We are happy to announce the appointment of our new principals and associates! Nick Foster, Rob Grant and Tracey Mactavish join Steve and Michelle as principals. We also welcome Jean-Philippe Delage, Beth Denny, Josie Grant, Susanne Hunter, Janusz Menezla and Hozumi Nakai as associates. We are proud to see our team members grow with us and are excited about the opportunities to come!
The Fort McMurray Airport project has been awarded a Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture this year. The award was presented on May 18, 2016 at the AIBC Annual Conference’s closing ceremony.
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.”
We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize this year! Established by The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, this award recognizes exemplary built work in the North and South American continents while also to fostering an extensive research process. The UBC bookstore renovation + expansion transforms an aging insular building into a bright, vibrant social space at the heart of the UBC campus. Thanks to our anonymous nominator for considering our project!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flying with style. Article by Ron Devitt here.
In-Context 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.
See it here.
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!
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.
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.
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 at www.canadianarchitect.com/issues/de.aspx.
*This project was commenced as predecessor firm mcfarlane green biggar Architecture + Design Inc.
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/
After two weeks of eager climbing, hanging and sliding, kids and parents alike have chosen sam + pam to be the winner of this year’s Playhouse Challenge. To date, sam + pam has been published in ArchDaily, Canadian Architect, Canadian Interiors and Azure.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re happy to announce that we’re part of the shortlisted firms for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
We’re so happy to be working with the North Vancouver School District on the Maintenance Centre and Yard Planning project!
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!
Great blog 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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 was featured in the August 2012 issue of Canadian Architect. Beautifully written and photographed, you can read the article here.
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!
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!
We received unanimous support from the Vancouver Urban Design Panel last night for our West 8th project!
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 is pleased to have been awarded the design contract for the UBC Bookstore renovation + expansion project.
Exciting News about our Cow Bay project in Prince Rupert! Read the article here.
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.
Thanks to changingcitybook.com for featuring one of our latest projects at 1545 West 8th! Read the blog here.
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.
Special thanks to Scout Magazine for profiling our design of Minami Restaurant! Read the article here.
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.