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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April 28, 2014

Westbank Salon Series: Scot Hein

Scot Hein is an architect who leads the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Studio.

Hein is the City of Vancouver’s Senior Urban Designer and has led the city’s high profile Urban Design Studio for the last 10 years. His current work includes the urban design and implementation of new plans for the city’s West End, Downtown East Side, Cambie Corridor and Mount Pleasant.  He has been with the City of Vancouver for 20 years and previously in private architectural practice in the US and Canada, specializing in the design of research and development facilities, health care, resorts and transit-related developments. He is an adjunct professor for Urban Design at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and also teaches in the Landscape and Architecture programmes (SALA) while serving on the school’s inaugural advisory board.  Hein is a contributing urban design resource to the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and the Sustainable Cities Design Academy based in Washington, D.C.  He is a founding board member of Vancouver’s Urbanarium, a non-profit society that advocates for city building excellence.

To register for Scot’s Westbank Salon Series evening on April 29, 2014, please register here!

Thrilled by all the #gwerksalon questions we’re receiving over Twitter! Keep on tweeting them to us at @gwerkca. We’ll share them during the interactive Q&A and choose a weekly winner to continue the conversation with Trevor Boddy, weekly speaker and other guests at ORU after the salon!



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