Arts Student Centre

Project Snapshot

Project Size: 10,691 sq feet
Occupancy: August 2021
Budget: $ 10,841 million
Project Manager: UBC Properties Trust
Sustainability: LEED Gold

Project Summary

The Arts Student Centre (ASC) is envisioned as an efficient multi-purpose facility that will advance the core mission of the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). This mission includes improving the academic, social, personal, and professional lives of Arts students at UBC Vancouver, and providing much-needed amenities to support the learning, social, collaboration, and innovation space needs of a diverse Faculty of Arts student population. It will be a “common ground” for UBC Arts students to interact across disciplines. The facility will include a range of targeted activity spaces and amenities to support creative engagement. These include media production, videoconference, and graphics production spaces, as well as a student-run art display space. A dedicated multi-use space will be used for increasing collaborative engagements with Faculty groups – e.g. the Arts Co-Op program, Go Global studies abroad mentorship program, tutoring services, and “Welcome to UBC” resources for first-year Arts students, to name a few. In addition, the ASC will address the constant demand for space for Arts departmental clubs to hold meetings and for other UBC and outside organizations to book space for conferences and events. The most important role for the ASC will be to promote and facilitate interaction within the AUS’s broad, multi-disciplinary undergraduate community. This vision is in alignment with the Faculty of Arts’ goals to support student well-being, personal development and outstanding campus life.

The ASC facility is integrated into the broader Brock Commons complex at the edge of the Buchanan complex and Arts precinct. The design is coordinated with the Brock Commons Phase 2 project currently in progress and in consultation with the Peter A. Allard School of Law to optimize the use and enjoyment of the adjacent open space by all users, including those of Allard Hall.

Learn more

UBC Campus & Community Planning: Planning and development

Leckie Studio Architecture + Design: UBC Arts Student Centre portfolio

UBC Faculty of Arts: A common Ground: Arts Student Centre Opens its doors

The Ubyssey:Something that the arts faculty needed’: AUS excited as Arts Student Centre nears completion

Daily Hive: Inside the new UBC Arts Student Centre

Vancouver Sun: The Home Front: UBC debuts sustainably-built Arts Student Centre