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Vancouver Art Gallery issues RFQ process to choose design architect for new Gallery build

September 9, 2013
by Canadian Architect

The Vancouver Art Gallery recently launched an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to choose the design architect(s) who will provide architectural services for its new building. The new Gallery will be purpose-built and constructed on a new site in downtown Vancouver.

“After years of research and planning for a new Gallery, we are thrilled to be at the stage where we can move forward with our vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum,” said Gallery director Kathleen S. Bartels. “It will enrich lives and play a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia’s reputation as a vibrant, creative, and desirable place to live, work and visit.”

Responses are invited from all interested architects who meet the qualifications outlined in the RFQ. Submissions from architects will be received by the Gallery from September 5 through October 4, 2013.

“The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in our 82-year history,” says Gallery Chair Bruce Munro Wright. “Our search now begins for a visionary design that will influence the artistic landscape of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada and attract the attention of the world.”

In April 2013, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to designate two-thirds of a city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. Artists, community leaders and representatives from arts organizations lauded the historic decision.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will create and strengthen links between artists, contemporary and historical art, and diverse communities throughout the city, province and around the world. The Gallery will tie the past to the present, make visible Vancouver’s connections to other places in the world, and enhance Vancouver’s reputation as one of the most important international centres for contemporary art production. It will also expand services to the community by dramatically increasing the number and breadth of education and public programs for children, families and adults throughout the region.

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and exciting visual arts institutions. In the past two decades alone, the Gallery has welcomed nearly 4.5 million visitors.  Beyond the borders of British Columbia, the Gallery draws significant tourist audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia.

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