Design For Culture

Design is an holistic endeavour. Whether with an individual artist, curator, advisory committee, or board of directors, we bring experience in listening (a quiet apprentice). Having a seat at the table alongside decision-makers early in the project planning process allows us to contribute in meaningful (and sometimes unexpected) ways to a project outcome. We bring an important perspective to facilitation, ideation, and visioning in the initial stages of project planning.

Installations, Exhibition Design, and Universal Access

With a background in architecture, we come with significant experience in environmental design. We offer expertise in space planning, lighting, acoustics, material selection, colour, accessible circulation and engagement. Accessibility is fundamental to all good design and provokes thinking that adds dimension to any project.

Content Creation and Digital Publishing

Is topicality the enemy of substance? What is the digital equivalent of the traditional printed exhibition catalogue? Do we wander astray in trying to find such equivalencies? These are questions that we ask ourselves constantly and seek to develop in concert with our clients as we continue to explore and innovate in this important domain of cultural practice.  We work with a trusted network of content creators and user experience (UX) consultants to create, evaluate and implement content to ensure that intended messages reach their target audiences in the most meaningful way.

Museums Without Walls:
Expanded Experiences

Inviting the public to experience and connect with a museum’s collection is at the very core of a collecting institution’s mandate. We work with your institution’s curatorial, collections, and conservation departments to build engaging interfaces which can in turn precipitate new opportunities for public engagement with your collection.

Museums With Walls

Goodweather has designed exhibitions for several major Canadian cultural institutions including The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Mackenzie Art Gallery, and The Museum of Vancouver.

Film, Photography, and Documentary Material

Wether producing new content or working with archival material, we work with partners in film, photography and documentary, to develop audio-visual content for exhibition and other distribution.  

Printed Matter

Books remain a valid and incredibly valuable format in our time. Try finding and opening a file on your computer that is 10 years old. We love books (and posters, and pamphlets, and stationary... and who doesn’t? We design those too. 
Goodweather is a Canadian design studio specializing in work with cultural institutions, artists, and curators on projects related to contemporary art, museology, and public access to cultural material / material culture.  Collaborating with other talented creators, fabricators,  cultural workers,  practitioners and professionals, Goodweather has produced a diverse body of work bridging the disciplines of architecture, film and photography, and digital initiatives. Projects have been featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts & Creativity, The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal),  The Museum of Vancouver, Artspeak, 221A Artist Run Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and in publications such as Cabinet Magazine, (New York), *Wallpaper, Canadian Architect (Toronto), Pidgin Magazine (Princeton Architectural Press), and Front Magazine (Western Front Gallery).

Goodweather is directed by Michael Lis (M.Arch, MRAIC). Michael completed his Masters of Architecture at the University of British Columbia in 2011 after receiving a Bachelors of Environmental Design Studies at Dalhousie University in 2008. Prior to founding Goodweather, Michael pursued doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in a unique stream of inter-departmental cooperation involving the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the department of Art History and Visual Art, and the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program. 

Provisional Structures:
Carmen Papalia 

MacKenzie Art Gallery

Artist Collaboration
Installation Design


Since 2015, Vancouver-based artist Carmen Papalia's practice has been grounded in the conceptual framework he terms Open Access. Through a set of five tenets Papalia draws on his experience as a non-visual learner, a term he chooses to identify with over the medicalizing terminology of “blind” or “visually impaired”.

Emphasizing what he understands as an institution's social accessibility, the framework of Open Access advocates for an understanding of "accessibility as social practice"—a temporary experience that requires a relational approach to mutual care.

This installation spatializes several of Papalia’s concepts around open access by employing a geometric organization of circles and ellipses resulting in a construction that problematizes and resolves ideas of concentricity, eccentricity,  inner circle, outer circle, and ‘other’ circle.

Visitors can only access the installation in one of two distinct ways via separate entrances: Entrance 1 leads the visitor up a 60m long curving ramp to a vantage point over an inner circle below. The ramp is made of construction scaffolding and is designed to be wheelchair accessible with a slope not exceeding 1:12 with horizontal landings for pause at 10m intervals.

Entrance 2 provides access to the inner circle via a path beneath the curving ramp. Papalia has employed red string as a guideline in several of his earlier works, and here red string is used again to act as a guideline to the inner circle.

