Emily Carr University of Art and Design

  • Client

    Emily Carr University of Art & Design

  • Region

    Vancouver, BC

  • City


  • Budget

    $90 Million

  • Year Completed


  • Size

    289,000 sq. ft. 

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Education (Institutional)

The Story

EllisDon was the co-developer and design-builder for the new Emily Carr University of Art + Design Campus Redevelopment project – the first and only post-secondary institution PPP project procured in Canada. The site, located at Great Northern Way, is comprised of three acres and home of the specialized post-secondary institution for fine arts, media arts and design. The campus accommodates more than 1,800 students and provides state of the art facilities. The new facility will be LEED Gold.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design - is an institution of international importance housed in a 21st century building, designed for the present, and flexible for the future. 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 have informed 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. By this design, the new Emily Carr facility engages the City of Vancouver and the Great Northern Way campus, connecting creativity to the community and into the heart of the school.

Designed to fulfill the university’s robust, flexible culture of making and remaking, the building skin is a combination of glass, metal panel and standing seam. The glass provides transparency and views to the interiors, making apparent the vitality of the activity within. The exterior architecture is articulated with focused identity for its major programmatic elements.

The entire design is structured to maximize the scale of column-free spaces and maximize the flexibility to alter partitioning between program areas. By decentralizing heating, cooling ventilation, power and IT infrastructure, the flexibility to support change is further enhanced. This concept of highly a serviced loft supports the culture and pedagogy of the university.