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Vancouver International Airport

The start of something good

  • 20

    Year Relationship

  • $1B

    Project Cost

  • Richmond, British Columbia

    Richmond, British Columbia

Design inspired by beautiful British Columbia

It’s a story that started 20 years ago. The Vancouver International Airport needed an architect for their new International Terminal Building (ITB). But the market was shifting: the Canadian airport system had recently been privatized, and airport owners and operators were looking for ways to change their terminals from processors of people and baggage to experiences that residents and visitors alike would enjoy and remember.

Stantec had no experience in airport terminal design at the time, but won this commission because we anticipated where the market was going. Our experience designing attractions meant we were skilled at creating destinations, and our retail expertise meant we knew how to maximize revenue potential through design.

Two decades later, we’ve designed over $1 billion in construction value at the airport. Each project builds on the strong sense of place we incorporated into the original ITB. And the results are a continued Top 10 ranking in a wide variety of airport industry surveys, including Skytrax, where the airport most recently ranked #1 in North America, for the third year in a row.

At a Glance

Stantec (formerly Architectura)
Skytrax Awards, #8 in the World 2013 World Airport Awards, #1 for Airports with 10-20M passengers
ACI - N. A Awards, 2010 Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards, Griesbach 2010 Exc. in Concessions
Meet Our Team

Noel Best, Principal

One of the basic tenets of my design approach to airports is to bring a 'sense of place' to the architecture and interior design.

Cecilia Einarson, Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

Architecture transforms chaos into order, allowing us to positively shape the future of our cities and communities.
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Kent Goodwin, Principal, Architecture

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
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Janet Harvey, Consultant

The conveying industry is fascinating because it’s continually developing and moving forward.

Janice Hicks, Principal

We design to make daily lives more enjoyable—to create spaces that provide people a sense of freshness, delight, inspiration, and surprise.

Brent North, Vice President, Discipline Leader - Architecture

Architecture is a legacy of the Renaissance. It requires a curious and agile mind, the joy of discovery, and the satisfaction of creation.
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Stanis Smith, Executive Vice President, Creativity & Innovation

Choosing a favorite airport project is as impossible as choosing a favorite child. Our Airport projects are driven by the vision and values of our clients, and our job is to express these values in unique ways that surprise and delight.
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  • Noel Best


  • Cecilia Einarson

    Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

  • Kent Goodwin

    Principal, Architecture

  • Janet Harvey


  • Janice Hicks


  • Brent North

    Vice President, Discipline Leader - Architecture

  • Stanis Smith

    Executive Vice President, Creativity & Innovation

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