Celebrating UWinnipeg’s unique spaces

 New book provides an architectural and historical tour of buildings and landscapes on UWinnipeg campus

Emily DoucetEmily Doucet, UWinnipeg graduate and author

WINNIPEG, MB – A University of Winnipeg graduate celebrates the unique and evolving architecture and landscape of UWinnipeg’s campus in a new book entitled University of Winnipeg Modern. Author Emily Doucet graduated from UWinnipeg with a BA Honours in the History of Art in 2012. She has since gone one to earn an MA in the History of Art from University College London in the UK and will begin her Doctoral studies in the History of Art at the University of Toronto in September 2014.

“Having begun my studies in architectural history at the University of Winnipeg, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to contribute to a greater understanding of the fascinating architectural heritage of the university,” said Doucet.

The preface of the book is written by Dr. Serena Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Art History, UWinnipeg. As she states, “All three building booms since the nineteenth century are well represented on The University of Winnipeg campus. Wesley Hall (1894) epitomizes the Richardsonian-Romanesque architectural style so popular on North American campuses during the nineteenth century. The campus continued to develop slowly through the first part of the twentieth century, with modest buildings spread over a cramped three-hectare site. The 1950s-1960s expansion of the campus with new buildings defined one of the consistent strategies that UWinnipeg has successfully used to contribute to Winnipeg’s downtown revitalization….Forty years later, the construction of the neo-modern Buhler Centre at the gateway to Memorial Boulevard has enhanced one of the most important intersections in Winnipeg, by framing the Legislature beyond and by creating a new art precinct, including The Winnipeg Art Gallery, RCESCPlug-In ICA and the University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03. The Buhler Centre along with the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, and the expanded Duckworth Hall, have all involved efforts not only to deal with space requirements at the University, but are also conscious efforts to revitalize the core of Winnipeg one building at a time.”

Part of the “Winnipeg Architecture” series, the book is 63 pages, and is published by the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, with financial support from The University of Winnipeg.

Incorporated in November 1996, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) is a registered charitable organization dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg’s built environment through public education. The editor is Susan Algie and design is by Burdocks Design Studio.

The book is available in local bookstores and online.


Contact information:
Susan Algie, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation





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