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University of Waterloo School of Architecture

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The University of Waterloo School of Architecture officially opened October, 2004 in the renovated Riverside Silk Mill located at 7 Melville Street South in Cambridge. The School of Architecture overlooks the Grand River amid historic churches and stone buildings. The facility is located in historic Galt City Centre.


The School of Architecture at Waterloo is an outstanding nationally and internationally respected design school. It attracts top students and is dedicated to educating the best young architects in the world. Under the direction of Professor Rick Haldenby, the renowned School of Architecture offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

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exhibitionThe School of architecture is a host to the Design at Riverside exhibition, and is one of only two publicly funded galleries dedicated to architecture and design in Canada. It is a part of the Cambridge Public Library system with art exhibition spaces at Queen's Square in Galt and in Preston. Together, the three galleries host approximately 23 exhibitions per year reflecting a range of local, regional, provincial, national and international developments in contemporary and historical visual art. For further information call 519-621-0460 or e-mail

City Council has recently approved a feasibility study on the Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious architectural exhibition. The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice, Italy. City Council is looking into the feasibility of hosting the event in years that it is not taking place in Venice. Biennale design

On Friday, April 18 until Sunday, May 4, The University of Waterloo School of Architecture hosted Synergy at the former Shoppers Drug Mart building located on the northwest corner of Main and Ainslie Streets in downtown Cambridge. Synergy was created by master students currently enrolled at the School of Architecture as an urban design intervention. Working together, students transformed the former Shoppers Drug Mart empty storefront into a work of visual art.
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The following is an article published in the Cambridge Times on April 3, 2008 about the Venice Biennale:

A major project of the School of Architecture is the Grand House Co-operative which is located on Ainslie Street North. The house will be a 4,500 square feet, 12-bedroom building that has a southern solar orientation to maximize on the free energy from the sun for passive heating and potential PV energy generation. The house features a modified post and beam straw bale construction technique with straw bale infill insulation. The roof of the building will collect rainfall, which will be used to flush toilets, and potentially for laundry and shower use in the future. The Grand House will be heated by in-floor radiant heating and is working towards getting LEED certification by using as much reused and recycled content ion the building construction.

The following is an article published in the Cambridge Times on February 19, 2008 about the Grand House Co-operative:

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