The inner circle consists of a concentric arrangement of circular spaces; an innermost circle of benches with a diameter of 4m is surround by a series of 12 mirrored surfaces spaced evenly around a circle at 6m in diameter. The mirrors are in turn encircled by the curved scaffolding structure at a diameter of 8m. An acoustical hemispheric dome with a diameter of 4m is suspended above the inner circle of benches, defining a more intimate space that is both visually and sonically isolated from the surrounding gallery space. The inner circle is a space for gathering, sharing and reflection and where, over the course of the exhibition, Papalia will host a series of lectures and workshops dealing with Open Access.

Modern in the Making

Vancouver Art Gallery

Exhibition Design
Publication Design

2020 -

In the three decades following WWII, thousands of people moved to British Columbia seeking the benefits of its resource-based economy, mild climate, natural amenities and inventive spirit. In this optimistic post-war environment, unique aspects of culture began to develop throughout the province. While histories of BC modern art and architecture have been investigated through exhibitions and publications over the last several decades, the equally proliferous postwar craft and design activities that also reflect many of the modern characteristics of the visual arts, remain largely undocumented. This exhibition aims to identify the most significant and unique examples of BC furniture, jewelry, fashion, ceramics and textiles produced between 1945 and the 1970s and articulate how and why these emerged in British Columbia during that time.

–Curatorial Introduction, Vancouver Art Gallery

LA Lights The Way

City of Los Angeles Public Works



How do we rethink the common streetlight?

What better place to start than Los Angeles? A major international city with deep roots in urban development and motorways; a city featuring a rich cultural and social history; a city with liberal, progressive attitudes, strong national identity, and an enviably diverse population. Street lighting, like a lot of civic infrastructure today, is often overlooked, especially the unadorned, standard designs that serve purely utilitarian ends. These designs, despite (and perhaps because of) their simple appearance, have some more far-reaching and complex effects. They can dilute civic identity, divide cities by neighbourhood (frequently along socio-economic and/or cultural lines), and undermine a sense of civic pride.

The question then becomes: Can we design a standard streetlight that maintains the established benefits of utility, flexibility, economic viability and longevity while also unifying neighbourhoods, improving local identity and providing a source of civic pride?

The solution is a new 'standard,' modular and elegant.

With a modular system as our foundation, we can focus on reusing components instead of frequently building new ones. We can maintain a coherent set of parts that give the system tremendous versatility, including the unique opportunity for variety and customization. Further, modularity allows the system to easily scale as required. Utilizing an economy of materials and standardized dimensions will serve to keep costs (and material waste) down and permit easy maintenance based on familiar techniques. Adding elegance to the system is a crucial ingredient to foster identity, unity and pride. The system revolves around one basic geometrical form: the cylinder. The individual components are designed in accordance with harmonious proportions in order to create a consistent and attractive whole. This simple design is not restrictive but may be enhanced by variety within the system. Asymmetrical arrangements, variation in colour and material, and the inclusion of ornamental components all serve to enable a sense of local flavour within a broader civic identity.
The New LA Standard represents a new take on street lighting.

Today, successful infrastructure must rely on more than cost-effectiveness and utility alone. It is a tool capable of fulfilling much larger goals such as social cohesion, sustainability and cultural enhancement. The New LA Standard can unify LA's neighbourhoods and the city at large; it can allow local identity to flourish and promote civic pride; and it can further enhance the unique identity of Los Angeles.

In collaboration with Oliver Tomas

A Seat at the Table

Museum of  Vancouver

Exhibition Design
Digital Content Creation


Goodweather is honoured to be working with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and  UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies on research and visioning leading up to a series of exhibitions and urban activations focusing on a re-thinking of the idea of Chinatown(s) as unique diasporic urban phenomena.

Chinese Canadian History Museum

Museum of Vancouver / City of Vancouver / Province of British Columbia

Design Consultant to Advisory Committee
Facilities Assessment
Exhibition Design
Digital Content Development


Goodweather is honoured to be working with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), the City of Vancouver, and the UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies on research and visioning leading up to a series of exhibitions and urban activations focusing on a re-thinking of the idea of Chinatown(s) as unique diasporic urban phenomena.