The Ivey School of Busi­ness – In a League of its Own

November 22, 2013


The Ivey School of Busi­ness at West­ern Univer­sity is Canada’s premiere busi­ness educa­tion leader and one of the oldest busi­ness schools in Canada. The new Richard Ivey Build­ing is a state-of-the-art three-story build­ing surround­ing a land­scaped quad­ran­gle. The design by Hariri Pontarini Architect’s (HPA) is a combi­na­tion of arche­typal Gothic college archi­tec­ture and modern inter­na­tional design with a strong empha­sis on creat­ing a warm and welcom­ing ambiance.

The wayfind­ing and donor recog­ni­tion programs designed by Entro for this extra­or­di­nary school refer­ence the histor­i­cal and contem­po­rary aspects of the new build­ing. Bronze base mate­ri­als for the wayfind­ing elements were chosen to corre­late with the archi­tec­tural finishes. The main donor wall features dimen­sional letters indi­vid­u­ally pinned to the stair­case wall. The secondary donor wall is a 10-meter long instal­la­tion where names are ‘wedged’ into the surface, creat­ing an effect of light and shadow play. Custom-made window films provide privacy for faculty and staff and also reflect on the histor­i­cal aspects of the Ivey School.

The final stage of construc­tion was completed in Septem­ber 2013, ready for the new student enrol­ment.