I recently moved from Vancouver and although it was a nice place to live with much to recomend it I can assure you the architectural situation is less than ideal. For example what is happening with the olympic commisions, no competitions etc.
It is not to say there aren't wonderfully talented architects there but I think anyone, even the Patkau's would admit to get a building built in Vancouver takes a lot more than talent. Not that this does not occur everywhere but in Vancouver I would say it is extremely suspicious, especially since I haven't heard anything about olympic design competitions or even tenders yet all the projects being proposed seem to be miraculously occuring.
The waterfront was sold to a Chinese consortium who altered it without visible consultation with the public and it is well known that certain political elements hire only a few firms on a continous basis thus effectively nullifying the young architect market.
Perhaps this would be a more realistic perspective on Vancouver buildings, seen from the environment in which they are built a building is of course not just a building.
I have no wish to make this a critisism of the architects there as Arthur Erickson is undoubtedly someone to be respected, the Patkau's, Peter Cardew and other's all spring to mind.
I would also invite people to find the web page for Todd Macallen and Stephanie Forthyse of Design build or Molo(Their furniture design company)