Brock Commons Tallwood House

April 2017

Russell Acton Meets with South Australian Premier

Russell Acton met with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill in Adelaide at “Building Greener Cities with Timber”, an event highlighting the environmental benefits of building with sustainable timber. The South Australian government has been a leader in recognizing the need to reduce carbon emissions through a Carbon Neutral Adelaide partnership with Adelaide City Council. The event featured a keynote address by Russell, during which he emphasized the need for urban centres to develop extraordinarily ordinary and environmentally meaningful mass wood buildings to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House

April 2017

Russell Acton Takes Brock Commons Down Under

At the invitation of Forest & Wood Products Australia, Russell Acton is Down Under for the week of April 3-7 to present Brock Commons Tallwood House during a whirlwind tour of five cities in five days: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Russell will share his insights on Brock Commons as a genuine game-changer for the global tall wood movement that will help lead the way to a future of environmentally meaningful and extraordinarily ordinary, mass wood buildings for the masses.

Acton Ostry Architects Expands Leadership Team

March 2017

We are pleased to announce expansion of our leadership team. Five current leaders are joining Russell Acton and Mark Ostry to lead future growth of the firm. Alan Davies and Alex Percy are now associate principals while Ruth Chau, Derek Fleming and Matthew Wood are new associates.

Alan Davies has been leading heritage rehabilitation projects and the planning and design of large-scale mixed-use residential projects. Alex Percy leads the design of public institutional projects, with a concentration on academic and cultural facilities. Ruth Chau is our operations manager, responsible for ongoing development and execution of office protocols and systems. Derek Fleming has lead the design of Cactus Club restaurants across Canada and is also involved with planning of mixed-use residential developments. Matthew Wood is a leader in the design of public institutional buildings, with a focus on academic facilities.

As Acton Ostry Architects enters our 25th year of practice, we look forward to building upon our reputation as one of Canada’s leading design practices.

Vancouver College Redevelopment

February 2017

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Vancouver College recently held a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of their $36 million campus redevelopment. Construction is now underway on Manrell Hall, a 4,088 square metre Middle School that includes: 18 classrooms; a learning common; informal study space; a dining hall; and an extensive arts space that features digital media and robotics.

Read the full release of the Manrell Hall Ground Breaking below.