Sneak Peek: Emily Carr University’s New $122-Million Campus
"It really celebrates the cultural uniqueness of Vancouver and B.C."
September 1, 2017
By Anicka Quin
After 10 years of planning, development and construction, the new campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design opened its doors on Great Northern Way on Tuesday, September 5. It’s the university’s first purpose-built campus, having left its former Granville Island location, and the design is truly stunning. “The most important thing, besides adding to the cultural infrastructure of the city, is it really celebrates the cultural uniqueness of Vancouver and B.C.,” says ECUAD President and Vice-Chancellor, Ron Burnett. That’s reflected in the building’s organization, and the fact that every classroom, lab and studio features windows and glazing on its walls, he explains. “Often in universities things happen behind closed doors, but here, everything is really open for the view.”
Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects executed the $122.5-million design, and the campus will host 2,000 full-time students and approximately 3,000 part-time students in a week’s time.