Inform Interiors, 50 Water Street, Vancouver

Reception 5 p.m., lecture 6 p.m.

In partnership with Inform Interiors, we are hosting architect Nick Milkovich, along with structural engineer Eric Karsh, to discuss the ongoing renovations of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. 

The seismic resiliency of the Museum of Anthropology’s Great Hall at UBC was evaluated and a complete rebuild was determined to be the best solution over a structural retrofit. Such a complex rebuild involves a sensitive approach that will follow conservation principles addressing both heritage values and character-defining elements of the site and the recognized architecture.

Nick Milkovich was born in Vancouver and attended the University of British Columbia. In 1968, the day after graduating, he joined the firm of Erickson/Massey Architects. He continued to work for Arthur Erickson Architects from its origins in 1972, becoming an associate in 1979 and director of design in 1987. While heading the firm’s custom private residential work, Nick was also a member of the design team for the award-winning Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the Law Courts in downtown Vancouver. In 1997, Nick became a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

In 1991, Nick established Nick Milkovich Architects. With a broad portfolio in North America and Asia, the firm has been recognized with numerous awards for projects, including: the Waterfall Building, Creekside Community Centre, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina. NMA’s more recent projects include multiple private residences, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square and Robson Square plaza surrounding the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museum of Anthropology’s seismic and envelope upgrades at UBC.

In 2020, Nick was honoured with the AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award.