Clever. Tenacious. Real. Generous.
At Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects, we’re problem solvers. We push until we find the most creative, pragmatic solution possible. We see our ideas through until they become inspired, functional, and well-considered buildings. We're with our clients from the beginning of a project until the very end. We do the thinking, the drawings; we’re at meetings and on site. No detail is too small for us to care about or tend to. As a result, our clients can be confident that our shared vision for the project will come to fruition, on time and on budget. We’re proud to have made our name designing and building some of British Columbia’s most respected recreation facilities. Carscadden knows rec better than any other firm. We understand the unique needs and constraints associated with recreation architecture, so we can navigate them effectively and efficiently. Most importantly, we have a deep commitment to and passion for building facilities that will bring joy to the communities that use them.
The way we see it, architecture has the capacity to change communities for the better. The Carscadden team is deeply invested in where we live and work — our Vancouver Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, the communities in which we build, 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. We walk the walk – or rather, we bike the bike.
PARTNER ARCHITECT AIBC AAA NWTAA MRAIC
"Architecture is discipline - discipline that gives you courage to build an idea that makes people's lives better."
Bruce is a distinguished architectural leader, one of the premier public and community designers in Western Canada, and a recognised expert in aquatics architecture. His particular interest lies in addressing the oft-competing needs of user, client, and community through design, and in finding modern solutions to common problems with an innovative use of material and form.
Bruce founded Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects as Bruce Carscadden Architect in 2000. Prior to this, he was Partner at the predecessor firm of Roger Hughes and Partners Architects, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture. He is a past-chair of the University Endownment Lands Design Advisory Panel and the Chinatown Heritage Committee.
PARTNER ARCHITECT AIBC
"Architecture should last. No one has ever benefited from weak architecture. We're after an architecture that's playful, and flexible, and durable."
Glen joined Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects in 2004 and became Partner in 2010.
Glen believes that the key to good design lies in creative problem solving. Elegant designs are discovered through hard work and relentless investigation of the issues and aspirations for the project. These values have been instrumental in numerous and significant award winning projects including aquatic centers, park buildings and landmark heritage renovations. These are the best kind of projects - challenging and generous.
Ian Ross McDonald
PARTNER ARCHITECT AIBC AAA
"Our work is really an interest in the delight that comes from elevating the every day for everyone at every chance."
Ian joined Carscadden Stokes McDonald in 2007 and has been partner since 2013. His work with the firm includes the Lieutenant Governor Medal winning Swalwell Park, Kensington Park, and Robert Burnaby Park Washrooms, and ranges from the small - bike parking facilities for Translink - to the gargantuan - the 14 acre Prairie Winds Park in Calgary - to the speculative - a proposal to use bikes to mitigate damage in post-earthquake Vancouver.
In addition to practice, Ian taught at the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture from 2005 until 2013, has served on the board of Vancouver’s Centre A Gallery, sought (and lost) a position on the Vancouver School board, and is Vice President of the AIBC Council. He is allergic to cats.
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT AIBC
"Architecture is a gift and the practice of our discipline affords us the responsibility to give back to our communities by becoming something more than the individual project."
Armen is a Graduate of the UBC School of Architecture and joined Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects in 2009, becoming an Associate in 2015. He has a wide range of experience, including municipal, university, and commercial projects, throughout British Columbia, seeing projects through from concept design to completion. Armen is a dedicated team member with a commitment to excellence in design and has been recognized by clients for his outstanding client relations.
"Every project contains the seeds of positive change - the architect's role is to help nurture these seeds into beautiful full-grown architectural interventions that over-deliver on client and community expectations."
Stewart is a graduate of the UBC School of Architecture and joined Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects in 2012. At the office, he has worked on many projects ranging from aquatic centres in Kelowna, Nelson and Iqaluit to park washrooms, commercial renovations and apartment buildings in the lower mainland. Outside of the office he is active in the community having been a part of the team that created the Commercial Drive Parklet (Vancouver's first crowd funded parklet) and volunteering as a director with the Heritage Vancouver Society and Vancouver Public Space Network. Recently he had to trade in his fixie for a bike mounted child seat.
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
"Architecture is an effort to cajole whimsical solutions out of practical problems and practical solutions out of whimsical problems."
