Landscape Architecture + Education

Trottier Observatory + Science Courtyard

Burnaby, British Columbia | 2013-2015

Perched on top of Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University is an iconic campus, marked by original architect Arthur Erickson’s terraced grid. Largely thanks to the vision of SFU physics professor Dr. Howard Trottier and funding from his brother, Montreal tech company founder Lorne Trottier, SFU set out to create a dedicated space for bringing science education and astronomy to children and the public.  

As the prime consultants on this project, we were tasked with taking 0.4 acres of underused space on SFU’s campus and turning it into a site for meaningful scientific exploration—combining flexible greenspace and interactive learning space for all ages.

Project Client
Simon Fraser University Facilities Services, Trottier Family
Project Collaborators
Integral Group
Bush, Bohlman & Partners LLP
Westpro Infrastructure
Ian McLennan
Lorne & Howard Trottier    


2017 CSLA National Award of Excellence, Small-Scale Public Landscape

2016 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America: Illumination Awards