Gow Hastings Architects is a Toronto-based architecture and interior design firm founded in 2002 by partners Valerie Gow and Philip Hastings. The firm specializes in creating vocational spaces for colleges and universities that simulate real-life scenarios. Gow Hastings Architects unites comprehensive services with a flexible, creative approach. Projects are the result of a process rooted in inquiry, collaboration, and a constant search for new solutions to familiar problems. The firm’s objective is to translate the unique personality and ideals of the institution into physical form, while also enhancing functionality and addressing the broader physical context. Purposeful and playful, projects celebrate clarity of form, proportion, clean lines, refreshing materiality, and imaginative use of colour and light. Gow Hastings Architects considers its projects successful when each detail has purpose and integrity, when the overall impression reflects the spirit of the institution, and when the user is inspired by an encounter with the designed environment, ensuring spaces that please and sustain over time.