Farrow Designed Norwich Community Commences Construction

November 8, 2016. Construction has begun on the Farrow master planned community for the Netherlands Reformed Congregation of Norwich, near London, Ontario. The master plan includes a variety of housing types and education facilities that embrace the existing church as an integrated focal point for the congregation. The master plan includes independent living housing, assisted living facilities, expansion to the 800- student independent school and a major addition to the church. The first phase will be completed in late 2017.

Norwich Community


Farrow presents on process at Canadian Institute

Tye Farrow will present "Designing the Process to Improve Health Outcomes" at the Canadian Institute in Toronto on October 26. His talk will focus on results achieved using a reliable and rigorous design decision-making process. Drawing on local and global examples from his projects, he will describe a collaborative approach that raises the bar for patient and staff wellness, while demonstrating greater value for money.

  • How a purpose-driven participatory design process leads to better, more confident decisions
  • The importance of defining shared design values for the project in vivid, specific terms
  • How to use a Design Impact Balanced Scorecard to evaluate key project decisions
  • Examples that demonstrate the effectiveness of this strategic process

Canadian Institute Designing the Process intro

Conference details can be found here.


Farrow to judge TimberFever Challenge

Timber Fever 2016

Tye Farrow will serve as a judge for Moses Structural Engineers second annual TimberFever Design-Build Challenge at Ryerson University. This event brings architectural science and civil engineering students together to build a life-size structure by drawing on their knowledge of woodwork and design.

The general public is invited to watch the final build take place on Ryerson’s Gould Street on Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2016, beginning at 1 p.m. The public will be invited to vote online for the People's Choice Award until Tuesday September 27.

Moses Structural Engineering has taken the initiative to organize TimberFever because they recognize that architectural and engineering professionals rarely cross paths until their first job where they have to work together. Their mission is to create a collaboration between these disciplines while they’re still students. Moses believes that "developing their design, construction and communication skills together will create an even brighter group of graduates." TimberFever was inspired by the Defi Cecobois competition held annually by Cecobois in Quebec.

TimberFever judges


Ketchum Hall opens to great acclaim

RSG Ketchum Hall comp

Ketchum Hall before the transformation and on re-opening day, September 19, 2016.

The great hall is the first phase of Royal St. Georges College redevelopment plan. Here is a 360 viewport of the space. Enthusiastic reactions by students on opening day of the transformed Ketchum Hall included:

I couldn’t have imagined what we had before could become this. – Everett R. – Grade 12

Ketchum Hall has turned into one of the coolest places in the school. – Rupert C-R., Grade 12

I’m very impressed by how nice it looks. – Marten L., Grade 7

It looks very modern. I like the design, especially the ceiling. – Zachary C., Grade 7

It’s very modern and new. The design is pretty cool. – Adam S., Grade 7

It feels a lot more open. I love seeing the final product. It’s very cool. – Aidan C., Grade 7

It’s a good environment for people to eat in. It’s very organized.  – Zachary C., Grade 8

It’s better than I expected. I didn’t expect the design to be so intricate. I like it. – Thomas J.-K., Grade 8

I like the way the windows let in the light from outside.  – Wil L., Grade 9

I like the new skylights – more light comes in now. And I like the round tables on the side. I can’t wait to be in Grade 12! – Luca M., Grade 9

I love it. It’s a huge upgrade from what we had before. It’s a lot more organized and it’s a way more inviting place. – Ethan K., Grade 12

It’s a lot better. It’s warmer and more welcoming. The wood furniture is so nice. The roof is great, the natural sunlight comes in. And it looks so much bigger! – Pengrui C., Grade 12

It’s amazing. The use of natural light makes it a much friendlier and inviting place. – George B., Grade 12

It gives you a warm feeling as if you were eating at home – Sebastian R., Grade 12

It’s night and day from what it was. It’s giving me an orchestra of emotions. – Owen H., Grade 12

A RSG staff member said, ". . having this room given to us...for my use...makes me feel as if I am very special."  Another staff member told us, "You did an absolutely amazing job. Your renderings were beautiful. The real thing? Spectacular. RSGC was already an amazing place because of the people. Now it's also an amazing place because of the buildings. Well done."

Watch this unedited video of the boys' reaction when they see the space for the first time.

Ketchum Hall unoccceiling comp


Tye Farrow is President-elect of UTAA Board

The University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Board of Directors has elected Tye Farrow as President-elect. Each Board member is expected to participate at UTAA Board meetings, to be actively involved in one or more of the board’s working groups or initiatives, and to serve as an ambassador for the University and its alumni, both on and off campus.  


Farrow selected by TMS Schools for Facilities Development Plan

Internationally recognized since 1961 as Toronto Montessori Schools, TMS School (TMS) have selected Farrow to create a Facilities Development Plan for their two campus locations in Richmond Hill. Farrow’s strategic design process is aligned with Montessori values that include purpose-focused inquiry, critical thinking and active, experiential learning.

The plan for the two campuses will identify a series of projects and options at each campus that will advance the school’s Mission and programs. TMS seeks to “deliver a seamless, internationally acclaimed educational experience that inspires and challenges students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.”

Farrow recently launched Common Ground, Critical Eye and charette sessions with TMS stakeholders.

TMS news 1LR

Video highlights of Charette 1 can be seen here . Charette 2 video highlights are here .

The firm has completed over thirty master plans for clients in the knowledge, learning and health sectors across Canada, the Middle East and Asia. The firm is known for creating places where people can thrive physically, mentally, culturally and economically.




Tye Farrow to lead U.S. design awards jury

The Kaiser Permanente Design Excellence Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding health-enhancing results by Kaiser Permanente design consultants. On September 16 in San Francisco, Tye Farrow will lead a jury that includes medical group clients, academic/educational representatives Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services Governance Board, and renowned architects/designers. This will be Tye's second time to serve on this awards jury.

Kaiser Permanente is America's largest managed care organization, serving more than 9 million people from 38 hospitals and 608 medical office buildings. They have been described in The New York Times as "the face of future health care."

This awards program recognizes "the contributions of KP professional design consultants for projects that achieved excellence in planning, architectural design, engineering, information and clinical technology, innovative design concepts, and cost savings ideas for Kaiser Permanente facilities across all regions."

Their facilities in eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia accommodate 192,000 employees and physicians.




Farrow's design for $1B St. Paul's Hospital submitted

Farrow's designs for $1B new St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver revealed for conceptual approval: report



St Pauls 1


Sechelt Hospital featured in Building magazine

Building Magazine cites extensive consultations with the local Sechelt Indian Band and exemplary green features of Sechelt Hospital (previously known as St. Mary's Hospital) in this article. Located on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, the project has demonstrated 40% energy savings compared to a LEED Gold Certified building (Abbotsford Regional Hospital). Designed to be the first hospital in North America to be carbon-neutral, Sechelt Hospital has been listed as the tenth most environmentally friendly hospital in the world. Architects: Farrow in association with Perkins + Will Vancouver.

 Sechelt Hospital x-small

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