Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

 / Facade


Doug Snyder, Anil Gokarn / Snyder Architects

Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

“The materials and detailing are precise and crisp with flashes of colour, there is something powerful about great design. It is more than making the building envelope, but making a symbol that one can identify with.”

Doug Snyder, Principal

The facade of any school is where its identity starts. These kids are already searching for a sense of their own identity and we want them to be able to be proud to say they go to Jean Vanier.  We want the kids to feel “Someone thought enough of me that they made a school that looks good – its cool, its modern, its me, I can identify with this.”  In our conversations with students, staff, trustees, the Board, they all talked about how the design of the school helped them define who they are and how they want to be perceived.  

When a building looks organized, well articulated, windows are thoughtfully designed and details are precise, there’s a play of materials, colour, composition and texture, there is a subliminal perception – everything makes sense about the spatial organization and one can easily identify the elements the school is designed around.  The classrooms, gyms, chapel – the mind, body and soul. You can see it in the facade.   The materials and detailing are precise and crisp with flashes of colour, there is something powerful about great design.  It is more than making the building envelope, but making a symbol that one can identify with.