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University of British Columbia - Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

New opportunities are being created for collaboration and sharing in research and discovery

  • 140K

    Square Feet

  • $40M

    Construction Value

  • Vancouver, British Columbia

    Vancouver, British Columbia

Creating unique, functional spaces for learning and exploration

Our design reflects Vancouver Coastal Health’s unique whole brain approach, in which neuroscience, geriatric medicine, rehabilitation, mental health and addiction initiatives are integrated with interdisciplinary research in a way that has never been done before.

Integration, collaboration, flexibility, and sustainability are the core values for the new center. The project site is immediately adjacent to the Koerner Pavilion of the University of British Columbia hospital and is strategically poised to both unify health sciences while enhancing the cohesion of the larger campus.

We designed the components of the center to reflect principles and create unique functional spaces. The research laboratories are light and airy—Research Air—celebrating the optimism of the health sciences. The patient areas of the garden—Clinic Ground—are calm and supportive of a therapeutic environment characterized by light and nature. Synapse, key to positive brain function, was the inspiration for the Synapse Atrium—a network of space that ensures quality, frequency, and quantity of constructive collaboration between researcher, physician and patient.  

At a Glance

2017 S-Lab Awards, Translational Research Building,
2015 Education Estates Awards, Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Commended
Meet Our Team

Lynn Befu, Senior Associate

By merging the diverse needs of client advocates and design disciplines, we aim to achieve elegant and simple solutions that satisfy as many goals as possible.

David Martin, Vice President, Design Director, Buildings

My passion is engaging with our clients, synthesizing their needs and opportunities into a convergence of form, function, and beauty.
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Lynn Befu

Senior Associate

David Martin

Vice President, Design Director, Buildings

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