Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects is a team of architects, designers, and ingenious pragmatists, based in Vancouver and dedicated to designing and building structures that strike a fine balance between beauty and function.

We’ve made our name creating some of Canada’s most respected community, recreation, and public buildings. The way we see it, architecture has the capacity to change communities for the better. We are deeply invested in where we work, the communities in which we build, and the planet we live on. This investment is a powerful driver in the decisions we make: from what and how we build, to how we get around, to how we spend our free time. Many make similar claims; Carscadden lives them.

2024
Mark Hosford & Amanda Jehring

Associates

Mark and Amanda joined us in 2016 and 2018 and we are excited to announce their new associate status. They are a one-two punch of professionalism and thoughtfulness. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to work with them and check out their crazy moiré effect shirt choices in person!

Congratulate Mark. Congratulate Amanda.

2023
Sunset Nursery & Operations Yard

Vancouver, BC

Building on the successful completion of the Masterplan, we are deep into the multi-year, multi-phase design and construction of the Sunset Nursery & Operations Yard. A cornerstone of South Vancouver operations, the project will provide a new home for local and city wide operations while remaining a good neighbour to the Community Centre, Arena, Park and local residents.

Currently under construction. Images: Carscadden

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CNV Lawn Bowling Fieldhouse

North Vancouver, BC

The North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club is the linch pin project in the City of North Vancouver’s massive Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands development. The project includes new international level competition bowls and modern clubhouse. New members welcome!

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Mahon Park Childcare & Fieldhouse

North Vancouver, BC

A new state of the art day care in the middle of one of North Vancouver’s most important parks? And you say there’s a track, splash park, and wooded ravine right there? Sounds perfect.

Currently under construction. Images: Carscadden

Circle Wellness Spa

Vancouver, BC

Born of a desire to improve people’s lives and an unshakable belief that wellness demands attention to the body and the mind and the spirit, the Circle Wellness Spa pods are a leap of faith backwards to a more foundational feature of what it means to be human.

Photography: Ema Peter

VIVO Pool

Calgary, AB

In collaboration with Dialog we helped VIVO with their wildly ambitious and important facility expansion. We are the wet-side experts here, helping to deliver their aquatics program.

Photographs: Tom Arban

Stainsbury Apartments

Vancouver, BC

One of only a handful of projects to make it through the City of Vancouver’s Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Project (MIRHPP, because that’s a mouthful) Stainsbury is a cost-effective, Passive House affordable housing project.

WC Blair Expansion

Township of Langley, BC

The latest in a long, long line of successive projects at WC Blair, the expansion (which includes renovations, of course) provides additional fitness area and rejuvenated spaces while continuing the work of steadily maintaining and improving the facility’s durability.

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Dilworth Mountain Childcare Centre

Kelowna, BC

Designed and built to Passive House standards, this “three house” concept childcare centre ensures a healthy environment for Kelowna kids. Plus it’s cute as a button.

Photography: Eric Scott

Mark Woytiuk

Partner (Joined May 2015)

Mark joined us in 2015, and we are thrilled to count him as a partner now. We get to do what no other firm gets to: continue to craft our work and the the culture of our studio with Mark’s steady and thoughtful contributions.

2022
BCIT Campus Services Centre

Burnaby, BC

A major new project at BCIT in partnership with Moriyama Teshima Architects. We’ll let you know when we can tell you more!

Jewish Community Centre

Vancouver, BC

We are the wet-side experts for the new JCC, that “[w]hile Jewish at heart, – is accessed by a variety of different communities and is one of the leading and most diverse community centres in the area.” Working under lead architects Acton Ostry Architects.

Photography: Acton Ostry Architects

Coquitlam Family YMCA Aquatic Centre

Coquitlam, BC

One of several YMCA projects in the office, we are the wet-side experts here for Stantec, helping them advance the YMCA’s mission:

Helping children and families thrive. Promoting healthy living. Fostering belonging and connection.

