Renewing the Bank of Canada building: a practical approach to a preserving an iconic national landmark

The Bank of Canada head office, a landmark institution near the Parliament buildings on Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa, is reopening in 2017 after a three-year renewal project.

This case study examines how the client and architects worked together to preserve the intrinsic architectural value of the building while meeting the contemporary programmatic and technical needs of a modern central Bank. 

The Bank of Canada’s objectives were to transform its workplace; address life safety compliance; and achieve higher levels of sustainability and physical security, while respecting the vision and intent of both Arthur Erickson, design architect for the 1979 glass addition, and the classical centre building designed in the 1930s by Marani, Lawson and Morris.

The session explores how architects and clients can come together to identify the architectural and cultural significance of modern buildings and develop appropriate interventions, complemented by community outreach and effective project delivery.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Andrew Frontini, OAA, NSAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

Design Principal, Perkins+Will

Andrew is the Design Director of Perkins+Will’s Toronto and Ottawa Studios. Andrew’s design approach is driven by a strong social agenda. He uses bold material expressions and considered responses to context to create space around which communities form. His designs for universities, municipalities, library systems, and commercial and corporate clients have been published internationally and recognized through numerous design awards.

Filipe Dinis

Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Canada

Chief Operating Officer Filipe Dinis was appointed Chief Operating Officer, effective May 2014. As COO, he is responsible for overseeing the Bank’s strategic planning, administrative functions and operations. This includes oversight of its corporate administration departments and operational planning.

Before joining the Bank, Mr. Dinis served in the federal Privy Council Office, where he was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet and provided strategic advice and analysis to the Clerk of the Privy Council on Business Transformation and Public Service Renewal. He also served as Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service. Prior to that position, he was Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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