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MacOrdrum Library. Photo: Ron Lavoie

Architecture Photos: Carleton University

By Apartment613 on March 6, 2019

Photos and post by Ron Lavoie (IG: @ronlavoie), an architectural photographer based in Ottawa.


The Architecture Building.

The Architecture Building is a good example of brutalist architecture, a style commonly used as University campuses across Canada expanded in the 60s and 70s due to the increased student populations from the “baby boom.” The Architecture Building was completed in 1968. When the Faculty of Architecture was created, four years earlier, it had only 12 students and four faculty.

The River Building/Richcraft Hall. Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with GRC Architects; Opened 2011.

The River Building/Richcraft Hall carries a LEED Platinum designation. This elegant modernist building is beautifully integrated into its site, close to the Ottawa River.

The Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building. Montgomery Sisam Architects; completion, 2019.

The Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) Building is an extensive redevelopment of the former home of the Life Sciences Building. It has bee expanded vertically and only retains the original structural components.

Academic Health Science Building. Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. and NXL Architects Inc.

The Academic Health Sciences Building, viewed from the canal side, facing northeast. The building is home to some engineering programs at Carleton. The building achieves LEED Platinum-level certification.

Glengarry House/Residence Commons.

Glengarry House/Residence Commons, like other university residences at Carleton, is named after an Ontario county in the Ottawa Valley. The building is very photogenic, and this view is from the east, which highlight different features of the façade.

MacOrdrum Library. Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects.

The MacOrdrum Library was a chance find for me, as I had never been in this corner of Carleton. The building was extensively renovated and expanded and re-opened in 2013.

The Prescott Building is another residence at Carleton, again following the naming of residence buildings after regional counties.


This post is the second in a series of architecture photos from Ron Lavoie depicting local university and college campuses. Check out his previous post on uOttawa for more. For more photography of all kinds, check out Apt613 on Instagram.