Design Week(end)

The weekend has come and gone for 2017! Thank you to all who participated, from generous sponsors and partners to Open Studios/Buildings/Tastings & Event hosts, to the thousands of you who came out and got involved.
We’re already planning for a full-week in 2018 on the theme of Impact.
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Our Programming

1 / Open Studios

A unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with local design talent. Open Studios invite you to drop by (no RSVP required) to meet and greet designers in their working environment. See work in progress, learn how different designers approach problems in their domain, and make some new friends along the way.

2 / Open Buildings

A chance to experience some of Vancouver’s stand out spaces in a way beyond the everyday - through the lens of the dynamic design teams that created them. Some Open Buildings require registration, but all are worth the trip.

3 / Tastings

Gastronomic experiences are influenced by great design; and the collaborations between design palettes create dynamic conversations about taste and place. Tastings are a chance to access the inspirations behind the local lounges we love... amidst signature samples and a design conscious crowd. Some Tastings require registration.

4 / Open Call

Events created and produced by local designers, design organizations, design thinkers and makers! From portfolio critique to panel discussions to special VDW(knd)-editions of regular events, bring your mind and voice to the discussion. Some events require registration.

2017 Event Schedule

Thu, May 11 Evening

2 Events [+-]

"Glacier Skywalk" Book Launch with authors Clea/Jeremy Sturgess and Trevor Boddy

6-8pm at Vancouver Special, 3612 Main Street at 21st

[Open Call] To attend, please RSVP to

Glacier Skywalk tells the story of this award-winning collaboration between Parks Canada, Brewster Travel, and the combined design-and-build team of Sturgess Architecture, PCL Constructors, and RJC Consulting Engineers. Insightful essays by Trevor Boddy and Clea and Jeremy Sturgess reveal how the ideas came together and were realized in built form.

Detailed sketches, three-dimensional renderings, and stunning photographs by Robert Lemermeyer show how the structures evolved.

[View the Video]

About the Authors
Jeremy Sturgess creates architecture that responds to its site and is responsible to an overarching philosophy of urban design. With every work, he attempts to instill an aspect of community, to foster interaction between people in a manner that will enrich and influence their experience together. Whether in the city or in the natural environment, he endeavours to create work that enhances the place and enlightens the spirit.

Trevor Boddy is a Vancouver-based architecture critic/curator and consulting urban designer whose writing on buildings and cities has won the Alberta Book of the Year, Jack Webster, Western Magazine and International Union of Architects (critical writing) awards.

Type Brigade №36

Thursday May 11 Doors 6:30, Talks 7:00 at 400-401 W Georgia St. (Unbounce)



[Open Call] Type Brigade is Vancouver’s typography speaker series for students, professional & non-professional designers, artists, devs, etc. who are interested in typography

Patrick Altair McDonald is an Irish/Canadian designer and developer, and has worked with clients like Heineken, Deloitte, and Bloomberg. At Type be speaking about one of his favourite topics: designing great online reading experiences.

Eric Rannaud is building Autotype, a typography engine for digital publishing. At Type Brigade, he’ll present a brief little history of typesetting automation, print and digital, and show what can be automated further on the web compared to plain HTML and CSS.

Katya Boudjelloud will show you how to transform simple stock images into textures with the Liquify filter in Photoshop and apply them to a simple frame to create an amazing piece of experimental lettering with a vibrant personality.

Fri, May 12 Morning

1 Event [+-]

TELUS Garden

11 at 510 West Georgia St.


[Open Buildings] The TELUS Garden Office Tower is part of a development transforming an entire city block of downtown Vancouver into a vibrant, sustainable and complete community.

TOURS ARE FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVE. Meet in Telus Garden lobby.

Fri, May 12 Evening

3 Events [+-]

Graphic design graduate, how to start your new journey?

2-4 at BCIT Downtown Campus: 555 Seymour St.

[Open Call] You’ve graduated from a Graphic design program, so what’s next? What are future employers looking for and do you have it? What kind of graphic designer are you and how can you find your place in the Graphic Design industry or create your own business?

What does it take to get your foot in the door of the design industry? Find out what the reality is and BE prepared for it.

