Skip to main content
Start of main content

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

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

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.
Cecilia Einarson Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals) Read More

Kent Goodwin, Principal, Architecture

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

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.
Brent North Vice President, Discipline Leader - Architecture Read More

Ana Cappelletti, Senior Associate, Senior Designer

Always strive for excellence whether you’re designing an airport or a garden shed. To each client, the project is important and significant.
Ana Cappelletti Senior Associate, Senior Designer Read More

Julio He, Designer

Design must always be functional and efficient but should never stop being memorable.

Cecilia Einarson

Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Airports (Terminals)

Kent Goodwin

Principal, Architecture

Janice Hicks


Brent North

Vice President, Discipline Leader - Architecture

Ana Cappelletti

Senior Associate, Senior Designer

Julio He


We're better together

  • Become a client

    Partner with us today to change how tomorrow looks. You’re exactly what’s needed to help us make it happen in your community.

    Contact Us
  • Design your career

    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

    Join the Team
End of main content
To top