A Landmark Transformed: The New Global Centre for Pluralism

Photo of 330 Sussex Drive: Marc Fowler / Reproduced with permission of the Global Centre for Pluralism

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30




UPDATE: This lecture is available on YouTube courtesy of our partners at the Global Centre for Pluralism.

Order of Canada architect Shirley Blumberg will speak about the repurposing of 330 Sussex Drive, formerly the Canadian War Museum and the Dominion Archives of Canada, which is soon to open as the new Global Centre for Pluralism. This presentation will explore the aspirations, highlights and challenges of the renewal of this significant Capital landmark.

This special lecture event takes place at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.

Please note that registration for this event is now closed.


Shirley Blumberg, O.C.

Shirley Blumberg, Architect is a partner at KPMB Architects in Toronto, and is a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Her portfolio ranges from mixed-use developments to highly specialized cultural and academic institutions, many with a focus on revitalizing heritage contexts.


Global Centre for Pluralism

The vision of the Global Centre for Pluralism is a world where human differences are valued and diverse societies thrive.

Its mission is to serve as a global platform for comparative analysis, education and dialogue about the choices and actions that advance and sustain pluralism.

Through research, education and knowledge exchange, the Centre’s programs:

  • Initiate understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion in Canada and around the world
  • Chart pathways to pluralism in specific places and cases
  • Catalyze knowledge exchange and learning about the policies and practices that support pluralism

Founded in Ottawa by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization.

Inspired by Canada’s experience as a diverse and inclusive country, the Centre was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies. The Centre is governed by an international Board of Directors and chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan.

The Centre defines pluralism as a set of values and actions, founded on respect for diversity, which support and sustain inclusive societies.

In pluralist societies, choices are made to ensure the full participation of all people in political, economic and socio-cultural life. Every person becomes a valued member of society – regardless of ethnic, religious or cultural difference.


The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat building, located at 199 Sussex Drive, was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki in collaboration with Moriyama & Teshima Architects. The building has been honoured with the Governor General's Medal in Architecture (2012) and two awards from the Ontario Association of Architects: the Celebration of Excellence Award and People's Choice Award (2010).

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive ( use Boteler Street entrance )
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6