New home for the School of Design opens at Waterfront Campus


The start of a new semester is always exciting, but the beginning of the 2019 spring term is particularly special at the School of Design with the opening of a new facility and expansion of our Waterfront Campus. 

Students walked through the doors of our new School of Design at the Daniels Waterfront—City of the Arts complex for the start of classes May 6, 2019. Located at Jarvis Street and Queens Quay East, George Brown College occupies space on the second and third floors, and the IN Store Open New Browser Window, a retail venture in which our students, alumni and faculty develop products for sale, is located on the ground level.  

The School of Design’s 103,000 square-foot space was developed to help students and industry adapt and evolve in the age of digital disruption. We expect to prepare 650 future-ready design graduates in the new facility each year. Our space includes modern facilities and technology, as well as areas designed for collaboration with industry and specialized labs. 

“This modern, flexible space is a perfect match for our holistic approach to design – which encompasses not only aesthetics, but also technical feasibility, business feasibility and social purpose,” said George Brown College President Anne Sado. “As digital disruption transforms the design, arts and digital media sectors, we’re preparing creative people to apply their skills in relevant, career-focused ways, while enabling enhanced industry research and innovation.” 

Exciting location, great neighbours

Thanks to this new facility, our design students, faculty and industry partners will be learning, creating and collaborating in a vibrant mixed-use community where design, technology, innovation and ideation are converging.  

George Brown College shares the Daniels building with Artscape Daniels Launchpad Open New Browser Window and OCAD University Open New Browser Window. The East Bayfront community is also home to the smart city project Sidewalk Toronto Open New Browser Window and the upcoming Waterfront Innovation Centre.


George Brown College deepens its connection to the Waterfront 

The new School of Design marks another step forward in the redevelopment of the East Bayfront community, a process in which George Brown College has been an important partner. We opened the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus in 2012, located at Lower Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East. And, in 2021 we plan to start construction on another exciting project at Waterfront Campus: The Arbour. As Toronto’s first tall-wood building, The Arbour a will serve as an educational and research hub, and home to a new child care facility for the growing East Bayfront community.  

George Brown also became an important community partner in the recently revitalized West Don Lands community, also known as Corktown, with the opening of our first student residence, The George, in 2016.