Art Gallery of York University

Toronto, ON

Project Facts

  • Client

    York University

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    In Progress

  • Size

    12,700 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

    Siamak Hariri

The competition-winning design for the stand-alone Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) presents a bold new vision representative of the institution’s progressive program. Flanked by the greenery of the campus common and embracing a rejuvenated Arts courtyard, the building’s gently arced massing reaches towards the northern and the southern portions of the campus, drawing people in with a welcoming and distinct presence. The AGYU transforms a small infill site into a campus hub that connects visitors through the shared experience of art. 


Once inside, the 12,700 square-foot building wraps four galleries around an intimate gathering space, providing the flexibility to highlight the AGYU’s permanent collection and combine for larger, temporary shows—creating an immersive experience of art with intimate outlooks to nature embedded throughout. Connected to the Accolade East Building and situated next to the Centre for Film and Theatre, the AGYU acts as the public foyer and entryway to this reenvisioned arts complex. The ground level opens onto a landscaped courtyard and sculpture garden, allowing for spill-out programming and a strong pedestrian connection to the south campus.

Project Facts

  • Client

    York University

  • Location

    Toronto, ON

  • Status

    In Progress

  • Size

    12,700 Sq. Ft.

  • Partner

    Siamak Hariri

Recent Press

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Early sketches by Siamak Hariri

Early sketches by Siamak Hariri

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Early model development 

Early model development 

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The project will activate the infill site between the Accolade East Building and Centre for Film and Theatre.  

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The project will activate the infill site between the Accolade East Building and Centre for Film and Theatre.  

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Fronting the campus green and easily accessed by public transit, the AGYU will act as the great connector along York Boulevard and a beacon of social and civic engagement. 

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Fronting the campus green and easily accessed by public transit, the AGYU will act as the great connector along York Boulevard and a beacon of social and civic engagement. 

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Opening up to the landscaped courtyard and sculpture garden, the ground level will blur indoor and outdoor spaces and provide opportunities for spill-out programming. 

Opening up to the landscaped courtyard and sculpture garden, the ground level will blur indoor and outdoor spaces and provide opportunities for spill-out programming. 

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Planted with native, drought-tolerant species, the garden will serve as an accessible thoroughfare and natural extension of the gallery experience.

Planted with native, drought-tolerant species, the garden will serve as an accessible thoroughfare and natural extension of the gallery experience.

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