PFS wins Major Planning Project in Foshan, China

Foshan-photo-for-webPFS Studio has been awarded a major Landscape Architecture and Planning project in Foshan, China.

The BC Government released the following press release on May 10, 2016.

Foshan Land Planning Bureau and PFS Studio ( Landscape & Urban Design) – With the strong support of B.C.’s Trade and Investment representative in Guangzhou, PFS Studio has won the bidding for a major Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Project in Foshan.  Foshan Land Planning Bureau signed a US$2.99-million trade deal with PFS Studio in Vancouver to undertake the planning and design that will transform a large expanse of the city’s waterfront and associate development.  Both Foshan and PFS Studio expect this project to become a new model for city building, sustainability and environmentally sensitive design as well as a strong example of business cooperation between Guangdong and British Columbia.

To see the full press release click here.

Governor General’s Medal in Architecture

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Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto was awarded a Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. Bridgepoint Health is Toronto’s first hospital to receive a LEED Silver Rating.

PFS Studio’s Jeffrey Staates and team worked with a complex team including Stantec Architecture/ KPMB Architects and HDR Architecture to create an innovative and inclusive healthcare environment.

PFS was responsible for the Urban Design and Landscape Architecture of this project, integrating the public realm of the campus  with the neighbourhood  and Riverdale Park, and creating a new park setting for the historic Don Jail.

“The interior and exterior spaces join to promote health, with areas for outdoor meeting, retreating and conversation.  The former jail at the centre of the site opens onto public gathering space; connecting the grounds with the wider world.” Juror

You can read the full article by clicking here.



Award for Planning Excellence

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Zibi at Chaudiere Island, Ottawa,  just won the Canadian Institute for Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence.

PFS Studio’s, Jeffrey Staates and team, worked alongside with Windmill Development Group, Perkins + Will and FOTENN Planning + Design, to create a “One Planet Community” framework that guides sustainability and eco-friendly planning through a series of key design principles.

PFS was responsible for creating the public open space master plan, consisted of a series of nine interconnected neighbourhoods that are each focused around an integrated network of public squares, adaptive reuse of heritage resources, new waterfront parks, and pedestrian access routes.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Photo courtesy of Windmill Development Group


Urban Design Award for Telus Garden


A City of Vancouver Urban Design Award was presented to Telus Garden in the category of Urban Elements.

Projects are chosen for their contribution to the overall experience of design in the city. The jury carefully considers the design of public spaces and how buildings interact with these spaces.

PFS Studio was responsible for the public plaza, alley and terrace designs for this Leed Platinum project.

You can read more about the awards here.

Photo by Ed White Photographics.


The Art of Landscape Architecture

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Coal Harbour Seawall, Vancouver | Photo by Brett Ryan

Greg Smallenberg and Jeffrey Staates, both Principals at PFS Studio, along with Bruce Hinckley, of Seattle landscape architecture and design firm Alchemie, were recently interviewed by the Vancouver Sun about the profession of Landscape Architecture.

The article aims to shed light on the profession and the role of the Landscape Architect in placemaking and city building. In the article, Greg credits Landscape Architecture as one of the main reasons that Vancouver is one of the world’s most livable cities – with Landscape Architects, having played a role in the development of our Vancouverism Urban topologies, and are primarily being responsible for the design of our city’s sea walls, waterfronts, plazas, parks and streetscapes.

It’s great to see Landscape Architecture getting some recognition!

You can read the full article by clicking here.



Architizer A+ Award for Telus Garden

Vancouver’s Telus Garden has won both the Popluar Choice and the Jury Award in the category of Office – High-Rise (16+ Floors), in this years Architizer A+Awards.

The Architizer A+Awards celebrates the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.

PFS Studio worked with Henriquez Partners Architects on this development that “radically transformed an aging block of downtown Vancouver into a future friendly community that fuses beauty, functionality and environmental stewardship.”

Click here for more about Telus Garden, and here to see the other award winners.


Photos by Ed White.

MOV: Talk and Tour with Kelty McKinnon

HAPA VAG_0.jpg 1Partner, Kelty McKinnon, PFS Studio, along with Joe Frye of Hapa Collaborative and Derek Lee of PWL Partnership, will discuss the process of city building, at the Museum of Vancouver, on Thursday, May 5 at 7pm.

The presentation, “Public Realm Design Essentials: Program, Process, Price”, will cover the true necessities to building public space in the current climate, and how design professionals can assist the public to understand its value.

Kelty, Joe and Derek, will focus on what they see as three vital issues in the design of the contemporary public realm: program, process and price.
For tickets and information, please click here.


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