One year ago today, the atrium in Allard Hall was filled with students, faculty, staff, dignitaries, community members – and song – as the building officially opened.
More than three years in the making, the spaces in Allard Hall are second to none, but what those spaces enable people to do is just as impressive, says Allan Gilliland, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications.
“It’s only been a year, and I can already see how Allard Hall is transforming how our students learn and how our faculty teach,” he says. “I was so impressed by the quality of the theatre performances, the musical recitals, the fine art and design exhibits, and all of the public lectures held during our first year in this new building.”
Here is a small sample of the past year’s many highlights.
Designed by the late, world-renowned architect Bing Thom, along with Edmonton design firm Manasc Isaac, Allard Hall is just as impressive on the outside as it is within – and its presence has changed the the streetscape along 104 Avenue.
Music students spread out through the atrium and tucked in Allard Hall’s “nests” provide an emotional musical performance at the end of the grand opening event on Sept. 27, 2017.
Fine Art students hard at work in one of several studios.
Design students showcase their work for industry members at the Design Studies Grad Show.
Music students brought the Betty Andrews Recital Hall (pictured here) and the Triffo Theatre to life with performances from the Big Band, Showcase Band, and a capella, percussion and guitar ensembles.
In June, Roundhouse, the university’s innovative co-working space, opened its doors on the main floor of Allard Hall.
Bachelor of Communication Studies students use one of the studios to practice their interviewing skills. BCS students also captured Allard Hall’s first year on film for a documentary project.
Theatre Arts and Theatre Production students staged two of their 2017/18 season performances in the Triffo Theatre: Sister Act and City of Angels. This year, they’re bringing 9 to 5 and Guys and Dolls to the Triffo stage.
Fine Art students regularly display their work throughout Allard Hall, including works from their annual grad show.
John and Maggie Mitchell officially open the public art gallery that bears their name. In its first year, the gallery hosted exhibits from students and alumni from the university's Fine Art and Design programs, as well as a summer residency series for local, national and international artists.
The first TEDxMacEwanU event was held in the Betty Andrews Recital Hall in January 2018. Plans are already underway for the second TEDxMacEwanU event on January 23, 2019, “Truth Told.”
We can’t wait to see what Allard Hall’s second year will bring.