Centre for Urban Innovation

Ryerson is delighted to be pioneering an innovative research facility with our stunning new Centre of Urban Innovation (CUI). Located in our heritage-calibre building at 44 Gerrard Street, CUI will be a showcase research, incubation and commercialization hub focused on solutions to urban infrastructure issues.

The fully modernized space will feature zones dedicated to wet and dry lab research; research fabrication; and incubation and commercialization. The CUI is structured as an interdisciplinary innovation hub, spanning natural sciences, engineering and social sciences, bringing together research talent and enabling those involved in industry collaborations to develop and commercialize solutions in such fields as:

  • Urban Energy
  • Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics
  • Urban Water
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Data Analysis

The CUI project takes a historic building — the former site of the Ontario College of Pharmacy, opened in 1886, and most recently the home of Ryerson’s School of Performance — and revitalizes it to newfound purpose. Retrofitting this century building to higher environmental standards will result in substantial energy efficiency. Best-practice design features and state-of-the-art energy and water use systems —will provide a unique opportunity to act as a living laboratory and object of study for the researchers who occupy it.

This state-of-the-art cross-disciplinary research facility, scheduled for occupancy in April 2018, reflects Ryerson’s ongoing commitment to excellence in research, innovation, commercialization, and city-building.

Watch us grow!

Camera feed from Centre of Urban Innovation construction site.


As of Dec 7, 2016: Environmental Remediation underway leading to partial demolition of SE section starting Dec 20, 2016. This will begin with heritage façade retention and actual demolition of existing building completed by mid-January.

Project Dates

Projected Construction Start: December 2016

Projected Completion: Summer 2018

Projected Opening: Fall 2018

Project Details