Reassembly Required: Will Alsop lectures at the Ontario College of Art & Design

In anticipation of the launch of OCAD’s annual Design Competition, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Faculty of Design will host a free public talk by celebrated architect and designer of OCAD’s Sharp Centre for Design, Will Alsop, on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00pm. Alsop’s talk “Reassembly Required” is presented in conjunction with the Toronto International Design Festival.


As one of the UK’s most prominent architects, Alsop is guided by the principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. This philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embracing broader principles of urbanism and city development. By abandoning the hegemony of an acceptable style, he has rendered the whole process of architecture one of increasing fluidity and transparency; as such he continues to uncover new and refreshing positions for architecture.


OCAD’s annual Design Competition has been a tradition at OCAD since 1997. It is a “charrette” in which interdisciplinary teams of Faculty of Design students are given a special project and are asked to complete their design proposals within a four day time limit. The challenge is launched with guest speakers to offer insight and inspiration to students, and outcomes are judged by a panel of invited external and internal jurors. This year, the competition will ask students to focus their creative imagination on “the urban experience” through a site-specific challenge, to be revealed at the launch on January 21.


Doors open at 6:30pm, and admission is free.  All are welcome, but guests are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The lecture takes place in the Auditorium (Room 190) of the Ontario College of Art & Design, located at 100 McCaul Street in Toronto. For more information, please visit or call 416.977.6000.