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David Turpin Building


The Turpin Building at the University of Victoria is an example of a highly sustainable, interactive, interdisciplinary learning environment. As lead Architect and Principal responsible for the project, while a partner with Merrick Architecture – Borowski Lintott Sakumoto Fligg Ltd., Christine delivered this LEED Gold Certified building through an integrated design process. The 100,000 square foot academic building is composed of the University’s social sciences and mathematics departments and includes a variety of teaching spaces, laboratories, multiple lecture theatres, as well as academic offices and support spaces. The project also boasts an expansive educational courtyard, which itself is a learning laboratory for demonstrating distinct ecosystems, extensive green roofs, the structural application of pine beetle wood in a feature roofscape, and community led art installations. The project has been identified by the University of Victoria’s Facilities Management team as one of the University’s most operationally efficient structures, and is considered a favourite building to attend classes amongst students.

Year Completed: 2006 | LEED Gold Certified
Contractor: Campbell Construction
Client: University of Victoria
PHOTOGRAPHER: SAMA JIM CANZIAN

Edges: a RE proposition

June 18, 2017


Aspirationaly, every architecture project could be an ecotone.

Ecotone – a transition area between two biomes – it is where two communities meet and integrate.

The operative elements of this definition being “meet” and “integrate”. Edge conditions in the built environment have evolved to be separators, demisers, delineators. In the interest of re-engaging with our world, to leveraging physics and moving toward more sustainable solutions, architecture needs these edges to meet AND integrate.

And so, CLA has been putting that idea out to our clients. It’s not a new idea, yet it is a reframing for many folks. Not surprisingly lots of RE words populate the conversation:

  • Re-engaging
  • Re-framing
  • Re-storation
  • Re-generation
  • Re-connect

All of these edges of RE bring us closer to meeting and integrating. With what? With the context in which a built environment operates, and that includes nature. And with an ecotone, the focus is on transition – there are no barriers, separators, demisers or delineators. Time to re-imagine the possibilities!


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Writen By Christine Lintott