The architect of an iconic example of modern Canadian architecture, Australian John Andrews (pictured centre above) sought to complement the Highland Creek Valley landscape outside and promote connections within the original University of Toronto Scarborough buildings, known at the time as Scarborough College. Andrews was a 29-year old practising architect and part-time U of T professor when he was asked to oversee the design of the University’s first campus outside downtown Toronto. The design propelled Andrews, who later designed the CN Tower and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, into the national and international spotlight.
Scarborough College was built using design ideals, materials and construction processes that were at once innovative and ancient. Andrews’ remarkable combination of landscape and design continues to draw architecture scholars, students and aficionados from around the world to Scarborough’s Highland Creek Valley.