Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

A great opportunity! …to chat with Thom Mayne, the Design Director for Creative City Campus, the founding principal of Morphosis Architects. 

Morphosis and Teeple Architects will share some insight about key issues related to contemporary architecture, design, beauty and built form.  They are eager to hear questions and thoughts from the OCAD U community related to your projects, research, and passions.

Open to: all students, staff and faculty

When: February 16, 10:30 – 11:30

Where: 115 McCaul – 2nd floor


Thom Mayne Bio:

Thom Mayne, tis a founder and design principal of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary and collectively organized architecture firm. Morphosis has always been known for uncompromising designs and a drive to surpass the bounds of traditional forms and materials, while also working to carve out a territory beyond the limits of modernism and postmodernism. The firm was founded in 1972 by Mayne and Jim Stafford and one year later Michael Rotondi joined them and remained as partner until 1991. Types of buildings undertaken by Morphosis range from residential, institutional, and civic buildings, to large urban planning projects.

Thom Mayne was born in Westbury, Connecticut in 1944. He lived for part of his childhood in Gary, Indiana. When he was ten, his mother moved the family to Whittier, California. Although he enrolled in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, he received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. He then worked for two years as a planner for Victor Gruen. He began his teaching career at Cal Poly at Pomona, but soon he, along with six colleagues, was fired. That was the genesis of the founding of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. He returned to school and received his master of architecture degree from Harvard University in 1978. He has held teaching posts at Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.


Creative City Campus:

The Creative City Campus (CCC) project will revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street. The project involves approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction and 95,000 square feet of renovation and repurposing of existing space in and around the existing facilities of the university. A preliminary outline of project objectives is listed below but is subject to change, following the outcomes of the engagement strategy. Development and financing strategies will be developed in 2017.

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul – 2nd floor
Black and White portrait of Thom Mayne

Crane lift for new HVAC units: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A 300-ton crane will be on site to lift four new HVAC units and other supplies onto the roof of the main building at 100 McCaul St.

Student Advising Centre Temporarily Relocated to 115 McCaul St.

The Student Advising Centre is relocating to 115 McCaul St. for the summer months during Creative City Campus construction. 

Partial HVAC disruption, 100 McCaul St: Summer 2019

This summer's Creative City Campus renovations include upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, requiring a system shut-down for the north half of the main building.

CCC Renovations Commence! May 21 to 24: Potential Noise Disruptions

With the initiation of the Creative City Campus renovations to the Fabrication Studios, DRPT Studios and roof work, OCAD U’s contractor Eastern Construction has mobilized on site. 

Starting next week (May 21 to 24), hoarding will be constructed in the lobby of the main building to enclose the main area of work. Signage and hardware will be installed at other locations as required. Demolition will begin on Levels 1 and 4, and preparatory work will begin on the roof.  

Statement from President Sara Diamond on the Creative City Campus

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dear Members of the OCAD U Community:

 At 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, OCAD University received the devastating news that the government of Ontario has withdrawn provincial funding for the Creative City Campus (CCC). We are unwilling to accept this as a final decision. 

Ontario’s competitiveness depends on OCAD University’s talent. Our institution delivers practical, technical, creative learning to fulfil the needs of Ontario’s labour market. OCAD University students get jobs and create jobs.

The Creative City Campus has been in planning for more than a decade and will add approximately 50,000 square feet of new space and 95,000 square feet of renovated and repurposed space, a step towards addressing OCAD University’s critical need for an expanded campus.

Since we launched the project in 2016 with a provincial commitment of $27M, we have been successful in raising private, federal government and institutional funds to match this funding. As a result, the Creative City Campus project is already underway.

We have been in ongoing communication with government to reinforce the value of OCAD University to the Province and we are shocked at this decision.

There is no better, concrete example of our vision for the future of OCAD University than the Creative City Campus, and our supporters continue to share this vision. Together, we will explore all possibilities as we determine our way forward.

In the near term, we will consult with the university’s Board of Governors and key stakeholders to establish a set of next steps that supports the continued transformation of OCAD U. We will remain unwavering in our commitment to strengthening our role as the largest and most comprehensive Canadian university of art, design and media.

We will keep you informed as new developments emerge, and as circumstances determine the need for community input and recommendations.



Sara Diamond
President & Vice-Chancellor

Creative City Campus - Fabrication Studio Renovations

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Learn more at:


Venue & Address: 
Level 1 Studios, 100 McCaul
Fabrication Studio Renovations
Digital Screen: 

Creative City Campus - Level 4 South Closure

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Studio Closure: Level 4 South, 100 McCaul

Learn more at:


Venue & Address: 
Level 4 South, 100 McCaul
Creative City Campus - Level 4 closure
Digital Screen: 

Conduit, electrical and data wiring installation: April 1 to 5

Contractors will be working in 100 McCaul St. April 1 to 5 installing conduit, electrical and data wiring. 

