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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

Offices
News
Centre for Brain Health Opens
Award
2017 S-Lab Awards, Translational Research Building,
Award
2015 Education Estates Awards, Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Commended
Meet Our Team

Lynn Befu, Principal

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.

Wilfred Lach, Principal, Architecture

Design for science provides the very best interactive environment for researchers engaged in the discovery of new frontiers.
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David Martin, Vice President

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

Marc Trudeau, Team Lead, Sustainable Buildings

A high-performing building requires a collaborative team that can develop the design together from concept to system selection.
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Graham Twyford-Miles, Principal

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller
  • Lynn Befu

    Principal

  • Wilfred  Lach

    Principal, Architecture

  • David Martin

    Vice President

  • Marc Trudeau

    Team Lead, Sustainable Buildings

  • Graham Twyford-Miles

    Principal

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