Mission Campus of Care achieves LEED Gold certification

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Described as an “architecture of wellness,” the Mission Complex Residential Care Facility in British Columbia is built almost entirely of wood.  Working with VanMar Constructors Inc., Farrow led the design team which was selected through a design-build competition, in association with Vancouver-based KMBR Architects.

This 12,000 square metre, 200-bed campus of care for people with complex health care needs recently achieved LEED Gold certification. 

Dr. Nigel Murray. president and CEO of the Fraser Health Authority told the press upon completion of the project that it is “a model for other communities in the Fraser Valley and is an outstanding example of how collaboration and a shared vision can lead to innovation and improve outcomes for the people we serve.” 


Canada Green Building Award for Sechelt Project

SAB Magazine has annnounced that St. Mary's Hospital in Sechelt, BC is a Canadian Green Building Award winner.

The comments of a jury member highlight this project's role in causing total health as well as its outstanding technical sustainability:  “...exemplary for its depth of integration at the community and social interesting exploration of how to improve clinical environments with operable windows, natural light and the integration of culture and community through works of art. Achieving such a high level of performance and at the same time strong connections to culture, nature and community is remarkable...”

The article is here.

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Royal St. George's College Profiles Tye Farrow

As the leader of the design process for Royal St. George's College 50th Anniversary Great School, Great Boys campaign,Tye Farrow was profiled recently here. "There is no better example of the impact of space than a place where you come to learn," said Tye. "A space that promotes relationships between you and your friends, and between students and their teachers. A space that inspires teachers to be amazing at what they do." 


Tye Farrrow Elected to UTAA Board

Tye Farrow was recently elected to the 2015-16 University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Board of Directors, representing half a million alumni.


World-renowned architect Tye Farrow shares his vision for the Cause Health movement

“Environments can enhance our health, and enhancing our health relates to our ability to thrive,” says Tye Farrow in Brisbane's Courier Mail. "You can have an environment where it is easy to walk from here to there, but the question is, is it stimulating? Are there places that will allow you to interact with other people, feel good and think better while you’re in that environment?” Read the full article by Ruth McCosker here.

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Tye Farrow delivers convocation speech at the University of Toronto

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Tye Farrow addressed the graduating class of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and Graduate Programs of OISE at the University of Toronto on June 4.

Farrow’s convocation message focused on his global quest to Cause Health which has grown out of his education and mentors at the U of T.

"You have the choice as educators, urbanists and designers to expect more and demand more of the schools, homes, offices and communities which you inhabit," he advises. His theme is aligned with university President Meric Gertler’s mandate to expand the role of University in creating prosperity through creativity, innovation and research. The text version of his speech is here.




Global property investment report features Farrow’s “total health” approach

The MP Report, which covers emerging trends in international real estate property investment, profiles Farrow’s “total health” approach to building design here. The article, "Canadian architect Tye Farrow backs 'total health' buildings," resulted from Farrow's recent lecture tour of three Australian cities.  



Farrow in international news: "The power of acoustics for causing health"

Australian ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN quotes Tye Farrow on the role of acoustics in health-causing environments, and features his project at Credit Vally Hospital. Farrow says "timber is a good material for healthcare projects as it has been proven to raise spirits and reduce stress. At the same time, it can be used to reflect and absorb sounds." Read the article here.


Sydney Morning Herald: “Canadian architect Tye Farrow backs 'total health' buildings”

Australian media continue to demonstrate their enthusiasm for Farrow's focus on using the built environment to enhance people's ability to thrive. Tye Farrow's design is featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and he explains his approach, "To thrive is linked to the idea of prosperity. What we build has a big impact on our minds, ability to think and feel better, to work better. This is the idea of total health." 

"It's more than just environmental design, complete with green ratings...((it is instead) something that becomes beloved, not disposable"

For example, at Credit Valley Hospital, "We wanted to bring the lines of nature into the built form. When people walk into the building, they feel as if they are part of something, there is a deep-rooted connection," he said. Read the article here.