Since 2014, HCMA has hosted six Canadian artists at the studio for periods of a few months. The program provides the opportunity for participants to pursue their artistic research, take advantage of resources at the HCMA studio and collaborate with the studio on projects.
“The presence of an artist in residence in the HCMA studio is stimulating to the architects,” said the jury. “It challenges their perception and broadens their perspective. The program is a source of inspiration to other firms, providing them with a model to emulate.”
Among the results are a dance piece created by Heather Myers for the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, B.C., and a mural by Scott Sueme and Michael Rozen for both the HCMA Vancouver studio and the Royal Bay Secondary School in Colwood, B.C.
“Collaborating with this diverse range of creatives has both challenged and benefitted our staff, practice and clients through the cross-pollination of ideas and the collaborative learning opportunities that have emerged,” said Darryl Condon, Managing Principal of HCMA. “We hope this recognition by the RAIC will encourage others to engage in similar collaborations.”