Erika Balcombe

Research Key Words

Architecture, exhibit design, media, urban density, housing, material culture

Research Interests

My research at UBC revolves around the built environment. I am interested in exhibit design and technology’s role in enhancing and hindering the user experience.

Exhibit development and design, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC

Research and development of online exhibits “On These Shores” and “Oakridge” (in development) as well as contribution to a podcast series on tradition foods (in development)

BA Anthropology, UBC, 1995

Bachelor of Applied Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 2001

UBC Supervisor: Nicola Levell

MA Graduate Student Initiative Fellowship | 2016/2017

IN Award | 2005 –  Best in competition (hospitality) for Miele showroom

idi (Interior Designers institute) | 2005 – Award of Excellence for Miele showroom

idibc (Interior Designers institute of British columbia) | 2004 – Silver (workplace) for Electronic Arts Vancouver

IESNA (Illuminating Engineers Society) | 2004 – First place for Electronic Arts

idi (Interior Designers institute) | 2004 – Award of Excellence for Electronic Arts Vancouver

Award of Excellence for Nokia Research Facility

idi (Interior Designers institute) | 2003 – Honourable mention for UBC Chapman Learning Commons

idi (Interior Designers institute) | 2003 – Award of Excellence for Electronic Arts Vancouver

IDI (INTERIOR DESIGNERS iNSTITUTE) | 2002 – Award of Excellence for OpenRoad Toyota, Richmond

IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) | 2001 – Second place in international student design competition (group project)

Shaw contract AWARD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University | 2000

First place in student design competition

Moira Irving Award, UBC | 1998

Recipient of research grant for conservation of mummified remains acquired by MOA; coordinated with UBC Hospital’s Radiology Department