Architecture enhances the academic experience – Building upon a long-standing academic tradition, the Richard Ivey Building is designed to support the school’s signature method of learning.
Providing a modern take on the traditional collegiate quadrangle, the Richard Ivey Building is an elegant addition to Western’s campus which carefully balances a respect for the university’s heritage architecture with the needs of a contemporary post-secondary institution. Every aspect of the building, from its massing to its material palette, highlights exceptional attention to detail and craft, and a concern to produce a uniquely ‘Ontario’ building which could become an icon for the Ivey Business School.
Architecture for Learning
Dating back to the first graduating class in 1923, the school’s case method learning encourages active conversation rather than lecturing through the use of decision-forcing cases that put students in decision making roles. The shape, sightlines and layout of these 80 to 50 seat classrooms have all been carefully designed to support this approach.
Sense of Place
While strikingly modern, the building takes many of its design cues from the campus’ heritage Neo-Gothic architecture – including the classic academic quadrangle massing and the sturdy masonry exterior of Algonquin limestone, flagstone and rubble stone – all locally sourced from a quarry in Wiarton, Ontario.