In 2013, Dr. Robert Fitzhenry, a McMaster alumni, donated generously to the School of the Arts (SoTA) for a new addition and renovation to the existing studios and classrooms at Togo Salmon Hall. The gift was made in honour of Robert’s late wife Andrèe, a painter and art collector. Upon award of the project, DPAI led a full day design charrette involving current students, faculty and staff at SoTA, as well as many other stakeholders. In the early stages of design, DPAI worked closely with a group of community alumni practitioners to contextualize the project as a link between the school and greater Hamilton arts community. The result was a design deeply informed by end-user input that focused on functionally reconfigured and expanded studios, a new light-filled exhibition space, clear and accessible circulation, and the creation of a strong street presence and identity for SoTA, a faculty that had been difficult to access and navigate.
Location: Hamilton ON, Canada
Client: McMaster University School of the Arts
Status: In Progress
Budget: $2.8 Million
“It has been a pleasure to work with dpai on our art studio expansion and renovation project at McMaster University. dpai’s friendly consultation throughout the process was effective and much appreciated. They applied their expertise to our unique demands, arriving at aesthetically dynamic solutions for a complex network of work spaces. The result is a functionally and visually cohesive space.” - Judy Major-Girardin, Professor and Project Team Lead, McMaster School of the Arts