UBC EOAS Pacific Museum of the Earth


ACAi Role
Architect and Prime Consultant

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Building
University of British Columbia

UBC Properties Trust

7,400 sf


Design Team
Art Cader Architect Inc.
MCW Engineering - Mechanical & Electrical

Bird Construction

The interior renovations to the UBC Pacific Museum of the Earth at the Ground Floor Lobby of the UBC Faculty of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences was designed to address the functional and aesthetic needs of the expanding faculty within the context of the unique existing building. The museum and lobby areas acted as both an artifact display andas a teaching space and therefore had multiple program requirements. The enclosed ‘Vault’ area housing the gem collection was expanded and a dramatic globe projector display system was installed as an educational tool for museum visitors and students. The interior design resulted in response to these functional requirements and to a notion that by modernizing the older building, integrating it with the existing architecture of newer adjacent science facilities, new and old would be combined to give a unique and inspiring aesthetic. The interior carpet floor finish was removed and the resulting exposed concrete was refurbished. Wood ceiling panels and bright wall colours were installed together with dramatic lighting appropriate to museum display requirements. Certain elements of various individual design changes to the building over the years were retained and a new design emerged to give the ground floor of the faculty a cohesive and exciting new edge.


The firm Art Cader Architect Incorporated is focused on providing simple, elegant and innovative design solutions for a wide variety of clients and project types.

Project experience includes institutional work in the university campus research and teaching environment, science and medical based laboratory alterations, healthcare feasibility studies, and single family housing.

As an overall philosophy, the merging of art and science through opportunities in architecture is a long term goal for the firm.

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- Campus Institutional Uses
- Science Research Facilities
- Healthcare
- Commercial + Office Uses
- Museum + Exhibition Spaces
- Residential
Interior Design
Feasibility Studies
Building Code Analysis
Site Analysis
Equipment Coordination
Field Services + Contract Administration
Art + Sculpture


Art Cader Architect Inc.
212-1807 Maritime Mews
Vancouver, BC V6H 3W7 Canada
Phone: 604-558-2782
Fax: 866-351-8167

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