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01/31/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/31/2019 15:56

The Wilson School of Design at KPU: Elegant efficiency

An exciting design school to inspire a new generation of designers

B.C.'s Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) might be a relatively young university, but it covers a huge area, with a 1.2m sq ft building footprint spread across 4 campuses in Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley.

The stunning 60,000 sq ft Wilson School of Design is the first in a trio of major updates to KPU campuses, along with an extensive refurbishment of the Spruce building, and a new space opening in Surrey's Civic Plaza in 2019.

Co-funded by the B.C. provincial government, KPU, and lululemon athletica founder Chip Wilson with his wife, Shannon, the $36m building has a special focus on fashion and technical apparel design. Many graduates are expected to pursue careers in B.C.'s world-class activity apparel industry, which includes brands like MEC, Arc'teryx, and of course, lululemon.

Designed specifically to support these disciplines, along with graphic design, interior design and product design, The Wilson School of Design houses purpose-built workshops, studios and labs that encourage collaboration and experimentation. 'This architecture is something that we haven't done before: higher ceilings, vast open spaces, and being able to see right across the building', says Trevor Wong, KPU's Director of Planning and Construction.