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1 West 7Th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia,V5Y 1L4
Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc. was founded in 1996 as an architectural firm focused primarily on the planning and design of facilities for the arts. Within the firm's first 10 years, Proscenium grew from the two founding principals to a firm of ten i... more.
Architect AIBC AAA MRAIC LEED AP Principal
Proscenium Architecture and Interiors, Vancouver BC Architects
At WDGC/Architectura, two of the current Proscenium principals, Kori Chan and Hugh Cochlin, were project architects on the Vancouver Airport.
In 1997, Hugh Cochlin joined Proscenium to take on the role of Project Architect for the Stanley Theatre. He became an associate in 1999 and a partner and in 2005. Hugh has remained extremely involved in the firm's arts and culture projects and has also led the diversification of the firm's project base with his many commercial and residential clients.
Evan Duggan | ICI Source Commercial Real Estate News
"It's been a success in that everybody is talking about it and looking at what they glean from it and take to other projects," said Hugh Cochlin a principal with Proscenium Architecture and Interiors, the firm that designed the building.
About 300 staff work in the four-storey, 112,000-square-foot glass, wood and steel building. It features natural lighting, geothermal heat, on-site water management and sensors that control window blinds and lighting. Cochlin said a passive ventilation system acts as the "lungs of the building", pulling in fresh air through three wind towers on the roof and exhausting used air out the same way. He said a blue roof captures rainwater and transfers it to an underground cistern for non-potable water. Rain gardens and plants outside of the office filter water and run-off before it goes into the drain system. Cochlin said the mechanical system is an important part of the building. "The [tenants] are not talking about the mechanical system and what that actually means is it's working properly," he said. "When you hear about people talking about how happy they are at work, that's when you know you've had a success." While the MEC office was a new build, Cochlin agrees that renovating existing structures is often the first step in the greening of a city. "I have always believed that taking buildings and repurposing them is the way to go, not just tearing them down," he said.
Hugh Cochlin, Project Architect, Principal
Proscenium Architecture + Interiors With over 20 years' experience, Hugh has successfully managed and has been the primary client liaison for the majority of Proscenium's arts and cultural projects varying in size from a 180 seat studio theatre up to a 2800 seat civic auditorium. Hugh has been involved in all aspects of these projects from conceptualization, programming, design development, contract documents, and contract administration on to assuring continued support on over twenty arts projects. Hugh joined Proscenium in 1997 and became a Principal in the firm in 2005. Over the years, Hugh has developed strong project management skills, a unique and practical understanding of the operation and day-to-day functioning of a wide range of building types that complement his design skills. Hugh has been a leader in the management, design and implementation of the majority of our performing arts projects. Hugh Cochlin holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba which he earned after completing a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a year of study at the Emily Carr College of Art. Hugh is a registered Architect in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.
Hugh Cochlin, principal at Proscenium, has recently become a member of Vancouver's first Arts and Culture Policy Council.