The West Coast Modern League is an independent, volunteer-based, non-profit society dedicated to celebrating, and advancing the understanding and appreciation of, architecture and design of the North American west coast, with a special focus on the Greater Vancouver region.

Through celebration and the promotion of critical discussion, the West Coast Modern League aims to recognize the distinctive architecture and design of the west coast, to champion the propagation of the unique design principles of its place, and to explore linkages to locales further afield. The League’s focus emanates from the West Coast Modernist period of the Greater Vancouver region, beginning with the B.C. Binning House in 1941, with a broadened exploration of the contemporary endeavours of a diverse design community in architecture and the allied arts.

The League carries on its activities through a broad range of public programming – salons, lectures, debates, and celebrations – digital media, and the support of other projects that encourage a stronger architectural culture. In addition, we partner with other professional organizations, like-minded societies, disciplines, and homeowners, among others.

The West Coast Modern League works to:

  • Advance awareness and appreciation of architecture, design, and the built environment;
  • Celebrate and recognize the enduring regional legacy of architects, artists, and designers on our built environment, shared culture, and collective memory, and to inspire future generations to explore and carry forward the distinctive design tenets of this place;
  • Foster camaraderie and discourse among a diverse design community by providing a platform to celebrate shared history, culture, influences and to stimulate the cross-pollination of ideas

Established in 2013, the West Coast Modern League is a registered non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia, based in Vancouver BC. We are an organization of architects, intern architects, writers, curators, professionals and interested individuals with a passion for west coast architecture and the allied arts.

We are a volunteer-based society lead by a Board of Directors. 

 

We are based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

Board of Directors

 

Steve Gairns
Architect, WCML Chair

Adele Weder
Writer + Curator, WCML Founder

Wendi Campbell   
Chartered Professional Accountant, WCML Treasurer

Chelsea Louise Grant   
Architect, WCML Secretary

Jeanette Langmann   
Art Dealer, WCML Vice-President

John Patkau   
Architect

Kiriko Watanabe   
Curator

Past Directors

 

Mike Bernard (2013–2016)
Film maker

Gavin Froome (2013–2016)
Art Director + Film maker

Geoffrey Massey (2013–2020)
Architect

Cameron McLellan (2013–2015)
Artist + Heritage Advocate

Kim Smith (2013–2019)
Architect

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