Photography: Carscadden

Oakridge Penthouse Pools

Vancouver, BC

Oakridge Living City is destined to be one of the most important developments in Vancouver’s recent history. We are responsible for all the common amenity and private pools. Currently under construction. (With HPA, DSAI.)

Photography: Carscadden, DSAI, HPA

Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre

North Vancouver, BC

A visionary strategy by the District of North Vancouver, this project spanned ten years to implement a community recreation centre into part of a much larger, high density development project at the core of the Lions Gate Town Centre. This community amenity was deftly planned to be opened at residents moved into the multi project, multi year, re-imagined neighbourhood – no small feat.

Photography: Ema Peter

Lonsdale Quay

North Vancouver, BC

Who in Vancouver hasn’t looked across the water or down Lonsdale Avenue and taken notice of the landmark Q? A place of near-constant change, we are working with the owners to renovate both the interiors and exterior public interface of the original market.

Imagery: Carscadden

Aberdeen Park

Richmond, BC

A collaboration with landscape architects VDZ, Aberdeen park is a new urban park in Richmond that builds on a successive phasing efforts. Gardens, stage, and planes, oh my!

Photography: Brett Hitchins

Summerland Feasibility And Site Fit

Summerland, BC

The well-loved Summerland Aquatic and Fitness Centre has served the citizens of this Okanagan community for decades and is due for a replacement. The District is undertaking a thorough and detailed process of discovery aiming ever closer to an appropriate and supportable new recreation facility. (With MAD Studio.)

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2021
Flin Flon Aquatic Centre

Flin Flon, MB

The FFAC is a critical exercise in commuity building, not just for Flin Flon, but as the most northern pool in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, for both provinces’ northern communities. In partnership with Verne Reimer Architects and Ernst Hansch Construction.

CoV Equitable Washroom Review & Gathering Place Washrooms

Vancouver Pilot Project: Gathering Place Washroom, Vancouver

Equitable washroom, change room, and locker room facilities are an important and widespread initiative across municipalities in BC. A series of simultaneous studies are underway to assess and prioritizes actions needed to improve gender equity and accessibility for a diverse public and workforce. Watch for these seeds to take root in our future projects.

Photography: Carscadden, Erik Scott

Vancouver Outdoor Pools Study

Vancouver, BC

The foundation of any future project is good research. We worked with the City of Vancouver to develop comparison test fits for two potential locations for new outdoor pools and provide a robust framework for future decisions.

BCIT Campus Walk Study

Burnaby, BC

BCIT has an explicit and rigorous pedagogy of showing how the world works and comes together. We worked with them to advance their campus walk precinct to stitch together disparate parts of the campus with a building strategy that lays bare the mechanics of construction and campus services. It was weirdly exciting… like getting paid to go to school.

Photography: Carscadden

Pedalheads Aquatic Centre

West Vancouver, BC

Pedalheads Pool is Canada’s first all-stainless steel pool – the pre-fabricated nature of the installation was a cost-saving win. Conveniently located in Park Royal Mall, parents can duck out for a well-deserved coffee break while kids learn to swim in this unique and playful facility.

Yellowknife Aquatic Centre

Yellowknife, NWT

Short-listed and Runners Up for the new Yellowknife Aquatic Centre, we were the design lead for a new 50m pool and associated community facilities in Yellowknife. (With Stantec, PCL)

Discovery of 215 unmarked graves of Indiginous children in Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Powwow Arbour (Kamloops).
Brackendale Community Apartments

Brackendale, BC

The site was selected on the basis of its longstanding community value and the design intent is to maintain the existing general store and post office, while also honoring it through material and massing cues – while simultaneously acknowledging the pressing need to provide much-needed rental apartments in Brackendale. The property is constrained by significant SPEA setbacks that govern both new buildings and lot coverage.

Randy Burghardt

Randy was a thoughtful and valued member of our little family for more than a decade. We were heartbroken when he died. Karen wrote the most beautiful piece on him.

