Photo: PWL Partnerships Landscape Architects Inc.

Photo: PWL Partnerships Landscape Architects Inc.

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Photo: Google Maps


Join us for our third installment to the 2017-18 Built City Series, a mini-charette on transit-oriented development in false creek south

Featuring guest speaker Bowinn Ma, MLA, Parliamentary Secretary for Translink, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Museum of Vancouver in partnership with RAIC-Architecture Canada is hosting a Mini-Charrette as part of the Built City series, exploring cost trade-offs of affordable housing and the tools used to create social connectedness through urban design. Urban designers and experts in creating non-subsidized affordable housing will lead hands-on, design-based, problem-solving charrette workshop tables, including what transit-oriented development (TOD) might look like with a possible streetcar line.

Thought Leader, Gloria Venczel, MRAIC from RAIC-Architecture Canada, will facilitate this Saturday afternoon workshop with markers, maps, tracing paper and proforma calculators, opening up the black box of finance. Participants will look at what the comparative cost & saving levers could be for creating affordable housing for the “missing middle” and how different forms of housing tenure can help.

Date: Saturday, April 7

Time: 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Students & Seniors, $10 RAIC Members, Free to MOV Members

RAIC Member tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be purchased in-person at Museum front desk, 1100 Chestnut Street. Register early. Seating is limited.

Guest Speaker

Bowinn Ma, MLA, Parliamentary Secretary for Translink,
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Elected as the MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in May 2017, Bowinn is also a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional. Prior to being elected MLA, she managed terminal expansion and redevelopment projects at the Vancouver International Airport.

Bowinn’s degree in civil engineering included an academic focus on transportation engineering, which serves her well in her efforts to improve transportation on the North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland. She also holds a Masters degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

As a local MLA Bowinn focuses on the issues of housing, transportation, and child care, Bowinn also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink and on several cabinet and parliamentary committees including Treasury Board, Housing Working Group, Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.

About the experts

Non-Subsidized Affordable Housing Finance Experts

Lisa Spitale, CAO, City of New Westminster
Lisa Spitale is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Westminster. She is a registered professional planner with over 30 years of experience. Under her leadership, the City has realized unprecedented growth and has helped implement many progressive policies including New Westminster's Affordable Housing Strategy, the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy and Metro Vancouver's first Family Friendly Housing Policy. As a senior municipal official, Lisa has also sat on key local government housing committees and task forces including most recently, the UBCM Special Housing Committee which released its major paper: "A Home for Everyone: A Housing Strategy for BC".

Darren Kitchen, Government Relations Director, Cooperative Housing Federation, BC
Darren has worked for several years in the non-profit and municipal housing  sectors, and has previously worked on refinancing existing co-ops, negotiating lease renewals, and developing cooperative housing.

Tiffany Duzita, Director, Community Land Trust BC
Tiffany is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the land trust to acquire more co-op and affordable housing opportunities. As an accomplished real estate development professional with over 15 years experience, she has worked on projects that range from retail to mixed use in both concrete and wood frame, along with leasing and asset management of properties. Her experience involves all aspects of a project life cycle: land acquisition, feasibility and risk management, finance, design, city approvals and construction.

Luke Harrison, CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency
The Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency is the City of Vancouver’s housing development arm. VAHA leverages city and partner owned land to create new housing projects that offer both, a greater diversity of home options and greater affordability than what can be offered by the private market alone. In his role with VAHA, Luke works with communities and partners to design, build, fund and operate homes by securing innovative funding sources and partnerships with private and public investors. Prior to VAHA, Luke worked in development, finance and asset management where he has led large investment and infrastructure projects with a particular focus on urban development. His experiences with housing and real estate have seen him work in varied capacities from managing mixed-use developments to building single family homes and tech start-ups.”

Simon Davie, PMP, Chief Operating Officer, Terra Housing
Simon Davie, a certified Project Management Professional with specialized expertise in deal origination for social housing development, joined Terra in 1998 and became a principal in 2003.  Simon works with his partners to shape the future direction of the company, pursue opportunities and partnerships for the firm, and guide the day to day workings of a staff of experienced professionals.  Simon is also a partner and Director of Development of Terra Lumina Life Lease Inc., which works with non-profit societies to develop life lease housing for seniors, including projects in Mission and Vernon.  

Albert Huang, Development Manager, Terra Housing
Albert is responsible for managing the development and implementation of a variety of projects for Terra and has expertise in market research and feasibility analysis for mixed-use and commercial projects in both the public and private sectors.  Albert is an Urban Geography graduate of UBC, where he specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and completed a post graduate diploma in Urban Land Economics.

