Recollecting Expo 86 at the Museum of Vancouver


Come for drinks and discussions with Expo 86 architects about the impact of our city’s biggest event.


Expo 86 was a game changer for the city! It was one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia; a catalyst for major real-estate, infrastructural, and architectural projects. The fair, which attracted over 22 million visitors, endowed Vancouver with international stature: the provincial town grew bolder and became recognized as a city with boundless potential.

The Museum of Vancouver marks Expo’s 30th anniversary with a display, Recollecting Expo ’86, and a special discussion led by four architects instrumental in the development of the exposition.

At the event, celebrate and reconnect with friends and architects Bruno Freschi, Expo Chief Architect and Master Planner and designer of EXPO Centre (now Science World); Alan Hart, contributor to the livable regional plan and the development of SKYTRAIN; Clive Grout, consulted in corporate pavilions including Canada Pacific, General Motors, the BC Pavilion, Plaza of Nations, and Expo Gate; and Peter Cardew, who contributed to the Expo Gate and CN Rail Pavilion.

Local designers worked collaboratively to make Vancouver an international symbol of the future city. The subsequent sale of Expo lands set the stage for further transformation. Come hear first-hand about a massive project that brought unique challenges and left special memories. Each architect will share stories and answer questions about the impact of Expo 86.

Date: Thursday, May 19

Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St.

Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm; Presentation and Discussion at 7:00pm.

Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members.

Register HERE.

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