The University of Ottawa holds a prominent place nationally and internationally as one of Canada’s leading universities. The Campus Master Plan re-imagines the University of Ottawa’s network of open spaces, buildings and infrastructure. It promotes efficient land use through compact yet context-sensitive design within an integrated mobility network punctuated by iconic open spaces. It calls for re-establishment of a grid of streets, some car-free, others shared, to provide more seamless connections within the campus and with the wider community. Hubs containing amenities and recreational space, together with enhanced landscaping, are intended to make the campus more inviting and memorable for students, staff and visitors.
A key goal of the plan is to promote a stronger sense of attachment to the campus as a place not only to attend classes, but to stay and socialize, eat, sleep, study, attend a sporting event, or enjoy art and culture. General Campus Design Guidelines cover a range of topics, including sustainability, public art, lighting, signage and street furniture.
The impact of the Campus Master Plan has been recognized not only by OPPI with an Award of Excellence for the Guidelines and Precinct Plans but also with awards from the City of Ottawa, the Canadian Association of Landscape Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Planners.