Richard Ivey Building

Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Award of Excellence

A beacon that signifies the flagship status of Western University, the building's exterior masonry conveys the surrounding Gothic architecture.

The vision for the Richard Ivey Building was creation of a vibrant, unified campus that would attract the best students and faculty, express the school’s global identity, and celebrate Western University itself.

Located on the western edge of the university’s campus at an active corner, the Richard Ivey Building is a beacon, a signifier of the school’s flagship status. Echoing the architecture of Western University's campus and the adjacent Brescia College, the solid masonry on the exterior conveys the traditional materiality of the University’s Gothic architecture, making it a modern building rooted in tradition.

Jury comments

If James Bond went to a business school, this would be it. It is aspirational to their students in their quest to succeed. The rich materials and warmth speak to a clarity and consistent development across many scales. The plan is well-integrated with the exterior spaces, and the site plan is articulated to the surrounding area. The next generation of mid-century modern ideas of space, light and materials resound here.

Additional information

Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Smith & Andersen

Lighting Engineer: Smith & Andersen

Landscape Architect: Janet Rosenberg + Associates

Building Code Consultant: David Hine Engineering

Site Servicing Consultant: Development Engineering

Sustainability Consultant: Enermodal Engineering

Cost Consultant: A.W. Hooker & Associates

Acoustical Engineering: AECOM

Elevator Consultant: KJA Consultants Inc.

Water Feature Consultant: Dan Euser Waterarchitecture Inc (DEW)


2016 Education Facility Design Awards Jury

Karina Ruiz, AIA (Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Image credits

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