Westbank has built a practice around long-term commitments to artistry, sustainability and city-building. These commitments underlie an orientation towards projects like Woodwards, Vancouver House, Mirvish Village, Telus Garden and Oakridge – catalysts for larger change that go beyond the borders of the projects themselves. We are here to create. To provoke. To ignite. We are the vehicle for a new movement of cultural expression.

As the practice matures, we have become more ambitious. With every new project reflecting our commitment to the philosophy behind Gesamkunstwerk, or in our recent work the Japanese philosophy behind layering, the net effect is that our work becomes much more complex and far-reaching.

The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that helps foster more equitable and beautiful cities. Westbank is active across Canada and in the United States, with projects including luxury residential, Five Star hotels, retail, office, rental, district energy systems, affordable housing initiatives and public art. Established in 1992, we are one of North America’s leading developers, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and over 25 billion dollars of projects completed or under development.

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May 15, 2014

Westbank Salon Series: Bruce Haden

Bruce Haden is a Principal Partner at the national architectural and planning firm DIALOG. He is the DIALOG Partner-In-Charge for the Vancouver House collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of New York.

He has also been a design leader for the firm on many widely recognized projects including the globally published and awarded Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre and the LEED Platinum-targeted UBC Student Union Building.

Bruce has twice chaired the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel, and has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). He is a respected commentator on architecture and urbanism, previously serving both as local Vancouver Correspondent to Canadian Architect Magazine and Design Correspondent for CBC Radio’s Early Edition.

Haden is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.

His salon is on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 5:30pm. RSVP here!

There’s still time to tweet your questions for Bruce to @gwerkca — don’t forget to use the hashtag #gwerksalon. The chosen winner will join Bruce, exhibition curator Trevor Boddy and other guests at ORU for a continued evening of conversation after the salon.


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