Farrow engaged for 50th Anniversary redevelopment at RSGC

TORONTO, May 6, 2014 - Farrow Partnership has been selected to redevelop the junior school and dining hall of Toronto’s Royal St. George’s College, making this the fifth independent school in the firm’s portfolio.

Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood just north of the city centre, Royal St. George’s College is an urban day school for boys offering a challenging program of academics and extra-curricular activities designed to prepare students for placement at the university of their choice.

The redevelopment project will create spaces that support 21st century learning, including several flexible breakout areas for open seminar or group learning. A welcoming new entrance foyer will improve access to the renovated Ketchum Hall dining area. The jewel of the junior school, Ketchum Hall will be redesigned to allow natural light to flood the oversize room during both mealtime and during the range of related educational programs that the space will be tailored to accommodate. The existing kitchen and expanded servery will also be redesigned to better integrate with the educational curriculum. Upgraded classrooms and expanded staff facilities will give students and staff the opportunity to learn and engage in naturally lit, contemporary spaces that foster interaction and collaboration. 

The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in June 2015 so as to be completed for the College’s 50th anniversary.


Farrow gives keynote address at AIA Summit in Washington D.C.

TORONTO, May 5, 2014 - On April 23 Tye Farrow presented the keynote speech at a Design and Health Summit convened by the American Institute of Architects. Held at the AIA’s headquarters in Washington D.C., this new initiative brought the U.S. Acting Surgeon General together with architects and health professionals from across North America. The purpose of the conference was to examine explicit connections between design and health: safety and social equity; physical activity; sensory experiences; environmental integrity; and access to nature.

Tye presented “Cause Health: The Ultimate Test for Design?” stating that “the places we create either cause health or erode our ability to thrive.”

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Farrow's Credit Valley Hospital atrium design featured in the Toronto Star

TORONTO, March 21, 2014 - Farrow's design for the atrium at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga is one of Toronto's atria "gems" featured in an article from the Toronto Star.  Read the full article here.


Farrow speaks at the University of Virginia

TORONTO, March 14, 2014Farrow’s Senior Partner, Tye Farrow, joins architects, planners, scholars and health professionals from across North America for the Healthy Environments, Healing Space conference taking place on March 17 and 18 in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. Conference attendees will discuss the opportunities that exist to enhance health by design.

Tye will be presenting, “The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health?”  This session will ask: What if our health became the basis for judging every building and every public space? What if each of us—every person, everywhere—grew accustomed to looking at our built environment with one question in mind, “How healthy is this place?”


Farrow Associate selected to join Design Review Panel

TORONTO, March 13, 2014 - Farrow Associate, Yasin Visram, has been selected as one of nine members of the first Hamilton Design Review Panel (HDRP).  Selections were made from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, heritage professionals and green technologies specialists. The mandate is for panel members to provide their expert and impartial design advice and guidance to Hamilton Planning staff on urban design matters of development within Design Priority Areas for a pilot period of two years.

More information about the HDRP here.


Farrow's salutogenic design for South Africa centres featured in UK magazine

TORONTO, March 3, 2014 - Aiming to dramatically improve health and reduce costs in their country, the South African Ministry of Health funded an international design competition to build exemplar Health Promoting Lifestyle Centres (HPLCs). Jury members from five continents selected Farrow Partnership’s team (Farrow, with Clark Nexsen and Ngonyama Okpanum & Associates) as the winner in response to an open design brief, which called for a new type of health centre. The HPLCs are planned for assessment, adaptation and construction in the rural settings, townships and cities throughout the country’s nine provinces. Read the article from FX Magazine here.



International acclaim for Farrow's luxury tree house design

TORONTO, February 25, 2014- Farrow's design for the E'Terra Tree House Villas has garnered initernational acclaim from several design websites, among them Italy's The Nest Way, as well as Inhabitat and Fast Company, from New York and San Francisco respectively.


Italian recognition of E'Terra Samara

TORONTO, January 31, 2014 - Farrow's concept for the E'Terra Samara eco resort has been published on The Nest Way, an Italian website dedicated to sustainable design and imaginative living.  See the article here.


Farrow Senior Partner Emeritus in OAA Perspectives magazine

TORONTO, January 14, 2014 - Senior Partner Emeritus, George Farrow, is one of several architects featured in the recently published "Time Off: Architects' Pastimes" issue of the OAA magazine, Perspectives. George's intricate crafting of avian woodcarvings, which he has been doing for nearly 30 years, offers him a relaxing way to spend time out of the office.  Read the full article here.