At the crossroads between Toronto’s financial and artistic districts at 115 McCaul St., the new Experiential Learning Centre will completely overhaul the streetscape at Dundas and McCaul and provide much-needed programmatic space for the university, inviting students, faculty and the community at large to fully engage with art, design, new media and each other. Studio, study, and open space will enable students to make and create across disciplines, and will include dedicated studio space for fourth-year students.
At the heart of the creative city campus, OCAD University’s iconic Sharp Centre for Design is just one of 13 buildings that now comprise our campus. We will invest in existing facilities and construct new buildings to support the work of the university and inspire Toronto’s architectural story.
OCAD University is committed to building a creative city campus that starts at the corner of Dundas and McCaul streets and stretches to King Street West and Mirvish Way. Through a mixture of private and public partnerships, we will invest in existing facilities and construct new buildings that not only SUPPORT and INSPIRE the meaningful work of the university, but also continue Toronto’s architectural story, help define its civic identity and project its image internationally. These new facilities will better equip our students with both BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES and classic tools, providing updated quality studios with outstanding technical support.
Technological advancement is crucial to success in all art, design, research and graduate studios. Investment in the latest technologies is also a must in order for OCAD U to maintain its position at the leading edge. With your support, we will upgrade our studio infrastructure to incorporate best practices and advanced studio, fabrication, and shop equipment. We will also meet our goal of achieving world-leader status in studio-related technological advancement, sustainability, diversity, and health and wellness.
Gifts will support capital renovations, research equipment and lab support costs in the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, home to OCAD University’s multidisciplinary research laboratories. Gifts to this fund will also help OCAD U become a globally recognized centre of expertise in visual analytics, design for health, mobile technologies, wearable technologies and the internet of things.
OCAD U is currently building an 8,000-square-foot Class A gallery at 199 Richmond St. W., in collaboration with Aspen Ridge and Quadrangle Architects. The gallery and collections space is scheduled to open in spring 2017 and this fund will support programming dedicated to curating exhibits that champion the voice of contemporary art and design practice.
The Learning Zone facilities at OCAD U serve as a storefront library and community centre with a focus on active and collaborative learning. There is also space for new learning opportunities for the library and collaborating campus units. With your support, these will be updated to better accommodate group work, new study space and library services so that more undergraduate and graduate students can consult with librarians, research, study, collaborate, and exhibit.
The Creative City Campus initiative will revitalize OCAD University’s core buildings and support the student learning journey. There will be five exciting new elements: a 6,800-square-foot Art & Design Library expansion, a two-storey, 8,000-square-foot student common area, new state-of-the-art innovation studios for fabrication, 7,000-square-foot Material Science labs, and a new Indigenous Visual Culture Centre.
Located in the Daniels Waterfront “City of the Arts” complex, this satellite campus will amplify OCAD U’s digital-focused learning and research, as well as its connections to industry and community partners. Encompassing 53,000 square feet, the facility will feature state-of-the-art production equipment, including: a sound recording lab; a darkroom for cell and digital animation; industrial design laboratories and design experience studios; and data visualization, wearable technology, game and mobile laboratories.