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The Seattle Design Festival is already right around the corner! The Festival is a solid week of celebrating how design can change lives, put on by Design in Public and AIA Seattle and powered by a coalition of local designers, artists, volunteers and organizations. VIA has been an active participant in SDF for years and we are particularly jazzed for the Block Party on August 24th and 25th. This is where you’ll be able to see our staff’s efforts put on display as part of the large-scale design installations dotting Lake Union Park.

VIA’s installation is titled FUME and plays on the Festival’s theme of Balance.

FUME calls attention to fire as a balancing force between decay and growth. Human activity has significantly tipped the balance, leading to destabilized forest conditions that have caused heightened unpredictability and spreading volatility. Fire has historically played a part in stewarding our forests by clearing woody debris that fuels megafires and promoting new growth. The pine cone, common to the Pacific Northwest’s coniferous forests, is activated by fire, causing it to open and release its seeds. FUME uses its form to highlight fire’s role in creating a healthy balance in our forests while also representative of increasing global imbalance between seasonal weather patterns, human activity, and ecosystem health.

We’d like to share some behind the scenes shots with you below. Expect more updates as we approach the end of August and we’ll see you all at Lake Union Park!

VIA Architecture is a strategic architectural and planning firm with offices in Seattle, Oakland and Vancouver BC. Highly networked across three offices, ours is a highly interactive studio based practice concentrated in urban planning, transit systems planning and design and architecture for urban mixed-use development. Our systems-level sustainable design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Project Architect in our Vancouver office.

We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical and communication skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales. This person will work within our multidisciplinary team to coordinate and document multifamily residential and commercial public-sector infrastructure and urban design projects.

Experience Requirements

  • Registered Architect (or Intern AIBC on registration path) with 5 to 10 years of experience
  • Must be registered with the AIBC, or eligible to be registered in the province of British Columbia.
  • Bachelor or Master of Architecture degree
  • LEED Certified, Passive House Certified and Step Code experience preferred.

Key Skills

  • Dedicated team player, excellent communicator, possessing demonstrated skill at the execution of technically complex projects.
  • Strong skills in architectural design, documentation, and illustration including mastery of Sketchup Pro.
  • Strong experience in the management and use of Revit 3D Building Information Modeling and AutoCAD. Fluency with document production in these programs.
  • Skill in the management and coordination of project documentation and preparation of graphic presentation material.
  • Strong experience in the management of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience.
  • Thorough familiarity with the technical considerations involved in coordinating and executing …

VIA Architecture is a strategic architectural and planning firm with offices in Vancouver, BC; Seattle, WA and Oakland CA. Highly networked across three offices, ours is a highly interactive studio-based practice concentrated in urban planning, transit systems planning and design and architecture for urban mixed-use development.

We are looking for a Junior Accountant – either full or part-time – in our Vancouver office to manage the general accounting and financial processes of our Canadian practice.

Under the supervision of the Controller, you will be responsible for performing a various day-to-day accounting tasks, including posting financial transactions, preparing bank reconciliations, cheque runs, client billing, assist in documentation for year end audit, expense reports, etc.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

The right individual will have a strong work ethic, sense of accountability and analytical capabilities, a high level of initiative, adapt well to change and work quickly and accurately as part of a team.

Performance Expectations

  • Develop technical skills in the various areas of day-to-day accounting
  • Set-up files for new clients in the accounting system, manage multiple client files simultaneously
  • Process or assist the Controller in processing accounts receivable, accounts payable, capital asset acquisition and disposition and payroll and month end closing
  • Summarize current financial status by collecting information and preparing balance sheet, profit and loss statements and other relevant reports
  • Review, investigate and correct discrepancies and irregularities in financial entries, documents and reports
  • Establish charts of accounts and prepare entries for posting to accounts.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of VIA’s services, businesses and industry
  • Liaise and correspond professionally with clients, colleagues and the VIA leadership team
  • Analyze …

We are currently seeking candidates for the Vancouver-office-based position of Junior Urban Designer/Planner to work on long-range planning and policy assignments, including station area, comprehensive and sub area plans as well as large scale infrastructure planning. This person will work closely with our cross disciplinary team committed to place-based design.

VIA Architecture is a strategic architectural and planning firm with offices in Vancouver, BC; Seattle, WA and Oakland CA. We are a studio- based practice leading a variety of local projects including transit systems design, mixed-use infill architecture, community and downtown plans and urban sustainability strategies. We are interested in exceptional candidates with strong analytical and communication skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

Educational Requirements

  • Masters in Urban Planning or Urban Design (preferred)
  • or Masters in Landscape Architecture
  • or Architecture with a strong basis in Planning or Urban Design

Experience Requirement

  • 2 to 7 years as a Planner or Urban Designer in the public or private sector
  • Career focus on urban design, architecture, sustainability, transportation planning and economic development
  • Ideal candidates have solid experience in urban design in either the Vancouver, Seattle, Portland or San Francisco metro areas
  • Passion for building community and urban livability
  • Positive and collaborative attitude, must be a team player

Key Skills

  • Demonstrated urban design skills
  • Strong Sketchup and Creative Suite skills, working knowledge of additional programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, or GIS considered an asset
  • Excellent written, visual, and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity and interest in emerging planning sector software such as tools for GHG or VMT analysis

Job Description

This is a position …

We are currently seeking candidates for technical focus Architects with 10+ years of experience for our Vancouver office. Not to be confused with Architectural Technologist, we are seeking a registered architect with specific interest and expertise in reviewing and stamping drawings and oversight of the QA/QC process. We are interested in exceptional people with strong analytical, communication and technical skills who are passionate and involved in community building at all scales.

