University of Toronto Scarborough students enjoy an increasingly pedestrian-friendly 300-acre campus in the Highland Creek Valley, one of Toronto’s most spectacular natural settings.
The dramatic landscape inspired architect and U of T Professor John Andrews. His bold vision for the original Scarborough College buildings became one of the two iconic works of twentieth-century Canadian architecture, according to Larry Richards, former dean of the University’s Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design. The Humanities and Science Wings, known colloquially as the Andrews Building, propelled John Andrews, who later designed the CN Tower, into the national and international spotlight.
There are few finer examples of mid-20th century Brutalist architecture anywhere in the world. Scarborough College was built using design ideals, materials and construction processes that were at once innovative and ancient. The remarkable combination of landscape and design continues to draw architecture scholars, students and aficionados from around the world to UTSC.
Enrolment has grown rapidly since the 1990s, and the university’s intelligent master planning has increased densification while continuing to pay attention to the surrounding landscape. Expansion has been guided by the strong fundamentals of the original Scarborough College planning: design, commitment to high-quality architecture, natural open spaces, and student-centred experience of the built environment. The campus has grown into the 21st century with the addition of residences, student service, athletics and recreation, research and teaching facilities. Each building represents UTSC’s academic mission and student-centred values with unique contemporary architecture.