HCMA welcomes three new principals

Monday, February 20, 2017

HCMA Architecture + Design in Vancouver welcomes three new principals – Paul Fast, Michael Henderson and Melissa Higgs.

The three new principals are already integral and established leaders in the HCMA practice, working closely with the clients to find creative solutions to each community’s unique challenges.

They join the four other HCMA principals Darryl Condon, Karen Marler, Stuart Rothnie and Carl-Jan Rupp.

“One of the ways that we seek to amplify our positive influence as a firm is by connecting many voices and considering a range of perspectives. We’ve made remarkable progress in the last few years by expanding our service offerings with complementary strengths in response to the multifaceted nature of the challenges our communities face. Inviting three new voices to the partnership is the natural next step in our firm’s evolution and we can’t wait to see the impact they will have as principals,” says Darryl Condon, managing principal.

Higgs’ focus has been on designing arts and culture projects and community recreation facilities, including the award-winning Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre.

Fast is interested in creating architecture that helps to extract and define a strong regional identity. His work is focused on reconnecting people to their environments through the considered use of material, form, space and light.

Henderson promotes community building in both the facilities they design as well as in their studio environment. With a unique focus on sports, recreation and community centres, he has acted as project architect for some of HCMA’s largest aquatic and recreation projects.

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