Richard Bolus transitions to Partner Emeritus

After 30 years of leadership in architecture, planning and public facilitation, Richard Bolus, a founding partner of CEI Architecture, is transitioning to Partner Emeritus.

Richard formed CEI with senior partners John Scott and Bill Locking in 1996. The three have guided the company from just a few employees to almost one hundred, becoming one of the most successful homegrown architecture practices in British Columbia. With Richard’s transition CEI has eight partners at offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.

“Rather than reflecting on any single project, helping to guide the evolution of the firm to become one of the top architectural practices in British Columbia is the highlight of my career,” Richard says.

Over his tenure, CEI has gained a reputation as a leading design firm for recreation, community, healthcare, education, commercial and residential facilities, with a collaborative approach to working with clients. Over the past few years, CEI has received numerous awards and honours recognizing excellence in design, sustainability and user-focussed facilities.

“CEI was founded on the basis of collaboration and open communication, and that continues to this day,” Richard says. “I’m excited by the new generation of partners and their ability to guide CEI as it continues to evolve and grow in innovative ways.”

In recent years, Richard has focussed on public and client facilitation and client advisory roles. He has contributed in various leadership capacities to a number of significant and innovative B.C.-based facilities, including the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George.

In his new role, Richard will continue to work on projects that are underway, but he also looks forward to spending more time on outlets such as mentoring and teaching, and interests such as music and travel.

“I’ve never focussed too much on the past,” Richard says. ”I like to think that my rearview mirror is rather small and my windshield is big. I’m excited by what’s ahead.”