Studio

Gow Hastings Architects is an award-winning architecture and interior design studio specializing in public facility design. We create vibrant spaces that meaningfully connects people to place, with a particular focus on education and culinary arts projects.

Founded in 2002 by partners Valerie Gow and Philip Hastings, we are a Toronto-based studio of architects and designers passionate about creating dynamic public spaces that bring people together to learn, make, work, dine, and socialize. Our studio is comprised of design professionals of diverse qualifications in architecture, interior design, and graphic design. We aim to give greater value to each client’s offerings by consistently delivering work of exceptional quality and service, whether the projects be $500,000, $2.5 million or $50 million. Coupling the agility and creativity of a boutique studio with the strength of an established firm, we deliver on big ideas while retaining warmth and personal inflection.

We provide fully integrated design consulting services, including architecture, interior design, and environmental graphic design. Our multidisciplinary approach seamlessly brings together architecture, interiors, and graphics to give clients the added-value of comprehensive and cohesive design solutions—and give users a fully connected experience.

Clients

Art Gallery of Ontario
Be Relax Airport Spas
Brock University
Brookfield LePage
Johnson Controls
Centennial College
Christian Dior S.A.
City of Toronto
CLW Real Estate Service Group
Colliers International
Cole and Partners
Colleges Ontario
Conestoga Rovers & Associates
Conestoga College
Durham College

Fleming College
Globe and Mail
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Greenwin Properties
George Brown College
Georgian College
Humber College
Loyalist College
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Medisys Health Group
Niagara College
Ontario Place Corporation
Postmedia Network Inc
Ryerson University
Schwarzkopf Professional

Slate Properties
Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)
Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
Toronto Public Library (TPL)
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
University of Guelph
University Health Network
University of Toronto
University of Toronto Mississauga
Web Canada
YMCA Peterborough
York University

Services

Architecture
Interior Design
Culinary and Hospitality Design
Environmental Graphics & Wayfinding

Visioning
Feasibility Studies
Master Planning
Functional Programming
Furniture Planning

Prime Consulting
Project Management
Contract Administration
BIM & 3D Visualisation
Graphic Communication

Team

Partner, Interior Designer
ARIDO, OAA, FRAIC, IDC, TSA

Partner
OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Design Director
MRAIC, BFA, MArch

Associate, BTech

Associate, OAA, MArch, BAS, TSA

OAA, BArch, BES, BFA

BAS, BA (Hons), TSA

OAA, BAS, MArch, TSA

BAS, MSc(Arch)

BAS (Hons), MArch

Visual Communications & Marketing Director
MA (Distinction), BAS

BAS, MArch

Awards

ASK Academy
2013 SBID International Design Awards Finalist

Executive Medical Clinic
2013 LEAF Interior Design Awards Shortlist
2012 IIDA Healthcare Design Award
2012 FX International Interior Design Shortlist

Durham College Centre for Food
2015 ARIDO Award
2015 SBID International Design Awards
2015 FX International Interior Design
2014 REmmy Awards
2014 Canadian Design-Build Awards

George Brown College School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts
2009 OAA Award for Design Excellence
2009 WAF Awards – Education Shortlist
2009 ARIDO Award
2009 Best of Canada Awawrd
2009 Design Exchange Award, Interior Design – Commercial
2009 IFI Best Overall Project Award
2009 IFI Best in Leisure and Hospitality Award
2007 Twenty + Change Exhibition of Contemporary Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design

George Brown College Mixology Lab
2008 Best of Canada Award

Humber College Centre for Justice Leadership
2013 AJ Retrofit Awards Finalist
2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards
2011 OAA Award for Design Excellence

Humber College Centre of Culinary Arts & Science
2010 ARIDO Award
2009 Twenty + Change Exhibition of Contemporary Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design

Humber College Demonstration Kitchen & Auditorium
2005 National Post Design Exchange Award, Gold Award Winner – Commercial Interior Design
2005 ARIDO Award

Humber College Music Production Centre & Recording Studio
2009 ARIDO Award
2008 Design Exchange Award, Interior Design – Commercial

Humber College School of Spa Management
2007 ARIDO Award
2007 Best of Canada Award

Humber College Student Federation Amphitheatre
2006 Design Exchange Award, Temporary or Portable Design Category

Humber College Student Centre
2009 Twenty + Change Exhibition of Contemporary Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design

Ryerson University Paul H Cocker Gallery
2014 ARIDO Award
2014 SBID International Design Awards Finalist
2014 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Award
2014 Coverings Award: Tile Design Commercial

Ryerson University School of Interior Design
2009 Best of Canada Award
2010 ARIDO Award

Ryerson University Student Information & Advising Centre
2008 Design Exchange Award, Interior Design – Commercial
2009 Best of Canada Award

