Art Gallery of Greater Victoria selects architectural team for new addition

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has selected LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. + Moore Architecture Inc. (MA) Associated Architects as the architects for the major additions and renovations for the future home of the Gallery at its current location at 1040 Moss Street in Victoria, BC.

The LWPAC+MA team was selected as the winner from an international open request for proposals and subsequent design concept submissions from three shortlisted firms. The project has a budget of $21 million and it is slated for completion in the fall of 2017. The AGGV holds the largest public art collection in Western Canada with over 18,000 works of art, ranging from Contemporary, Asian, New Media and Native Art collections to a dedicated Emily Carr gallery. The AGGV has been Greater Victoria’s mayor art centre and museum since 1951.

LWPAC+MA have formed a highly integrated architectural team to provide the AGGV with a full range of resources, skills, experience and services that this complex project will require. Both firms will collaborate on all aspects of the project. LWPAC is the Lead Design Architect and will manage the project as the Architect of Record, while MA is contributing its local experience based on major projects in Victoria and their understanding of approval processes, heritage alterations and construction procurement.

LWPAC, based in Vancouver, BC since 1999, is an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice with projects completed in Canada, China, the USA and Chile. The firm has won national and international architecture design awards including a Governor General’s Medal Award of Excellence, Lieutenant Governor’s Medal, two AIBC Innovation Awards, Design Exchange Award, Canadian Wood Council BC Award and New York-based Architect’s Home of the Year Award.

Moore Architecture Inc., based in Victoria, BC, was formed by Tom Moore, Architect AIBC, in 2012 to build on his 25-plus years of work on Vancouver Island as a Principal and Architect with Moore Paterson Architects Inc. and Stantec Architecture Ltd. He is the Designer and Architect on numerous award-winning projects. Awards include an AIBC Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit, numerous Heritage Society of British Columbia awards, and Hallmark Society awards.

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