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Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt


Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the purpose-built facility is 285-thousand sq.ft. of state-of-the-art learning spaces. University president Ron Burnett says it will be “a centre for 21st Century learning in art, design, media, and applied research. (…) Inside the building, the new facility features greatly expanded studio and learning spaces, circulation spaces which will be lined with student work, making the interior a constantly changing gallery of fine art and design; and three lecture theatres, including one 400-seat venue for major gatherings and events. The new Emily Carr University is designed to LEED Gold standards.[1]

Cutting-edge technology allows for integrated displays. Public programming on a large digital screen illuminates and animates the exterior art plaza, welcoming the public to engage with the work of students and faculty. Active participation by a vibrant Aboriginal community is fostered in spaces that feature traditional and contemporary Aboriginal design elements such as traditional Coast Salish longhouse. [2]


[1]      “Diamond Schmitt Architects Unveils Design of New Emily Carr University in BC.” Emily Carr University of Art + Design, August 6, 2019. https://www.ecuad.ca/news/2017/diamond-schmitt-architects-unveils-design-of-new-emily-carr-university-in-bc.

[2]       “Emily Carr University of Art + Design.” Diamond Schmitt, April 27, 2021. https://dsai.ca/projects/emily-carr-university-of-art-and-design/.

Additional information:

Blander, Akiva. “Emily Carr University’s New Vancouver Digs Look to the Future.” Metropolis, April 6, 2018. https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/pacific-northwest-design-emily-carr-university-diamond-schmitt/.

“Emily Carr University of Art + Design.” Architect, September 25, 2017. https://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/emily-carr-university-of-art-design.

“Emily Carr University Opens New Campus – REMI Network.” REMINET, September 11, 2017. https://www.reminetwork.com/articles/emily-carr-university-opens-new-campus/.

“Emily Carr University Opens New Campus.” Canadian Consulting Engineer, September 7, 2017. https://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/buildings/emily-carr-university-opens-new-campus/1003406049/.

“Emily Carr University Unveils New Vancouver Campus.” Canadian Architect, September 8, 2017. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/1003739507/.

Griffin, Kevin. “New Emily Carr University Campus Opens on Great Northern Way in East Vancouver.” vancouversun. Vancouver Sun, September 5, 2017. https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/new-emily-carr-university-campus-opens-on-great-northern-way-in-east-vancouver.

McKnight, Jenna. “Diamond Schmitt Creates White Facades with Pops of Colour for Vancouver Art School.” Dezeen, May 16, 2018. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/05/16/diamond-schmitt-architects-emily-carr-university-art-design-white-facades-pops-of-colour-vancouver-art-school/.

Myall, Nick. “Diamond Schmitt Architects Complete in Vancouver.” worldarchitecturenews.com. worldarchitecturenews, October 6, 2017. https://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/article/1518019/diamond-schmitt-architects-complete-vancouver.

“New Vancouver Campus Opens for Emily Carr University.” Building, September 11, 2017. https://building.ca/new-vancouver-campus-emily-carr/.

Sandals, Leah. “See Inside Canada’s Newest Art-School Campus.” Canadian Art. Accessed July 8, 2021. https://canadianart.ca/news/a-look-inside-canadas-newest-art-school-campus/.

Till, Bradley. “Emily Carr Great University Northern Way Campus.” Exterior Technologies Group – Smart Architecture. Exterior Technologies Group – Smart Architecture, August 28, 2018. https://www.exteriortechnologiesgroup.com/blog/2018/7/31/emily-carr-great-university-northern-way-campus.

Tour the New Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Vimeo, 2021. https://vimeo.com/251657591.

Welch, Adrian, and Isabelle Lomholt. “Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver – e-Architect.” e, March 23, 2019. https://www.e-architect.com/vancouver/emily-carr-university-of-art-design-campus.

Project Title: Wilson Arts Plaza, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Artists:  Diamond Schmitt Architects
Year: 2017

Place: Vancouver, British Columbia

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