The Faculty of Arts at UBC Vancouver is a research-intensive faculty, encompassing internationally renowned programs in the social sciences, humanities, creative and performing arts, and professional schools. As the university’s largest Faculty, UBC Arts educates more than 16,000 students in bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in more than 25 departments, schools, institutes, and programs.
The Faculty is facing increasingly critical space pressures to accommodate new faculty and staff, and academic departments are already having to curtail searches for new faculty hires due to lack of space. The Faculty proposes to build a dedicated stand-alone Arts academic building as Phase 1 of the mixed-use Armoury Commons project in order to provide consolidated and expanded space for a number of academic units. The facility is currently envisioned as an approximately 6,600 gross square metre (71,000 gross square foot) multi-storey building that includes classrooms and flexible departmental office space.