Aug 28, 2021
This is one of many illustrations created to inspire new ideas for a land-use planning workshop in the Okanagan. These very short (3 - 5 day) and intense multi-stakeholder workshops are affectionately known as "charrettes" which aim to collaboratively create a future land-use vision. This was held at a location (cannot be disclosed at this time) in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Famous for its lakes and warm summer weather, the Okanagan is home to many wineries and outdoor summer activities. This drawing envisions a relaxing beach club setting where the buildings merge with the natural terraced slopes and guests can fully enjoy the lake setting with different activities.
Aug 28, 2021
The urban wine trail vision for this small Okanagan town responds to the region's abundant wine production. Wineries or wine bars and small, locally-owned cafes and artisan shops and workshops could be connected with interesting pedestrian features like floral bulge-outs at street corners, oak barrel seating + tables, wood-board sidewalks, or old barns as event spaces. Warm and varied building textures and colours, with green roofs and walls and rain-capture designs, could further enliven the multi-purpose trail.
Aug 25, 2021
This drawing was created for a 3-day multi-stakeholder design workshop in the Okanagan, B.C., which shows a pedestrian-oriented "high street" with a town square "heart" for public gatherings and events, such as this Christmas market. A historic tram could be an interesting transportation feature along this street.
Jan 26, 2020
This graphic recording was created as part of a public engagement series for the Heather Lands development project; a parcel of land in Vancouver's west side near the Cambie Street corridor. The First Nations' owned MST Development Corporation - a partnership of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation - and the Canada Lands Company, created a land-use plan that aims to create an affordable, culturally rich and vibrant neighbourhood.
This recording was collaborative and I learned a lot about the Squamish Nation. For instance I didn't know that "bannock" was not eaten prior to settlers arriving.
Jan 24, 2020
This graphic recording was created as one of a series of public workshops with local First Nations people. This one was created with the Musqueam elders. The intent was to gain elder knowledge about the thousand years' old Musqueam civilization in the area now known as Vancouver. This knowledge will help the MST Development Corporation, in collaboration with the Canada Lands Company, "transform the Heather Lands into an inspiring, progressive and sustainable new neighbourhood that generates the best possible economic and social benefit for all".
The plan since received the following awards:
• Excellence in Planning Practice - City & Urban Areas Gold Award | PLANNING INSTITUTE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
• Award for Planning Excellence - Planning for Reconciliation | CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS
See https://www.clc-sic.ca/real-estate/heather-lands for more information about the project.
Jan 22, 2020
This workshop was one of three public engagement sessions created with three local First Nations: the Musqueam Indian Band, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The three Indigenous groups collectively form the MST Development Corporation partnership, and are working with the Canada Lands Company and the City of Vancouver in developing a vibrant multi-use cultural neighbourhood, 15-minutes from downtown Vancouver. This workshop had a lot of families and children, who - unlike most adults - were more than happy to jump in and help me out! They shared stories and ideas of what kind of place they want to live in. This was a fun workshop.
Jun 8, 2019
The third and last Imagine Horseshoe Bay! public engagement workshop which informed the District of West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines. These illustrations were made during the workshop with input from different workshop attendees about what qualities they like about Horseshoe Bay as it is, as well as design features they would like to see implemented.
Illustrations were used in the District's final document summary: https://www.westvancouverite.ca/plan-hsb
Jun 4, 2019
The second Imagine Horseshoe Bay! public engagement workshop which informed the District of West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines. These illustrations were made during the workshop with input from different workshop attendees about what qualities they like about Horseshoe Bay as it is, as well as design features they would like to see implemented. The yellow sticky-notes are comments that attendees made to support or question design ideas. I really like that the sketch that received the most acclaim is extremely simple. It shows that a drawing doesn't have to be detailed or complex to convey an important idea.
The images were also used to illustrate the District's final document: https://www.westvancouverite.ca/plan-hsb
May 29, 2019
Imagine Horseshoe Bay! Was a public engagement series of 3 workshops to inform the District of West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines renewal. These illustrations were made during the workshop with input from different workshop attendees about what qualities they like about Horseshoe Bay as it is, as well as design features they would like to see implemented.
To see the final document visit: https://www.westvancouverite.ca/plan-hsb
Jun 11, 2018
Working with the City of Vancouver, I recorded key feedback from presenters and participants. The full-day workshop was convened by The Mayor's Working Group on Immigration and supported by several partners, that aimed to focus on reducing poverty among government-sponsored refugees and asylum seekers. Information gathered through this session helped inform the City's poverty reduction efforts and to inform poverty reduction plans underway at both provincial and federal levels.