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Man of the Month

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

My Man of the Month blog has given me the opportunity to share with everyone a group of men who are making a difference and using their creative edge to do what they do best. They were chosen because I’m impressed by their contagious spirit, creative thinking, and the opportunities they bring to the world, plus how they reflect infinite possibilities back to the rest of us. Below are the 36 marvelous men chosen for their powerfully persuasive spirit and their tenacity to make things happen. Click on their names to check out their posts. Also be sure to check out the Woman of the Month blog for the creative women featured.

It has been such an enriching experience sharing these men on my website and although there are still so many more creative and amazing men I’d love to feature, I’ll be starting something new this year, Greener Goals, coming February.

Al Simmons
Bill Pechet
Brad Foster
David Anderson
David Gaines
Derek Lee
Elia Kirby
Francois Trudel
Fred Penner
Gabor Maté M.D.
Glen Anderson
Irwin Oostindie
Janos Maté
Jean Francois Joyal
Jeff Scharf
Jeffrey Boone
John Adams
John Conway
John Korsrud
Jonathan MacLeod
Lindsey Shepek
Luke Detheridge
Michael Sider
Neezar Joseph
Norman Foote
Pat (Lp) Camozzi
Paul Lambert
Paul Leblanc
Peter Graham
Philip Clement
Robert Wilson
Stefano Giulianetti
Ted Lau
Thomas Kevin Dolan
Tim Furness
Yuki Ueda

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Women of the Month

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Back in the Summer of 2009 I launched a blog, Woman of the Month, to feature some really amazing women who are shaking things up and making a difference through creativity and bold endeavors. Below are 68 inspiring women chosen for their powerfully persuasive spirit and their tenacity to make things happen. Click on their names to check out their posts. Also be sure to check out the Man of the Month blog for the creative men featured.

It has been such an enriching experience sharing these women on my website and although there are still so many more creative and amazing women I’d love to feature, I’ll be starting something new this year, Greener Goals, coming February.

Thank you to all the wonderful women for sharing their creative lives with everyone!

Aleese Nessler
Alison Therriault
Allison Rice
Andrea Zimmer
Andree Janyk
Anita Couvrette
Barb Jusiak
Candice R. Curlypaws
Cecilia Greyson
Cybele Ironside
Danielle Girard
Danielle Laporte
Dawn Monette
Deborah Williams
Dori Luthy-Harrison
Dyana Valentine
Ella Simon
Gabrielle Durning
Grace Kerina
Heather Davis
Heidi Nagtegaal
Heidi Specht
Jaimie Robson
Jane Heyman
Jeanette Jarville
Jodi Womack
Julia Mackey
Katharine Carol
Katherine St. Denis
Katherine Surridge
Kellie Haines
Kelly Bohlken
Kendahl Cardinal
Kerri Carlson
Kira Schaffer
Laura McKibbon
Laurene “Madhu” Honeyman
Lee-Anne Ragan
Liesl Jauk
Lindy Sisson
Lisa Riehl
Little Woo
Lulu Leathley
Mahara Brenna
Margaret Dragu
Marina Szijarto
Maya Ersan
Mehlinda Heartt
Mercedes Baines
Michelle Pante
Michelle Pfeiffer
Nicole Dextras
Pamela McKeown
Patty Ampleford
Phoenix Olivia
Renate Geier
Robin de Pelham
Rosanne Hopkins Brauntz
Sandeep Johal
Sepideh Saii
Stefany Hemming
Suzy Birstein
Tamar Griggs
Tameer Pam Barnslee
Tracey Bell
Valerie Arntzen
Vicki Moulder
Wendy Hainstock

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Man of the Month Before – Bill Pechet

Friday, November 1st, 2013

November’s Man of the Month is:

Bill Pechet

Here’s a little bit about him:
Bill received degrees in geography and visual arts from the University of Victoria, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. In 1982, after spending a year in Japan, he entered the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. In his second year, Bill attended a studies abroad program for architecture in Hong Kong and then spent a year living in Manila and Tokyo, working for Rengo Keikakusha on urban design projects for those cities.

Bill graduated from Architecture school in 1987 with a thesis project called “The Museum of Sand”, a theoretical zone of touristic and therapeutic spaces set in the dense heart of Tokyo. This project spawned a series of small play gardens and domestic objects called “Souvenirs from the Museum of Sand” which he continues to produce today. Some of these objects have become manifest into larger scales in his designs for urban spaces, dance sets, cemeteries and public art.

Bill has developed an oeuvre of interests, which synthesizes his love of geography, art and, architecture, and human occupation of space. His collective portfolio of projects vary in scale from small domestic objects and furniture, to set design, public art, urban spaces, gardens, retail environments, residences, plazas, cemeteries. Bill’s sets for dance have been viewed in both North America, Europe and Asia.
As well as designing, Bill teaches architecture at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of British Columbia (SALA). His classes reflect the scope of his interests, working with students on such varied subjects as concrete construction, the architecture of cemeteries, and the creative application of sustainable building practices into contemporary architecture and urbanism.

In 2006, under the banner of Pechet and Robb art and architecture, Bill’s studio represented Canada at the prestigious Venice Biennale of Architecture with a project entitled SweaterLodge.

He is currently working on a mammoth public art piece for a rapid transit station in Richmond, BC, a colour-changing glass environment for a new office tower in downtown Vancouver, cemetery projects in Reno, Nevada North Vancouver, BC and Vancouver, BC and a water-play environment for a park in the Danish city of Hjorring.

This last summer, Bill’s students mounted a project called Upcycled Urbanism in conjunction with the Museum of Vancouver to invite the public to build and choreograph movement spaces along one block of downtown Vancouver. The wildly successful project engaged an estimated 1500 people in an ever-changing space of environment and play.

And here’s how he answered my 6 questions about creativity:

What does it mean to you to be creative?
seeing marshmallows as media

What triggers your creativity?
a paycheque…no, seriously, not sure

What hinders your creativity?
people who don’t get the marshmallow thing

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
helping my father die

What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
its not really the agenda in my work…I take pleasure in offering the public a refreshed vision of their environments

What’s next for you?
a vacation would be lovely

And here’s something that inspires his creativity:

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes.

Check out Bill’s website at: www.pechetstudio.com

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