Vancouver Design Week(end) Public Launch Party

6-10 at Alley Oop - West Hastings @ Granville

[Open Call] We're SOLD OUT! But there is a waitlist and we hope to be releasing more tickets soon

Join us as we celebrate our launch party in HCMA's Alley-Oop Friday May 12 and help us kick off Vancouver Design Week(end)!

This community party is brought to you in partnership with VIVA Vancouver, HCMA Architecture + Design, and the Odyssey; with activations by Tangible Interactions, local craft brew by Faculty Brewing, and catered pan-Asian fare by Roaming Dragon food truck.

Rain or shine. Tickets are free, but admission is limited.

MAKE IT POP! QUIZ: Vancouver Design Week(end)

8-10 at Masaladobo 433 Granville St.

[Open Call] Design! Typography! Branding! Interwebs! Pop Culture! Beer! A very special edition for Vancouver Design Week(end). Same location, new time Friday May 12th 8pm-10pm. Max 6 members per team. RSVPs are limited. FREE to play. Win PRIZES you’ll love.

Sat, May 13 Morning

16 Events [+-]

[Open Studios] Handmade bags & accessories designed & produced in our studio from new & upcycled leathers. We'll be displaying upcycled & hand printed leathers for the weekend, and visitors will enjoy 20% off on all regular price items on May 13th.

2nd floor of the Mergatroid Building. Access is thru the main entrance @ 975 Vernon Drive. Follow signs.

[Open Studios] Join us for a design process discussion and see how our space is setup to foster creative development. We'll have work samples to review, refreshments on hand, and even few jokes.

Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc.

11-2 at 715 East Hastings Street

[Open Studios] We are an east-side architecture and design studio, ready to welcome you warmly and let you talk our ears off about why design matters.

Civic Crowdfunding – A Powerful New Tool to Build Sustainable Communities

10:30 - Noon at Modus - 400-509 Richards St.



[Open Call] This workshop will introduce the concept of civic crowdfunding and how it can be used to support local government, local business and community-based projects. This provocative session will challenge assumptions about who should fund community projects and how crowdfunding can help democratize local investment and enhance community engagement. Includes a crowdfunding game with prizes.

For Vancouver Design Week, we're asking for your thoughts in helping shape Vancouver's public spaces. Contribute your best ideas to the conversation.

[Open Studios] Daly Co. is a design company founded by Pat Christie; a graduate from Emily Carr University in Industrial Design, and recent Emily Award Winner.

With a specialization in wood products, the company has been established around thoughtful human-centred design, undertaking projects that activate local capacity and incorporate regional materials.

Ask us about our next project - 312 Main - and why our team has been given permission to come on board to design and develop the feature furniture and fixtures for the space. Past clients include Virtuous Pie, Science World, Pyrrha Jewelry, Harlow Skin Care, and Dinner on the Pier.

Experience collaborative design through the trifecta of SPACE, Yew Woodshop, and Daly Co. Better yet, meet the pioneers who are driving innovation in Vancouver’s hyper-local design and manufacturing community.

D'Arcy Jones Architecture

11-4 at #304-175 East Broadway

[Open Studios] D’Arcy Jones Architecture work in a modern renovated space in a cool building from 1912. Come for the beer, the junk food, or to see what kind of projects our studio is designing. While you are here, sneak a peek into our new larger space being built right now, if you think construction sites are as interesting as we do.


11-2 at 406-611 Alexander St.

[Open Studios] Take the elevator to the 4th floor of our open studio for office tours, live 3D printing, ping pong and darts, oh and some architecture! We will be serving Oddity Kombucha, Faculty Brewing Beer, Railtown Cafe snacks. Did we mention a gift card give away?

Dina Gonzalez Mascaro Studio

11-2 at 1654 Franklin Street studio #11

[Open Studios] Dina González Mascaró is an artist and designer.
A sculptor who draws, paints and makes jewellery, González Mascaró inhabits the dual worlds of art and design.
Her work has been awarded prestigious awards and grants, exhibited in national and international design fairs, commissioned internationally, published in books and featured in print and digital media.

For VDW Dina GM will open her studio and present an installation pairing artworks (drawing / painting) with jewellery design pieces. This installation of artwork and design objects that reference and influence each other shows the imperceptible line between art and design.

Beverages and snacks will be available. Cold brew coffee from Paper Crane.

Enter from the street at 1654 Franklin. Come to the second floor and find us in Studio #11.

