Toronto's Gow Hastings Architects
, have been shortlisted in the Public Space category of this year’s Society of British and International Design (SBID) Awards for their recent project, the Ryerson University Student ServiceHub
. Based in the U.K. and as one of the most prestigious recognitions of design excellence in the interior design industry, these awards identify, reward and celebrate design excellence from 14 distinct categories.
This is the second accolade for the ServiceHub this year. In June, the project earned an Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) Award of Excellence.
Ryerson University’s Student ServiceHub is a 13,000 s.f. interior renovation that transforms how students experience and engage with the most crucial resources of the Registrar’s Office. The bespoke design solution creatively brings student services to life in a boldly branded environment reminiscent of a technology store or a design-savvy coffee shop, offering an interactive experience that aligns with the social habits of today’s digital native students. What was once an outdated 1970's Brutalist interior now serves multiple-uses as a light-filled animated space where staff and students can meet, study or dine.
Commented Valerie Gow, Partner, Gow Hastings Architects - “We are thrilled to be recognized by these awards, but perhaps our best feedback came from a student who said that this space reminded her of the Apple Store, only better.”
As an architecture and interior design studio specializing in higher education, Gow Hastings Architects has completed over 250 projects for colleges and universities. Founded in 2002 by partners Valerie Gow and Philip Hastings and as a practice-led studio of architects and designers passionate about creating vibrant spaces for higher education institutions, their post-secondary work seeks to: support diverse pedagogical models; engage both students and staff; elevate their experiences; and, overall, strengthen academic communities.
The public are now invited to cast their votes for their favourite entries at www.sbidawards.com
until September 16, 2016, as their votes will be counted towards the overall results. Winners will be announced and awarded with the crystal SBID International Design Awards 2016 trophy at the official ceremony on November 25, 2016.