Richmond, B.C.’s Wilson School of Design banner of hybrid excellence


Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new Wilson School of Design in Richmond, B.C. is subtle and chic in its interior design, but with a sleekly modern exterior.

The building was designed by KPMB Architects and Public Architecture + Communication. Construction on the school could not begin until the site was densified and preloaded with gravel to solidify the delta silt. To control the more than 1$ million cost for this, a light build was important, according to Canadian Architect.

Design architects compare the structure to a ship with its post and beam woodwork, steel decking and concrete raft slab.

The $36-million building for 500 students was paid for by three funders. A third of the cost came from the British Columbia Government and another third was chipped in by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Shannon and Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica and Kit + Ace empires donated most of the last third.

The building is home to six faculties: graphic 
design, fashion design, product design, technical apparel design, fashion marketing, and interior design.


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