John McAslan + Partners has seen off an international field to win the contest to overhaul and expand the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada
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The practice is understood to have beaten the likes of Wilkinson Eyre to bag the project and will head up a multidisciplinary team appointed to develop a masterplan for the proposed extension of the museum and its archives.
Around 40 firms from across the globe, including Foster + Partners, Frank Gehry and David Chipperfield, threw their hat into the ring to vie for the high-profile commission.
McAslan will work with local Victoria firm Merrick Architecture, Vancouver-based Office of Macfarlane Biggar, the Seattle office of Arup and Donald Luxton & Associates from Vancouver.
Professor Jack Lohman, chief executive officer of the Royal BC Museum, said: ‘The masterplan will provide an excellent foundation on which to ensure that the museum optimises its future potential whilst respecting Victoria’s great charm, beauty and intimacy.’
John McAslan added: ‘We are thrilled to have been selected by the Royal British Columbia Museum to lead the transformation of this renowned and historic institution as a key project in the +celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017.’