A lesson in design from these Award winning educational spaces

A lesson in design from these Award winning educational spaces

To continue our celebration of the 40th ARIDO Awards, this week we are looking back at some ARIDO Award winning projects by Registered Interior Designers that inspire, empower and light the path to a brighter future.

We are thrilled the ARIDO Awards will return to an in-person format this year on October 5th, 2023!

ARIDO Award: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Lobby and Entrance

View of the lobby with modular curvy seating in a blue colour and seating area along the wall of windows

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at UofT , a leader in Indigenous Education, is a decades-old institution with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice. However, the entrance and lobby to the OISE building were dark, challenging to access from busy Bloor Street West, and did not meet the diverse needs or achievements of this institution’s community. The design strategy was to create an inclusive and accessible space that facilitates community building, incorporates Indigenous design elements, and creates a safe environment with enhanced wayfinding and branding.

Interior Designer: Valerie Gow, ARIDO
Design Firm: Gow Hastings Architects
Joint Venture: Two Row Architect
Photographer: Tom Arban

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ARIDO Award: Deep Time Hall at the National Museum of Natural History

The entrance to the exhibit with the winding graphic panel illustrating the journey through time

With over 700 exquisitely preserved fossil specimens, miniature environmental models, immersive environments, and interactive media, this interior provides visitors with an understanding of the history of life on Earth. The space is teeming with the power of life, buoyed by the unrelenting forces of evolution.

Interior Designer: Cathy Lazo, ARIDO
Design Firm: Reich&Petch
Photographer: Chris Payne, Miguel Montalvo

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ARIDO Award Winner: St. Francis Xavier University – Brian Mulroney Institute of Government

Students move through the Mulroney Institute with a birch wood stair and glass lined second floor which overlooks the main floor.

The new Brian Mulroney Institute of Government is a dynamic nexus of academic and social life on the highly picturesque St. Francis Xavier University campus. The 88,460 SF building features flexible and modern learning spaces, large tiered classrooms, a 300-person auditorium, administrative offices and meeting spaces, exhibition spaces, and an open atrium fondly named “The Forum”.

Interior Designers: Chen Cohen, ARIDO; Kayley Mullings, ARIDO
Design Firm: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Joint Venture: Barrie and Langille Architects Ltd.
Photographer: Riley Snelling

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ARIDO Award Winner: Centre for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

A 10 meter terazzo medallion called "Circle of Indigenous Knowledge" designed by Indigenous artist Joseph Sagaj creates a moment of reflection and orientation at the building's entry.

Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) showcases Seneca’s commitment to entrepreneurial innovation as well as a sustainable vision for the future inspired by an Indigenous worldview. The design, which evolved through extensive consultation with Seneca’s executive leadership, academic stakeholders, and The Aboriginal College Council, brings together applied research, commercialization, specialized training, and an entrepreneurial incubator for both students and industry leaders.

Interior Designer: Janine Grossmann, ARIDO
Design Firm: Perkins&Will
Design Team: Tsvetelina Rabashki, ARIDO; Martha del Junco, ARIDO
Photographer: Doublespace Photography

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