VIA Architecture is a multi-disciplinary firm of urban strategists creating connected communities. With offices in Vancouver, Seattle and Oakland we are a highly interactive studio-based practice concentrating in urban planning, transit systems planning and design and architecture for urban mixed-use development. Our systems-level sustainable design strategies and community-based design studio set us apart from traditional architectural practice.

Desired Experience

  • Registered architect with 10+ years of architectural experience.
  • Passive House, Step Code and LEED certified preferred.
  • Specification writing preferred.

Key Skills

  • Deep knowledge of architectural technical detailing, envelope design, and specifications writing.
  • Skill in the coordination and production of project documentation packages.
  • Strong experience in the technical coordination of collaborative design disciplines, including integrated project delivery experience and 3-dimensional resolution of technical issues.
  • Ability and experience with organizing, tracking and implementing project data, directives and design, tender and construction document production, consultant coordination.
  • Experience with various construction and building types.
  • In-depth knowledge of the BCBC.
  • Ability to delegate supervise and mentor junior staff members.
  • Passion for green building and experience with sustainable building rating systems an asset.
  • QA/QC ability for office oversite.
  • Proficiency in REVIT, AutoCAD & Sketchup.
  • Must be registered or eligible to register with AIBC.

Responsibilities This …

This is the conclusion of a three-part think piece by VIA’s Dylan Glosecki about the potential reshaping of our communities by automated vehicles, today and in the future.

In Part 1, we concluded that AVs could change the individual’s relationship with the personal car, particularly reducing the need for individual car ownership. Part 2 determined that as a result of that changing relationship, AVs may expand both public and private transportation choices, whose potential implications must be monitored on the local scale. Part 3 concludes the series by briefly examining what policy considerations are necessary to eliminate policy conflicts.

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart and  Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum pose with a driver-less shuttle. The two municipalities are collaborating on the federally funded Smart Cities Challenge, which sees them proactively embrace AV technology with the aim of becoming the model cities for the new technology (image: Smart Cities Challenge)

 

Jurisdictional Conflicts

The key assumptions driving AV adoption are that AVs would transport people and goods further, faster, safer and more conveniently than conventional vehicles. The success of each assumption can be quickly complicated by jurisdictional limitations. For example, provinces/states typically have different regulations for conventional vehicle use (e.g. drivers’ license qualifications), which may be extended to AVs.

 

If one is slower or resistant to facilitate the mass adoption of AVs, there may be challenges balancing driving laws between AVs and conventional vehicles. Let’s say there’s two jurisdictions: Banana and Grape. Banana allows AV owners to use their car to get home after consuming alcohol because …

Aerial view of UCSF Parnassus (image copyright UCFS)

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) leaders held a town hall meeting April 22nd 2019 to reveal and discuss the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP). The CPHP will provide the long-term vision for the revitalization and re-integration of the historic UCSF Parnassus Heights community.

This campus master planning project is being led by Perkins Eastman with stewardship from the Parnassus Master Plan Steering Committee. Kate Howe, a Director at VIA is acting as Project Manager and lead planner for the Perkins Eastman team, also including Walter Hood, MIG, Keyser Marsten and Fehr and Peers.

Read more about the UCSF Parnassus town hall meeting and the campus plan here.

We are t-minus four months away from Design in Public’s annual Seattle Design Festival 2019! VIA staff are already heads down on a new exhibit to bring to this year’s Block Party (August 24-25), which has moved from Pioneer Square and will now be taking place in South Lake Union at Lake Union Park. The theme this year, Balance, is generating some fantastic concepts we can’t wait to share with you.

Below is a look back at some of VIA’s most recent exhibits. Stay tuned for more updates in the months to come and we’ll see you in August!

Check out more photos from the Design Festival at DiP’s Flickr feed here.

 

VIA provides a breakdown review of the BART Market Street Canopies project. VIA’s team worked closely with BART staff to create the designs for two prototype entrance canopies, one for Powell Station and one entrance to Civic Center station.

New canopy as seen at BART Powell Street entrance.

Over the next five years, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in collaboration with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MUNI), will be installing new canopies at the BART/ MUNI subway entrances along Market Street in San Francisco. The BART entrances today are non-descript, unprotected portals with little indication for riders to know they are even there. New codes require BART to protect the escalators from the weather, which presents new placemaking and wayfinding opportunities while increasing the reliability of the station infrastructure and  improving user experience along the most important multi-modal corridor in San Francisco.

Market Street cuts a diagonal between colliding neighborhood grids beginning at The Embarcadero, located on the waterfront of San Francisco Bay, and extending through historic financial, shopping, civic, and cultural districts. The twenty four BART and MUNI entrances serving the four major stations on Market Street are a hub of activity day and night. Each of the stations reflect the confluence of the unique cultural  identities that permeate the street.

The City of San Francisco is simultaneously implementing a project called Better Market Street; a transformative urban design project reinvigorating the streetscape to anchor neighborhoods, link public open spaces and connect the City’s Civic Center with cultural, social, convention, retail …