David Azrieli Donates $5.5 Million to Carleton University's School of Architecture to "Make It the Best in Canada"



    OTTAWA, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Carleton University announced today that
internationally renowned philanthropist, developer, architect and Carleton
graduate, David J. Azrieli, is donating $5.5 million to the Carleton
University School of Architecture. This gift brings Dr. Azrieli's lifetime
philanthropic investment in Carleton University to more than $8 million.
    Dr. Azrieli graduated from the Carleton University School of Architecture
in 1997 when he was 75 years old. He is now reinvesting in his alma mater
because he wants to ensure that the School maintains its standing as "the best
in Canada."
    "I am extremely proud of my Carleton University degree," said
Dr. Azrieli. "I have a vision of contributing to the education of architects
in Canada and around the world, and I am privileged to help Carleton
University strengthen its leadership position in the field of architecture."
    "Dr. Azrieli's gift acknowledges the quality of the education that our
architecture faculty members already provide to our students," said Dr. Samy
Mahmoud, President and Vice-Chancellor pro tempore. "It is a strong vote of
confidence in the future of Carleton University students as it will
significantly enhance their opportunity to become leaders in their
profession."
    The gift will be used to establish a permanent endowment for the newly
named Azrieli School of Architecture. The endowment will provide the School
with annual funding to introduce leading-edge academic programs such as a new
PhD (only the third such program in Canada) and a new undergraduate program in
environmentally sustainable architecture.
    The gift is being made by the Azrieli Foundation, a Canadian non-profit
organization that was established to realize Dr. Azrieli's philanthropic
vision.
    "As a family foundation, we support initiatives that align with my
father's interests and passions," explained Naomi Azrieli, Executive Director.
"Architecture and education are fundamental to him, and this gift represents
an extraordinary opportunity to advance our shared goals." Ms. Azrieli noted
that the gift to Carleton University represents the Foundation's most
important educational philanthropic investment in North America.

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For further information:

For further information: Serge Arpin, Chief Advancement Officer,
Carleton University, (613) 520-3638, Serge_Arpin@carleton.ca; Lin Moody, Media
Relations, Carleton University, (613) 520-2600 ext. 8705,
lin_moody@carleton.ca

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