Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre has won a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.
PFS Studio was the landscape architect for the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Western Canada’s centre for archives, research, and public education on the history of residential schools in Canada and their legacy among First Nations today. PFS worked closely with the client and architect, Alfred Waugh, to design and implement the renewal of this central open space on Main Mall of UBC campus. A series of workshops among the designers and First Nations early in the project centred Indigenous interests and stories into the design process. Continuity of engagement was ensured with ongoing reviews by an Advisory Panel that included Musqueam and Indigenous representatives.
The building and landscape are seamlessly connected within a lushly landscaped bowl. The design incorporates amphitheatre seating for special events and everyday gatherings, a plaza, and a reflective water feature all nestled within rich communities of native plantings.
“This project deals with the difficult topic of reconciliation and trauma and addresses it in an architecture that challenges the common aesthetic perception. The community-driven process brings symbolism and generates dialogue through its overall assembly of elements. The jury felt the project delicately balanced this complexity.” –Jury 2022
Client: University of British Columbia Properties Trust
Architecture: Alfred Waugh, Formline Architecture
PFS Studio: Chris Phillips, Marta Farevaag, Kelty McKinnon, Ross Dixon, Jim Breadon
Photo: Andrew Latreille Photography Ltd.