HDR | CEI Architecture Associates, Inc. has promoted architect Mary Chow to associate vice president.
Chow joined the firm in 2004 (then CEI Architecture), and has led the design of a variety of award-winning and successful projects throughout the Lower Mainland of B.C., with an emphasis on community recreation facilities, including community centres, and aquatics, ice and fitness facilities.
She was the lead architect of the Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool in Burnaby, which was named 2015 Facility of the Year by the BC Recreation and Parks Association.
She also led the design of the City Centre Community Centre in Richmond, B.C.; Wedgewood Park Aquatic Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland; NexSource Centre in Sylvan Lake, Alberta; the Oliver Woods Community Recreation Centre in Nanaimo, B.C.; and the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex in Coquitlam, B.C.
“Mary is a talented architect, outstanding project manager, and inspiring leader at HDR | CEI Architecture,” says Mark Hentze, vice president at HDR | CEI.
“She has proven again and again her ability to lead projects of significance and size, helping bring outstanding facilities to communities throughout the province, and beyond. This promotion recognizes her talent and long-term dedication to the highest standards of design excellence and project delivery.”
A LEED Accredited architect, Chow has been invited to speak at various conferences and events on issues related to sports, recreation and community facility design. Topics included how the architectural process can use social media to engage communities to create facilities that accommodate local interests and priorities, and the future of recreational facilities.
In the past few years Chow has spoken at the Recreation Foundation of BC Conference in Harrison Hot Springs, the Athletic Business Conference in New Orleans, the IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress in Germany, and the TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All) World Congress in The Netherlands.