Celebration 2017: Legacy Project


In 2017, in addition to year-long events, communications and partnerships, the University of Waterloo will honour two significant milestones with a commemorative “legacy project”.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the University and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, a three-stage challenge will see interdisciplinary teams of Waterloo students compete to design an innovative and creative student space on campus, in keeping with the foundations established in the Campus Master Plan. The Celebration 2017 legacy project will embody the University of Waterloo’s image as a hub for innovation and celebrate Canada’s spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Celebration 2017 is based on the University of Waterloo's i3 Challenge in 2010-2011. This challenge was intended to solicit creative and exceptional concepts for the entrance to the University of Waterloo’s South Campus. Over the span of six months, interdisciplinary teams of Waterloo students competed in a three stage challenge that led to the design and implementation of the University Avenue gateway. Today, the winning design can be seen at the south campus entryway to the Waterloo campus of the University of Waterloo. 

Celebration 2017 will engage students, faculty, staff and others in a creative and inspiring process to remember this milestone year. 

View the Top 4 Team Concepts

The top four student designs have been selected by the Steering Committee and are featured below. On October 15, the top four teams submitted their stage three designs. The winning design will be revealed live at the President's Townhall on November 14.