GDC Connect

10-1pm at 392 West Hastings Street (VFS)



[Open Call] As the design profession evolves, the multiple career paths in our industry present a dizzying array of options. This session will deliver real-world case studies of success and failures, frank dialogue, hands-on activities, and peer-to-peer conversation that help you find and prepare for your next step. This workshop will be guided by mentors working in usability, who will provide guidance on education, portfolio development and best practice tips.

Railtown Studios - Aurelia Bizouard Art & Design

11-2 at 409 - 321 Railway St

[Open Studios] Aurélia Bizouard is a French designer working with glass art in Vancouver and Paris. Made from reverse paintings on glass panels, this innovative way of working with glass offers multiple possibilities to beautify a place and create an architectural glass structure with a piece of art.

[Open Studios] Smart connects people with places. We help clients create innovative spaces that inspire customers to explore. And when we say spaces, we mean gargantuan global developments with a million moving pieces. Smaller local projects, we do those too.

Led by Nick Baker, CEO/Creative Director, we have over 25 years of experience developing environments for the transportation, sports, entertainment, retail and hospitality industries.

Every space has the potential to be amazing—and that’s where we come in. Our diverse in-house team designs every inch to its full potential, delivering a customer experience that is as exciting as it is profitable. Everything we do is to build our client’s brand, which in turn builds their revenue.

Local to global, we do it all and love to do it.

Located inside Central Station, use the elevator to the righteous go to level 1. Buzz SmartDesign Group, go through he door and turn right.


11-2 at 552 Clark Drive

[Open Studios] Permission to come aboard the vessel known as SPACE -- granted. Within SPACE you’ll find a group of multidisciplinary artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and oddballs, working beneath the stars, ping-pong balls, and a replica WWI biplane.

This week(end), we’re stoked to debut [The Orbital Trading Post], a street facing showroom which exists to promote the stories, skills and products of Vancouver’s talented artists, designers, and creatives. You can expect to see work from: Daly Co., OGA Design, Willow & Stump, Studio Corelam, Shipway, Ben Barber Studio, Propellor and Nocturnal Workshop.

[The Orbital Trading Post] runs on a low margin model, allowing us to sell quality goods at a price which makes customers and designers very, very happy! The OTP is the access point to the best of emerging design made in Vancouver.

We believe our collective potential is unleashed when people connect and collaborate. Come on by, tell us your story, we’ll tell you ours, and together we can explore new dimensions of inspiration and creativity.
Experience collaborative design through the trifecta of SPACE, Yew Woodshop, and Daly Co. Better yet, meet the pioneers who are driving innovation in Vancouver’s hyper-local design and manufacturing community.

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

11 and 12 noon tastings at 311 West Cordova STreet



[Tastings] We will be performing a professional cupping of a selection of coffees hand-roasted by us. These coffees will be from a wide variety of countries, regions, varietals, and altitudes, and will demonstrate a range of tasting notes and flavours.

The event will also include a class on how to cup coffees, the purpose of cupping, and lessons on roasting and brewing. Perfect for coffee geeks and new fans alike.

Union Wood Co

11-2 at 1340 East Pender St.

[Open Studios] We build custom furniture and millwork projects for residential and commercial clients. Come see what we are currently working on featuring some of our Birch Bark Series pieces (featured in Design Milk).

Westerly Handmade Shoes

11-1 at 1000 Parker Street, Studio 250

[Open Studios] Come visit an active shoemaking studio and workshop. See shoes on display and ask questions about the process of having shoes made.

Yew Woodshop

11-2 at 1295 Frances St

[Open Studios] The Yew WoodShop is a shared woodworking space established by four Emily Carr students who met in the the Industrial Design program.

Within, separate businesses co-exist to share resources, ideas and knowledge along with high performance shop equipment.
Specializing in using local and reclaimed materials, the crew at Yew takes on a diverse range of projects that include doors, furniture, sculpture, signage and other custom products.

Current residents of the shop include OGA Design, House of Doors, Daly Co., Willow & Stump, VanAir Designs, Justin Davis and Benjamin McLaughlin.
See examples of past projects that demonstrate the materials, techniques and specialized production processes we use to solve complex and creative design challenges.

