Our second Collegium opened this spring, providing a home on campus for commuter students. UAA worked with UBC to develop the design guidelines for the Collegia and now has finished two on campus. Open to first year students, the Collegia provide a place for students to socialize, study,and make and meet friends, establishing a home and a circle of support.
UAA recently finished a renovation in the University Services Building at UBC. We added a new mezzanine over the existing Pipe Fitting Workshop while maintaining access to the workshop during construction! Check out some more photos of the renovation here.
The Cooks Ferry Duplexes are starting on site this month. Working closely with the Cooks Ferry Band, UAA has developed the first new housing in the community in 20 years. Featuring passive design strategies, the duplexes have been designed to allow elders to age within the community and to remain in close connection with their extended families.
UAA is honoured to have been selected to work with UBC to develop the design guidelines for this significant new program on campus. This space will reflect the goals of UBC Policy 131 reinforcing UBC’s commitment to the safety and security of all its members and its responsibility to maintain a respectful environment where its members can study, work and live free from concerns of sexual assault. For more information on UBC Policy 131 visit the UBC website here.
UAA is delighted to be continuing our work with the North Vancouver Museum at their new home in located in Lower Lonsdale at 100 block West Esplanade. UAA has been working with the City and the Museum staff to develop the Museum on the ground floor of the Polygon development. In its new location, the Museum will complement the new Polygon Gallery firmly establishing a cultural precinct on the waters edge in North Vancouver. For more information visit the North Vancouver Museum & Archieves website here.
Meghan recently returned to Vancouver and joined the UAA team as a newly registered architect. She has over 6 years experience in British Columbia and Alberta on a variety of project types ranging from commercial to institutional and residential. She obtained a degree in Architectural studies from Carleton University and her Masters in Architecture at the University of Calgary.
Her interest is in working closely with clients to create meaningful projects that contribute to their context and community. She is passionate about sustainable and vibrant cities and is happiest when exploring on her bike.
Ouri Scott recently participated in the RAIC Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium in Ottawa. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) held its first ever International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium on May 27, 2017 in Ottawa which brought together Indigenous Designers and Architects from New Zealand, Australia, the United States and all regions of Canada. The symposium included a keynote by RAIC Gold Medalist and renowned Indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal, FRAIC and presentations, all by indigenous voices, that were thought provoking, inspiring and showed the depth of talent within the indigenous design community. The subsequant conversations were about having the indigenous perspective and voice heard, meaningful participation by indigenous communities and authentic design response and representation.
The symposium will serve as a springboard for the work of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force, which as part of it’s mandate is advocating for the role of architecture as a public-spirited profession with an important role to play in reconciliation – addressing injustices through giving agency back to Indigenous people. Ouri is honoured to be an active member of the Indigenous Task Force and participate in it’s advocacy work.
Radium Community Hall Construction has started on site for the Radium Hot Springs Community Hall. The 8,000 sq ft facility will house the Community Hall and Library in the heart of the community. Designed to support local industry, the Hall features an innovative dowel laminated mass timber structure with a charred timber siding exterior. Opening is slated for Spring 2018. Learn more about Village of Radium Hot Springs on their website here.
Urban Arts Architecture is awarded the Britannia Renewal Master Plan Project and is working with their select team of co-consultants to engage deeply with the community to create a vision and master plan for facilities on this pivotal 18 acre site in the heart of the city. The project uniquely combines 5 partners (Britannia Community Services Centre, the City, Park Board, Public Library, and School Board) who have aligned themselves to deliver this shared 30 year plan for the site and its facilities.
We are pleased to welcome David Cromp to our firm!
David graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Architecture degree in 2008. Since then, he has worked on a broad range of projects ranging from institutional interior renovations and single-family homes to high-rise towers. David’s work at Urban Arts has been similarly varied. Notably, he has made considerable contributions UBC’s Engineering Students Centre, Brock Hall, and the Lower Post Community Centre in Northern B.C.
He is currently Project Architect for the North Vancouver Museum and the Squiala Montessori School. David also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Environmental Design.
Urban Arts Architecture is proud to announce that their design for this unique facility at UBC has received the 2017 WoodWorks Award for Institutional Wood Design: Small. The jury quoted that the Student Centre is “A small building with a big impact. Intelligent design using wood as the primary building material results in a lovely building that merges with its surroundings.”
Urban Arts Architecture is pleased to welcome to the firm Ouri Scott.
Ouri Scott, a Tlicho Dene architect originally from the Northwest Territories, currently lives and works in Vancouver and thanks the Musqueam/xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Squamish/Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh/Sel̓íl̓witulh for allowing her to live on their territories as an uninvited guest.
Ouri is driven to resolve prevalent, yet often un-addressed design issues that face indigenous people. As a designer, she looks to develop a modern design language to react and respond to contemporary First Nations culture. She is passionate about sustainable architecture, and sees it as honoring her role as a steward of the land.
Her recent work includes an award-winning concept for a net-zero, mixed-use development in Seattle that incorporates renewable energy strategies and intensive vertical farming.
Ouri is an active member of the RAIC Indigenous Task. She has spoken at conferences and community events in Canada and New Zealand on indigenous design and sustainable infrastructure development.
We were pleased to announce Summerland Library has won an Award of Merit in the Community Institutional Category for the 8th Annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards.
The 10,000 ft2 Engineering Student Centre will be a home away from home for the students, providing open and accessible gathering and study space.
UAA has just completed a major renovation on the Hebb Theatre at UBC - the third largest lecture theatre on campus.