WIA UBC Arts Student Centre Site tour 2021

Join us for a site tour of the recently completed UBC Arts Student Centre designed by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design. 

The Arts Student Centre is conceived as a compact stand-alone structure with a total net area of approximately 11,700 sq ft. It is intended to be an efficient, multi-purpose facility that will advance the core mission of the Arts Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The space will provide much-needed dedicated amenities to support learning, social activities, and collaboration amongst a diverse Faculty of Arts student population with the goal of improving the academic, social, personal and professional lives of Arts students at UBC. It will be a ‘common ground’ for UBC Arts students to interact across various disciplines. The Arts Student Centre will include a range of targeted activity spaces and amenities to support creative engagement. These include spaces for media and graphics production, video conferencing, student-run art exhibitions, collaborative study, individual study, musical performance, social events, poetry, and speaking. The space will be home to a number of programs and services offered to students including the Arts Co-Op program, Go Global studies abroad mentorship program, tutoring services and ‘Welcome to UBC’ resources for first-year Arts students.

The circular form and radial organization are highly integrated approaches to program, context, environment and the social mission of the Arts Student Centre. The building rounds the corner of Walter Gage Road and East Mall, occupying a multi-sided space in the urban room of Brock Commons at UBC. The ground floor operates as a public threshold to the Brock Commons green space to the north, while the second-floor common space focuses inward, maintaining connections to the University Commons through an exterior covered patio to the south and cafe to the north. Focused quiet spaces on the third floor overlook the common space below through an atrium that is tuned for natural ventilation, daylighting, and acoustics. The radial steel structure and facade control solar heat gain and express the rotational organization of the program. The cylindrical form is highly efficient from a building envelope thermal performance standpoint – the project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Learning Objectives:

  • Design considerations and programming for social spaces 
  • Construction detailing for new steel buildings
  • Consultation process with UBC and stakeholders
  • Sustainability strategies including LEED gold targets

Tour Guides:

Thomas Schroeder, Architect AIBC, LEED AP BD+C.

Project Architect; has worked on the project from schematic design to construction.

Ashley Hannon, Architect AIBC 

Production Lead and Stakeholder Facilitator; has worked on the project from schematic design to construction.

When: Tuesday, September 28th, 5:30-7:00 PM

Format: 5:30-5:45 Tour Participant Registration

5:45-6:00 Project Introduction

6:00-7:00 Site Tour

7:00-7:30 Q&A

Where: 1860 East Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Meeting Place: Arts Student Centre Primary Entrance

Equipment: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not required for this tour. 

Fee: $5

AIBC: This event has been approved for 1.5 AIBC Core LU.

Note: PPE will not be required for the site tour. There are no elevators on-site and the tour will rely on the usage of stairs. Please email us if this will be an issue.

Register Here

Thank you to Leckie Studio Architecture + Design and Turner Construction Vancouver for facilitating this visit. If the event is full at the time of your registration, you can join the waitlist. Please be sure to arrive by 5:30 pm as we will give away any remaining reserved spots at that time.

​If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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