Fabrication Studio Renovation Details (August 2019)

Floor plate diagram of new Fabrication Studio layout
Floor plate diagram of areas of work for Fabrication Studios
Concept sketch: new Fabrication Centre entrance
Concept sketch: new Fabrication Centre corridor
Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Creative City Campus Renovations: Fabrication Studios

Temporary Closure and Renovations to the Fabrication Studios

  • Over the Summer and Fall of 2019, the Fabrication Studios (Wood, Metal, Plastics, Rapid Prototyping and Tool Loans) on Level 1 of 100 McCaul St. will be closed and renovated (see diagrams). 
  • Renovations will be completed by December 31, 2019. 


  • ​Improve OCAD U’s studio-based learning environments by expanding some studios and improving infrastructure within existing spaces​
  • Provide new equipment and technology​
  • Improve circulation, storage, work flow and transparency
  • Provide more opportunities for flexible student work space and social gathering​
  • Improve energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

How will the studios change? 

  • Significantly improved lighting and studio infrastructure
  • Reorganized layout that creates a more direct and connected pathway through the studios and new, flexible student working and gathering spaces
  • Reorganized layout that adds additional spaces for critique and faculty meetings
  • Improved visibility into the studios
  • Consolidated material sales and services space
  • Relocated and updated washroom
  • Improved energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Impacts of the Fabrication Studio Closure

  • OCAD U recognizes the strong impact this project will have on our students, faculty, course offerings and equipment and process availability. 
  • Careful studies were conducted over many months in consultation with key stakeholders across the university to determine the most cost and time efficient approach to the project. 
  • The project includes adjusting course offerings as much as possible, in collaboration with Faculty offices and the Registrar. 
  • Adjustments were made to provide as much curriculum as possible in alterative spaces on campus, and to set up as much equipment as possible in temporary locations for use.
  • A process is in place to address students' needs for processes normally available at the university. Students can submit an inquiry online. Needs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in cooperation with Studio Management and relevant technicians.  
  • The scope and value contracts for impacted staff and faculty are maintained (i.e. our technician and faculty compliment is not reduced, but may be redeployed to other studios to support temporary equipment set ups).



Metal Temporary Location: Foundry Metals Area (see diagram)

  • MCA 152 will host Metal classes and related activities
  • Additional grinding stations in MCA 152E
  • Larger, less frequently used equipment located in the hallway recess, MCA 151 
  • MCA 154A, the future Digital Centre, will be used for short term tool and hardware storage.

Temporary Metal Equipment Set Up:

  • 4 Portable Oxy/Acetalene Units (6 workstations)
  • Cold cut saw
  • Additional drill press
  • Anvil
  • Lathe
  • Hossefeld bender
  • Mig welder
  • PLUS existing equipment in Foundry


Wood Temporary Location: ED / ID Shop (see diagram)

  • Additional equipment has been integrated into MCA 517 
  • Four additional larger, heavier work benches relocated to MCA 515 to facilitate larger projects
  • Some storage previously kept in MCA 515 has been relocated to MCA 528, to create space additional work space in the shop. 

Temporary Wood Equipment Set Up:

  • Larger planer
  • Large jointer
  • Additional table saw
  • 4 additional work benches 
  • PLUS existing wood working equipment


Plastics Temporary Location: MCA 316 (see diagram)

  • Table saw
  • Band saw
  • Drill Press
  • Mill
  • Mini lathe
  • Router
  • Mitre Saw
  • Formec
  • Work tables 


Rapid Prototyping Centre Temporary Location: MCA 314 (see diagram)

  • All current services, with the exception of the large CNC milling machine have been relocated. A small CNC milling machine has been added. 
  • Large CNC milling will be available through RP, facilitated by an external provider. Details available via the Rapid Prototyping web page.

Temporary RPC Equipment Set Up:

  • All 3D printers
  • All laser cutters
  • Small CNC milling machine


Tool Loans is temporarily located in MCA 265 (formerly the Anniversary Gallery in 100 McCaul St.); entrance via hallway, across from Distribution Services 


Studio Management Offices are temporarily relocated to MCF 220 (51 McCaul St.)


Questions? Contact Us!
We’re here to collaborate with you as we work through the challenges and opportunities in this project! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team about any question!​ Reach us at​. 

Andrea Hunniford, Manager, Campus Planning and Projects​
Joanne Frisch, Director, Campus Planning and Projects​
Nick Hooper, Director, Facilities and Studios​
Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications and Campus Community

Metal Studio accommodations: Level 1, George Reid Wing
Wood Studio accommodations: ED / ID Studio on Level 5
Plastics Studio accommodations: MCA 316
Rapid Prototyping Accommodations: MCA 314
Tool Loans (MCA 265) and Studio Management accommodations (MCF 51 McCaul)
Assembly room in MCA 161 - open for Fall 2019