About Cornett Memories

The Cornett Building officially opened in 1967 and has been home to the social sciences for over 40 years.

Local architect John Di Castri designed the Cornett building. Di Castri was "one of Victoria's most original and creative architects," said fellow architect Chris Gower. "Although it isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's one of the few buildings that really defines UVic."

Originally named the Social Sciences Complex, it was renamed the Cornett Building in honour of Thomas Warren Cornett, an outstanding history professor who drowned in 1924 in Shawnigan Lake.

Over the years the faculty of social sciences expanded and a second building, Social Sciences & Mathematics Building, was officially opened June 23, 2008. The departments of political science, geography and the school of environmental studies moved into the new space the same year. Today, Cornett is home to the departments of psychology, sociology and anthropology.

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