The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus’ Maanjiwe nendamowinan building has earned a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Canada Society chapter.
The annual awards recognize excellence in Canadian architecture and urban and interior design.
The six-storey, 19,510-m2 (210,000-sf) building was designed by Toronto firm Perkins&Will.
The building’s Anishinaabemowin name Maanjiwe nendamowinan means ‘a meeting of minds’ and was chosen from 700 suggestions in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, on whose traditional territory the campus is located.
With 3716-m2 (40,000 sf) of useable space, Maanjiwe nendamowinan offers more than 500 study spaces and 29 classrooms for English and drama, philosophy, historical studies, language studies, political science and sociology, digital humanities research, the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.
The building has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its sustainability features, including rainwater recycling, energy-efficient mechanical systems, a green roof, and bird-safe glass.
“We are very proud of the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building and pleased its design has been recognized for this AIA Canada Society award,” said Tammy Cook, executive director of Facilities Management & Planning at UTM. “It is not only beautiful but also contains state-of-the-art learning spaces and sustainability features.”