15 Years of the Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa

Fifteen years have passed since the opening of the Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa!

This gateway project located in downtown Ottawa is the home of the U of O’s Telfer School of Management and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Upon completion, the Desmarais Building set a new standard in architectural excellence on campus, reflecting the University’s overall commitment to creating better quality learning environments for students. A twelve-storey structure, this impressive facility houses lecture theatres, academic and administrative offices, computer and research labs, student lounges and association spaces, classrooms and a large multipurpose hall.

“The architectural precast was the ideal choice for the new Desmarais building at the University of Ottawa. The material gave the project a sense of mass and presence in the busy urban context, while being sensitive to the colour palette and materials of neighbouring historic buildings.”
Jason Moriyama, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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