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Central Academic Building Research


4th Year Student Project


University of Alberta Architects 

Creation Date

Fall 2020


Ivy Keiser, Mikayla Just,

Nathanial Fair, Johnson Luong, Laibah Araien 


This project was presented to us in September 2020 as a collaboration between the University of Alberta Industrial Design students and the University of Alberta Architects, providing an exciting opportunity to explore new avenues of Research Design. 

We were supplied a project brief, which would require us to develop a body of knowledge to be directed toward an effort to humanize the main floor of the Central Academic Building on the University of Alberta North Campus, to improve the campus experience under the inhospitable regime of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after much consideration and research, the focus of this project was redefined to specifically explore the facilitation of social interaction within the space. 

The scope of this project is set within the City of Edmonton, directly relating a desirable student experience to the accommodation for people’s social needs within the spatial relationship of CAB and campus. The timeframe allotted for the research and analysis portion of this project was from September 8, 2020 to December 3, 2020. The efforts undergone within this timeframe resulted in a final research report with an included design brief, which will be used to inform the intervention that we will propose in the second phase of the project, spanning from January 11, 2020 to April 4, 2021.