UBC DESIGN/BUILD CAMP FIRCOM

STATUS : ON-GOING

LOCATION : GAMBIER ISLAND, BC

CLIENT : CAMP FIRCOM SOCIETY

A unique hands-on experience, the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Design + Build program is a graduate level workshop that gives students the opportunity to carry an architectural concept to reality. 

Located on Gambier Island, 20 kilometres north of the UBC campus, Camp Fircom is an off-grid retreat centre that hosts the outdoor studio for the program. Fircom is 120 acres of coastal forest, farm, and beach, and a demonstration site for alternative energy initiatives. The connection between Camp Fircom and SALA is based on the shared interest of fostering a rich learning environment for a sustainable future.

Focusing on the importance of wood as a sustainable building material students work in teams developing their designs to fit the needs and values of Camp Fircom. Students cycle through drawing, physical modelling, and mock-ups before producing detailed permit and construction sets in preparation for the build. The build phase of the program is six weeks of on-site building. From site preparation to finishing details, the entire operation is run by students. 

With the help from local sponsors, the SALA Design + Build program is a unique experience that students will carry forward into their careers as they design the buildings, cities, and landscapes of tomorrow.