2020
Bidwell & Burnaby Infill Development

Vancouver, BC

Funny to think of an apartment building as infill, but between this unique West End pair of properties is just enough room to squeeze one in.

Photography: Carscadden

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Queen’s Park Sportsplex

New Westminster, BC

Replacing the Arenex, a well loved multi-sport facility that had become unsafe for use, the Queen’s Park Sportsplex became the City’s first CaGBC Net Carbon Zero project. You can still find the memories of the Arenex in the reclaimed timbers used at the entry and reception.
City of New Westminster Announcement

Photography: Eric Scott

Carscadden HQ

Vancouver, BC

After 19 years in the Downtown Eastside and 11 years on East Hastings, we moved to new digs just a little further east. We’re still bike-able, we’ve got more light, and we’re now carbon free. Stop by any time!

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Moodyville Park Building

North Vancouver, BC

A crown jewel in North Vancouver’s park system, Moodyville Park has it all – a pumptrack, terraced playground, epic views, and the Trans Canada Trail. Together with PFS Studio, we dropped a pavilion/folly into the mix to allow everyone to enjoy the park a little more comfortably.

Buchanan Tower Renewal

Vancouver, BC

Over 7 phases and 7 years, every floor of UBC’s iconic Buchanan Tower – inside and out – will have renewed as a result of this project. As each floor of is home to a different department, meaningful stakeholder engagement and input has been key. Working with UBC and the departments, we have addressed this with a design palette that is easily adaptable to each client’s needs while maintaining cohesion across floors.

Town Centre Park Washroom

Coquitlam, BC

Anchoring an expansion to Town Centre Park, this amenity building provides much needed washroom facilities as well as a location to get hot chocolate when it’s cold and ice cream when it’s warm – literally everything anyone ever really needs at a park.

REACH Urgent & Primary Care Centre

Vancouver, BC

REACH is a longtime and critical component of Vancouver’s care network. We worked with them to reimagine and modernize their Commercial Drive facility.

“We should have gotten photos.” – Emma
“Yes. Yes we should have.” – Everyone

Photography: REACH

Dr. Bonnie Henry locks down BC

It came fast and sudden, but in retrospect wasn’t too surprising. We’re grateful we made it through and know that it was a lot harder for some others.

Emma Carscadden
Emma Carscadden Headshot

Partner, Director of Communications + Strategy (Joined June 2001)

Architecture matters – perhaps most to the people who don’t even realize that it does. My job is to communicate that.

2019
Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre

Vanderhoof, BC

From a feasibility study in 2013 to a grand opening in 2019, we worked with Vanderhoof to realize this gem of an aquatic centre. The pool, with its natural light and local materials, reflects the community’s dogged determination to have a community pool. As Bruce always says, architecture has a long seed time – but when it blooms, it’s worth the wait.

Photography: Ema Peter

Global Climate March

On September 27 our whole office – and maybe the whole city – said together that the Climate Crisis is paramount.

Terrace Sportsplex Arena Expansion & Aquatic Renewal

Terrace, BC

The phases of rehabilitation of the Terrace Sportsplex started with twinning the arena using a pre-fabricated metal structure. Careful budget planning allowed for interior improvements and the addition of a cantilevered multipurpose space. Years later, a full refresh of the aquatic centre and fitness spaces provides Terrace with a modern aquatic centre that preserves the original 70s cool building expression and wood beams.

Bruce Carscadden
Bruce Carscadden

Retirement

Bruce left an indelible mark on architecture in BC and a lasting legacy in the way we view architecture and how we practice it. Thank-you, Bruce.

Queen’s Park Building

New Westminster, BC

The first large scale, gender-neutral, universal, public park washroom building in British Columbia; this building at the heart of Queen’s Park aspired to safety, clarity, generosity, thriftiness, durability, whimsy, and clarity – no problem!

