Our department has moved into our amazing new facility in the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts!


Purdy Crawford South smallWith a slim profile and clad in the University’s traditional rose-coloured sandstone, the $30-million Centre has been designed to create a stunning new presence at the north-west edge of campus. The plans, developed by Toronto firm Zeidler Partnership Architects, called for more than 50,000 square feet of new construction with specialized facilities for teaching, performance, and creative pursuits.

The building’s design is based on the recommendations of a team of University members who worked with the architecture firm to develop a program-study detailing the needs and space requirements for the departments. With mostly sandstone and glass exterior, the result is a unique design featuring a set of three interconnected buildings that meet a range of academic needs that include specialized studios and classrooms and a 100-seat theatre, along with office and seminar spaces.

Due to its location, the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts is the first University building visitors see when they arrive in town. The design takes full advantage of this fact with a dramatic façade facing Main Street.

Quick facts:

  • $30-million infrastructure investment
  • 50,000-square-foot centre
  • Three interconnected buildings that will include specialized studios and classrooms, along with office and seminar spaces
  • 100-seat Motyer-Fancy Theatre with state-of-the-art sound and lighting

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