Designer, Haldendy, to visit Barrie

Designer renowned for introducing post-secondary campus to a downtown core – may resonate with those looking to rejuvenate downtown Barrie with similar development

The city’s department of culture is bringing award-winning designer Eric (Rick) Haldenby to town for a presentation at the Southshore Community Centre.
Haldenby is a graduate of the Waterloo School of Architecture, and has been an associate professor there since 1976. In 1988, he became the director of the school.
Working with colleagues, civic officials and community leaders, he completed the relocation of the School of Architecture from the main campus of the University of Waterloo to unique new facilities in Cambridge. The project has won seven design awards, including the Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award in 2004 as an outstanding reuse of a brownfield site.
It has been presented across Canada as an incredibly successful example of urban redevelopment through the introduction of post-secondary education in an urban core. This success may resonate with those in Barrie envisioning a location in the city’s downtown for a Georgian College campus, perhaps the college’s design and visual arts program.
Haldenby will be sharing his unique message with the Barrie community on Wednesday, March 7 p.m. at the Southshore centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive. This presentation will interest those working in education, architecture, economic development, downtown revitalization and culture.
There is no fee, however those planning to attend are required to RSVP to, or by calling 705-739-4299 prior to Jan. 31. For more information, call Onnie Groves, culture officer, department of culture, at 705-739-4220, ext. 4794; email at

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