Arthur Erickson and Robson Square
The Robson Square complex was designed by internationally renowned architect Arthur Erickson in 1973, and incorporates UBC’s main downtown site, the Law Courts, government offices and the Vancouver Art Gallery. A visionary of his time, Erickson conceptualized Robson Square as a skyscraper laid on its side. It was a unique and provocative idea that provided 1.3 million square feet of floor space, encompassing 3 city blocks.
The full complex has many water pools with three cascading waterfalls flowing through a beautiful urban garden landscape, designed by award-winning Cornelia Oberlander, Landscape Architect. The public spaces and plaza winter ice rink have become popular community gathering places.
Robson Square is the recipient of the 2011 Prix du XXe Siecle Award for nationally significant architecture.
UBC Robson Square History
Established in 2001, UBC Robson Square is the downtown connection for the University’s and community activities. Our facility contains 80,000 sq ft of conference and classroom space and welcomes over 40,000 people per year attending meetings, events and educational programs.