Nick Bevanda Architect AIBC, born in Vancouver in 1962, passed away on May 7 after a 10-month battle with cancer. Nick leaves a lasting legacy in the Okanagan through his architectural work, including buildings such as Black Hills Estate Winery and the new Penticton Secondary School.
Nick was widely recognized for his outstanding achievement in the profession. He won the Lieutenant Governor of B.C.’s Award in 2008 for his design of Black Hills Winery and was also a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
As a longtime Penticton resident, Nick was actively involved in his community and volunteered at several organizations. In 2010, he was awarded a Special Certificate of Recognition for his contributions and volunteer efforts to the practice of architecture. He was also a speaker at the AIBC 2014 Annual Conference on “Imagining the Future” where he shared his experience working in architecture – including starting out in a small town – and his thoughts on future trends of the profession.
He is remembered as an amazing architect and a genius ahead of his time.
In 2003, he started his own firm Bevanda Architecture and later became Vice President and Design Principal of HDR |CEI Architecture.
He is survived by his loving wife Sandy and children Branko, Luka, Carolina and Domenic. Nick touched many lives and will very much be missed by his family and friends.
A service was held May 19. Donations can be made in Nick’s memory to the Moog and Friends Hospice House.