Internationally renowned architects bring their vision to the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary could soon rank with Oxford or Yale with a key new facility designed by an international award-winning architect.

Representatives from Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Behnisch Architekten and Kieran Timberlake will make public presentations on three consecutive evenings this week, as part of their bids to design the new $283-million Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) building on the University of Calgary campus.

Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK are presenting this evening. Notable projects include the National Library of Singapore and the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology EPA Building at the University of Oxford.

Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten, Germany will present tomorrow evening on Tuesday, August 1. Notable projects include the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the TDC Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto.

James Timberlake of Kieran Timberlake, USA will present the evening of Wednesday, August 2. Notable projects include Levine Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and Pierson/Davenport/Sillman Colleges at Yale University.

The presentations will focus on past work and the design philosophy and principles of these renowned architects. All presentations will take place at Boris Roubakine Recital Hall; for a map of campus visit

The winning international firm will work with Canadian architects Cohos Evamy Partners and Peter Busby, who have already been hired by the University of Calgary. The international firm will provide design leadership and the Canadian firm will implement and manage the building process of the new ISEEE building, which is part of the University of Calgary’s $1.5-billion capital expansion plan.

The ISEEE building will provide classroom and teaching laboratories for 1,000 students in high-demand programs related to sustainable energy and environment, and office space for 90 to 100 additional faculty members in these programs. The total 58,000-square-metre facility will also provide space for other key groups that would significantly contribute to ISEEE education, research and innovation programs.