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Trent University - Gzowski College & First Peoples House

Trent University Enweying / Peter Gzowski College and First Peoples House of Learning

  • $28M

    Construction Cost

  • 250

    Residence Rooms

  • 140K

    Square Feet

  • Peterborough, Ontario

    Peterborough, Ontario

Intertwining education with a cultural beacon

At Trent University, the First Nations and Native Studies Department is intrinsic to the nature of the college. With the Gzowski College & First Peoples House of Learning, a bold visual identity that fits with the rest of the school’s Canadian Brutalism style has been established. The First Peoples’ House of Learning is a cultural beacon for the expression of First Peoples’ culture and a collection of cultural spaces for the celebration and dissemination of First Nations’ cultural traditions. The First Peoples’ House is as much a part of the surrounding community as it is part of the university.

Students live in the upper three storeys of the complex, while the rest of the building is partitioned out between classrooms and faculty offices, a nod to the British college model where living and learning are tightly integrated. The expansive campus green, visible from most of the building, has become a hive of activity, where students play Frisbee and midnight baseball games as well as attend outdoor classes.

At a Glance

Stantec Architecture / Two Row
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Michael Moxam, Vice President, Architecture

Every intervention impacts the public realm and contributes to community building. This is both our opportunity and our responsibility.
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Stephen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

As an architect, I have to consider that people inhabit the spaces I design. Every element should enhance and support the human experience.
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Michael Moxam

Vice President, Architecture

Stephen Phillips

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

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