Experience collaborative design through the trifecta of SPACE, Yew Woodshop, and Daly Co. Better yet, meet the pioneers who are driving innovation in Vancouver’s hyper-local design and manufacturing community.

Sat, May 13 Afternoon

21 Events [+-]

Adler University

1-2:30 at 520 Seymour Street

[Open Buildings] Join members of the Vancouver design community for a “behind the scenes” guided tour of the new Adler University downtown Vancouver campus. Experience the process and results of integrating architecture, interior design and communication design to create a brand-expressive higher educational environment. Susan Mavor and Brian Wakelin, Principals of PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication will share stories from the design trenches in creating a new campus for this private institution focussed on Masters' programs in social psychology.

Meet in the Seymour Street lobby level and tour the five floors of the school to hear about creating exterior campus presence within an interior design project. Find out about the challenges of making significant architectural moves in a building where they're already pouring concrete. Comment on the use of environmental graphic design to express mission, vision and values.

Callister Brewing

Noon-1pm at 1338 Franklin Street

[Tastings] Join Callister Brewing during Vancouver Design Week to take a look behind the scenes at Canada's first brewers collective and the most unique little brewery in Vancouver. Also check out the latest photography exhibit from Goldmoss Satellite. Ticket includes 4 x 5oz beer samples from each of the four breweries on-site, and a private tour with Callister's owners, Chris Lay and Diana McKenzie. All ages welcome - beer samples may be substituted for Callister's non-alcoholic, handmade soda.


1-4 at 360-440 West Hastings

[Open Studios] colder° is shared creative co-working space. A home for individuals looking to collaborate.

Crosstown Elementary School

1-4 at 55 Expo Boulevard

[Open Buildings] Crosstown Elementary is a new 4 storey school for 510 children integrated within a complex development consisting of 2 existing residential towers/podium & Daycare. The school is the first of it’s kind for the VSB and forms the model for future urban schools in Vancouver. The design was directly influenced by the complicated site as well as 21st Century Learning Principles, encouraging project based learning and more spacious open areas outside of regular classrooms. In conjunction with the new school, the western end of Andy Livingston Park was upgraded by the CoV to be used by general public and school alike.

Habanero Consulting Group

2-4 at 510 - 1111 Melville Street

[Open Studios] At Habanero we focus on creating amazing workplace experiences. To do that, we do a lot of human-centred design research and co-design solutions with our clients. Visit us to see and hear some stories of design success from our recent work.

Our office is located at Melville and Thurlow. Access will be via the door facing Thurlow. A Habanero person will be there to let you in.

Hapa Collaborative

11-4 at 403-375 West 5th Ave

[Open Studios] Hapa Collaborative is a landscape architecture and urban design practice established with placemaking, attentiveness and collaboration in mind.

We see each project as an opportunity to partner, dream big and synthesize ideas wrought from many, often opposing, influences. Our goal is to evoke the poetry of the place and in doing so reveal something delightful but perhaps previously unseen. Most of all, we consider Hapa to be a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and a small, agile and fresh alternative to traditional firms.

Our joint open concept studios allow visitors to see actual working spaces and collaborative areas of our studio, shared with Nick Milkovich Architects. Hapa team members will be present to answer questions about Architectural models and drawings on display, give a tour, as well as a preview of ongoing projects including the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, Foot of Lonsdale Plaza (featuring the completed Megabench) and the completed Megaphone aka Jim Deva Plaza Speaker's Corner feature at the Bute & Davie Plaza.

Refreshments, snacks, growlers of beer and some wine will be provided. Visitors may go home with free Sun Hop Park t-shirts, limited supply.

Door code is 4403 (under Hapa), and the elevator will give you access to the 4th floor on entry.

[Open Studios] Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc. is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The studio was founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. We engage in the practice of design across a variety of scales and media - including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design. Our residential and commercial projects are informed by an environmental sensitivity that includes an emphasis on passive solar design, and flexible, modular spaces. Our design process is committed to a rigorous process of discovery - the core of the practice relies on a deeply-rooted fascination with the act of making.
We have most recently been honoured with the Canadian Architect Award of Merit for the Backcountry Hut (2016), the Western Living Magazine Designers of the Year Arthur Erickson Memorial Award (2016). Our work has been featured in publications including Arcade, Azure, Canadian Architect, CNN Design, and Wallpaper, among others.