Photography: Eric Scott

City of Vancouver CityLab

Vancouver, BC

511 West Broadway – CityLab – was the City of Vancouver’s primary public engagement touchpoint and is a reimagining of how public engagement happens. Part coworking lab, part engagement space, CityLab daylit the mechanics of the City’s work by inviting the public in. Plus there was a pixelated pin-up wall, a fully custom-designed feature.

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Centennial Pool

Port Coquitlam, BC

We are pretty sure that this is BC’s first fully gender neutral pool changing facility. Privacy cubicles and separated toilet compartments allow the design to maintain a level of decorum and user comfort while offering open access to the pool deck from a universal change space. The project is an example of how the renovation of public buildings reveals shifting social trends.

Photography: Eric Scott

Translink Bike Parkades

All Over The Lower Mainland, BC

After we completed Translink’s flagship bike parkade in Surrey, we were asked to design and oversee the construction of Translink’s modular prototype bike shelters. Suitable for any circumstance, durable AF, transparent, and expandable, Translink’s Bike Parkades are a statement about the future: hopeful and ambitious.

Photography: Andrew Latreille

Meadow Park Fitness Expansion

Whistler, BC

The culmination of a 2013 study by Carscadden and catalysed by the generosity of a Whistler resident, the MPSC Fitness Expansion capitalizes on the singular views offered by Whistler and the latent structural capacity of the existing facility.

Photography: Andrew Latreille

2018
Segev LLP

Vancouver, BC

Through 3 iterations, we helped Segev LLP define make their unique legal practice office culture physically manifest through design. The result was an evolving blend of urbane cool and professional competence. (Phase 3 with &daughters.)

Photography: Jarsha Brown

South Surrey Operations Centre

Surrey, BC

Designed to straddle the demands of dirty boots and business casual sneakers, the SSOC is the kind of place where the messy work of city making really happens. The building is durable in the extreme and easy on the eyes. But the cleverest thing about the building is the siting strategy, which deftly conjures a public park from a gravel parking lot.

Photography: Ema Peter

Prairie Winds Park

Calgary, AB

Canada’s largest outdoor wading pool is actually only one actor in a 14 hectare park which animates Calgary’s Northeast. Along with renovated and expanded change rooms, the pool is a critical asset for the community during Calgary’s occasionally blistering, if comparatively brief, summers. (With space2place)

Photography: Brett Gilmour

Kamloops Canada Games Pool

Kamloops, BC

Through a service contract we worked on nearly a dozen design, study, and assessment projects for Kamloops between 2017 and 2019, the Canada Games Pool expansion and renovation being the most prominant. If you were a competitive swimmer in school, you’ve been here.

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Pavilion

Prince George, BC

The Pavilion represents years of coordinated and cooperative effort, dedication, and understanding between the City and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation to bring to the park both a safe and welcoming space to gather and a monument to the Lheidli T’enneh people and their history. The realization of the Pavilion coincides with the renaming of the park, and acknowledgement of the Lheidli T’enneh’s ancestral territory.

Photography: Martin Knowles

2017
20th Anniversary of the Delgamuukw Decision
SFU McTaggart Cowan Student Residence

Burnaby, BC

SFU’s McTaggart Cowan Hall long suffered the undignified, if typical, abuse of university dorms. The renovations are more a reimagining than a refresh: Communal kitchens that could be on Top Chef, washrooms for this century, and – hold on a second… is that a make-out couch? Priortizing common areas for ths project reinforces the importance of the social aspect of university life.

Heatley Street Residences

Vancouver, BC

Apartment buildings are rarer than rare in Strathcona and preserving these two were critical to maintaining the existing neighbourhood fabric. Now newly connected via a modern central stair, the buildings maintain their primary heritage value: a strong urban presence on the corner and modest apartments in a sea of single family houses.

Photography: Krista Jahnke

Norgate Park Fieldhouse

North Vancouver, BC

Replacing the existing fieldhouse with two pavilions that house public washrooms, a concession, and changerooms; the Norgate Park Field House is sited to allow views into the park from Marine Drive for the first time in 50 years. After all, the park is the real star of the show, it’s best to show it off.

