June 9, 2015
by Canadian Architect
Roger du Toit, a founding partner of DTAH, died peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 31, 2015 as a result of a bike accident.
Roger’s professional life spanned three continents and more than 50 years. Educated as an architect and urban designer first in South Africa and later at the University of Toronto, Roger began his working life at the offices of H.G. Huckle & Partners in London, England. In 1966 he joined John Andrews Architects in Toronto, where he played a pivotal role in the design of Toronto’s CN Tower and Canberra’s Municipal Offices at Belconnen, along with leading the firm’s urban design and master planning divisions. Establishing his own architecture and urban design practice in the early 1970s, and later achieving designation as a certified landscape architect, Roger dedicated his career to the integration of these three disciplines of design. Evident in all of Roger¹s work is the ambition to create environments that meet the needs of economy and utility, while being socially responsive and a joy to inhabit. Continuing his work in partnership with Robert Allsopp and John Hillier (establishing du Toit Allsopp Hillier in 1985), and more recently within the expanded partnership known as DTAH, Roger’s leadership in the realms of community and campus master planning, urban intensification, and innovative transportation planning is second to none. Among other achievements, Roger played a key role in visioning Toronto’s vibrant Distillery District, enabling the removal of the Gardiner Expressway east of the Don River, and shaping Wascana Centre in Regina. His 30-year commitment to the urban form of Canada’s National Capital stands as a testament to his dedication, tenacity, and his love of the work.
If desired, charitable donations in memory of Roger can be directed to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. There will be a celebration of his life organized by his family to be held at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, located at 44 Price Street on Sunday, June 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Additionally, DTAH will be hosting an event for Roger’s professional colleagues and contacts on Monday, June 15th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at 50 Park Road.
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