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A Vision for Ryerson: Master Planning Team Announced
October 31, 2006 | Ryerson University

Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy today announced the selection of the Master Planning Team that will lead the development of Ryerson’s Master Plan, a blueprint to revitalize the campus and act as a catalyst for change and renewal in the unique downtown Toronto community surrounding the University.

Following a rigourous search process, Ryerson has selected a team of four acclaimed Canadian firms, distinguished by their visionary leadership and reputation for excellence in architecture, urban planning, urban and landscape design, and economic analysis.

The four firms are: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (lead proponent) and Daoust Lestage Inc. (architecture and urban design), in association with Greenberg Consultants Inc. (urban planning) and IBI Group (economic analysis).

The Master Planning Core Team consists of five principals from the firms: Bruce Kuwabara and Marianne McKenna (KPMB Architects); Renee Daoust (Daoust Lestage Inc.); Ken Greenberg (Greenberg Consultants Inc.); and Randy Grimes (IBI Group).

“This Master Planning team is absolutely outstanding. They understand that Ryerson University has grown and changed dramatically, and that the Master Plan must support Ryerson’s goals of improving quality and the student experience, providing more student study space, expanding graduate studies and research, and building pride within our community and our neighbourhood,” said Levy.

“The team also shares our vision of a revitalized campus that recognizes no boundary in the traditional sense between the University and its downtown neighbourhood,” added Levy. “The Master Plan is an opportunity to renew not only the University campus -- including the creation of handsome public spaces where people can gather -- but also the unique downtown community surrounding it.”

Toronto Mayor David Miller, who attended today’s announcement, said: "Building a great city requires bold thinking and decisive action. I applaud President Sheldon Levy for his vision, the Board of Governors and everyone involved in this Master Planning process. This transformation will change the way Ryerson connects to the downtown and the way Torontonians connect to the University. The City of Toronto will work with Ryerson and we celebrate this exciting initiative.”

“Ryerson is a very contemporary, dynamic institution that is totally integrated with the city itself,” said Bruce Kuwabara (Principal, KPMB Architects) on behalf of the Master Planning Team. “What Ryerson is embarking on is a transformation of its campus that is really about city-building far beyond the property it owns, to leverage the public benefit, the public value of Ryerson as a great university.”

The Master Plan, called “RU The Future: Ryerson’s Master Plan,” will be developed over the next 18 months and implemented over the next 15 to 20 years.

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