UBC Okanagan's ICI building will be a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation—a place where social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and creative and professional disciplines converge.

Culture of collaboration

Set to open in December 2025, the ICI will bring together scholars and students in a new and innovative way. The ICI will be uniquely organized into neighbourhoods shared by teams of interdisciplinary researchers from across UBC Okanagan’s entire research spectrum.

The building will support these teams as they research and help solve complex societal challenges from multiple perspectives, leveraging the expertise already assembled on campus and helping recruit new talent to meet the promise of an engaged university.

A cross-section view of the ICI building facade and breezeway

Rendering courtesy of HCMA and KieranTimberlake.

A space for engagement

Interdisciplinary work is flourishing on campus. This building provides a platform that enables team-based approaches to solving complex problems, and supports collaborations with Indigenous partners, community members and industry.

The ICI will symbolize and cultivate UBC Okanagan’s substantive commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and partnerships with the Syilx Okanagan Nation, and will be home to our Interior Salish language fluency programs and the Centre for Contemporary Interior Salishan Studies. Indigeneity has been a guiding principle for this building at every stage of planning and design, with a vision to incorporate Syilx knowledge and values, as appropriate, across research and learning programs in the building.




seats for teaching & learning in classrooms and the new lecture hall


expected reduction in carbon emissions (compared to LEED baseline buildings)

Work in the ICI

The ICI will be a home for curious and collaborative interdisciplinary research champions, and those who are ambassadors of community engagement and inclusive and progressive change.

The offices of the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation and the Provost and Vice-President Academic are managing initial space allocations in the ICI building through an inclusive and transparent selection process.

Attend the ICI Town Hall on April 4 where you can meet other faculty members interested in interdisciplinary research and learn more about the building.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Open now; deadline May 15, 2023

Researchers interested in joining the ICI community should submit their Expression of Interest to vprawards.ubco@ubc.ca

Please ensure you inform your Dean of your intention to apply.

Stage 2: Final Selection

Shortlisted candidates will submit additional information on potential space needs and their research programs. Final selected teams will then be organized into “neighbourhoods” to promote collaboration and innovation between teams.

Final selections are expected to be announced in fall 2024.

We will be hosting a Town Hall on April 4 where you can meet other faculty members interested in interdisciplinary research and learn more about the building.

Building Features

Courtesy of HCMA.

Quick Facts

14,185 square metres of space to support interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and community  engagement.

A footprint that integrates with the surrounding landscape and a subtle exterior facade influenced by the grasses, landscape and hues of the Okanagan valley.

Designed to LEED Gold certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

Located immediately south of the Engineering, Management and Education (EME) building, and north of parking Lot J.



Research and knowledge creation spaces

  • 366 open workstations for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research trainees and staff
  • 68 offices for faculty researchers and visiting scholars and Elders
  • 23 open wet labs with shared support and infrastructure rooms (e.g., fume hoods, tissue culture rooms, equipment rooms, etc.)
  • 16 flexible research dry labs (that can be used as art studios, performance spaces, data acquisition/visualization spaces, etc.)
  • 2 shared research facilities (317 square metres): Imaging and Metabolomics
  • ICI wet lab
  • ICI wet lab
  • ICI dry lab

Renderings courtesy of HCMA and KieranTimberlake.


Learning and engagement spaces

  • A 200-seat active learning lecture hall
  • 18 multipurpose meeting and conference rooms with 4–50 seats
  • 8 classrooms with 16–40 seats
  • 3 lounges with room for 20–70 people
  • 2 language labs for Interior Salish language fluency programs
  • Informal learning spaces for up to 64 people
  • A new makerspace with adjacent design-think and finishing spaces
  • ICI classroom view from the lectern
  • ICI classroom view towards thel ectern
  • A collaborative flex space in the ICI building
  • A collaborative work space in the ICI building
  • A collaborative space in the ICI building

Renderings courtesy of HCMA and KieranTimberlake.


Gathering space

The second level of the building will contain a circular gathering space for up to 100, the design of which was guided by engagement with the En’owkin Centre.

The circular room will support a space for dialogue and conversation, while honouring and strengthening the foundational partnership between the campus and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, enabling respectful and reciprocal collaborations with the community.

  • ICI gathering circle space top view
  • ICI gathering circle space exterior view
  • ICI gathering circle space exterior view
  • ICI gathering circle space inside view

Renderings courtesy of HCMA and KieranTimberlake.

Explore floorplans

See the distribution and adjacencies of the different types of spaces in the building: ICI floorplans (PDF)


Construction began in early 2023. Occupancy is expected in December 2025.