At Rize, we are constantly searching for new and better ways to create communities for tomorrow. This involves a daily questioning of the “way it is”, which is not easy as the “way it is” in Metro Vancouver has been crafted with rigour year upon year for decades. We are therefore thrilled to announce our engagement of Alison Brooks Architects, a globally renown firm from London, UK to work with us on a significant housing development in Metro Vancouver. ABA have a proven track record in housing innovation and a thoughtful understanding of community and culture building and of course, more than enough awards to support their efforts.

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For Rize, our decision to engage Alison Brooks Architects was not about “starchitecture”, or status or sales. It came from a trust that their vast housing experience would provide a new perspective and in turn, move us forward. We are witnessing a new level of design in housing development in Metro Vancouver, the challenge is, that it appears to only be happening at the extreme end of the spectrum. With our engagement of ABA, we have the opportunity to bring design innovation to a local market and help improve communities for people who live and work in Metro Vancouver.

We are thrilled to support a first glance at Alison’s significant portfolio of work during Vancouver Design Week. On Wednesday, May 9th, she will deliver a keynote address as part of Urbanarium’s Smart Cities talk series.

If you’re interested in attending you can reserve your tickets here: www.picatic.com/alisonbrooks

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As for her work with us. We will have to wait a little while for a first glance at that. Keep your eyes open.

Alison Brooks Architects

Founded in 1996, Alison Brooks Architects has developed an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects rang­ing from urban regeneration, master planning, public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

ABA’s award-winning architecture is born from intensive research into the cultural, social and envi­ronmental contexts of each project. Our approach enables us to develop authentic, responsive solutions for our buildings and urban schemes, each with a distinct identity. Combining formal invention with rigorous attention to detail, ABA’s buildings have proved to satisfy our clients’ expectations and positively impact the urban realm.

Our approach has led us to win national and international awards including Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year 2012. In 2013 ABA were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize for Newhall Be. The scheme also received RIBA regional and national awards and was Supreme Winner at the 2013 Housing Design Awards. Alison Brooks Architects is the only UK practice to have won the RIBA’s three most prestigious awards for architecture – the Stirling Prize for Accordia Cambridge, the Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Alison Brooks was awarded AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2013.

ABA has a growing international presence with the practice’s work published worldwide. Selected for the 2010 Audi Urban Future Award, ABA’s ‘Kaleidoscope City’ project for future urban mobility was exhibited at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and in the 2011 New York Festival of Architecture. The practice has been published widely and ABA buildings have twice featured in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.

To mark 21 years since the founding of Alison Brooks Architects she published ‘Ideals then Ideas’; an overview of the practice’s work within conceptual, formal and material themes that have emerged over the past two decades.