Schulich announces state-of-the-art expansion: The Graduate Study & Research Building

A state-of-the-art expansion to the Schulich School of Business complex is under construction on the northeast side of the current building and is the centrepiece of the Leading Change Campaign.

The new Graduate Study & Research Building was designed by award-winning international architectural firm Baird Sampson Neuert and is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

An artist’s concept drawing of the Graduate Study & Research Building, part of the Schulich School of Business complex at York University’s Keele campus

The 67,000-square-foot structure will stand as one of the most environmentally sustainable and socially responsible academic buildings in North America. It will house a number of Centres of Excellence in areas of management education, where Schulich is a global leader. These include Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, the Centre for Global Enterprise and the newly established Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure.

James McKellar, director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure

“This will be a landmark building in terms of sustainability and education,” said James McKellar, director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure. “But more importantly, it will establish us as leaders in management education. It is a concrete statement of what we believe in.”

Other features of the building include: a 27-metre-high solar chimney to maximize natural ventilation and use of renewable energy; green roofs featuring a range of vegetation; a media production centre; 10 research labs; picturesque central courtyard; a spacious graduate student lounge; a fitness and wellness centre; rainwater recapture systems and much more.

Leading Change is Schulich’s comprehensive fundraising and alumni engagement campaign. Over the next five years, Schulich will be Leading Change through campus expansion, research and discovery, innovative thinking, student success and alumni engagement.

As part of the Leading Change initiative, the Schulich Foundation has delivered a powerful boost to the fundraising effort for the building. Until June 30, it will match every dollar donated by alumni towards the new building, up to a total of $5 million.

To learn more about the new building or the Leading Change Campaign, visit