John MS Lecky UBC Boathouse




1300 square metres




McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.

Structural Engineer

Fast + Epp

Project Owner

University of British Columbia

Construction Manager

Kindred Construction



Project Overview

The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is nestled on the banks of the Fraser River in Richmond, B.C. Its wood design captures the spirit of rowing and is an ideal material to build a floating structure. The boathouse offers spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains from its spacious, modern interior.

Wood Use

The desire was to make this a building that would not only respond to its site in a unique and dynamic way, but would also be energy efficient and have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Wood was chosen for both practical and aesthetic reasons, and it is used throughout the building.

“The architecture reveals its purpose by evoking the essential qualities of the rowing experience: a gentle presence on the river, the luminous properties of the water environment, and a refined athletic technique —requiring smooth movement,balance, power, cadence and efficiency”.

Craig Duffield, Lead Design Architect
McFarland Marceau Architects