The new 300,000 square-foot Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver will accommodate 3,800 students in state-of-the-art studios that will reinforce the schools strong international reputation.
The availability of affordable incubator, exhibition, workshop, and innovation space within this neighbourhood is generating a new cultural hub in the city. The big move of the Emily Carr University to the Great Northern Way campus represents the most significant addition to this emerging academic and cultural precinct. The new building will become the anchor and new focal point for existing and new development in the area and will signal Emily Carr University’s ongoing international importance as a leading arts pioneer and educator in the world.
At its core, the design is shaped to provide a multitude of places for informal gathering, discussion, making and remaking. The needs and collaborative spirit of students and faculty inform the fundamental principles of the architecture. The building and the landscape work in concert to engage the community and the University in spaces that drive and enable creativity and experimentation. The transparency of the facade reveals sight lines into the building and highlights the public elements of the campus.