The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Courtyard occupies a key location in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, serving as a main access point to two important institutions: the Chinese Cultural Centre and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. In an effort to revitalize the Courtyard and promote it as a vibrant public space for the neighbourhood, local businesses, and visitors alike, the community is organizing a series of cultural events through the summer that will showcase the Courtyard’s unique position and potential.

The Garden will be holding a two-day place making event on August 23-24 to Help Shape the Courtyard. Working alongside a number of local entrepreneurs, creators, and performers, our goal is to promote innovative concepts, encourage cross-cultural learning, and (re)introduce people to the Courtyard and its role in this historically and culturally significant neighbourhood.

With the process to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status underway, the reactivation of a central public space in Chinatown where both members and strangers to the community can engage in the area’s cultural heritage and help shape its future is more important than ever.

Shape the Courtyard is a collaboration between Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Dunefield Consulting, with support from the City of Vancouver.

Meet Our Team
Garden Excutive Director

Vincent Kwan

Vincent is the Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver. He believes that success in the current cultural heritage work requires a new openness to community engagement and creative merger between cultural and economic considerations through collaboration between a wide arrays of cultural stakeholders.

Albert Lam

Albert is an experienced architectural professional, who is expanding his work into sustainability consulting focused on community. For Help Shape the Courtyard, he will dedicate his experience to the physical elements of the event, helping the team with the “infrastructure” that supports a vibrant sense of place for the community to enjoy.

Ulduz Maschaykh

Ulduz is an architectural historian with interests in architecture, cities and the impact of design on people’s lives and well-being. She is the author of The Changing Image of Affordable Housing. She also works as a researcher at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s research and education department.

Wilco van Bemmel

Wilco is passionate about sustainable community development. He builds partnerships between community groups, local businesses, citizens, and cities to improve the economic vitality, sustainability, and affordability of communities. Wilco strongly believes that young and emerging entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators play a crucial role in making our communities work.