On February 8th, 2017 the Institute for Asian Research at UBC celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the C.K. Choi building.
IAR was founded in 1978, and relocated into the C.K. Choi Building in 1997. Former UBC President David Strangway was credited with efforts to endow the Institute with a state-of-the art building, and endowments and resources for its centres and Chairs. President Strangway was celebrated as a visionary and the UBC community, among many others, mourned his passing in December 2016.
The C.K. Choi Building was the first of its kind on the UBC campus with its sustainable design and use of recycled materials. A number of the best practices also ensured that the building would have minimized impact on the environment through the reduction of water and energy use. Event attendees were encouraged to roam all throughout the building, finding its unique features, as well as familiarizing themselves with IAR’s five centres and three programs.
Learn more about the building’s history and celebration event on the IAR website.
Photos taken during the ringing of the C.K. Choi Memorial Bell may be found here.