Louder Than Ten

1-4 at 4-306 Abbott St

[Open Studios] We train people who run projects in the tech and creative industries. Come in with your client, team and project problems and we'll help you work through them as time allows.

Buzzer #4
Go up the stairs to the second level.

Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio

1-4 at 102-127 East Pender Street.

[Open Studios] Join us for a warm welcome, slideshow, and Courtyard Antics.

The studio is located on the ground floor in the courtyard towards the back of the building.

MGA | Michael Green Architecture

1-4 at 63 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K3

[Open Studios] We are a 24 person Architecture + Interior Design firm in Vancouver, Victoria, and Portland. We are working on large and small projects here at home and around the world. We are motivated to design with meaning. Our projects celebrate our client and community goals with spaces that speak to the stories of our time.

Modus Planning, Design & Engagement

1-4 at Suite #400 - 509 Richards Street

[Open Studios] MODUS works with local and regional governments, provincial agencies, crown corporations, non-profits, universities, community groups, school boards, libraries and progressive developers to address their most critical issues and make a real difference.

MODUS will use several mediums to show how we get from insight to impact in our work as planners, designers, and engagement specialists. These will include videos we've produced, a photo reel, a design exercise, and boards displaying high-impact projects.

Modus is on the 4th floor. Take the elevator or the stairs, and we will greet you there.

Nicole Bridger

7-8 pm at 14 Water St

[Open Studios] This is our flagship boutique. Nicole will speak at 7pm on our brand philosophy and design principles. Drinks, nibbles and good conversation. Guests will also receive 15% discount to shop.


1-4 at 1220 Homer Street

[Open Studios] A Candy Factory in its former life, the building at 1220 Homer St has been converted to become our working studio. We are a multidisciplinary design firm, specializing in Architectural, Interior, Urban, and Industrial Design. We’re driven by sustainability, innovation and design excellence.
The tour of our space will include some history, some info about our office today and our design practice.

Enter building via front door at 1220 Homer Street.

RED Academy

1-4 at #300 1490 West Broadway

[Open Studios] Come by and check out our campus! You can experience the user-centric design process we teach. See student portfolios or have your own reviewed to learn about your options for a career in tech. RED Academy is a technology and design school. We offer full and part-time programs in UX (User Experience) Design as well as UI (User Interface) Design. We also have programs in Digital Marketing, Web and Application Development.

RED Academy is proud to partner with VDW to donate three $750 scholarships for those looking to further their career in digital design. Learn More

We are at West Broadway and Granville between the Blenz and McDonalds. There will be student volunteers in the lobby to lead you upstairs.

Segev LLP Offices

1-4 at 310 - 318 Homer Street

[Open Buildings] Executed in two phases, Carscadden worked with Segev LLP to convert what was previously an open design studio to a series of discrete offices that - wait for it... still felt like an open design studio. The program brief in this respect was a function of the often private and sensitive nature of legal work, and the young firm's ambition to not communicate the 19th Century feel that many law office do.

Small Victory Bakery

3-4 at 1088 Homer Street



[Tastings] Experience the craft and design of our bakery cafe - a space to embrace a small victory in your day. Our products, both baked and brewed, display our passion and appreciation for tradition, technique and quality.

TEALEAVES X Pantone #PaletteForYourPalate at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

4-5 at 791 W Georgia St



[Tastings] Join us for a refreshing spring cocktail from the TEALEAVES x Pantone #PaletteForYourPalate Collaboration, created by the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver’s mixologist, Todd Zimmerman!

TEALEAVES is one of the very few tea blenders in the world, and we take precision very seriously. Why? Because in luxury, it’s the details that matter.

TEALEAVES blends teas specifically for color, alongside aroma and taste, with understanding that “the first taste is with the eyes”. This philosophy inspired the #PaletteForYourPalate project in collaboration with Pantone Color Institute and 30+ world-class chefs and mixologists. Explore the exhibit of tea + color + mood at

Curious? Try a recipe yourself.

