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1 Spadina Crescent

exterior view of 1 Spadina
interior seating area
hallway and staircase
classroom with tables and chairs

1 Spadina Crescent

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Originally home to Knox College, and eventually occupied by one of the world’s first insulin manufacturers and a military hospital, the Gothic Revival building at 1 Spadina Crescent has a rich history and is a major city landmark, terminating views north from Spadina Avenue. ERA worked with NADAAA between 2011 and 2017 to oversee the building’s latest incarnation as part of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design.

1 Spadina Cres., photo by Tom Arban

ERA’s role on 1 Spadina Crescent centred on developing restoration and conversion strategies for the original building, designed by Smith & Gemmell in 1875, and connecting it to the new concrete and glass panelled extension.

As well as being a space for design students and thinkers to thrive in, the new Daniels Faculty building itself embodies conversations between old and new, heritage and innovation.

photography: John Horner Photography (interior) and Tom Arban (exterior)

University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
NADAAA, Adamson Associates


  • Holcim Awards: Heritage Reframed, 2014
  • Azure AZ Awards: People's Choice – Commercial / Institutional, 2018
  • Architect's Newspaper AN Best of Design Awards: Education, 2018
  • Architect's Newspaper AN Best of Design Awards: Building of the Year Finalist, 2018
  • American Architecture Awards: Schools & Universities, 2018
  • American Institute of Architects New York (AIA NY): Honor Award for Architecture, 2018
  • Museum of Architecture & Design: Green Good Design Award, 2014
  • CISC Ontario Steel Design Award of Excellence, 2017
  • Ontario Heritage Trust: 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation, 2019
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment: Top Ten Awards (Sustainable Design Excellence), 2019
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): Education Facility Design Awards, 2019
  • Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Awards of Excellence: Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse: Award of Honor, 2019
  • Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: Heritage Awards, Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse – Corporate, 2019
  • Heritage Toronto Awards: William Greer Built Heritage Award, 2019

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