Introducing the Inspire555 Series

The national engagement process for the architectural design of the facility has been labeled the “Inspire555 Series,” in a nod to its address: 555 Albert Street, at the western edge of downtown Ottawa, five blocks from Parliament, and on the new LRT line at Pimisi station.

The Inspire555 Series is the latest in an ongoing engagement program for this new national destination that began in 2013, and will continue through 2019 as you help inspire the facility’s design.

The Inspire555 Series will include design workshops, pop-up events, expert lectures, online activities and engagement (local and national), and knowledge sharing with Indigenous communities — all planned for 2019.

Led by world-renowned architects Diamond Schmitt Architects and Ottawa’s KWC Architects, the Inspire555 Series will be rolled out in four design phases:

Phase 1: Building Blocks Phase 2: Iconic Features and Sustainability Phase 3: Creating a Landmark Destination Phase 4: Finishing Touches: Details
Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Spring 2019 Summer 2019


Phase 1 - Building Blocks: How does this amazing location inform and inspire concepts for the new facility?

Help inspire our world-renowned architects as they begin to design an architecturally iconic national institution. Join us at a workshop or online.

Building Blocks: How does this amazing location inform and inspire concepts for the new facility?

There are three ways to get involved: Workshops, Online, and Knowledge Sharing


The first workshop in our Inspire555 Series will be your chance to provide input into the building blocks that will help us bring an architecturally iconic institution to life in our city.

Join us at one of two design workshops either on February 28 or March 2 to hear world-renowned architect Don Schmitt - of Diamond Schmitt Architects, the firm retained to design the joint facility (in partnership with Ottawa’s KWC Architects) - explain why this is one of the most exciting sites he has ever worked with.

Then, provide feedback on preliminary concepts for how the building maximizes opportunities on the site and location.

Come share ideas for our new joint facility at 555 Albert Street.

Due to anticipated demand, we invite you to pre-register for one of the two workshops.

  • Thursday, February 28, 6 pm to 9 pm, Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
  • Saturday, March 2, 9 am to 12 pm, Hall A, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (free parking available)


Along with the in-person workshops, Canadians will be invited to share their thoughts and input online. Stay tuned to this page for more information on how you can participate.

Knowledge sharing

A series of visits and meetings are planned with local Algonquin communities, as well as with local urban and national Indigenous communities. Activities include community visits, design-focused meetings, knowledge sharing events, and engagement with National Indigenous Associations.