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© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Institutional Design Explained

Institutional Design Explained

By Harland C. Lindsay, Director, Parkin Architects Limited

While the general public understanding of architects is “people who design pretty buildings,” the challenge of institutional architecture is to provide buildings that work for staff and users. These buildings need to be as efficient for staff as they need to be comfortable and pleasant. The buildings also need to minimize the amount of labour, such as walking, for the users. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Marketing the Business of Architecture

Marketing the Business of Architecture

By Eba Raposo, Senior Associate, Parkin Architects Limited

There is more to architecture than just designing buildings; it involves a large business component – including marketing and finance – especially if you want to run your own practice. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Leading Design for Largest Healthcare Project in B.C.

Leading Design for Largest Healthcare Project in B.C.

The Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Critical Care Tower redevelopment project will hold the second largest emergency department in Canada. 

The project, which is a Joint Venture between Parkin and CEI Architecture, adds 151 acute care beds and a new emergency department with specialized mental health and pediatric care. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | BIM vs. CAD: Why make the switch?

BIM vs. CAD: Why make the switch?

By David Brown, Senior Associate, Parkin Architects Limited

The question is simple: is BIM (Building Information Modeling) worth switching to from CAD (Computer-Aided Design)?

After completing several major projects utilizing BIM, Parkin is committed to using Revit as its primary software to prepare design and construction documents. Read more

P3s Bring Opportunity South of the Border

By Harland C. Lindsay, Director, Parkin Architects Limited

At the end of July, some 700 people representing architecture, engineering and construction, attended a marketing conference in the USA. In one session, I was one of about 30 people in a break-out room capable of holding over 100 people. A panel session was underway on Public Private Partnerships (P3s). The panel included legal, architectural and financial representation. The Panel session’s stated goal was to inform its audience about how Public Private Partnerships are faring in the current tough (U.S.) environment. It also purported to assist audience members with advice on how to break into the P3 process. Read more

© Parkin Architects Ltd. | Creating Institutional Designs that Work

Creating Institutional Designs that Work

At Parkin, our unique ability to provide truly meaningful services to our clients is largely derived from the partnerships that we foster with them. The Rankin Inlet Healing Facility (RIHF) exemplifies our efforts to personalize the project experience for our clients – a key approach in creating institutional designs that work. Read more

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