Ryerson University Student ServiceHub
2016 ARIDO Award of Excellence
2016 FX Design Awards — Public Sector Finalist
2016 SBID International Design Awards Finalist

University of Toronto Robarts Library Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
2013 LEAF Interior Design Awards Shortlist

Publications

Durham College Centre for Food
“Durham College Centre for Food,” e-architect, October 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” Miguel Rus, I Like Architecture, November 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” archilovers, October 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” Dexigner, October 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” AECCafe, October 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” World Interiors News, November 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” Design Chronicle, October 2015
“From Field to Fork, A Culinary School That Satisfies,” Elizabeth Pagliacolo, AZURE Magazine, October 2015
“Durham College Centre for Food,” Yvan Marston, Award, Architecture, Design, Construction, February 2014.
“Durham College Centre for Food, Gow Hastings Architects,” ArchDaily, November 25, 2012

Schwarzkopf Professional ASK Academy
“Urban Highlights,” Steve Kaufman, vmsd, February 2013
“Ask Academy, Schwarzkopf Professional by Gow Hastings,” Theresa Dowling, FX International Design Awards Book of Winners, 2012.
“Fringe Benefits,” David Dick-Agnew, Azure Blog, October 22, 2012
“Schwarzkopf ASK Academy,” World Interiors News, November 12, 2012

University of Toronto Robarts Library
“Year in Architecture 2013: Opening Doors to Collaboration, The Robarts Library Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI),” Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal, November, 2013.

Humber College Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts and Science
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“Twenty + Change 02: Emerging Toronto Design Practices,” Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard, eds, Cambridge: Riverside Architectural Press, 2009
“Ontario’s Architecture Edition. Architecture I Design I 01.” Ofersop Communication, 2009
“Build It and They Will Come… The Futuristic Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science Opens its Doors,” Maureen Scott, Mississauga News, December 2008
“State of the Culinary Arts,” Agata Waliczek, Humber Et Cetera, October 27, 2005
“Kick it Up a notch!” Ian Chodikoff, Canadian Architect, September 2005

Humber College School of Journalism
“Humber News Flash: Humber Journalism Students Hone Skills in New Facility,” Daniel Girardi, Toronto Star, November 30, 2006
“Checking Out the New Digs,” Jackson Hays and Matt Shilton, Humber Et Cetera, November 16, 2006

Humber School of Spa Management
“Gow Hastings Architects Inc,” Shay Sabah, Ontario Architecture Edition, 2009
“Enhancing the Spa Experience: Form and Function in Spa Design,” Lucie Grys, Spaces, Winter 2008
“10th Annual Best of Canada Award Design Competition,” Sheri Craig, Canadian Interiors, July/August 2007
“Gow Hastings Architects Win 2 Interior Design Awards,” Canadian Architect, November 2007

Humber Music Production Facility and Recording Studio
“Beat Box,” Alex Bozikovic, Azure Magazine, September 2008
“Music Production Facility and Recording Studio, Humber College, 1000 x Architecture of the Americas” Verlagshaus-Braun, 2008
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010

George Brown Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“Chef Special,” Image Interiors, March/April 2010
“Folio” Hinge Magazine, March 2010
“On the House,” Natalia Williams, Designlines Toronto, 2009
“George Brown Chef School,” Dan O’Reilly, Building Strategies Magazine, Winter 2009
“Splash,” Canadian Kitchen & Bath Volume 5, No. 3, Fall 2009
“Educated Palette,” Identity Magazine, Issue Seventy, Year Six, July 2009
“Come Dine With Me,” Plan Magazine, June/July 2009
“Open Kitchen,” Alex Bozikovic, Azure magazine, June 2009
“Architecture Worth Savouring,” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, February 16th, 2009
“George Brown Whips Up Innovative Showcase for Culinary Education,” Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News, December 28th, 2007

George Brown Mixology Lab
“11th Annual Best of Canada Award Design Competition,” Sheri Craig, Canadian Interiors, July/August 2008

Humber Centre for Justice Leadership
“Humber Centre for Justice Leadership”, Arch Daily. July 23, 2013.
“Gow Hastings Architects shortlisted for the 2013 AJ Retrofit Awards”, Canadian Architect. July 22, 2013
“Gow Hastings Architects shortlisted for the 2013 Architectural Journal Retrofit Awards”, Canadian Interiors. July 16, 2013.
“Don’t knock down that 50-year-old Building; Re-skin It,” Grant Buckler, The Globe and Mail, March 22, 2012
“Humber Centre for Justice Leadership (CAN),” Will Jones, De Architect, February 2011
“Under the Microscope,” Steve Hill, Antennae, Identity, January 2011
“Sleuth School Solves Mystery of Revitalizing Etobicoke,” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, November 6th, 2010
“CSI: Toronto,” Valerie Gow, Plan Technical, June/July 2010
Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“From Car Dealer to Crime Lab: Conversion at Humber,” Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News, July 24, 2009

