The Taylor Institute building was made possible by a $40 million donation from the Taylor Family Foundation. Don and Ruth Taylor share a passion for inspiring students and supporting the development of teachers. That passion inspired them to make their generous gift, which is the only one in the history of the University of Calgary to fund entire building.
The learning spaces in the Taylor Institute allow instructors to reimagine what a classroom can look like and how student learning can happen. The spaces are fully flexible: tables, chairs, screens, whiteboards and instructors’ stations are mobile and can be arranged in any configuration. The transparent design of the learning spaces allows others to observe teaching in action and brings teaching into the open.
The forum on the main floor has retractable seating that allows it to convert from a flat floor classroom to a 340-seat public lecture space.