Photostory #265: Bright Star on Architectural Horizon
National Film Board of Canada
August 9, 1960
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Architecturally, Vancouver claims to be "the liveliest city in Canada". In recent years she has built up convincing proof of her claim. A year ago, when a panel of architects nominated the "eleven best buildings in Canada since 1945", Vancouver possessed four of them. Moreover, Canada's West Coast holds the cherished position of being the only region in the country which has developed a distinctive architectural style. At the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture, lodged in a scattering of faded green huts on a back corner of the University's magnificent campus, an academic experiment of bold design is taking shape. In the firm conviction that architecture exists to serve man and that the problems of architecture are first and foremost human ones, the school has revamped its former 5-year architectural course so that students must now take 3 years of studies in the general arts before admission to the specialized 3-year course in Architecture. The University's architectural school has attracted considerable attention because of the emphasis throughout that the architect must also be an artist -- in the widest, truest sense of the word. Thus, classes in sculpture, drawing and painting take their place beside more technical courses in structural engineering and building materials. If, as it has been claimed, the line between architecture and sculpture is a thin one, at U.B.C.'s forward-thinking architectural faculty the line between the artist and the architect is an invisible one.