DA Architects + Planners

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DA Architects + Planners
Private company
IndustryArchitecture, urban planning, master planning
FoundedDowns/Archambault & Partners, 1969
FounderBarry Vance Downs, Richard Archambault
HeadquartersVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Number of employees
WebsiteDA Architects + Planners

DA Architects + Planners is an architectural firm founded in 1969[1] and located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company is notable for its involvement in many of the major iconic buildings in Vancouver, including Canada Place with Zeidler Roberts Partnership and MCMP, Vancouver Convention Centre West with LMN and MCMP and Vancouver's Library Square with Moshe Safdie.


The architects Barry Vance Downs[2] architects (b. 1930) and Richard Archambault (b. 1931 d. 2010) met in 1954 at the firm of Thompson Berwick and Pratt and Partners.[3] They reunited to launch Downs/Archambault and Partners in 1969. The firm's early work includes the North Vancouver Civic Centre and Britannia Community Services Centre, Vancouver; Lester Pearson College of the Pacific with Ron Thom,[4] high-density neighbourhoods on the 1986 Vancouver Expo lands; two campuses of Kwantlen College, Langley, B.C.; and the Campbell River Museum, Campbell River, B.C.

The firm has produced a wide variety of projects, among them, Canada Place & the Pan Pacific Hotel, Concord Pacific Place, the Yaletown Roundhouse Neighbourhood, Library Square in Downtown Vancouver, Nicklaus North Clubhouse, Irvin K. Barber Learning Centre with Pfeiffer Partners,[5] Vancouver Convention Centre West with LMN & MCMP, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel[6] and the River Rock Casino Resort.

In 2008, the firm's name was changed to DA Architects + Planners in response to the retirement of the founding partners. Currently,[when?] the partnership consists of the architects Mark Ehman[1] AIBC, Randy Knill[1] AIBC and James Kao AIBC.

Notable projects[edit]

Year completed Project name Location Type Image
1980 Carnegie Community Centre Renovation Vancouver Heritage restoration CarnegieCtr.jpg
1986 Vancouver Convention Centre East / Canada Place with Zeidler Roberts Partnership and MCMP Vancouver Modern architecture Canada Place Landing.jpg
1993 Vancouver Yaletown Roundhouse Neighbourhood Vancouver Master planning Yaletown2.jpg
1992 Concord Pacific Place Vancouver Master planning Concord Pacific Master Plan Area
1995 Vancouver Public Library Square with Moshe Safdie Vancouver Modern architecture Vancouver Library Square July 2004.jpg
1995-1999 Parkgate Civic Centre North Vancouver Modern architecture Parkgate Library
1997 Beatty Mews Vancouver Modern architecture Beatty Mews Tower
2005 River Rock Casino Resort Richmond, BC West Coast modern architecture Riverrockcasino-2.jpg
2006 1616,1650,1680 Bayshore Drive Vancouver Modern architecture Bayshore Tower
2007 Cielo Residential High Rise Vancouver Modern architecture Cielo Tower
2008 Vancouver Convention Centre West with LMN & MCMP Vancouver Modern architecture 2009-0604-VancouverConventionCentreW.JPG
2008 Irving K. Barber Learning Centre with Pfeiffer Partners Vancouver Modern architecture Ikblearningcentre.jpg
2010 Coast Coal Harbor Hotel Vancouver Modern architecture Coast Coal Harbor Hotel
2011 Ridgeway Elementary School North Vancouver Heritage restoration Ridgeway Elementary School
2014 Queen Mary Elementary School North Vancouver Heritage restoration Queen.Mary.Dusk-3 photoshoped.jpg
2015 Beacon - Seylynn Village North Vancouver Modern architecture Seylynn Village - Beacon.jpg
2016 General Gordon Elementary School Vancouver Modern architecture General Gordon Elementary School.jpg
2017 Denna Club - Seylynn Village North Vancouver, Modern architecture Denna Club - Seylynn Village.jpg

Awards and recognition[7][edit]

  • 2014 Order of Canada - Barry V. Downs - 'For his contributions as an architect who creates spaces that meld buildings with their natural surroundings.[8]'
  • 2012 Heritage Project Achievement Award - Ridgeway Elementary School – North Vancouver, BC
  • 2011 WAN Effectiveness Award - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC
  • 2011 AIA National Honor Award, Interior Architecture[9] - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC. LMN Architects – with DA Architects + Planners, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
  • 2010 Lumen West Award of Excellence
  • 2010 IESNA Illumination Design Award of Merit - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC
  • 2009 Wood First Champion – Government of British Columbia - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC
  • 2009 GLOBE Foundation and World Green Building Council - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC
  • 2009 CISC – 2009 BC Steel Design Award – Krentz Award - Vancouver Convention Centre West – Vancouver, BC
  • 2008 Masonry Institute of British Columbia – Special Recognition – Restoration - Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia


  1. ^ a b c DA Architects + Planners. "Placemaking The Creation of Social Spaces". Junxion Strategy. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9809622-0-8
  2. ^ "Barry Vance Downs". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  3. ^ "Thompson, Berwick, Pratt and Partners". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  4. ^ "Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  5. ^ "Behind the buildings: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre". The Ubyssey. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  6. ^ "Coast Coal Harbour | Vancouver Hotel | Business Hotel Vancouver". www.coasthotels.com.
  7. ^ "Firm Overview: Recognition". DA Architects + Planners. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  8. ^ "Order of Canada Appointments 2014". The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  9. ^ "Vancouver Convention Centre West - Notes of Interest". The American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 2014-11-17.

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