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.

Facilities Design and Universal Access

With a background in architecture, we come with experience in facilities design. We offer expertise in space planning, lighting, acoustics, material selection, colour, accessible circulation and engagement. Accessibility is not just a box we seek to check off, it is something we are serious about and view as fundamental to all design as well as  an opportunity to add dimension to any project.

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 philosophically aligned User Experience (UX) consultants to evaluate and implement content to ensure that intended messages reach their target audiences in the most meaningful way.

Museums Without Walls:
Online Exhibition Design

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.

Signage and Environmental Graphics

Where are you going? A good question to ask periodically... Are you looking for a sign? We can help. 

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.  We have collaborated with other creators, fabricators,  cultural workers,  practitioners and professionals to produce a diverse body of work bridging the disciplines of architecture, design, and digital strategy. 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.