St. Augustine School Opening

September 2015

The new St. Augustine School opened its door to welcome students for the new school year.

The new school, clad with a playful red-brick masonry collage, provides a symbolic link to St. Augustine’s Church and Parish, located one block to the east, and pays homage to the original church and school building that once occupied the site. Buff-brick cruciforms modestly mark the building as a Catholic institution. Blue-coloured glass represents hope and good health while folded steel canopies recall the form of a nun’s habit.

AOA Presents at SustainaBUILD 2015

September 2015

Adam James of Acton Ostry Architects will be speaking at this year’s SustainaBUILD conference on October 6, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on ‘The Extreme Green – The Passive House.’

Presented in partnership with Canadian Passive House Institute West, the presentation will demystify the use of Passive House standards in commercial and multi-unit residential environments. Speakers will address Passive House principles in context of the BC Building Code, expand on the associated benefits and address the role that Passive House design plays in Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

AOA Supports the North American Passive House Network Conference 2015

September 2015

Acton Ostry Architects is pleased to support this year’s North American Passive House Network Conference 2015, a North America conference for the International Passive House Standard that delivers building energy efficiency.

Hosted by CanPHI West at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver, the event program features case studies of exciting Passive House developments, from low rise to high rise, in hot and cold climates, from North America and around the world. Workshops and presentations will be curated both for those new to Passive House, and for others who are already designing, building and looking to expand their knowledge.

The Duke

August 2015


The Duke, a new 14-storey mixed-use residential rental development with 202 units has started construction this month. The development is scheduled for completion in mid 2017.

Located in a busy transit-oriented node on the corner of Kingsway and 11th Avenue, the 4,925 sf residential development offers a unique and innovative residential typology for the area through the use of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom units arranged around the perimeter of the site to create an open air central circulation space from which the units will be accessed.

To be developed under the Rental 100 Policy, the project seeks to provide more high quality secured market rental within the city and requires that the building remain rental for a minimum of 60 years.  It will therefore offer long-term rental housing options to both new and existing residents of the Mount Pleasant community.