the UBC Campus. Here's the latest.
Mentoring at Kwantlen
December 6, 2012
Michelle was at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
yesterday, reviewing final portfolios with fourth-year interior design students. Best of luck to all the students as they embark on their careers!
New North Vancouver School District 44 Project
November 20, 2012
We're so happy to be working with the North Vancouver School District
on the Maintenance Centre and Yard Planning project!
Float House Branding + Interiors
November 14, 2012
omb is excited to be involved with the branding and interior design of Float House
, Gastown’s first flotation wellness centre. The experience promises to be something truly unique. We can’t wait to try it ourselves!
Oru Restaurant Review
November 1, 2012
by Nikki Bailey - she gives glowing reviews to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and ORU restaurant, which she describes as "the elegantly funky fine dining restaurant on the second floor."
Oppenheimer Park in Architecture BC
October 31, 2012
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia released a beautiful issue of Architecture BC, and we're so honoured that the Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre is among the featured projects. omb's predecessor firm mgb was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor of BC Merit Award this year for the project. Read the full story
in this album or flip through the issue
espace d. and Blanche Recognized for Interiors
October 5, 2012
The results are in, and both espace d.
and Blanche Macdonald Centre
won Interior Designers Institute of BC Awards this year! A great big thank you to IDIBC for recognizing these and some other really great spaces.
Oppenheimer Park in Gray Magazine
October 3, 2012
The Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre’s 2012 AIBC Award is mentioned in the current issue of Gray Magazine, which focuses on design in the Pacific Northwest. Read the article here
Michelle Mentors Students at IDS West
September 28, 2012
Michelle Biggar worked with IDIBC student committee representatives, Erin Saucier and Robin Rosebrugh to organize the inaugural Student Design Charette at IDS West. Thirty students were nominated from eight interior design programs across BC. During trade day, the students worked in mixed teams of five to share their education and experience, while developing a solution to a design problem. The teams were given six hours to develop and prepare a presentation to communicate their solutions. During this time, Michelle Biggar, principal at office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers’ also provided mentorship to each group. Each team was given seven minutes to present their design to the esteemed judging panel. View the photo album here
Shangri-La Toronto Restaurant Now Open
September 26, 2012
bosk, Shangri-LaToronto’s new 80-seat signature restaurant, is open for business. Congratulations to design team Michelle Biggar, Seng Tsoi, Jing Xu, Jennell Hagardt, and Hozumi Nakai! bosk was commenced as mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design and completed as office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers. Learn more about the project here
Prince George and Cranbrook Airports Featured for Wood Design
September 24, 2012
Thank you to Construction Canada for featuring the Canadian Rockies International Airport and Prince George Airport in their September 2012 issue. The full digital edition can be viewed here
Oppenheimer Park in Westender
September 20, 2012
The Sep. 20-26 issue of WE - Vancouver's Urban Weekly -features the award-winning Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre in their Architectural Legacy article
Oppenheimer Park Featured in Canadian Architect
September 17, 2012
Oppenheimer Park was featured in the August 2012 issue of Canadian Architect. Beautifully written and photographed, you can read the article here
Minami Open for Business
June 22, 2012
Congratulations to Minami on their grand opening yesterday. Guests were spoiled with samples of their delicious menu throughout the evening. Our compliments to the fabulous chefs!
omb Rides to Conquer Cancer
June 8, 2012
A big thanks to everyone who came out last week to support the omb bike team, On Your Left, as they continue fundraising for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. The Japadog-inspired bbq helped raise $4 700, bringing the team’s overall fundraising total to over $40 000. With one more week left to raise money, On Your Left is still going strong!
1545 West 8th Moves Forward
May 25, 2012
We received unanimous support from the Vancouver Urban Design Panel last night for our West 8th project!
College of New Caledonia Takes Two Masonry Awards
May 24, 2012
The Quesnel and Prince George Technical Education Centres won Awards of Excellence at the 2012 BC Masonry Institute Awards. Special Thanks to Bill McEwan at the BC Masonry Institute and Shelagh Wright at Baselite for all of their support during design and construction, and kudos to the BC Masonry Institute for hosting such a great event. We would also like to thank Zettl Masonry and Svend Maltesen Masonry for all their hard work on these projects. The projects were completed as mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design.
omb Awarded UBC Bookstore Project
May 18, 2012
omb is pleased to have been awarded the design contract for the UBC Bookstore renovation + expansion project.
Cow Bay Holds Open House
May 18, 2012
Exciting News about our Cow Bay project in Prince Rupert! Read the article here
New 1545 West 8th Renderings
May 16, 2012
An update to the changingcitybook.com post on 1545 West 8th Avenue from May 15, 2012. Here are a couple of our recent renders
in preparation for our Vancouver Urban Design Panel presentation next week.
1545 West 8th Featured in Local Blog
May 15, 2012
Thanks to changingcitybook.com for featuring one of our latest projects at 1545 West 8th! Read the blog here
Oppenheimer Park Wins Lieutenant Governor’s Award
May 14, 2012
mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design received one of the four Lieutenant-Governor merit awards for the Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre at the AIBC awards gala on Friday night. The design team of Steve Mcfarlane and Jean-Philippe Delage (formerly of mgb and now with office of mcfarlane biggar), along with Jeff Cutler and Mike Teed of Space2Place were on hand to accept the award. Michelle, Tracey, Nick and Jennell joined the boys for some celebratory drinks. Well done mgb! The event photo album can be viewed here
Minami Profiled in Scout Magazine
May 11, 2012
Special thanks to Scout Magazine for profiling our design of Minami Restaurant! Read the article here
CNC Quesnel Announced as Winner of Governor General’s Medal
May 11, 2012
We’re thrilled to announce that the College of New Caledonia Quesnel Technical Education Centre has been awarded with a 2012 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in recently-built projects by Canadian architects. We extend our congratulations and gratitude to all who were instrumental in achieving this honour. The project was completed by mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design. Learn more about the project here
Minami Profiled in Scout Magazine
May 11, 2012
Special thanks to Scout Magazine for profiling our design of Minami Restaurant! Click here for the article.