After a lengthy vetting process that began with more than 30 submissions, Laurentian University has selected a design team for Canada's next School of Architecture.
Levitt Goodman Architects is a Toronto-based firm with a diverse portfolio of building projects; their credits include the new Learning Commons at York University, the Waterloo Children's Museum, the Greenpeace Canada main office, and the award-winning Centre for Native Family and Child Well Being in Toronto.
The Laurentian University Board approved the choice of Levitt Goodman for the project at a special meeting on August 30, 2011.
"Their vision and knowledge really impressed the selection committee, along with their portfolio," said Laurentian School of Architecture community steering committee chair, Blaine Nicholls. He said the submission from Levitt Goodman also showed that the design team "fully grasped the way we wanted to represent our northern environment while helping to create a truly public building that will be a landmark in the city."
"Choosing a design team means we have found the people who share our vision of what the Laurentian School of Architecture can be," said Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux. "When I see the wonderful buildings this team has created elsewhere, I feel very confident in saying that we are going to work well together."
The design team will work with Laurentian to produce detailed design plans over the next six to eight months. Levitt Goodman will work to prepare an interim space, to be occupied by the School of Architecture's first cohort in September 2013, and is also tasked with designing the School's
permanent new home.
One of the most recent projects completed by Levitt Goodman is the new School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Cambridge, a conversion of a 100-year-old silk mill. Laurentian's Vice President of Administration, Carol McAulay, said the firm's experience in educational settings was another deciding factor for the selection committee. "Some architectural firms develop a recognizable style or a look," she said, "but each of the Levitt Goodman projects is unique".