March 20, 2013
by Canadian Architect
The Royal BC Museum has appointed the international award-winning lead architect John McAslan + Partners (London, UK) with local support from Merrick Architecture (Victoria, BC) to create a master plan which will lay the foundation for the renewal of British Columbia’s museum and archives.
“This is an important next step for the museum, and we are delighted to be working with John McAslan and Paul Merrick on this exciting project. Their approach is always thoughtful, clear and highly professional. John McAslan has worked on master plans for Tate Britain, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music and Dulwich College. They are also preparing plans for the Museum of London, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, and a new cultural quarter in Doha, Qatar, including the design of four new and restored heritage museums. Their work shows great strength in resolving complicated and often sensitive planning and design issues with creating better use of existing space,” said Professor Jack Lohman, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal BC Museum.
John McAslan, lead architect, said, “We are thrilled to have been selected by the Royal BC Museum to lead the transformation of this renowned and historic institution, in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.”
Paul Merrick from Merrick Architecture added, “Being invited to join the talented team assembled by John McAslan + Partners is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both help the Royal BC Museum chart a course into the future, while honouring our collective past.”
John McAslan + Partners is leading a multidisciplinary team of consultants for this Royal BC Museum project: Merrick Architecture, Victoria; Office of Mcfarlane Biggar architects + designers, Vancouver; ARUP, Seattle; and Donald Luxton & Associates, Vancouver.
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