Tuugaalik High School

Design team:
Robert Boraks (Principal-in-Charge/Project Architect/Designer); Justin Leclair (Job Captain/Designer); Chantal Blatti (Interior Designer); Ken Drysdale (Structural Engineer); Brental Wall (Mechanical Engineer); Mike Noonan (Electrical Engineer)

Tuugaalik high school lies directly on the Arctic Circle in the hamlet of Naujaat, in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMAccutech Engineering Inc.COST PER SQ FT$844.00CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio Canada. In addressing the needs of the students, the architect was influenced by Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ)—Inuk guidelines that are meant to inform all aspects of daily life. Elements of IQ that informed the design included respect, being open and welcoming, community service, consensus building, resourcefulness, and caring for the environment.
Traditional methods of Inuit learning were based on teaching survival skills through informal, community interaction. In addition to providing learning spaces associated with southern pedagogy, the design provides spaces for more traditional activities such as fur preparation and carving.
The Kiva (large communal space) celebrates the ascending southern sun, and connections to the Arctic Ocean. The space is meant to be welcoming to community elders who, it is hoped, will feel welcomed to share their traditional knowledge in an informal, communal space. Vibrant colors symbolic of the Arctic’s brief spring, help to dispel negative attributes. Specialized techniques were employed to protect the permafrost and keep snow away from building facades.