The Marquee is built to enclose a temporary TED2015 picnic space on the west plaza of the Convention Centre. The structure will ultimately be moved to a new home in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver to become a market.

The Marquee is designed and built by 17 students from 4 universities under the direction of the not for profit DBR | DESIGN BUILD RESEARCH INSTITUTE and lead design and construction instructors Michael Green, Eric Karsh, Sindhu Mahadevan and James Munns. This year’s participating students are in design programs at UBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BCIT and Emily Carr. Last year DBR participated in TED2014 by designing and building TED’s Community Theatre Stage with a group of 23 students.

The Lions Marquee is built of wood donated by Interfor and clear ETFE film donated by Saint-Gobain. DBR students prepared the design, prefabricated the components of construction and ultimate erection over the past several months. Students and instructors will erect the Marquee in a single day just before TED2015; a daunting task for even the most skilled professionals. The Marquee will then be disassembled and moved over a single day to live its new life as a market.

The unique forms of the design resemble the two intersecting Lions Mountains on Vancouver’s north shore. Inside the Marquee TEDsters will picnic and enjoy the incredible views of springtime in Vancouver.

Photography: Ema Peter



Michael Green, MGA | DBR Founder and Course Instructor
Eric Karsh, Equilibrium | DBR Director and Structural Engineering Instructor


James Munns, MGA | Shop Lead | Teaching Assistant
Sindhu Mahadevan, MGA | Lead Project Coordinator
Daniel Thomi, Equilibrium | Structural Engineering
Asher De Groot | Teaching Assistant
Jordan VanDijk | Teaching Assistant


Aleksandra Skibicki
Andjela Vasic
Callahan Tufts
Genevieve Poirier
Haoran Wang
Kelsey Reddekopp
Kelvin Skoretz
Kyle Durante
Mark Stevenson
Milton Kim (Yungdoung Kim)
Monika Loevenmark
Neil Manchon
Padraig McMorrow
Patrick Warshawski
Stuart Lodge
Tina Shin (Young Sup Shin)
Whitney Robinson