Laurentian University appoints Director of School of Architecture

Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux recently announced the appointment of the first Director of the Laurentian School of Architecture, Terrance Galvin, following a global search.

“We are thrilled to have found someone so uniquely qualified to lead the Architecture project as it progresses from dream to reality, and to help shape this important new educational institution,” said President Giroux. “We’re thoroughly delighted to have Terrance at the head of the Laurentian School of Architecture in its crucial formative stage.”

Dr. Galvin was previously Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he taught architectural history, theory and design and received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Student Union. He also held the roles of Adjunct Professor and Research Associate at McGill University in Montreal. Bilingual, he is Past President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board and has served on numerous provincial and national boards governing architectural education and practice in Canada. He studied architecture at the University of Toronto and the Technical University of Nova Scotia, earning his M.Arch. at McGill (1990) and his doctorate in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. His scholarly work and applied research have led to collaborations with communities in Peru, India, Thailand and Mexico, and his writings have been published in Canada, the USA and Germany.

“I’m excited about the work ahead, and impressed by the vision that is developing around this project in my first few weeks of work with our Laurentian Architecture team and the broader community,” said Dr. Galvin. 

“A School of Architecture in a contemporary urban setting is an ambitious and a vitalizing endeavour. We’ll be focusing on the creative and design aspects of the building in the months ahead, as well as planning curriculum and searching for the right faculty. ”    

The Laurentian School of Architecture is scheduled to welcome its first students at the corner of Elm and Elgin Streets in September 2013. By September 2018, the School will accommodate some 400 students and 40 faculty and staff, in a landmark building to be designed by Levitt Goodman Architects and completed in 2015.

The design of the Laurentian School of Architecture is expected to incorporate the two historically significant structures on the Elm and Elgin site, the CPR Freight Shed (1905) and the CPR Telegraph Office (1912).