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Media Centre


The Media Centre of the School of Architecture is managed by Juan Osorio. The Centre provides faculty, staff and students with equipment and technical expertise in four areas of multimedia production and design: photography (digital and film), web design, publication design, and videography.

The Media Centre is located in the School of Architecture, Room G12 of the Macdonald-Harrington building.

Contact information
Media coordinator: juan [dot] osorio [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Juan Osorio)
Telephone number: 514-398-5660

Summer 2012 :: Hours of operation
(May 2012 to July 2012)

Monday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED

Monday, May 21
Monday, June 25

Facilities, resources & equipment
Media Centre facilities, resources and equipment are available exclusively to McGill architecture students, faculty and staff.

The photographic facilities include a traditional, complete darkroom for black and white film processing and image printing. The darkroom facility currently houses three 35 mm enlargers and two 4 x 5 inch enlargers. The school also possesses a Leitz Reprovit copystand for staff use.


  • ONLY ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS are eligible to become members.
  • The membership fee is $15 per semester.
  • Membership is terminated at the end of the exam period each semester.
  • Memberships cannot be shared.
  • Come to the Media Centre (room G12) to sign up.

Photography studio
The studio is equipped with three seamless backdrops (black, grey and white) and studio lighting which includes two 200 watt self-contained strobe lights with soft-boxes or tungsten and quartz lights; all of which are suitable for photographing architectural models.

Digital cameras
The Media Centre maintains three digital cameras, they are all Canon Rebel XTi SLR's with EF-S 18-55 & EF 75-300 lenses.


Scanning facilities
Two slide scanners are available at the Media Centre, a Canon canoscan FS400US film and slide scanner and a Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED Scanner with a SF-210 Slide Feeder which allows batch-scanning of up to 50 mounted slides at a time.


There is also a flatbed scanner (11x17 scan surface) available for use. The Microtek ScanMaker 1000XL scans surfaces up to 11x17" and has a transparency adapter (for film, slides and other transparent materials).

Web design
The Media Centre resources also include a Macintosh computer lab with three iMacs and a Mac Pro tower. The following web publishing software is available to staff and students: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash and Adobe Golive. All of the computers are connected to high speed internet and the lab has wireless access to provide for students who wish to work on their own laptops.

Masters, Post-professional Masters students and PhD students may also request space on the architecture server for thesis-related content.

Publication design
Print publishing software, such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat Professional are available for faculty, staff and student use. Generally the print resources are used by Masters and PhD students or on special projects by faculty, staff or students.

The Media Centre produced the annual Catalogue of student work for five years, between 2002 and 2007 inclusive. The publication provided the school with a comprehensive record of student work for each school year.

cat covers

The 2007-2008 catalogue: WORK may be purchased for $20 and previous catalogues may be purchased for $15 from Larissa Kowbuz, the Accounts Secretary, in room 203 of the Macdonald-Harrington building.

The Media Centre provides students with access to Final Cut Studio, the industry standard video-editing suite. The Macintosh iLife suite is also available at three stations in the lab. Students can use iMovie and iDVD to digitally create, edit and publish their student movies.

Video cameras
Three Sony digital video cameras are available to faculty, staff and students for special projects and thesis work. We have two high definition hard drive cameras (30GB) as well as one DV camera which records on DV-tapes. The video centre is popular with Masters students who often use video in their final thesis presentations. To view examples of student projects go to the Course websites section of the architecture website.


ICS walk-in service
In addition to the Media Centre, students may use the multimedia facilities of McGill University's ICS Customer Services (ICS), located at 688 Sherbrooke West, Room 285 (south-west corner of University and Sherbrooke, to the right of the elevators on the second floor).

Walk-in services include:
- General IT Inquiries (Walk-in Service Desk)
- Audiovisual Equipment Loans
- Academic Laptop/Tablet Support
- Laptop/Tablet Repairs
- Software media pick-up (for McGill licensed software)

ICS can be reached by telephone at 514-398-8833 or via their web site.

More details about all of the IT resources available to architecture students at McGill can be found on the Information Technology Resources page. Recommended laptops and minimum hardware specifications are also listed.