The Cygnus Design Group

1-4pm at 606-318 Homer St

[Open Studios] We are a multidisciplinary design firm, specializing in Architectural, Interior, Urban, and Industrial Design. We’re driven by sustainability, innovation and design excellence. Enter the building from Homer St. and take the elevator to the 6th floor. Here at our office we create communication solutions for the built environment; we dabble in multidisciplinary projects relating to wayfinding, branded environments, placemaking, experiential graphic design and much more. On your visit to our studio you will get to meet the brains behind the programs we execute, see some of our work, and perhaps get a hands on understanding of what it takes to work on projects that bridge a variety of practices to create memorable experiences. Of course, some yummy treats and tunes will be had.

The Value of Design: 10 Perspectives from 10 Designers

1pm (doors at 12:30) to 2:45 pm. at Council Chambers, Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave

[Open Call] Ten designers will fill the ten seats in City Council Chambers at Vancouver City Hall to lend their individual perspectives on how design can contribute to the city. Whether it is designing for the public space, educating a new generation of design researchers, creating an identity for iconic facilities, or communicating to the broad public through print materials; design touches on every aspect of our civic lives. These 10 short talks will be followed by a audience Q & A.

Moderated by Johnathon Strebly
National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and Director of Creative Services at HCMA + Design.

Wiivv Wearables

1-4 at 134 Abbott Street

[Open Studios] We develop 3D printed bionics, starting out with insoles and sandals customised from your smart phone. We can have product demos, virtual factory tours and designers on hand.

Sun, May 14 Afternoon

12 Events [+-]

430 House Tour D'Arcy Jones Architecture

1-4 at 430 East 20th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5V 1M9


Sold Out

[Open Buildings] Visit the 430 House, a renovated Vancouver Special by D’Arcy Jones Architecture. Retaining the core ideas of an iconic Vancouver building type, this restrained and detail oriented design provides a strong dialogue between the old and the new. Come tour the house, meet D’Arcy, and enjoy some light refreshments on the patio, furnished by design shop Vancouver Special.

Brasilia: Life After Design

4:45pm at 1181 Seymour St.

[Open Call] Part ode, part critique, Bart Simpson’s film Brasilia: Life After Design takes the viewer on a sweetly surreal and slightly melancholic tour of a strange and monumental cityscape. The camera pans across sweeping urban vistas, peers through archways and down the long central axis, capturing images of random city dwellers spaced like birds on a wire around the perimeter of the enormous spaces between buildings.

Cloth studio at 7e7

11-5 at 7 East 7th Ave


[Open Studios] Clothstudio is a Vancouver based soft furnishing company with a passion for natural materials, particularly linen. Both 7e7 and Clothstudio share a love of linen and propose to host a casual yet informative afternoon around the beauty and uses of this material.


1-4 at 2735 West 31st Ave

[Open Studios] a group of artists in various disciplines will have their work on display and for sale. Also refreshments will be on hand as well as a special tea on Mother's Day.

Kudoz / InWithForward

1-4 at 790 E 14th Ave

[Open Studios] Take part in a Special Edition Kudoz experience, and get to see what it is that we design when designing a ‘service’. InWithForward is an international social design studio, working with non-profits to develop new kinds of human services. The Kudoz learning platform is our Vancouver spin-off.

When facing number 790, follow the VDW signs to take the greenway on the left side of the house. Approach the house from the laneway, and you’ll find us in the shed in the garden.

Lanefab Design/Build

1-4 at 362 E.10th Ave Vancouver

[Open Studios] Lanefab is an integrated design/build company that crafts custom homes and infill mini-homes (or “laneway houses”) with design quality & energy efficiency as core values.

Our projects are all unique; they are built for a specific site and client, and are consistently rated among Canada’s most energy efficient.

Patkau Architects

1-4 at 1564 West 6th Ave

[Open Studios] Patkau Architects is an architecture and design research studio. We explore the richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations.

We will open our architecture design studio and exhibition gallery to the public and give you a behind the scenes look at some of our work.

Refreshments will be catered by Beaucoup Bakery and lunch will be available for purchase from the Tacofino Food Truck parked outside!

Please note that our upstairs gallery is not wheelchair accessible, and that our entrance to the main studio has steps that may pose an accessibility issue for some.

PFS Studio

1-4 at 1777 West 3rd Ave

[Open Studios] Our studio will be open for a walking tour with various spaces set up with projects in progress with a person to answer general questions. We will have a looping slide show of award-winning projects and someone to present and answer questions in the main meeting space.

