Valerie Gow

Partner, Interior Design Principal
BAA (Interior Design), BArch, ARIDO, OAA, FRAIC, IDC, TSA, OLA, ext 222

Certified in both interior design and architecture, Valerie combines a comprehensive understanding of design with a lyrical sense of material, colour and space, leading to projects of clarity and finesse.

Valerie graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University with a degree in interior design (1990), and a bachelor’s of architecture from the University of British Columbia (1994).

Valerie joined the practice in 2002 after many years of practice with significant firms. She was Project Architect for KPMB Architects (Toronto), Austin-Smith: Lord Architects (UK) and Christopher Bozyk Architects (Vancouver) where she gained considerable interior design experience. Her experience includes being project architect for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Heath, a $380 million redevelopment of a 27 acre site in downtown Toronto and a $125 million new campus for the University of Hertfordshire in the England.

Speaking Engagements
“Women in Architecture,” John Daniels Faculty of Architecture
“AIAS Popularize” American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Ryerson Chapter, 2015
“Architecture and Writing” Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science, 2014/15
“Architecture of Learning” School of Architecture, Laval University, “Instantanes d’architecture” Lecture Series, 2012
“Learning Commons Design” Humber College Interior Design, 2012
BIM and the National Research Council (NRC) Construct Canada, 2012,
“Architecture for Education” Pecha Kucha IIDEX, 2010
“Building Information Modeling Roundtable: Implementation Strategies and Lessons Learned” Construct Canada, 2007
Architectural Panel, Professional Practice, Ryerson Department of Architectural Science, 2007

Doors Open Toronto, Gow Hastings Architects Studio Tours, 2012/15
ITA Consulate General of Italy Italian Trade Commission Delegate, Cersaie, 2015
Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Tour of George Brown College Centre for Hospitality
and Culinary Arts, 2013
Humber College Studio Tour, 2012
The Royal Danish Consulate General Interior Design Mission to Denmark, Delegate, 2012

Architecture for Humanity, Toronto’s LifeCorps Food Share Hub Ideas Competition, 2015
Best Of Neocon Innovation Awards, Chicago, USA, 2012/13/15
Shaw Design Is… International Design Awards, 2014
ARIDO Principals, Partners and Owners (PPO) Roundtable, 2013
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) Awards, 2013
IIDEX Neocon Innovation Awards, Toronto, Canada, 2010/11/12
Prix de Rome, Canada Council for the Arts, 2012
Inscape “Imagine” Workplace Design Competition, 2008

Humber School of Interior Design, Thesis Advisor, 2005-present
Mentor to Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Intern Architects, 2002-present

Other Recognition
College of Fellows Induction, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 2016
Toronto’s Mille Femmes, Pierre Marvel Exhibition Luminato, 2008
“Ten People to Watch,” Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, 2006