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Montgomery Sisam to design new U of T Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The University of Toronto has chosen Toronto-based Montgomery Sisam Architects (MSA) and U.K.-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as the architects for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE).

The CEIE will serve as the hub of U of T Engineering’s collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research, housing interactive spaces for learning and design, as well as a number of multidisciplinary research centres and institutes. The building will also serve as a home for the Faculty’s recently launched Entrepreneurship Hatchery, which encourages and supports engineering students interested in launching entrepreneurial ventures.

Located on St. George Street, adjacent to iconic Convocation Hall, the CEIE  is targeted to open in 2016.

The new building “will encourage informal and spontaneous interaction; for it is often through chance encounters that innovation occurs and entrepreneurial thinking flourishes,” said Robert Davies of Montgomery Sisam Architects. “Such encounters most often happen in the ‘spaces in between’, the halls, stairways, lobbies and passages. Set teaching spaces should be standardized and flexible to allow for change in the future whereas the shared public spaces; lounges, club space should be unique, dynamic and memorable environments.”

The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the central component of U of T Engineering’s $200 million fundraising effort, part of Boundless: the Campaign for the University of Toronto. Through its interdisciplinary and collaborative intent, the Centre encapsulates Engineering’s campaign goals and future, including developing global engineering leaders, nurturing engineering innovation and entrepreneurship, transforming biomedical engineering and human health, advancing information communications technology and reshaping the future of energy, the environment and sustainability.

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