designboom magazine: Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre by Snøhetta set to open

“after two and a half years of construction, ryerson university’s new ‘student learning centre’ is set to open in toronto. designed by snøhetta, the eight-storey facility features a distinctive glass skin that intends to reflect a variety light qualities throughout the scheme’s interior. the project has been developed alongside zeidler partnership architects and will provide over 14,000 square meters of additional floor space.” Read full article

Casual seating area on the 6th floor of the SLC. Photo courtesy: Ryerson Library
Casual seating area on the 6th floor of the SLC. Photo courtesy: Ryerson Library

Campaign Ryerson: A Transformational Gift

Jack Cockwell, Group Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Jack Cockwell, Group Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.


“Ryerson University started 2015 with a bang thanks to long-time friend Jack Cockwell and the Brookfield Partners Foundation. On January 6, we announced a $13-million gift from Mr. Cockwell and the Foundation, bringing their total giving to the university to more than $20 million. This latest gift places them among Ryerson’s most generous private sector benefactors.” Read full article

Campaign Ryerson: Dream Maker Isaac Olowolafe Supports SLC

“As a founder of Dream Maker Realty, Isaac Olowolafe Jr. has learned what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. With his father, he built the vertically integrated real estate investment and development firm from the ground up ( “It takes dedication,” says Isaac. “When I was at university, from first year through to graduation, I worked at UPS every night from midnight to 4am, and was then up for morning classes. I did this so I could raise capital for my company.”” Read full article

Isaac Olowolafe Jr. in SLC's Dream Maker Digital Media Experience Space (photo by Christina Gapic)
Isaac Olowolafe Jr. in SLC’s Dream Maker Digital Media Experience Space (photo by Christina Gapic)

The Eyeopener: Students to help hack the Ryerson library

“FirstRyerson library-year radio and television arts student Liz Corbo knows how the 40-year-old Ryerson library compares to other buildings on campus.

“I find myself walking the path from the Rogers Communications Centre, a beautiful building that feels new and fresh, to the library building, a place where sometimes, I dread.” Corbo will be attending an ”Idea Hack” event next Wednesday to find out how she can improve the building’s interior look.” Read full article

Your Library Needs You!

Do you have ideas for creating a better student experience? Are you interested in student engagement and innovation? Joining this year’s Ryerson University Library & Archives Student Advisory Committee (RULA-SAC) will allow you to contribute your feedback and ideas to the Library.

Ryerson University Library & Archives is currently accepting applications for their RULA-SAC), a committee designed to facilitate direct communication between the Library and the students that it serves.

This year, the focus is on student engagement. As the co-chair, Carrie-Ann Bissonnette wants to ensure that students are involved in shaping the campus culture at Ryerson.

Together, you can take part in innovative projects that support the new Student Learning Centre (SLC). This includes the development of an SLC Ambassador Program to foster student engagement. You may also have ideas for the LIB Invigorate Initiative that revitalizes the Library and harmoniously infuses it to the new SLC.

RULA-SAC welcomes undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students! Apply by Friday, October 3rd, 2014 to join 15-20 other student leaders and put your ideas into action.

Have questions? Click here to learn more or email


Ryerson Today: The next generation of library

“From one perspective, libraries are in a state of change: we’ve all heard about the so-Ryerson Librarycalled “death of books,” and have experienced the wealth of information available online. But from another perspective, the role of libraries has never changed at all. Reconciling these truths is a challenge the Ryerson University Library has been able to meet, with a steady stream of new technologies and initiatives to supplement the essential library experience.” Read full article


The Star: Eight reasons to love Toronto

The rash of great buildings nearing completion. The University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre on Yonge St. and the Ismaili Centre/Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art at Eglinton and Wynford Dr. are brilliant examples of how architecture is bringing new richness to the city. As well as providing new opportunities, each of these structures resolves the traditional distinction between beauty and utility. Form is as much a part of these three buildings as function.” Read full article