Photography: Krista Jahnke

2016
Canada ratifies the Paris Climate Accords

Forward is forward. The Paris agreement wasn’t perfect, but it was something so that we could do the next thing.

Nelson & District Community Complex Expansion and Renovation

Nelson, BC

The first step was a 1,500 seat arena expansion in the early 2000s. Studies and small renovations in the intervening years finally led to the complete reimagining of the aquatic centre, entrance, and fitness centre just over a decade later.

East Van Residence

East Van, Yo

We think Jim Sutherland said it best about this project in Western Living:

Maybe it’s more prose than poetry, but Carscadden’s description of the project as “beautiful decisions that fit within the rules” is as apt a description of a successful urban renovation as is likely to be found. Leave it to the client to supply the poetry. “There’s nothing about it that I’d change,” says Cossever (client). “We got it all.”

Iqaluit Aquatic Centre

Iqaluit, NT

The Iqaluit Aquatic Centre is a standard-setting facility for the capital of Nunavut, responding to the community’s need for a world-class recreation facility, and to the complex and ever-changing environment and context of Canada’s Arctic. (With Stantec)

Great Bear Rainforest Act

BC passes the The Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act, significantly limiting logging and establishing indigenous shared decision making.

2015
Kelowna Family YMCA Renovations

Kelowna, BC

This is one of our best examples of participating in iterative improvemetns over time. The work here started with lobby and facade renovations in 2000 and ultimately culminated in refreshed change rooms; including the ever popular and equiatble, universal change village over a decade later.

Carscadden SWAG

We make stuff too sometimes, which is fun. Books, bike kits, route profiles, and mud flaps. We also do friends’ jerseys, but only if they ask nicely 😉

Dugald Morrison Field House

Delta, BC

The building’s architectural character is dominated by the significant use of concrete – an enduring material that will withstand the wear and tear from all users. To balance any perceived ‘coolness’ that concrete communicates, it was formed ‘boardform’ to provide a rich material texture and offset with a dramatic wood structure that ripples through the building

Photography: Krista Jahnke

2014
Chambar

Vancouver, BC

Chambar pioneered casual fine dining in Vancouver and remains the gold standard for a great night out. So when they asked us to help with their restaurant, of course we said ‘YES!’ (With Chambar)

564 Beatty Street

Vancouver, BC

The LEED Gold heritage restoration and commercial addition to 564 Beatty Street in Crosstown is a flagship project for the Owner, Reliance Properties, and for the City. The first of its kind in Vancouver, 564 Beatty has set a precedent for the ability to retain and celebrate Vancouver’s commercial heritage projects and it’s legacy can be seen elsewhere downtown. The tower serves as a gateway marker for people entering the city via public transit, car, and bike. It is a confident and sophisticated, “You’re downtown now, baby!” (With IBI Group)

Photography: Sham Sthankiya

2012
Cloverdale Youth Skate Park

Surrey, BC

Some projects remain dreams. The Cloverdale skatepark drew inspiration from the nearby BCHydro ROW – a crumpled structure of industrial steel, wrapped in translucent cladding.

Wreck Beach Washrooms

Wreck Beach, Obviously

About as real as the West Coast gets, the Wreck Beach washrooms arrived on site like relics cast from an old ship. Evocative and strange and practical, it’s hard to believe they haven’t been there for fifty years.

Photography: Martin Knowles

Ambleside Fieldhouse

West Vancouver, BC

The existing fieldhouse at Rutledge Park still had some life left; it just needed new accessible washrooms, accessible changerooms, offices, ventilation and heating systems; all without affecting the existing shell structure and envelope. Ultimately, we reworked the existing interiors to be generous and logical; and added two small pods to the entrances of the changerooms to house all new mechanical systems without burdening the existing building structure.

Ian Ross McDonald
Ian McDonald Headshot

Partner (Joined May 2007)

There is a knife edge between indulgent and practical in architecture.

