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Sharp Centre for Design

The award-winning Toronto landmark on 12 multi-coloured steel legs

View of OCAD U Sharp Centre, 100 McCaul St. Photo by Richard Johnson.

Sharp Centre for Design

Now a Toronto architectural landmark, the iconic Sharp Centre for Design opened in 2004 as part of a major $42.5-million campus redevelopment. The award-winning, black and white “tabletop” structure stands above OCAD University’s main campus building on 12 multi-coloured steel legs. The centre is named after benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, and is home to OCAD U’s Faculty of Design, with facilities for the Faculties of Art and Liberal Studies. It was designed by acclaimed British architect Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc., along with structural engineers from Carruthers & Wallace Ltd. and MCW Consultants Ltd. In 2013, architecture critic Christopher Hume named the Sharp Centre one of the “five most influential buildings” in Toronto.


  • Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award, 2004
  • Award of Excellence, Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, 2005
  • Most Outstanding Technical Project, Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, 2005
  • Benjamin Moore Contract Exterior Award, 2006 (Awarded to Will Alsop)