Marc Boutin - Principal, The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, and Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Marc Boutin studied environmental design (BES. 1985), architecture (B. Arch.,1990), and architectural history (MA. 2000) at the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary. He complimented these studies with sculpture studios at the Ontario College of Art and the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. During 1994-96, he continued his studies and professional work in Barcelona, investigating issues related to public space and working with Arriola and Fiol Arquitectes. In 1997 he joined the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, teaching architecture and urban design studios. Marc was the Director of the Architecture Program and Associate Dean from 2006-2010.

His research and critical practice has focused on a density of meaning that can only be achieved through the synthesis of art, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and exhibition design. In 2002 Marc was the recipient of the Prix de Rome and in 2009 and 2012 was awarded Canada Council prizes for The Architectural Roadshow and an exhibit on the sketches of Arthur Erickson. The work of his firm The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative has been recognised by national and international awards, competition wins, exhibitions, and publications, most recently a 2013 CSLA National Honour for Poppy Plaza and a 2013 Canadian Architect Award for the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Barbara Cole - Artist, educator, curator, Principal of Cole Projects, Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists' Projects Association

Barbara Cole is an artist, educator, curator, and the founder and Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists' Projects. She is also the Principal of a public art consulting business Cole Projects, a firm that promotes experimental approaches to public art planning and commissioning. Barbara has led workshops, lectured widely, and published articles on the subject of art in public space. She taught at Emily Carr University from 1984 to 1999, and worked as a consultant to the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program from 1999 to 2004. She has served on the Boards of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and Artspeak Gallery, is a member of the PuSh Festival Leader's Council, and has participated as a jury member for numerous art initiatives. In 2011 Barbara received the Mayor's Award for her contributions to the advancement of public art in Vancouver and in the Fall of 2013 was a resident at ZK/U Center for Art + Urbanistics in Berlin.

Jane Durante - Founding Principal of Durante Kreuk Landscape Architects

With over forty years of experience Jane Durante has a broad based practice. She has had the opportunity to provide consultant services for a diverse body of work including, at the larger scale, planning projects, street beautification, urban parks and plazas. Her portfolio includes university campuses, office and commercial buildings, multi-family housing, private residential projects and public art consultation. She has worked in a variety of locations throughout British Columbia, as well as in Indonesia and China.

As an active member of the design community, Jane has sat on design panels in Vancouver and Ottawa. As a long time resident of Victoria, Vancouver and the Gulf Islands her depth and understanding of local issues is extensive. Currently Jane collaborates with Durante Kreuk on various projects, mentors junior staff, facilitates public art projects, and on occasion provides evaluation on student work at the School of Landscape Architecture at UBC.

Sketch portrait by Susan Chung

Stanley King - Founder and Head of the Co-Design Group

Stanley is a retired architect who created the Co-Design process in 1971 and in 1979 formed the Co-Design Group, an informal association of artists based in Vancouver and Calgary, which has enabled over 400 communities to visualize the futures of their public places. King and his Co-Design Group have won provincial, national and international recognition and awards, and last year featured twice on public TED talk. The book Co-Design (VNR NY 1989) co-authored by King with Merinda Conley, Bill Latimer, and Drew Ferrari, is read and cited internationally for its process of public design engagement. Stanley co-authored with Susan Chung The Youth Manual for Sustainable Design, which is used by local landscape architects during design of educational spaces, and has been adopted by U Colorado for outreach with youth. The NFB film of King's workshop for Robson Square (Chairs for Lovers, 1971) has inspired communities and their youth to engage in the planning dialogue. In 2012, the City of Vancouver screened it at a public co-design for the future of Block 51 and Robson Square.

Matthew Soules - Director, Matthew Soules Architecture, and Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia

Matthew Soules is a Harvard-trained architect and urbanist who explores the relationship between the built environment and critical socio-political issues of the 21st Century. Soules pursues this work through diverse disciplinary media, ranging from scholarly research and writing to the design of objects and spaces at multiple scales.

In 2008, Soules founded Matthew Soules Architecture (MSA), a practice that works on diverse projects that often blur the distinctions between architecture, landscape, and public art. MSA has been widely recognized for its work, including the Architectural Institute of British Columbia's 'Emerging Firm Award' in 2010 and the Washington, DC - based International Downtown Association's 'Pinnacle Award,' its highest honour, for contributions to public space. In 2011, the Toronto-based Twenty + Change awards program selected MSA as a design practice that is exemplary for pushing the boundaries of the discipline.

Soules is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and has served as a design critic at various institutions including Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley. Current scholarly research includes a Government of Canada funded investigation into the relationship between real-estate bubbles and the form and function of urban environments. Soules' writing has been widely published in periodicals including Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, and Canadian Architect, and in books such as A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver and Vancouver Matters.

Karen Henry - Public Art Program, City of Vancouver

Karen Henry is a Public Art Planner with the City of Vancouver. Her work includes liaising with artists and colleagues in developing a variety of public art projects and programs; public art planning and policy development; public relations and project management. She formerly worked as a curator, gallery director and public art consultant.

Competition Timeline

Competition Opens Dec
Info session (Q+A)
Early bird deadline for registration Jan
Deadline for registration
Deadline for design package submissions Feb
Exhibition of design submissions at MOV
People's Choice voting launch party at MOV Mar
Winner announcement
Deadline for execution of design-build contract Apr
Design development and construction period
Installation June