McGill University New Vic

Project phase
In progress

Project Announcement and Public Engagement

The New Vic will transform a former hospital focused on healing the body, to a new McGill University campus focused on healing the planet.

The principal historic grounds and heritage buildings of the former Royal Victoria Hospital are being transformed into one of the world’s leading centres for teaching, research, and innovation in two academic pillars which shape the program: Sustainability Systems and Public Policy. The new campus is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry and the interactions of diverse partners. 

Heritage revitalization and new construction are shaped to open the site at the base of Mount Royal to the adjacent McGill Campus, to the neighbouring community and to Montreal itself. New pathways restore access to the mountain.

Design innovation ensures the New Vic spaces embody fluidity, diversity, and interconnectedness. The design combines the rejuvenation of iconic heritage buildings and landscapes with advanced research infrastructure, environmental design, and an open inclusive architecture. 

A collegial academic community is supported to tackle complex problems in new ways.  The landscape forecourt of the heritage wings is restored and new accessible entries welcome students, faculty, and the community into a new crossroads for discussion and exchange. The roofscapes of the new wings are designed to extend the landscape of Mount Royal as an active space for research and gathering and a Belvedere overlooking Montreal.

As part of McGill’s Indigenous Engagement Initiative an ongoing dialogue with Indigenous communities continues to inform the design of the New Vic Project.


List of consultants:

Diamond Schmitt/Lemay Michaud Architectes – Architects

ARUP-Cima+ – Structural & Civil engineering 

Atelier lEnclume – Urban design 

Claude Cormier Associés – Landscape architecture 

Pageau Morel-Bouthillette Parizeau – Mechanical and Electrical engineering

ERA Architects – Heritage consultant 

City of Montréal


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