Today, October 19 is International Credit Union day. This is a shout out to the credit unions in our communities for their ongoing service pledge to their members and communities. The RATIO team has been privileged to work with credit unions for over 50 years.

Wood WORKS! BC recently recognized municipalities around BC for their use of wood in community infrastructure projects. Included was the RATIO-designed Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre in Metro Vancouver.

Whether you call it ‘ future-proofing,’ ‘The Bionic Bank’ or ‘The Bank of Now’, they all refer to the strategic redefinition of the physical branch.  It means ensuring they meet needs of changing populations, providing centres of advice for life’s milestone moments.  People want face to face service for high-value transactions like small business loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Distinctive thinking leads to successful workspace design results. Tenant improvements can be challenging and disruptive for employers and their teams. Here are ten considerations to help ensure a successful workspace design project.

During July (and all year long) celebrate Vancouver’s heritage with 25th anniversary celebration activities curated by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

The challenge: how to plan a new workspace for ten years out? The result: a flexible, well-appointed office that feels comfortable to clients, with functional and attractive workspace for staff and partners.

The RATIO-designed Launchpad space in the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library provides interactive community learning opportunities and features a lecture space, a dedicated classroom, a flexible learning space, and creation stations.

The American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) ICON magazine explored the issue of designing for confidentiality in this era of open-plan spaces through dialogue with 4 designers including RATIO partner, Christopher Pollard.

Our view on heritage restoration and adaptive reuse begins with respect for the site’s heritage, through thoughtful adaptive reuse of the existing structure. RATIO’s work in conserving some of British Columbia’s heritage sites has resulted in award-winning and nationally recognized sites that connect design excellence, adaptive reuse and historic preservation.

The new, Ratio-designed, Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre in Maple Ridge, BC will offer education and grassroots engagement on the critical importance of watershed stewardship and environmental sustainability. The setting is campus-like where connectivity and circulation of the spaces are outdoors. The building footprint and impacts of site development in this delicate watershed are minimized.