Date Event
Adults Family
May 05, 2016 / 7:00 PM
Talk and Tour - Public Realm Design Essentials: Program, Process, Price.
Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza. Courtesy Hapa Collabortative.    
Vancouver House, PFS Studio. Client: Westbank.                                             
Jack Poole Plaza, PWL Partnership.                              

Talk and Tour - Public Realm Design Essentials: Program, Process, Price.

In an effort to help city leaders deliver on the promise of well-designed, well-funded, and beloved public parks and plazas, this presentation will address what the true necessities are to building public space in the 21st century context, and how design professionals can best assist in understanding the value of public space. 
The presenters will focus on three aspects of public realm place-making that – beyond the conventional considerations of analysis, design, consultation, and construction – are fundamental to successful public realm initiatives. They will argue the need for greater investment and more honest consideration of these three vital needs in the design of the contemporary public realm.
Active and passive programming that address community wants and needs, and contribute a vitality and affection for the public realm, 
An inclusive process of stakeholder collaboration, collaborative establishment of project goals, and long term stewardship that are critical to great public spaces.  
A more considered and critical evaluation of costs and benefits of public realm projects.
Date: Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 Adults; $11 Seniors and Students; Free for MOV Members

Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon BCSLA, CSLA, MLA, is a Partner and Landscape Architect at PFS Studio. Kelty specializes in public realm projects that are unique, innovative, and culturally and ecologically rich. She has worked both locally and internationally on projects ranging in scale and type from courtyards and gardens to regional parks and public realm masterplans for new communities. She writes on diverse topics associated with landscape from historic conservation to hefted sheep and rhizomatic rooting structures.
Joseph Frye BCSLA CSLA ASLA, is principal and owner of Hapa Collaborative. He brings two decades of landscape knowledge, conceptual thinking, and detailed design experience to each project. His past work spans the full breadth of scales from master plans to pocket parks, civic spaces to private residences, and streetscapes to roof gardens. He specializes in interstitial urban spaces, detailed design elements and public consultation, all within the full consideration of the built urban environment.
Derek Lee BCSLA, CSLA, LEED A.P., is a Landscape Architect and principal at PWL Partnership with over twenty years of experience in urban design and landscape architecture. A native Vancouverite, Derek’s work is committed to ecologically and socially restorative urbanism that finds meaning in the culture and context of place. Internationally acclaimed projects include the planning and design Southeast False Creek, the revitalization of Granville Street and Westminster Pier Park.

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May 07, 2016 / 2:15 PM
Out and About Walking Tour: South False Creek Seawall - A fun way to get around!

Explore innovative urban design and transportation projects along the seawall from Olympic Village to Granville Island with tour guides David Rawsthorne, Lindsay Neufeld and Allan Moors. 

Widely known for recreation, the Vancouver seawall is also a fun, convenient and normal way for many residents to travel through the city. Highlights of this walk include the Olympic village sustainable development as well as recent and planned improvements to accommodate the large number of residents who regularly use the seawall.  The tour will also include a stop at City Studio, an experimentation and innovation hub where City staff, students and community members design and launch projects on the ground.

The South False Creek Seawall contains some of the newest and oldest sections of Vancouver's Seaside Greenway, dating back to 1975.  It has a unique character and carries high numbers of people walking and cycling, especially in the summer months.  

Note: This is a one way tour. Participants can either walk or buy a ticket on the False Creek Ferry to get back to Olympic Village.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Tickets: Pay what you can. 

Registration: Email Public Programs Coordinator, Alan Kollins:


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David Rawsthorne is a Senior Transportation Engineer who has been designing roads, from freeways to bike paths, for over 30 years. Since 2001, his work at the City of Vancouver has focused on improving the city’s quality of life by expanding its walking and cycling infrastructure. In recent years, he has planned and designed many parts of Vancouver's growing network of protected bike lanes. Recently, he has been planning upgrades to the Seawall in South False Creek.

Lindsay Neufeld holds an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning and coordinates engagement and promotion in the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Planning Branch. Since 2014, she has led public engagement processes for several active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the city and helped to spread the joy and other benefits of walking and cycling through the implementation of the Active Transportation Promotion and Enabling Plan. 

Allan Moors is a Registered Landscape Architect with 20 plus years of experience in landscape and public realm design in Canada and abroad. Allan has worked as a Public Realm Designer with the City since 2008, with a focus on public realm improvements associated with the many walking and cycling infrastructure projects undertaken by the City in the recent years. Some examples of projects Allan has worked on include Olympic Village Public Realm Design, Carrall Street greenway, Dunsmuir and Hornby bike lanes, the Bute Street public realm improvements and most recently the proposed upgrades to the Seawall in South False Creek. 


