Autumn 2009 / Life on Campus
The Campus Guide to Architecture

New book by former architecture dean offers stunning photos of the University of Toronto’s three campuses

The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on College Street.

The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on College Street.

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This nighttime shot of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, the interdisciplinary research facility on College Street, captures the cutting-edge design of Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner and architectsAlliance.

It’s just one of the startling Tom Arban photographs included in University of Toronto: The Campus Guide (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Author Larry Wayne Richards, a professor of architecture and former dean of U of T’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, provides an architectural overview of the style, use and history of buildings on all three University of Toronto campuses.

Richards outlines nine walks that invite you to explore the historical structures on St. George Campus, the buildings in the Medical and Health Sciences District, the architecture on the east and west campuses, and more. University of Toronto: The Campus Guide is available at U of T Bookstore.

Vote for your favourite U of T Building

Vote for your favourite U of T building in our poll below.

What are your favourite buildings at U of T’s three campuses?

1) St. George campus

2) Scarborough campus

3) Mississauga campus

Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Tammy Y Chan MA%202003 on November 9th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

Knox College is a small structure with a unique character that offers a variety of great spaces for students, staff and visitors. In the summer, the rose garden provides a quiet getaway from the present. The courtyard is an elegant venue, particularly for weddings. And in the chapel, people can take a few divine moments to enjoy the beautifully crafted architecture. No wonder the building is a favourite among film crews. Perhaps its most distinguishing feature is that staff and residents take such great care of it.

# 2
Posted by Joseph Tomaino BASc%201989 on November 9th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

I know the engineering buildings are not the nicest on campus but at least show a bit of respect and include at least one on your poll of favourite buildings. After all, you put that concrete eyesore, the Robarts Library, on the list.

# 3
Posted by Vittoria Colonnese-Benni PhD%201999 on November 12th, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

Hart House has become my second home. The building’s architecture, its welcoming reading rooms, the many events held there, the professional and helpful personnel, the quiet chapel, the gym and the various activities that occur there all contribute to a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere that’s conducive to studying and writing. Robarts Library may be better equipped for researchers, but I consider Hart House a real house with heart.

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