Being a Great University Ryerson-style Includes City-Building

by julia.hanigsberg | September 16th, 2013

One of the things I enjoy most about my job as Vice President, Administration and Finance is the opportunity I have to contribute to making Ryerson a great university by shaping its learning, teaching and research spaces.  We know that the spaces we work in and how they are configured for our use can have an important impact on each of us as individuals, and collectively how we collaborate and, critically for a university, create and disseminate knowledge.

City-building on Church Street

Recently, I worked with my team from Capital Projects and Real Estate to select Perkins+Will Canada (P+W) as the architect for Ryerson’s exciting Church Street Development. Working with a broad swath of students, faculty and staff, P+W will design an innovative space that will embody the qualities that make us Ryerson: putting students at the heart of what we do and giving them the tools for entrepreneurship and innovation through zone education; attracting and retaining first-class faculty engaged in leading-edge teaching and research; city-building by making a real impact on Church Street, an important axis on our campus  that leads up to the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens; and developing principles on sustainability and the public realm that will inform future developments across the entire campus.

The Church Street Development will embody the Master Plan principals including design excellence and putting people first.  Stay tuned and watch for opportunities to play your part in the next great Ryerson building.

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