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May 10, 2016 / 7:00 PM
DOXA Festival Screening: The Infinite Hapiness

West Coast Canadian Premiere of Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's documentary film, The Infinite Happiness(France/Denmark, 2015; 85 min.)

Followed by a discussion with special guest Bruce Haden, Architect and Urban Designer.

One sure-fire way to begin a conversation in Vancouver is to start talking about real estate. In collaboration with Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver exhibition, DOXA is proud to offer this special presentation of The Infinite Happiness. Superstar architect Bjarks Ingel’s designs have set a new standard for innovation, invention, as well as a little bit of eccentricity. But at the heart of one of his most iconic design projects is a very simple idea — community. 
Copenhagen’s 8 House was designed to resemble a mountain village, with residents able to see, talk to, and belong to their community. (8 House was awarded the Housing Building of the Year at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.) Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s series of films on cities and buildings (other projects include London’s Barbican Centre) have a breezy whimsical way that belies the cool intelligence and well-structured nature of their narratives. The Infinite Happiness unfolds a little like a novel in architectural form, with chapters devoted to kids’ parties, a hike up the building’s grass-covered roof, as well as time to check out the neighbors, which include a group of sheep grazing on the marshland below. Contain your housing lust if you are able. But with cozy apartments, a stunning view of the sea and a bike path that winds its way around all nine floors, it is difficult not to drop everything and move to Denmark. I’m already looking at apartments. -DW



Followed by a discussion with special guest, Architect and Urban Designer, Bruce Haden. Bruce was principal in charge for DIALOG of Westbank Developments’ Vancouver House project, in collaboration with the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). His design work has been recognized globally, particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. Recent work includes the new UBC Student Union Building. Until recently Bruce was a partner at DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design practice with studios in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.

Bruce has twice chaired the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and has taught at the UBC School of Architecture. He has completed freelance work for CBC Radio with respect to design issues and was the Vancouver correspondent for Canadian Architect Magazine for ten years. He is also a past President of the Board of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery.

Date: Tuesday, May 10

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults, Students & Seniors. $10 for MOV Members. Prices include GST.  

Open to youth under 18.

Tickets: Register Here



Presented in partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival


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May 12, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Saving Vancouver's Heart - Happy Hour Event

Join us for a presentation about what has been lost, saved and what can be done to sustain Vancouver’s communities.

As Vancouver changes, places treasured by Vancouverites are being transformed or lost. Public spaces, including landmark buildings such as the Ridge Theatre have disappeared. Others, such as distinct heritage homes in Vancouver are threatened.
How do you want your neighbourhood to look and feel for generations to come? How might residents, business owners and city planner’s work together at devising future plans? What can we do to ensure that Vancouverites balance real estate value with the city’s social and cultural life?
Talk with presenters who have worked on restoring and developing affordable housing, enhancing culturally rich public buildings, and who have advocated and worked with the City of Vancouver, community organizations, and residents on maintaining healthy and happy neighbourhoods. Plus, a portion of the glorious RIDGE theatre sign* - which the Museum recently acquired - will be on display!


Date: Thursday, May 12

Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm; Presentation and Discussion  at 7:00pm.

Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. Entrance to the Your Future Home exhibition is included with admission.

Register Here

*The RIDGE sign was donated by Cressey (Ridge) Development LLP, facilitated by Executive Vice President Hani Lammam, With support of Pattison Sign Group-Western Region, especially Luigi Martini, BC Installation & Service Manager.



Scot Hein Scot Hein is the University of British Columbia’s urban designer. Scot also teaches in UBC’s Masters of Urban Design Program and was the City of Vancouver’s Senior Urban Designer for over 10 years.  

Robert Brown is President of Catalyst Community Developments Society. Robert has over 35 years of real estate experience including commercial leasing and sales, market housing development, innovative green building, and non-profit development projects. Since 2008, Robert has worked with a variety of not-for-profit organisations seeking to optimize their real estate assets to further their mission. This work spawned the creation of Catalyst, a non-profit real estate development firm that creates projects that provide community benefit, including affordable rental housing and community spaces.

Don Luxton, born and raised in Vancouver, has a passionate interest in local history and heritage. Involved in the field of heritage and cultural resource management since 1983, he is a consultant, advocate, educator and author. He has worked on projects throughout western Canada, including municipal planning projects, heritage registers, building restoration, and the development of museums and cultural facilities.  

