UBC’s Architectural Competition selects seven teams for the first shortlist

Seven international teams consisting of the world’s leading architects have been shortlisted in a bid to create a new gateway and social heart for UBC’s Vancouver campus.

“Paring the original list to seven was incredibly tough given the extremely talented group of submissions,” said Dennis Pavlich, UBC Vice-President of External and Legal Affairs. “I want to personally thank every firm for the time, expertise and effort that went into submitting an Expression of Interest. The very high calibre of semi-finalists bodes well for a superb boulevard that fosters community in a distinctive setting.”

The seven semi-finalist teams include the following (in alphabetical order):

Allies and Morrison Architects (London, UK) with Proscenium Architecture and Interiors Inc. (Vancouver, BC)
Diamond & Schmitt Architects Inc. (Toronto, Ontario) with Acton Ostry Architects (Vancouver, BC)
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners (Santa Monica, California) with Hughes Condon Marler: Architects (Vancouver, BC)
Patkau Architects (Vancouver, BC)
Richard Rogers Partnership (London, UK) with Robert Burgers Architects (West Vancouver, BC)
Vincent James Associates Architects (Minneapolis, MN) with mcfarlaneGreen Architecture & Design (North Vancouver, BC)
Zaha Hadid Architects (London, UK) with Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd. (Vancouver, BC)

Short biographies for each of the seven semi-finalists can be found at: www.universitytown.ubc.ca/archcomp

In total, 52 teams from 16 countries submitted expressions of interest, including: Canada, the USA, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Spain, India, Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and France.

Beginning in January, the competition’s shortlist committee will interview each of the seven semi-finalists. Following this process, three finalists will be chosen and the competition will officially enter Stage 2 in which the three teams will prepare three visions for UBC’s University Boulevard. These designs will then be evaluated by a jury, which includes a roster of internationally recognized architects in association with university representatives.

The competition design site is comprised of five building sites. The competition scope will include a new University Square, a new greenway, new university-related shops and services, university housing, and all the open spaces and associated pedestrian connections between the new and existing buildings. The total competition site area is approximately 7.2 hectares and the total gross building area over the five project sites is 38,550 square metres. The estimated budget for the project is $100 million CDN.

The University Boulevard International Architectural Competition is the first architectural competition in Vancouver since 1991 when the Vancouver Public Library held a national design competition.