UWaterloo unveils plans for 500-bed residence, prioritizes Indigenous design principles


The University of Waterloo announced that it will build a 500-bed mixed-year residence that will prioritize Indigenous design principles. Construction is slated to begin in July 2024, pending ongoing approvals. UWaterloo’s Office of Indigenous Relations and the Indigenous-owned architecture firm Two Row will collaborate on the building’s design, ensuring that Indigenous engagement and principles are incorporated throughout. The building will feature a community healing garden, gathering spaces equipped for smudging, and areas for live-in Elders to meet with students. The building will also be designed for improved accessibility and sustainability, utilizing a low-carbon heating system and constructed from recycled building materials. The residence is projected to open by Fall 2026.