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Campus Tour | Wilfrid Laurier University

Lazaridis Hall
Published July 15, 2021
Presented by Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Wilfrid Laurier University

Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University is a new campus landmark designed for academic collaboration and connection with the community. To satisfy the demands of the growing technology focus within Waterloo, Ontario—the heart of Canada’s technology triangle—the building serves as a state-of-the-art incubator space to promote collaborative research between the university and community. Lazaridis Hall reframes this inward-looking campus with a new urbanity and profile, bridging the physical divide across University Avenue from the main campus. Join us for a tour of a new campus precinct that provides much needed versatile indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain how the university’s mandate for interdisciplinary unification drove the design of Lazaridis Hall.
  2. Identify the complexities of building a landmark on a main arterial road that divides the existing campus and creates a gateway for campus expansion.
  3. Describe the process of transforming a planned exterior courtyard into a dynamic interior space.
  4. Discover how a 1000-seat auditorium for academic lectures became one of the best places to record and perform music in the region.


Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 0.5 Unit (SCUP56T005) | AICP CM 0.5 Unit

Recorded 7/15/21.

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