Archive for August, 2013



CEI Architecture named Western Living Designers of the Year 2013 in the Eco Category


CEI Architecture couldn’t be more pleased to be named Eco Designer of the Year by Western Living Magazine. The achievement comes as part of the publication’s annual Designers of the Year awards, which will be featured in their upcoming September issue.

CEI was selected on the strength of such projects as the Vernon Library, Road 13 Winery, Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre and the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College.

Along with sustainable design, the awards showcase innovations in fashion, interiors, architecture and industrial design throughout Western Canada, with CEI finding itself in some very impressive company. Fellow award-winners include the non-profit fashion line Obakki, and North Vancouver-based artist, sculptor and furniture designer Brent Comber.

To read more about this year’s award winners, along with an in-depth interview with CEI Principal Nick Bevanda, pick-up the September issue of Western Living magazine or visit them online at



CEI Architecture a finalist in Western Living’s 2013 Designers of the Year

DOTY13_FinalistWebBadge_Eco DOTY13_FinalistWebBadge_ArchitectureCEI Architecture was recently named as a finalist in Western Living‘s 2013 Designers of the Year. We were named to the shortlist in both the Architecture category and the Eco Design category, which emphasizes smart, sustainable design of buildings.

CEI was selected to the shortlist on the strength of recent projects such as the Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre, Okanagan Regional Library—Vernon Branch, Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies at Okanagan College, Smyth-Lefebvre Residence, Terravista Vineyards, and more.

The winners will be announced Monday, August 26 and will be profiled in the September issue.




Michael McNaught moves on from CEI Architecture

Michael McNaughtArchitect Michael McNaught has moved on from CEI Architecture, and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish him all the best.

After joining CEI Architecture 13 years ago, Michael contributed to several significant projects that have helped CEI become one of B.C.’s leading architecture firms. He was a key design collaborator on projects such as the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Tolko’s Vernon headquarters.

Michael played a lead role in many of our post-secondary education projects as well, arising from his involvement with the design of SFU’s Lorne Davies Gym and Fitness Centre and their award-winning School for the Contemporary Arts, and the University of Victoria’s Administrative Services Building.

Michael’s passion for design is sure to carry over into whatever endeavours he pursues.



Ground breaks at Manulife building at 980 Howe Street


Construction has begun on Manulife Real Estate’s new downtown Vancouver office building, designed by CEI Architecture and Endall Elliot Associates.

The 16-storey, 250,000 square foot building will be targeting LEED Gold Certification, a feature that attracted Steve Hedberg, President and CEO of international engineering consulting firm, and future lead tenant, BGC. “We are looking forward to growing with Manulife at 980 Howe Street, especially being able to offer lifestyle choices in a sustainable, efficient working environment to our staff.”

Features such as a rooftop garden, on-site conference facility, fitness centre, and its close proximity to Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Law Courts, add to the building’s appeal.

Completion of 980 Howe Street is planned for spring of 2015. More details and project renderings can be found here.