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Rochester Park

800 Block Robson Street

Northeast False Creek Urban Design Framework

The Megabench & Foot of Lonsdale Public Plaza

Shipyards Lot 5 Redevelopment

Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

University of Victoria Master Plan Update

The Megaphone: Jim Deva Plaza Speaker’s Corner

Kawaki Boatworks Park

Hillcrest & Riley Parks

Terra Nova Play Experience

Orchard Commons

Ponderosa Commons

McBurney Lane

Evergreen Line Station Plazas

Sun Hop Park

Richmond Railway Corridor

Corduroy Road

Harbourside Overpass

Market Lane

Hapa Collaborative is a landscape architecture and urban design practice established with placemaking, attentiveness and collaboration in mind.

We see each project as an opportunity to partner, dream big and synthesize ideas wrought from many, often opposing, influences.  Our goal is to evoke the poetry of the place and in doing so reveal something delightful but perhaps previously unseen.  Most of all, we consider Hapa to be a contemporary voice for landscape architecture and a small, agile and fresh alternative to traditional firms.

Hapa Collaborative works within the full breadth of scales from master plans to pocket parks, civic spaces to private residences, streetscapes to green roofs.  However we specifically enjoy addressing the leftover spaces between buildings, applying the principles of landscape urbanism to city-building, site design and community consultation. We like to explore new methods and materials, forge new relationships and ultimately create places that people remember.

Hapa means many things: half, mixed, or hybrid; originally a pejorative term for someone of part Asian ethnicity and, by extension, anything shaped by the collision of cultural influences. Hapa can be defined as an intentional disturbance – an explosion – that creates space for something new.  It is an apt description of Vancouver’s cosmopolitan complexity and an emblem of our own profession’s mixed pedigree: landscape and architecture, art and science, nature and culture. Hapa is also a Japanese word for ‘leaf.’

Our studio of eighteen designers is a daily collaboration between people with different backgrounds and training, and a mix of skills and specialization.  We love the fact that this mix is present in our design process and is often realized in the final design direction in our work.  Read more about each of our Hapsters through the Team link below or check out our video about Why We Design.

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World Design Summit recap | Montréal, October 16-20 2017

On Monday, October 16th, Jordan, Joe, and myself flew to Montreal to attend the inaugural World Design Summit.

Montreal played host, as one of UNESCO’s world design cities. The summit kicked off with the signing of the first ever Design Declaration, signed by international organizations representing various design disciplines: interior, industrial, graphic, architecture, landscape, and urban design/planning.

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Aside from soaking up all of the great shared knowledge from the diverse group of designers, we also had the opportunity to present some of our own work. Jordan presented his Masters’ thesis on engaging tourists at multiple shoreline ‘stations’ in British Columbia (under the Design for Nature category), which explored “dismantling the human/nature dichotomy”, bearing striking resemblance to Hapa’s PODS Project. I also presented my Masters’ thesis and a research paper on the role of Landscape Architects in Canada’s National Parks system, along with a projective future of the Trans Canada Highway as Canada’s Next National Park (under the Design for Extremes category). Lastly, Joe presented a case study of the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza as an argument for funding public space, in his talk titled “After the Designer’s Leave the Room” (under the Design for Transformation category).

In three words, the conference was: inspiring, invigorating, and interdisciplinary.

In three other word pairings, I noticed the most common threads (at least in the landscape architecture sections) were reconciliation & decolonization, participation & engagement, and collaboration & cross-disciplinary… All signs point to an incredibly rich and positive future for the profession.

Rochester Park Opens

We’re pleased to announce that Rochester Park officially had a ribbon cutting on Tuesday afternoon. Located in the Maillairdville neighbourhood in Coquitlam, the playground has 3 programming zones that are comprised of an improved water play area, sand play area, new swings, climbing structures, a large tunnel slide, skate area, picnic areas and more. It was great to see a lot of the project team, family, friends and public attend the opening and enjoy the park. Thanks to the City of Coquitlam for inviting us!

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