Flanked by Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development (Northern Ontario) Greg Rickford, Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci and Mayor Marianne Matichuk and surrounded by members of the school’s charter class, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the Laurentian University School of Architecture.
“I know this program will lead so many young people here in the North to rewarding jobs and great opportunities,” said Wynne. “That is why we are proud to have given Laurentian University our support, to help nurture the talent that exists in this community and connect more people to great careers.”
Laurentian Architecture’s first cohort of 70 students will follow a curriculum informed by sustainable design practices and design that incorporates the natural environment. The school will eventually offer the only French-language Masters of Architecture program in Canada outside Quebec.
By September 2018, the school will have 400 students and more than 30 faculty and staff, in a landmark building designed by LGA Architectural Partners.
“Through strategic investments such as this, our government proudly supports projects which create meaningful opportunities for young people in our region,” said Rickford.
Giroux said students who will pass through the doors of the school hold the promise of designing, in their own way, Canada's future.
“This is an exciting new era for Laurentian, for Ontario and for the architecture and design communities,” said LU President Dominic Giroux. “Seventy new students of architecture are just beginning their studies and hundreds more will follow in time. They represent the heart of a bright, creative design culture, and they will make their mark in communities here and abroad for years to come.”
Matichuk noted the student's energy and touched on the impact the school is expected to have on Sudbury's downtown core.
“The Laurentian School of Architecture has already brought fresh energy and excitement to our city’s core,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. “As the school grows and develops, it will support our creative industries and generate many new opportunities in our city and across the North.”