UDI Okanagan presents Lessons from Vancouverism for Kelowna


February 25, 2021


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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As Kelowna and the Okanagan Region continues to grow and respond to changes related to COVID-19 as well as demographic, economic, political and other shifts, what lessons can the principles of Vancouverism offer to this growing region?

Vancouverism is an urban and architectural phenomenon in Vancouver characterized by tall slim towers for density, widely separated by low-rise buildings for light, air, and views. It means many parks, walkable streets, and public spaces, combined with an emphasis on sustainable forms of transit.

Join Larry and Randy for a conversation moderated by Lauren about Vancouverism including what worked well and what are some cautionary tales that Kelowna and the Okanagan region can learn from. Please come with your questions for the Q&A session.


Larry Beasley

Founding Principal @Beasley and Associates

Larry Beasley is the retired Co-director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy and the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Planner in Canada. Larry Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His book, Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, authored with Jonathan Barnett, is available from Island Press. His second book, Vancouverism, from UBC Press.

Randy Shier

President @Mission Group

Randall Shier is the President of Mission Group. Randall earned a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1982, he moved to Vancouver and three years later became a registered architect. In 1986 he left architecture and began his career in the development sector. Prior to joining Mission Group as a partner in 2004, Randall was a leader in several prominent Vancouver development companies. Included in his many accomplishments are building over 2,500 multi-family homes and several major commercial projects. As President of Mission Group, Randall oversees the securing of investment, design and planning, development, sales and marketing of residential communities in Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan, BC.

Lauren Macaulay

Director @IBI Group

Lauren Macaulay is an Architect and the Practice Lead for the IBI Group Kelowna Office. Lauren moved to Kelowna in 2018 after a decade of leading the design and construction of residential, mixed-use, and institutional projects in the Lower Mainland. Born and raised in Kelowna, Lauren is a passionate advocate for the Okanagan Region, its communities, and future development potential.


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