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Allies, Rogers and Zaha make Canadian uni shortlist

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Three of the UK's top architects have been shortlisted to create a landmark gateway and social hub for the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Vancouver campus.

Designs by Allies and Morrison Architects, Richard Rogers Partnership and Zaha Hadid Architects for the CAD$100 million (£43 million) project feature a mix of buildings and open spaces spread across a 7.2ha site.

Each design incorporates a new university square, shops and services, student housing and pedestrian walkways linking new and existing architecture.

Other international shortlisted candidates include: Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Toronto; Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners, Santa Monica; Patkau Architects, Vancouver; and Vincent James Associates Architects, Minneapolis.

In total, 52 teams from 16 nations entered the University Boulevard International Architectural Competition. The seven semi-finalists are now required to firm-up designs, which will be whittled down to three later this month. A jury of international architects and university staff will then pick a winner.

'Paring the original list to seven was incredibly tough given the extremely talented group of submissions,' said Dennis Pavlich, UBC vice-president of external and legal affairs.

The UBC competition is the first to be staged in Vancouver since 1991, when the city's public library held a national design competition won by Moshe Safdie.

by Clive Walker

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