Architect selected for U of T’s Daniels Faculty expansion (October 27, 2009)
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto announced that a design team led by Boston-based architectural firm Office dA, led by partners Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, has been chosen to transform its facilities. Toronto firm Adamson Associates is the architect of record on the project and Coen + Partners of New York/Minneapolis is the landscape architect.
The Daniels Faculty was renamed in 2008 thanks to a historic gift by alumnus John Daniels and his wife, Myrna Daniels, directed at renewing its facilities as well as providing financial support to students. With the Daniels gift, an ambitious campaign has been launched to secure other significant gifts from those with an interest in advancing the art of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.
Earlier this year the Faculty began a search to select an architectural team to design a project that would address the accelerated growth of its programs and research endeavors, as well as situate new technologies and laboratories that would allow Daniels to remain at the forefront of design education. Office dA’s concept was selected after successfully meeting the criteria for originality, technical and aesthetic innovation and sustainability. Key features include a new auditorium, a vertical telescoping atrium, upgraded studio and meeting spaces, a rooftop library and adjoining greened terrace with views of downtown Toronto.