Sauder School announces naming of the KT Tjiaa and Anna Chia Atrium


The Sauder School of Business recently announced the naming of the atrium in Henry Angus Building as the K.T. Tjia and Anna Chia Atrium. 

This naming is made in recognition of a generous contribution by Marcel Tjia, Francis Tjia, Marya Chia-Moskowitz and Christian Chia in honour of their parents, Anna Chia and the late K.T. Tjia. It is a lasting tribute to the love and guidance bestowed upon their children and recognizes their family’s ties to Vancouver and UBC. 

The family’s $1,000,000 gift to the school provides the inspirational gateway to an innovative, learning environment. Beautifully constructed to connect the old building with the new, students now enjoy an illuminating atmosphere while working collaboratively or spending time on individual reflection. Certainly something the Chia siblings can associate with, since having studied at UBC and growing up on the UBC Endowment lands. 

While the family today is spread across Hong Kong, Singapore, Vancouver and Connecticut, Christian is very much involved in the MBA Capstone program and steers local success, OpenRoad Auto Group, as President and CEO. 

The atrium is part of the Henry Angus building revitalization project that adds 50,000 square feet to an existing 216,000 square feet. The renewed space includes flexibility to accommodate changes in teaching techniques and technology, and open areas for students to socialize, network and interact. 

This revitalization is part of the Opening Worlds Campaign, chaired by Sauder alumnus Fred Withers, Ernst & Young’s Managing Partner for Western Canada. To date, more than $28 million has been raised from alumni and the business community to support the project. This renovation is the culmination of several years of investment and engagement involving many segments of the Sauder community here and abroad – students, faculty, staff and alumni – as well as the business community, the University and the Government of BC. Phase one of the project opened on January 14, 2010 and fundraising continues for phase two.