The Fields Institute Turns Twenty-Five 170725 Final book with covers - Page 12

x Elaine McKinnon Riehm this at one time, but the universality of the discipline carried the day. The building at 222 College Street itself is a changing organism. The architects, Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, and Blumberg (KPMB), set out to design a building that would accommodate what former University of Toronto president Rob Prichard describes as “the peculiar preferences of mathematicians,” and yet remain within budget. There was tension between the requirements of mathematicians, stoutly defended by the founders Bill Shadwick and Jerry Marsden, and the ordinary norms of university building activities within the Physical Plant of the University of Toronto. In a search for architectural plans and images of the Fields building, I recently visited the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, to which KPMB donated all their Fields Institute drawings and sketches. The 991 items in the collection range from details such as office coat hooks to the south elevation, the College Street façade, with its proposed landscaping. A 1993 watercolour sketch by Guanghao Quian of the College Street front is reproduced on pp. iv–v. Instead of the simple cantilevered angled roof over the doorway that we all know, the sketch shows an elaborate domed library. This was abandoned with great reluctance by the Fields Institute Committee in order to keep within budget. Is There a Connection between J.C. Fields and the Fields Institute? For many years, I have thought about the relationship between the Institute and its namesake, John Charles Fields. While doing resear