Vimy One-Hundred Years Later: A New Education Centre

Image: Robertson Martin Architects / Bisson Castonguay

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:00

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, centred on the evocative design of Walter Allward's beautiful monument and the surrounding landscape, evokes tremendous emotion and provides incredible opportunities to learn about and connect with Canada's First World War history. The site's preserved trenches and tunnels and the battle-scarred landscape, embedded with the remains of the fallen, provide a constant reminder of the true cost of war.

Designing the site's new Visitor Education Centre within this highly sensitive cultural landscape posed a difficult task. The challenge was to find a way to help visitors weave together multiple readings of memory and commemoration, while still allowing them to remain firmly connected with the memorial and surrounding landscape.


Speaker: Robert Martin is an Architect and principal at Robertson Martin Architects Inc. in Ottawa.

The Lecture is free and there is no need to pre-register.


UPDATE: To follow the progress of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre as it nears opening day on April 10, 2017, visit the Vimy Foundation website. 




Robert Martin, Architect

Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2