Lilian Chau, Community Investment Portfolio Manager, VanCity
Lilian Chau
develops and manages community partnerships and innovative financial tools to support non-profit organizations to acquire, develop and manage community-owned assets. This includes providing real estate development advice and facilitating creative partnerships between innovative and entrepreneurial non-profit organizations. She is also manage a revolving pre-development loan program that provides working capital for social purpose real estate projects.


Urban Design/Social Connectedness  Experts

Graham McGarva, FRAIC, Urban Action
Graham is a founding partner of VIA Architecture, a planning and architecture firm dedicated to improving the mobility, livability and sustainability of cities. For nearly three decades, VIA has had led the shaping of the urban communities and transportation systems that form the heart and backbone of one of North America's most livable cities, Vancouver BC. Outside of Canada, Graham has helped VIA establish an office in Seattle, and has worked in China, Russia, Malaysia, and in the USA. Graham is also a dedicated poet and traveller.

Derek Lee, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED®AP, Principal - PWL Partnership Landscale Architects Inc.
Derek is a principal at PWL Partnership and a LEED® Accredited Landscape Architect with over twenty years of experience across North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Serving as the creative lead on design teams at PWL, Derek focuses on innovative placemaking and urban design with a view to improve people’s overall health and quality of life. Derek’s infectious passion for innovation is grounded by extensive experience. His experience and ingenuity is evident in all scales of work, from large-scale master plans and urban waterfront developments to custom details that celebrate a site’s unique character. Derek’s ability to quickly translate conceptual ideas into graphic form effectively bring ideas to life.

Mike Leckie,  Architect AIBC, M. Arch, B. Sc, LEED AP, Principal of Leckie Studio, Architecture + Design Inc.
Mike’s work experience includes modernist single family and multi-family homes, heritage and industrial rehabilitations/conversions, as well large-scale institutional projects. Michael’s work has been published internationally, and he has contributed to the production of a multitude of award-wining projects - including the Alhambra + Cordage + Garage + Terminus, a 60,000 square-foot multi-phase live/work loft conversion project spread over four adjacent heritage buildings in Vancouver’s Historic Gastown district (with Acton Ostry Architects). In 2010 this project was awarded The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture. Michael acts as a guest critic and graduate student thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Drew Ferrari, MRAIC, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs at Translink
Drew brings over 34 years of diverse experience encompassing projects entailing planning, architectural, interior, landscape, community engagement and graphic design. Drew specializes in the graphic communication of complex design problems. He has worked as a creative consultant on projects varying in scale from industrial design objects, corporate interiors, campus master plans, inner-city communities, to vast regional parks. Drew has a passion for creating meaningful public participation opportunities. He enjoys helping stakeholders take a pivotal role in the design of their environments, and assisting communities to utilize their shared knowledge to visualize their preferred future. Drew is an accredited member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and has also trained with the National Charrette Institute. He is co-author of the book Co-Design: A Process of Design Participation.

Sean Ruthen, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, VIA Architecture
Sean Ruthen is a project architect at VIA Architecture, currently working on both multi-family residential architecture and infrastructure projects in and around Metro Vancouver. Originally from Halifax, Sean received his architecture degree at UBC, and has called Vancouver home now for the past two decades. Sean is also a writer who regularly contributes articles to Canadian Architect and Spacing Magazine, and has as well been an organizer of past architecture ideas competitions for the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey. Sean is currently a member of the AIBC, and a Fellow of the RAIC, having served the last five years as Chair for the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the RAIC, and is currently serving his third term on AIBC Council.

Alex Sandoval MUP, B.Arch., LEED AP VIA Architecture
Alex is an experienced Urban Designer with a special focus in architecture, land use and urban economics with over ten years of experience working on infrastructure projects in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Alex provides visioning and design strategies for clients in both the public and private sectors. With his cross-disciplinary experience, he provides the bridge between technical engineering teams and aspirational urban design goals resulting in the production of compelling public realm solutions grounded with technical documentation. His approach to producing graphically oriented materials assist engineering teams transmit the nuances of these complex projects to stakeholders and the community at large.

Gloria Venczel, BES, B.Arch., MRAIC, RPP, MCIP, Urban Designer/Principal, Cityscape Design Inc.
Gloria Venczel is the Thought Leader for RAIC-Architecture Canada + Museum of Vancouver’s Built City Speaker Series, 2017-18. She is an award winning registered urban designer/planner, instructor and consultant. Gloria has recently taught the sold-out Urban Land Institute’s “Urban Design 101” in the Fall 2017. As the City of North Vancouver’s urban designer, she was responsible for successfully guiding the urban design of the city’s Civic Centre + the Vista Commons adjacent to City Hall. She was the former founding Executive Director of the Smart Growth Canada Network. She is a dedicated Twitter-er, watercolourist and mini-jogger.

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