Liu Institute

The Liu Institute for Global Issues

The Liu Institute for Global Issues is located in the heart of UBC’s Point Grey Campus, next to the International House at the corner of NW Marine Drive and West Mall. Surrounded by lush forest, the Liu Institute is based in an award-winning building designed by Architectura in association with famed architect Arthur Erickson.

In addition to housing Liu Institute research, seminars, and events, the Liu building is available to host both UBC and external conferences, meetings and corporate retreats. The venue offers easy access to UBC’s pedestrian paths and parkades. Services include washrooms, an informal lounge, and a kitchen with a fridge, sink and microwave.


Entry Courtyard

Located just off the main entrance, this stunning courtyard is enclosed on the north side by a traditional “spirit wall”—a series of freestanding concrete walls that offers privacy and minimizes street noise. A rare and large katsura tree is the focal point of the space, and a bamboo grove frames the building’s entrance.

Liu Forest Courtyard

Forest Courtyard

Located on the south side of the lobby, this open courtyard offers sunlight and treed views. A rock garden and landscaping separates the space from the nearby forest, and a covered breezeway at the south end of the research wing offers access from West Mall.

In addition to functioning as a breakout space for the multipurpose room, lobby and lounge, it’s an excellent venue for special outdoor events and performances in warmer weather.

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Multipurpose Room

Size: 150 m2 (1,600 sq ft)
Max occupancy: 106 people

Opening on to the lobby, this multipurpose room is fully glazed on two sides with forest views. Maple panelling on the north wall conceals coat closets, furniture storage, and a food preparation room with an industrial dishwasher, a fridge, a sink and direct access to a delivery area for caterers.

The room has an easy-to-use audiovisual system that includes a built-in projector, drop-down screen, sound system and speakers. Five microphones—one podium mic, two handheld wireless mics and two lapel mics— are also available for use.


Research Unit Room

Size: 45 m2 (500 sq ft)
Max occupancy: 26 people

Located at the north end of the seminar wing, the research unit room features low horizontal windows. The space can comfortably hold 16 people seated around tables and as many as 26 people with lecture-style seating.

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Size: 1,017.94 sq. ft. (94.6m2)
Max occupancy: 40 people

Located at the south end of the seminar wing, this tall circular space features maple panelling, tiered seating and a dramatic radial ceiling with 360-degree treetop views. Motorized blinds and dimmer switches offer complete lighting control.

Each seat is equipped with an electrical outlet and Internet access, and the media booth is capable of supporting a wide array of multimedia devices, making the Case Room an excellent venue for conferences, teleconferences, group discussion and multimedia presentations.


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Size: 56.8m2 (611 sq ft)
Max occupancy: 20 people

This third-floor boardroom is equipped with a large maple table that can be divided into six smaller tables. Glazed on three sides, the room offers a commanding view of a large cherry tree outside and the forest beyond.




The Liu Institute is located in the northwest corner of UBC’s Vancouver campus, across the street from the Museum of Anthropology. Parking is available in the Rose Garden Parkade on NW Marine Drive (1 block east) and the Fraser River Parkade on Memorial Road (1 block south).