Farrow's roots extend back to 1958 when, at one of Canada’s largest architectural firms, Dunlop Farrow, George Farrow was a partner. In 1998, Tye Farrow, a former principal in that firm, co-founded Salter Farrow Pilon Architects along with his father George, from which emerged today’s successor firm, Farrow. In 2011, Sievenpiper Associates Inc. joined forces with Farrow.

Through this 50 year progression of firms, Farrow has advanced the theme of human-centred design delivered through a co-creative planning and design process.

In 2012, Farrow launched a movement, Cause Health, dedicated to promoting design that creates places where we can thrive—physically, mentally, culturally and economically.

Working individually or in joint venture, Farrow has designed and delivered projects valued at over $3 billion under a variety of procurement methods, including stipulated sum, design build, construction management, build-finance and design-build-finance.

A notable influence on the firm has been Tye Farrow’s experience prior to his post-graduate studies, when he worked in the London, England office of architect Eberhard Zeidler. In 1988, Mr. Zeidler presented Tye with the Toronto Arts Foundation Protégé Award in his honour.

Farrow’s groundbreaking approach to promoting wellness at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Credit Valley Hospital in Canada is viewed internationally as setting a new standard in design for health.



Farrow presentation at Cleveland Clinic Summit

Farrow Senior Partner, Tye Farrow, joined Ray Pentecost, President of Design and Health, and George Tingwald, Director of Medical Planning at Stanford University Medical Center, to present Architecture – Designing for Health and the Patient Experience at the 5th annual Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit: Transforming Healthcare through Empathy and Innovation at the annual Cleveland Clinic Summit.

The summit brought together senior health care leaders from around the world on May 18-21 to explore the patient experience as a key differentiator essential to the future of health care delivery.


University of Toronto Magazine features article on Farrow’s ‘Building for Your Health’ initiative

Tye Farrow (University of Toronto, BArch 1987) talks about causing health through the design of the built environment. Download PDF


Farrow featured in Globe and Mail

Tye Farrow and the Globe and Mail's Architourist, Dave LeBlanc, went for a walk in a Toronto neighbourhood recently and talked about Farrow's long-held belief that design can cause health. Download PDF