The intent of A-Ok: Architecture-Okanagan is to advance the knowledge and understanding of architecture and how design has the power to not only enhance our communities but also to significantly improve our lives. For as long as we have built structures, from the secular to the spiritual, the power with which design imbues a building has long been known and capitalized upon. With the advent of modernism architects have refocused and rediscovered the power and innate role architecture and design has to change and enhance community. With the global shift towards sustainability, architects are producing work that is meaningful, sensitive to site and worthy of preservation. Over the past number of years an increasing number of local projects and architects have been recognized nationally being nominated for and winning the prestigious Governor General and Lieutenant Governor awards.
Architecture - Okanagan, is an exhibition which serves to highlight a number of recent projects completed by architects working and living in the Okanagan Valley. This region is defined by its unique desert climate, bountiful lakes, pine forests and blue sky and this sensitive mix of environmental and climatic concerns shapes the way architects approach their projects. This exhibition serves as a foundation for greater understanding of the concerns and possible solutions architects and their clients have come up with to create building which not only address the environmental concerns of the region but also serve to enhance our social fabric. We are pleased to partner with Nick Bevanda who has helped bring together this impressive look into the vast number of creatiev projects currently being undertaken by architects from the Okanagan Valley. This is a celebration of what is possible and we are pleased to host the first incarnation of this important survey here in Penticton. Plans are currently underway to tour this exhibition to other locations within the Okanagan Valley as well as other part of British Columbia and Canada.