This project for OCAD University houses a research faculty to support the institution’s goal of transforming design education through the creative use of technology. The facility is designed to offer flexible and upgradeable spaces for research and making but also as a venue for universally accessible communication between students, faculty, collaborating institutions and industry partners.

The underlying requirement of the program is universal accessibility. The existing office space was reconfigured to allow for full barrier free accessibility to all spaces and amenities. Meeting areas are designed to support a host of assistive technologies including live translation and the capability to broadcast the proceedings to any participant either on site or in a remote location via video conferencing equipment. In keeping with the mandate of the faculty, these technologies are integrated into the infrastructure with an eye to future reconfiguration and upgrades. Particular attention was paid to threshold spaces such as the entry into the principal meeting room, an aperture that serves as an IT/A/V help desk and the main corridor of the facility that allows curious faculty and visitors to look into the lab spaces.


OCAD University

project team

Tania Bortolotto
Alex Horber
Jerry Lin

consultant team

Acoustical Engineer, Aercoustics Engineering Inc.
Building Code Consultant, David Hine Engineering Inc.
Cost Consultant, A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd.
General Contractor, Flat Iron Building Group Inc.
Glass Engineer, Dt prohasska engineering
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, ENSO Systems Inc.

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