Mark joined the firm in 2015 after graduating from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. He brings with him an academic background in literature, history and film, which he has adapted into his architectural practice. He aspires to leverage his emergent understanding of the industry to conscientiously impact the built environment and facilitate play and enthusiasm in construction culture.
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
"Architecture establishes an almost imperceptible equilibrium between structure, purpose, environment, and beauty."
Ted is a bold intern architect with enthusiasm for all projects regardless of size or complexity. He looks for critical design elements in every aspect of the job and consistently strives for the most exciting and inspiring solutions each opportunity presents. Having started his career with a degree in structural engineering from Western University, he has a strong foundation in building design. Ted graduated from the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Calgary after traveling to Los Angeles, Kansas, Edinburgh and Barcelona as part of his broad-ranging studies. He particularly enjoys building relationships with clients, and collectively achieving their vision through architectural excellence.
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
"With all the wonder in the world to draw from, it is with great responsibility and opportunity we can magnify our surroundings through Architecture."
Mark has gained a strong interest in the manipulation and design of great space, and the effect it can have in enhancing the experience of its users. He graduated from the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Calgary. He has gained a widespread perspective through exchanges to Hong Kong and Barcelona. With an open mind, and keen eye, Mark always looks forward to enriching any design opportunity.
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
"Architecture is produced through a multiplicity of forces and at the hands of many actors, but a building only becomes complete through use."
A graduate from the Master of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia, Kelsy comes from a background in Fine Arts and Art History. An avidity for creating brought her into the study of architecture and now into its practice. Not only does architectural design physically shape our environment, it also functions as a tool for the empowerment of spatial, and hence, social relationships. This possibility inspires her to look for opportunity to participate more fully in her community, through design as well as action.
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
“I am halfway done my bio and pull-quote. Just let me finish these shop drawings first.”
INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC
“Pull-quotes undermine the value of architecture.”
Sarah is an interdisciplinary designer and intern architect. Sarah holds a Masters in Architecture from UBC and previous to joining Carscadden Stokes McDonald she has worked in theatre set design, archeology and florals. Her diverse interests and burgeoning knowledge of the professional practice feed her endless curiosity. Sarah adamantly believes that lessons in architecture and design can be found in everything and everywhere. She is also allergic to cats.
“I swear I will get you that text, Ian, the moment you stop suggesting something new.”
MARKETING + PROMOTIONS
"Architecture matters – perhaps the most to those who don’t even realize that it does. My job is to communicate that.”
Emma is the marketing and promotions lead and was the firm’s first employee (after Bruce, that is). As a non-architect writing about architecture all day, she has honed an ability to translate jargon into real language.
Outside the office, Emma is busy in the Strathcona neighbourhood, serving as chair of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association board of directors, and as secretary of the Strathcona Community Centre Association board.
"Architecture is a superpower. It dictates our everyday lives without saying a word. Architecture has the potential to either empower or hinder us; to promote community and accessibility or divisiveness. It is inherently political and so therefore a tremendous superpower that demands responsibility."
Andrea joined the firm as the in the Fall of 2016 as Office Administrator. She graduated from the University of Calgary with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Urban Studies and English with concentrations in gender studies. This unique combination allows her to read cities as texts in her passion for urban life. Her urban research has included the agro-urbanism of the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula and the political phenomenon of "the right to the city".
JACK OF ALL TRADES
"You call that a beard? Ha!"
We met Randy when we moved to our current studio in 2008. He had been living in a vestibule a few doors down on Hastings Street when he introduced himself to Bruce and offered to help with renovations to the building. He had previously been tile setter, and since that's Bruce's least favourite renovation activity, has been with us ever since.
With a steady income and social network, Randy now has a place across town - he commutes by bike like the rest of us. He voted for the first time in 2015.
"Office Fixture" doesn't quite cover it.
John Baziuk (Web)
Stella Cheung Boyland
We are nothing without the people we play with, and we have been lucky to play with so many great people and organizations. This is an incomplete list, of course , and more a function of which of our collaborators make it easy to download a high fidelity version of their logo in a format that we can use.
So if you're not one here, don't be too sad... we love you even though you don't know how to use a computer.