C. K. Choi Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1993-1996)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Matsuzaki Wright Architects (architectural firm)

C. K. Choi Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1993-1996)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.26 l.m. of textual records
    362 photographic material
    125 drawings (including 79 reprographic copies)
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlnader's landscape project for the C. K. Choi Building of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Oberlander worked on this project from 1993-1995 with architectural firm Matsuzaki Wright Architects. The project consisted in creating a environmentally responsible building as well as for the landscape design. In this idea, Oberlander's landscape design only included native plans that need little maintenance, to avoid the usage of pesticides, and allow the use of organic fertilizers. She also selected trees valued as excellent absorbers of air polluants for the planting on the street edge. [1] The project was completed in 1995.

The project series includes sketches design development drawings, including landscape plans, landscape details and sections, presentation drawings, working drawings, such as site plans, grading plans, and planting details, and building construction drawings used as reference.The project is also documented through concept notes by Oberlander, correspondence with architects, clients and consultants, documents related to plant selection, specifications, financial documents, and some press clippings and promotional material about the project. The project series also includes photographs of the landscaping work.

[1] Herrington, Susan. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, University of Virginia Press, 2014, 304 pages, p. 184.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Vancouver British Columbia Canada


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