The Aviary

1-4 at 657 East 15th Ave

[Open Studios] We are a coworking space that is filled with designers. We will have some members' work on display, snacks and drinks, and possibly some projections. Find us We are beside Matchstick Coffee by Fraser + Kingsway.

[Open Studios] We transform the raw materials of software and hardware into refined user experiences. Visit our studio to learn about our process and how the things around you are designed.

Front door will be open to allow access to the second floor via main atrium stairs!

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From volunteering to hosting an event, to proposing something we’ve never thought of, there are many ways you can bring your ingenuity and passion to Vancouver Design Week(end).

Join in, speak up, and stand out!

1 / Open Studios

A unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with local design talent. A chance for local designers - established and emergent - to connect with the public, future clients, and collaborators. Spotlight on-the-boards work; daylight design process; catalyze conversations about design culture in our city (... and yes, show off a little!)


2 / Open Buildings

A chance to experience some of Vancouver’s stand out spaces in a way beyond the everyday - through the lens of the dynamic design teams that created them. If you’re the owner or designer of a stand out space and want to be a part of the weekend line up, register soon to get on the map.


3 / Tastings

Gastronomic experiences are influenced by great design; and the collaborations between design palettes create dynamic conversations about taste and place. Tastings are a chance to access the inspirations behind the local lounges we love... amidst signature samples and a design conscious crowd. Note: Tastings hosts set their own space limits and prices to manage capacity and cover costs.


4 / Open Call

We’re inviting local designers, design organizations, design thinkers and makers to join the conversation! If you’re positively contributing to the local design scene, and are interested in creating a design-related happening (and you can successfully host it during THE weekend), apply for our Open Call.

Members of the VDW event administration will review your submission to ensure alignment with the VDW mission.


5 / Partner

Vancouver Design Week is a collaborative production for the advancement of our city’s culture, quality of life, and future potential - and as a not-for-profit social enterprise, it’s only possibly through the support of the community. Join in, step up and stand out as an official partner in supporting design culture in Vancouver!


> DOWNLOAD Partner Package (1.5mb pdf)

6 / Volunteer

Go behind the scenes of our events and get more connected with the Vancouver design community by becoming a Vancouver Design Week(end) volunteer.


7 / Donate

Vancouver Design Week is a collaborative production for the advancement of our city’s culture, quality of life, and future potential; and as a not-for profit social enterprise, it’s only possible through the generous support of donors like you. A financial donation helps us tremendously.



Registration fees apply to event hosting, but any registrations that are not approved will be refunded.

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Questions? We have answers.

What is Vancouver Design Week(end)?

Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is the city’s official interdisciplinary design festival — at once a city-wide platform, invitation and call to action! VDW is a unique opportunity to: celebrate local design talent; connect design makers and users; and to support design’s capacity for improving the quality of our everyday lives.

We are all impacted by design everyday. VDW’s mission is: to increase awareness of and appreciation for design, design process and the pervasive impact design has on important social and cultural issues; and to create an informed, inclusive (and inspiring!) participatory platform for engaging them.

VDW’s full 10 day festival is gearing up to return for 2018, but rather than go without another year, we’re whetting the palate for 2017 with an abridged program — a Vancouver Design Week(end).

When is Vancouver Design Week(end)?

May 12-14, 2017.

Where is Vancouver Design Week(end)?

It’s happening all around Vancouver. A full event calendar and maps will become available as events and locations are confirmed. to hear when the line-up goes live.

How can I get involved?

Proactive question - we want you!

Host an event, become a supporting partner, volunteer, make a donation... and most importantly: show up, join in, and stand out! Explore practices and processes, exchange perspectives with (other) designers, ask questions, share your thoughts and be a part of the conversation!

How can I support Vancouver Design Week?

We’re glad you asked!

Become a supporting partner, make a donation, or volunteer amongst other designers across disciplines and districts. See below for more details on all of these options.

How do I become a host? Can anyone list an event?

VDW invites local designers across disciplines to sign up for signature open doors events - Open Studios, Open Buildings, or Tastings. Open your space, show off your work, share a sampling of what makes you unique as a part of our design community!

Don’t have a studio, building or tasting room, but you run — or have always wanted to create — a design-focused happening — now’s your chance! If it will enrich, expand or constructively challenge the Vancouver design conversation, and you can successfully host it during VDWknd, apply for our Open Call. Note that a modest registration fee will be charged to help cover the cost of maintaining the platform.

