2002 Governor General’s Medals for Architecture: Computer Science Building, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Architects Alliance in joint venture with Busby + Associates Architects

The first major institutional green building in Ontario, the York University Computer Science Building has been designed to be transparent, open and welcoming to the entire campus community. It enhances the University’s primary circulation spine–the pedestrian movement on Campus Walk–on its site, largely through the use of full glazing that reveals the activity taking place inside. A steel and glass canopy provides year-round weather protection. The building’s three architectonic zones are a three-storey bar building, a courtyard building and a lecture hall. Energy efficiency is realized through the distribution of program elements among the three zones, which also promotes student-faculty interaction. All aspects of the building have been shaped by the desire to minimize environmental impact and enhance user comfort.