Place Projects Signage and Wayfinding Consultants in Vancouver

Place Projects is a boutique, planning and design firm located in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in signage and wayfinding consulting, interpretive design, and placemaking services. We work with architects, developers and owner groups to develop thoughtful strategies that help people access and interact with complex built environments. As Planners, our primary focus is addressing user-behaviour in a spatial context and designing engaging experiences through various mediums. Our work honours both people and place, which leads to lasting solutions and helps bridge the gap between a person’s understanding and their enjoyment of a site.

Communication Design Services

We develop user-focused solutions that help people understand and enjoy the places they visit.


Wayfinding systems help people “find their way” through complex and unfamiliar places. By designing solutions for first-time visitors, we can help everyone understand and navigate an environment.


The storytellers of the signage world, interpretives help us provide context and describe the meaning or history of a place and its features by educating, engaging and even prompting visitors to action.


Through the lens of communication design, our work is a bottom-up approach that helps contribute to a sense of place, involving environmental graphics, thematic displays, interactives and public art.

Early Works

Early Works

  • Rezoning support.
  • Development permit support.
  • Bylaw variance support.

Rezoning support.
Development application support.
Bylaw variance support.
Feasibility studies.

  • Feasibility Studies.
  • Research.
  • Assessments.

Planning & Design

Planning & Design

  • Stakeholder engagement.
  • Master planning.
  • Wayfinding planning.

Public and stakeholder engagement.
Master planning.
Wayfinding planning.
Design charrettes.
Conceptual design.
Detailed design development.

  • Conceptual design.
  • Design development.
  • Specifications.




  • Tender support.
  • Construction administration.
  • Commissioning support.

Tender support.
Construction administration.
Post-construction services.
Performance and optimization reviews.
Change/extension services.

  • Performance evaluations.
  • Change/extension services.

About Us

Place Projects is an independent, boutique communication design firm based in Vancouver. We are passionate about creating functional and engaging user experiences within built environments.

Our Approach

What is our driving passion? The answer is simple. Our work helps people understand, navigate and engage with their surroundings. In order to accomplish that, we champion holistic planning and design processes that are rooted in meaningful client and stakeholder engagement. Not to be confused with a sign company, we are planners first, designing experiences that are always people-centred, while accommodating the needs and constraints of each unique project and demonstrating sensitivity to architectural design and form. We are committed to delivering exceptional end-user outcomes, while also ensuring great project experiences for our clients.

Leadership & Experience

Place Projects’ founding Director, Danielle Bauer has more than a decade of experience in user-centred planning and design. Dedicated to the improvement of user experiences in the public realm and particularly at the human scale, her work intersects the fields of environmental graphic design, wayfinding, interpretive design, and placemaking. She is the former Managing Director of Cygnus Group Vancouver, where she was responsible for leading the studio’s projects and teams including those projects highlighted below*. Danielle is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council (Project for Public Spaces), the former Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and a member of SEGD (the Society for Experiential Design).

Get in Touch

Let’s Talk

Let’s connect at a time that best fits your schedule. Schedule a meeting.

Request a Proposal

Do you need a proposal? Get the ball rolling by uploading site plans and other project info to our secure Dropbox.


Email: info [at]
Phone: 604.306.8697

507-1383 Marinaside Crescent
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6Z 2W9

Why Choose Place Projects?

We Put People First. Always.

We have a sincere passion for people-focused design that is evident in all our work. Hey, projects can get complex, that’s why you need us. We keep things focused on what matters most, you and your end users.

Why Choose Place Projects?

We’re Passionate About What We Do!

There’s nothing better than working with people who truly love what they do, right? We’re making the world a better place, one project at a time!

Why Choose Place Projects?

You’ll Want to Work With Us Again

We believe that the process is as important as the outcome. We listen, learn, and work closely with you and your stakeholders to arrive at the best possible solutions, making your life just a little bit easier.

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