Lazaridis Hall

“The building has achieved our objectives of fostering a vibrant student-staff-faculty-community dynamic that is expressed in high levels of personal interactions, both planned and spontaneous, throughout a warm and inviting physical environment.”

Max Blouw, Former WLU President

Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University is a new campus landmark designed for academic collaboration and connection with the community. An architecture of shifting floor plates, cantilevered and curvilinear moves give legibility and identity to program elements, both inside and out. A welcoming, daylit atrium is a focal and gathering point. The simple material palette and concealed structural gymnastics achieve an effortless simplicity.

The atrium accommodates structured and unstructured student space and is a crossroads within the community. This is a public, year-round space appropriate for the winter climate as well as to serve complex program and academic ambitions of the University. Informal study lounge space and breakout rooms interspersed around the atrium on all levels are designed to facilitate the sort of informal exchange that supports peer learning, pedagogy and collaborations.

To satisfy the demands of the growing technology focus in the Region – Waterloo, Ontario is the heart of Canada’s technology triangle – the building serves as a state-of-the-art incubator space to promote collaborative research between the University and community.

Location Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
Completion 24/05/2017
Sustainability LEED Gold Certified


In association with David Thompson Architect
Photography Doublespace Photography and Tom Arban


Awards See all project awards
2019 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building – Honorable Mention
2018 Civic Trust Awards – International Project: Commendation
2017 Wood Design and Building Awards – Citation
2017 Ontario WoodWorks! – Interior Wood Design Award
2017 Ontario Glass and Metal Association (OGMA) – Design Award of Excellence
2017 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards – Award of Excellence
2013 American Society of Architectural Illustrators – Award of Excellence, Formal Rendering
Team See full project team
Steven Bondar
Tura Cousins-Wilson
David Dow
Branka Gazibara
Mehdi Ghiyaei
Vincent Goetz
Jim Graves
Michael Jess
Lilly Kraljevic
Nelson Lai
Matthew Lella
Catherine Lin
Wen-Ying Lu
Marcin Ludwik Sztaba
Thom Pratt
Donald Schmitt
Jessica Shifman
Birgit Siber
Gary Watson
Haley Zhou