New Visions for the Vancouver Art Gallery


The next in a long series of creative design proposals for the future home of the Vancouver Art Gallery has arrived. From August 24th to September 16th, the Architecture Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) will be exhibiting a multitude of unique designs for the gallery, created by teams of students at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). The SALA website describes the studio, directed by Professor Christopher Macdonald, below:

“The work was prepared as part of the comprehensive design studio in the architecture program at UBC. The Art Gallery requirements present an unusually dense array of precise technical needs, lodged within an important contemporary institution set in a complex urban setting. The student projects are as inventive as they are accomplished, and contribute to the ongoing discussion of this important Vancouver concern.”

While the future of the gallery remains in question, the sheer number of proposals (not to mention the recent success of the Vancouver Mural Festival) suggests Vancouverites are hungry for a vibrant art and architecture scene in the city. If you are interested in the work, the AIBC exhibition space is at 440 Cambie Street, open 8:30AM–5PM Mon-Fri.

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James is an architect and writer from Vancouver, British Columbia with a passion for affordable housing, public space, design, and the Pacific Northwest. James has worked on architecture projects across the lower mainland and has written for Canadian Architect, Objekt International, and Price Tags. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo. James has been an AIBC architectural awards jury member, has served on UBC SALA Thesis Committee, and was awarded a special mention in the Urbanarium's Missing Middle competition. He lives in Gastown with his wife Errin, a cool optometrist responsible for his maple glasses.