uWaterloo looks at $24-million expansion to architecture school

April 9, 2014

The University of Waterloo is looking to expand its School of Architecture at the Cambridge campus, reports The Record. The $24-million expansion would add 80,000 square feet to the existing campus and would house a new integrated design program with room for 300 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. uWaterloo officials are asking for $8 million from the city of Cambridge, $8 million from the federal government through the new Building Canada Fund, and $8 million from the province. The new program will combine areas of industrial design, communication design, and the new field of interaction design, and will be project-based, collaborative, and entrepreneurial, with an incubator system expected to be established. "I think it's a fantastic opportunity both for the School of Architecture and for the city of Cambridge," said the school's Director, Ila Berman. "It's an area and a disciplinary field that's expanding." The Record