CYPRESS VILLAGE PLANNING TEAM
BRITISH PACIFIC PROPERTIES
British Pacific Properties, a family-owned business for three generations, is a company that respects the past and embraces the future. Since our inception in 1931, we have forged a lasting legacy within the community that has been interwoven with the development of West Vancouver and the North Shore. From milestones such as constructing the Lions Gate Bridge and building the Park Royal shopping centre to the master planning of the Rodgers Creek development area , BPP is committed to the continued enhancement of West Vancouver. We embrace Cypress Village as our next great opportunity in creating a complete master-planned community.
Directing the planning for Cypress Village for BPP is:
Geoff is a civil engineer by trade and has 30 years of experience in municipal engineering (solid waste & transit), water resources engineering, small hydropower development, land development and residential development. Geoff was instrumental in creating the Rodgers Creek Area Development Plan, which set new standards for master planned developments in West Vancouver. As President of British Pacific Properties Limited, Geoff has the unique opportunity to oversee a high-performing team committed to the planning and delivery of the highest standard of sustainable, nature-oriented community development.
Born and raised on the North Shore, Geoff currently resides at the foot of Grouse Mountain and takes full advantage of the local mountains for hiking, running, skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking.
As VP Planning and Development for British Pacific Properties, Bryce oversees the planning and approvals for Cypress Village and the west areas of Rodgers Creek in the Upper Lands of West Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering from McGill University and has 21 years of work experience. Previous positions in the consulting engineering, planning, and real estate development fields include work with Intrawest, Anthem Properties, and NORR Architects Planners. Bryce is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and Registered Professional Planner (RPP).
Chasing fresh snow on skis is one of Bryce’s favourite outdoor pursuits. Most recently he has really enjoyed introducing the oldest of his two young sons to the sport.
URBAN DESIGN ASSOCIATES
Urban Design Associates is an established architectural design firm with specialty in planning complete communities and leading public engagement, with a focus on utilizing visual tools such as painting and illustration. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA, and founded in 1964, Urban Design Associates has emerged as a global planning-leader in addressing urban expansion & revitalization projects. Past Canadian master planned projects include Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Currie Barracks, Anderson Station in Calgary, and the West Don Lands in Toronto. International projects include the town of Celebration in Florida, the expansion village of Ellon in Scotland in association with The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment and the Crylands Master Plan in Essex, UK. UDA is excited to be applying its broad planning expertise to West Vancouver’s unique natural backdrops and engaging the local community in meaningful discussion about Cypress Village.
Leading the planning efforts for UDA is:
As Chairman of Urban Design Associates, Rob is all about understanding people and their connection to the places where they live. His sources of inspiration for urban design comes from the stories – the memories, traditions and aspirations of the people of a region. Rob pioneered the use of extensively-researched Pattern Books to be able to build on the unique character of a region, the inherited landscape, and the distinctive qualities of an existing city, town or village – a number of them historic landmarks. Under his leadership at UDA, the firm has developed a broader national and international practice working with clients to reclaim urban districts and waterfronts, develop conservation-based settlements in sensitive landscape settings, as well as designing new towns and villages worldwide.
Rob lives in Pittsburgh and enjoys hiking and photographing beautiful landscapes and places.
PWL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
PWL Landscape Architects is a leading Vancouver based landscape architecture firm with forty years of experience in both the private and public realms of design and development. With operations spanning across Canada and the international market, PWL draws from its diverse background to develop unique design perspectives, tailored to the needs of individual communities. Some of PWL’s most successful ventures have occurred locally throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions, with highly-regarded developments such as the Olympic Village and River District in Vancouver, Dockside Green Re-envisioning in Victoria and Harbourside District in North Vancouver.
Leading the local planning efforts for PWL is:
Derek is a principal and lead urban designer at PWL Partnership with nearly 20 years of experience across North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Serving as the creative lead on design teams at PWL, Derek focuses on innovative placemaking and restorative urbanism with a view to improving people’s overall health and quality of life. Derek’s infectious approach to his work is apparent in both large-scale master plans and urban waterfront developments as well as in the finite custom details that celebrate a site’s unique character. His ability to quickly translate raw ideas into graphic form means he’s able to bring imagination to life for the viewer.
Derek has always appreciated our region’s unique relationship between the urban and natural landscape. So he enjoys the 20-minute escape to the North Shore with an abundance of hiking and snowboarding. Derek also enjoys road cycling throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Jason, a principal of PWL Partnership holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, and has over 15 years of professional experience gained through work in both Ontario and British Columbia. He is a seasoned project manager and is passionate about sustainable design. His portfolio includes several LEED® projects ranging from single buildings to residential developments. While his recent work focuses on campus and neighbourhood master planning, he is equally at home with construction detailing; this ability is evidenced by the richness and integrity of Jason’s work. Jason’s passion for the outdoors is his reason to be.
A resident of UniverCity at SFU, Jason is in his element with the running and mountain biking trails at his front door. On winter weekends, Jason finds every opportunity to escape to Whistler where he seeks out fresh snowboarding tracks on Whistler, Blackcomb and beyond.
POTTINGER BIRD COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Pottinger Bird Community Relations is a Vancouver-based consultancy group that focuses on providing community relations services to nascent real estate ventures. Pottinger Bird’s distinct approach of collaborating with a variety of community stakeholders through fostering inclusive decision making has garnered great respect in Metro Vancouver communities. Having worked with BPP for decades, Pottinger Bird is very familiar with West Vancouver and the uniqueness of the community.
Leading the community relations for Pottinger Bird is West Vancouver born and raised:
A community relations professional with over 10 years of hands-on experience, Virginia has contributed to a variety of successful development approvals since joining the firm in 2006. Virginia became a Principal of Pottinger Bird in 2013 and is responsible for management and effective execution of all client programs and projects. She is an active member of the Urban Development Institute and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, as well as the membership committee and the Women of UDI committee. She also serves as a director of the Vancouver Resource Society, the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and is a trustee of the Greater Vancouver YMCA Foundation.
Virginia loves to snowboard and spends time up on the slopes of Whistler. She has recently taken up cycling and has enjoyed biking excursions abroad in France.
Paul Smith was instrumental in helping to galvanize a vision for Cypress Village. His process of collaborative creativity involved sessions with community stakeholders and our Cypress Village team, pushing us to create stories that reflected a shared vision of our community’s future.
We recently lost Paul but we will be forever grateful to him for inspiring us to envision the next evolution of our mountainside community. Paul always said he was caught up in both the past and future; he has left a profound mark on our history and his spirit will be reflected in what’s ahead.
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