Humber Student Federation Amphitheatre
“Ontario’s Architecture Edition. Architecture I Design I 01.” Ofersop Communication, 2009
“Gow Hastings Architects,” Kelly Crossman, Architecture and Ideas: Modern Approaches, Volume VI. Nos. 1-2, 2007
“Lighten Up,” Leslie Jen, Canadian Architect, September 2006
“Gow Hastings Architects Inc,” Shay Sabah, Ontario Architecture Edition, 2009

Humber Students’ Federation Centre
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“Twenty + Change 01: Emerging Toronto Design Practices,” Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard, eds, Cambridge: Riverside Architectural Press, 2009

Humber Demonstration Kitchen and Lecture Theatre
“Gow Hastings Architects Inc,” Shay Sabah, Ontario Architecture Edition, 2009
“State of the Culinary Arts,” Agata Waliczek, Humber Et Cetera, October 27, 2005
“Kick it Up a Notch!” Ian Chodikoff, Canadian Architect, September 2005

Humber Canadian Plastics Training Centre
“Gow Hastings Architects Inc,” Shay Sabah, Ontario Architecture Edition, 2009
“Gow Hastings Architects,” Kelly Crossman, Architecture and Ideas: Modern Approaches, Volume VI. Nos. 1-2, 2007

Humber Centre for Trades and Technology
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010

Humber Centre for Creative and Performing Arts
“School Colours:  Gow Hastings Architects goes digital to give Humber’s School of Creative & Performing Arts a little razzle-dazzle,” Michael Totzke, Canadian Interiors, September/October 2013

George Brown Mixology Lab
“11th Annual Best of Canada Design Competition,” Sheri Craig, Canadian Interiors, July/August 2008

Ryerson School of Interior Design
“Higher Learning,” Azure Volume 220, November/December 2012
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010

Ryerson School of Architecture
“Canada makes Ceramic Tiles of Italy Winners’ List,” Coverings Magazine, September/October 2014
“Gow Hastings win Honourable Mention in Ceramics of Italy 2014 Tile Competition,” Canadian Architect, June 2013
“New Ryerson Gallery has Simple, Dynamic Design,” Stephanie Calvet, Canadian Facility Management & Design (CFM&D), April 2014.
“Paul H. Cocker Architecture Gallery / Gow Hastings Architects,” Arch Daily, March 2014
“Ryerson’s new architecture gallery seeks to bridge academy and public,” Bert Archer, Young Street, March 2014
“Heart of the Matter, A Pristine White Gallery Sheathed in Red is a Jewel in the Centre of Ryerson’s Architecture School Lobby,” Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect, November 2013.
“Gallery Opening,” Adam Moore, Interiors & Sources, June 2014.

Ryerson University Student ServiceHub
“One-Stop Campus Services – Ryerson University Student ServiceHub in Toronto,” ID+C Magazine, November 2016
“Aiming Higher, Ryerson ServiceHub,” Pamela Young, Canadian Architect, October 2016
“Gow Hastings’ Revitalized Ryerson Student Hub,” David Dick-Agnew, AZURE, September 2016
“FX* Shortlist,” FX* Design Awards, October 2016
“Ryerson University Student ServiceHub – Public Space Design Finalist,” SBID International Design Excellence Awards, September 2016
“ARIDO Award of Excellence,” ARIDO Awards 2016 Winners, July 2016
“Student ServiceHub earns ARIDO award: Gow Hastings Architects give a 1970s-era space a modern remake at Ryerson University,” Michelle Ervin, Canadian Facility Management & Design (CFM&D), July 2016
“Ryerson University Student ServiceHub,” Archello, July 2016

Toronto Archives
“Archives Renovations,” City of Toronto, September 2016

Executive Medical Clinic
“Gow Hastings Recognized for Medical Clinic,” Patricia Williams, Daily Commercial News, September 20, 2012
“Uplifting Practice: Design is Wellbeing,” Design Is, Shaw Contract Group, 2012

24 Doncliffe Drive, Toronto, Ontario
“Families Grow Up and Out,” Denise Deveau, National Post, July 14 2007

96 Croft Street, Toronto, Ontario
“Home of the Week / Laneway Gem,” Jane Gadd, Globe and Mail, September 23, 2005

Practice
“Class Act: Top Marks to Gow Hastings Architects for a Plethora of Toronto School Projects,” John Bentley Mays, Canadian Interiors, May/June 2010
“I See Good Designs As Consumers’ Silent Partner,” ARIDO Advertisement, National Post, November 28, 2006
“Chinese Designers in Canada,” Joanna Tong, Ming Pao Newspaper, March 2, 2006
“Ten People to Watch,” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, January 1, 2006