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May 19, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Recollecting Expo 86 - Happy Hour Event

Drinks and discussions with Expo architects about the impact of the city’s biggest event.

Expo 86 was a game changer for the city! It was one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia; a catalyst for major real-estate, infrastructural, and architectural projects. The fair, which attracted over 22 million visitors, endowed Vancouver with international stature: the provincial town grew bolder and became recognized as a city with boundless potential. The Museum of Vancouver marks Expo’s 30th anniversary with a display, Recollecting Expo '86, and a special discussion led by four architects instrumental in the development of the exposition.   
Please join us to celebrate and reconnect with friends and architects Bruno Freschi, Expo Chief Architect and Master Planner and designer of EXPO Centre (now Science World); Alan Hart, contributor to the livable regional plan and the development of SKYTRAIN; Clive Grout, consulted in corporate pavilions including Canada Pacific, General Motors, the BC Pavilion, Plaza of Nations, and Expo Gate; and Peter Cardew, who contributed to the Expo Gate and CN Rail Pavilion.
Local designers worked collaboratively to make Vancouver an international symbol of the future city. The subsequent sale of Expo lands set the stage for further transformation. Come hear first-hand about a massive project that brought unique challenges and left special memories. Each architect will share stories and answer questions about the impact of Expo 86.     
Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm; Presentation and Discussion at 7:00pm.
Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members. 
Registration Coming Soon. 



Bruno Freschi has been involved internationally in research in architecture and urbanism. He founded Bruno Freschi Architecture/Planning/Research in Vancouver in 1975. The firm focuses on residential, cultural, and commercial projects. Freschi has practiced in Canada, United States, England, Italy, and Switzerland. Bruno was the Chief Architect and Master Planner of the 1986 World Exposition and designed EXPO Centre (Science World). His awards include the Order of Canada and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Governor General’s Medal. In 1988, Freschi was appointed Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the State University of New York. 
Alan Hart is Founding Principal, VIA Architecture. Throughout his career as planner and architect, Hart has drawn on his experience collaborating with the talented and passionate teams involved in SkyTrain and Expo 86. His practice is dedicated to planning, designing, and building sustainable communities. VIA Architecture, has offices in Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco.
Clive Grout is known for a wide range of design including visitor attractions, airports, public art management, and the masterplanning of urban mixed-use developments. As a result of his experience designing four pavilions at Expo 86, Grout worked on master planning of the Swiss Expo 2002, Barcelona Forum 2004, and the USA Pavilion in Shanghai Expo 2010. Grout is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has received many design awards for his work. He founded Grout McTavish Architects in 2005.
Believing that specialization is the antidote to innovation, Peter Cardew established his firm in 1980 in order to pursue a diverse variety of building types that subsequently have been acknowledged for their conceptual clarity, and recognized internationally through numerous awards and publications. Peter has been invited to lecture about the firm's work throughout North America, Europe and Asia and continues to work in the optimistic belief that Vancouver could one day become a great city. In 2012 Peter was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal, the highest honour bestowed in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

May 25, 2016 / 6:00 PM
2016 Annual General Meeting

Museum of Vancouver Members and a guest are invited to join us for a fun filled evening of wine, refreshments and entertainment at our Annual General Meeting. Learn more about the Museum, celebrate our incredible year, and hear Expo '86 Chief Architect Bruno Freschi speak on the development of the Expo Vision and Master Plan using the original 35 mm slides. This event provides a great opportunity to explore our new display of Expo '86 objects. 

Bruno Freschi, Expo '86 Chief Architect

What: MOV Annual General Meeting + Recollecting Expo '86 with Bruno Freschi

When: Wednesday May 25, 2016, 6:00-8:30pm

Where: Museum of Vancouver at Vanier Park (1100 Chestnut Street)

RSVP to: by May 18. 



Recollecting Expo '86

Expo '86 was a game changer for Vancouver and remains one of the largest public event ever held in British Columbia. Attracting over 22 million visitors, Expo '86 gave Vancouver international stature and transformed us into a bold city with boundless potential. With Recollecting Expo '86 - a small display in the MOV studio - the Museum of Vancouver marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. It also spotlights the important role of collectors as memory keepers. This display presents a fraction of Pete Visscher's impressive collection of Expo 86 memorabilia.


As a member you can also submit nominations for Elected Directors. 

Nominations for Elected Directors need to be made 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Any nomination must be given to the Museum in writing, signed by two members, and accompanied by the written consent of the nominee. Please send care of VMS Secretary to 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9 or email to


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