2011
Polson Park Pavilion

Vernon, BC

Surrounded by the park’s lush, natural environment, the Polson Park Pavilion’s thoughtful use of wood and bright colours reflects the setting and injects a sense of delight and warmth, particularly in winter months.

18 West Hastings Microlofts

Vancouver, BC

The Microlofts at 18 West Hastings were Canada’s first microunits, a groundbreaking affordable housing model integrated into a refurbished heritage building. With each interior feature custom designed to maximize space, liviabilty, efficiency, and beauty, these apartments prove that the City can be your living room if you have a beautiful bedroom to return to.

2010
Penticton Community Centre

Penticton, BC

In a complete reversal of the existing facility, this addition project is characterized by an introduction of daylight and bright colours to create a welcoming, fun aquatic centre for Penticton residents. The existing modest lap pool and teaching pool was upgraded into a new competition 10 lane lap pool, and generous leisure and hot pools – and a waterslide! (With MAD Studio.)

Photography: Yuri Akuney

Renfrew Park Community Centre Upgrades

Vancouver, BC

Sometimes what starts as necessary and technical code and seismic upgrades results in much, much more. A five year process saw this community favourite lovingly upgraded to not only meet modern safety standards but to feature a large hot pool cantilevered over the spectacular Renfrew Ravine, a bright new lobby, and Canada’s first ever use of glass lockers.

Winfield Arena Expansions

Lake Country, BC

A series of strategic renvoations over several years cemented Winfield Arena’s place as the epicentre of hockey culture in Lake Country. A new refrigeration plant, rink, and changerooms increased capacity and performance.

Photography: Yuri Akuney

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver was a funny place in the run-up to the Games. Weirdly insulated from the fiancial crash shortly before, and energized almost as much as in ’86.

2009
Swalwell Park Pavilion

Lake Country, BC

The anchor to a reimagined park in Lake Country, the park itself is an early catalyst for civic renewal in the area. It won awards and we remain very proud.

Photography: Yuri Akuney

Bruce Carscadden Architect
715 East Hastings Interior

Vancouver, BC

Bruce took a risk and bought this building in 2008. We lived and played here for a long long time. It was amazing.

Glen Stokes
Glen Stokes Headshot

Partner (Joined Jan 2004)

Design is when an elegant solution emerges from the methodical daylighting of the pertinent challenges

2008
Kensington & Robert Burnaby Park Washrooms

Burnaby, BC

Vanguards of a quiet renaissance in BC public washrooms, Robert Burnaby and Kensington Park Washroom Buildings redefine the standards of park amenity buildings. Playful, durable as all get out, and each crafted to respond to their peculiar sites, these modest buildings are the grandparents for 20 years of park infrastructure.

2007
BC Place Stadium roof collapse

Did anyone even notice. The new roof seemed to galvanize the City more than the collapse of the old one.

2006
The Boardroom

Vancouver, BC

Best. Storefront. Ever.

2005
Canada legalizes same-sex marriage

Sometimes it takes way, way longer than it should to do the right thing, but Canada got there and legalized same-sex marriage eventually. Now everyone can endure their parents bugging them about when they plan to have kids 😉

2004
Duty To Consult: Haida Nation vs British Columbia
2003
33 & 65 Water Street

Vancouver, BC

Hard to remember, but there was a time when Gastown living really was the vanguard of speculative development. These early projects set the tone for balancing urban heritage and urbane loft living.

2001
9|11

You likely knew where you were when this happened, even if it’s unclear just how much it altered life everywhere.

Canada first country to legalize medical marijuana

Sometimes Canada is ahead of the curve and does the sensible thing, as we were with the legalization of medical marijuana.

Grandview Elementary Outdoor Classroom
Grandview Elementary Outdoor Classroom

Vancouver, BC

One of Bruce’s first projects. A kind of started it all sort of effort and really a true distillation of his ambitions as an architect: thoughtfully detailed, elegantly scaled, and in service of an oft-overlooked group.

Bruce Carscadden hangs out his shingle

January 1, 2001