How do I sign up for events? Is it free?

Attendance to some events will be free, some (where space is limited) will require registration, and others will require paid tickets. Registration and ticketing will be managed by individual event hosts / organizers, so be sure to confirm details before heading out. And sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss any early bird announcements!

Who puts on Vancouver Design Week and how is possible?

Vancouver Design Week is a not-for-profit social enterprise, created by a passionate team of volunteers from across design disciplines; with the support of generous contributions of time, talent and resources from the larger design community. In collaboration with some of the city’s most renowned designers, design institutions, entrepreneurs, educators, thinkers, and makers — Vancouver Design Week has been willed into being by a shared belief that design is imperative to improving the quality and potential of our city. Help us make this vision a reality by showing up, joining in, and standing out!

A huge thank to all of the following who have been early supporters - because of you Vancouver Design Week is possible!


the RAIC HCMA Architecture + Design Viva Vancouver the GDC Cause+Affect Roaming Dragon Dialog Design

Community Partners

Rositch Hemphill Architects Inform Interiors Faculty Brewing Co The Odyssey Tangible Interaction Tangible Interaction Wayblaze Downtown Vancouver BIA

Industry Partners

Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Heather Stoutenburg Colin Campbell The Pie Shoppe Rise Kombucha Odd Society Public Museum of Vancouver Beaucoup Bakery Vancouver Special Rising Tide Consultants Martin Knowles Photo/Media Women in Architecture Vancouver Michael Green Architecture Local Practice MET Fine Printers

Media Partners

Georgia Straight Vancouver Is Awesome Do604

VDW Organizing Team

Jennifer Cutbill

Jennifer Cutbill / Director + Co-founder

Jennifer is an Architect at Local Practice, and Regional Director with the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). She is passionate about empowering design’s incredible potential for positive change.

Todd Sieling

Todd Sieling / Strategy + Web

Todd is an interaction designer and co-founder of Denim & Steel Interactive. Informed by his background in the humanities, he strives to bring a humane sensibility to the cool edge of digital technology.

Harry Olson

Harry Olson / Open Studios Coordinator

Harry is a passionately broad-minded thinker who never loses sight of the big picture but lives for the details that make cities, organizations, and people tick. His visual communication practice is rooted in producing brands that connect people, products, and place.

Tylor Sherman

Tylor Sherman / Web

Tylor is a creative technologist and co-founder at Denim & Steel. An engineer by training, he designs unique software for a people-focused future.

Sean Durfee

Sean Durfee / Graphic + Web

Sean is a web, product, and graphic designer with a background in international relations. He is constantly striving to find humble solutions to complex problems.

Anna Horvath

Anna Horváth / Partnerships Coordinator

As a fundraising strategist, Anna works to foster philanthropic support and partnerships for non-profit organizations.

Anna Lambert

Anna Lambert / Tastings Coordinator

Before turning her attention to creating a career doing private culinary events, Anna developed and implemented values-based marketing campaigns for Vancity Credit Union. Planning and organizing events to the minute details are her passion.

Nicole Kapalungan

Nichole Kapalungan / Copywriter

Nichole is a communications coordinator with a background in literature and arts and culture studies. With a feverish love of film, she comes packaged with celluloid dreams.

Laura-Beth McDonald

Laura-Beth McDonald / Open Buildings Coordinator

Laura-Beth is a corporate event planner fascinated by the diversity of ways we engage with those around us. She strives to delight the world with her passion for making the seemingly chaotic appear simplistically clear.

Matej Rodela

Matej Rodela / Media Coordinator

Matej is a media studies graduate who has spent a reasonable number of years working in the media. Tired of the oldskul mentality of his bosses, he dived into the world of design thinking, service design, product design, and business.

Alisa Layne

Alisa Layne / Social Media + Design

Alisa is a graphic designer who loves all aspects of art, design, and aesthetics. She endeavors to demonstrate meaning though simplicity and beauty through complexity.

Natalia Kwasnicki

Natalia Kwasnicki / Outreach Coordinator

Natalia is an interior designer with an art history background. She has a passion for using spaces to bring people together and bringing various channels of design together.

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