TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - The Stockholm-based International Academy for
Design and Health has selected Canadian Tye Farrow to be their first Architect
Award recipient. This award honors an individual who "makes a significant
contribution to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and
In granting this award, an independent panel of respected researchers and
design professionals recognized Farrow's ability to realize the Academy's
highest aspirations for creating hospitals that enhance "health-supportive
Alan Dilani, Ph.D., director of The Academy, has singled out Tye Farrow
for achieving buildings that "tick all the boxes, in terms of civic pride,
sustainability, functionality and creating a genuinely inspiring space. Tye
Farrow re-imagines what a hospital could and should be."
Tye Farrow's approach builds on clients' highest aspirations by
delivering functional buildings that also address emotional and spiritual
needs. "Ideas about uplifting the human spirit have traditionally been
overshadowed by narrowly-focused efforts to increase efficiencies and treat
sickness," says Farrow. "Equally important, however, is to understand the
relationship between the quality of hospital design and the overall wellness
of patients and staff."
"The modern concept of disease is no longer narrowly pathogenic; instead,
every disease is seen as having complex origins and effects," said Dilani.
"This means that health promotion must be an integral part of facility design.
The Academy is recognizing people and projects that demonstrate how the built
environment can achieve this critical dimension."
The award ceremony was held on June 30, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland at the
Academy's Fifth World Congress and Exhibition.
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Tye Farrow is senior partner at Farrow Partnership Architects Inc. in
Toronto, Canada. Drawing on themes from nature, he has designed award-winning
projects across Canada and around the world. He is recognized internationally
as a visionary who is setting a new standard for hospital design. Tye Farrow
holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, and a
Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. For more
The International Academy for Design and Health (Design and Health) was
founded in 1997 by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
as a non-profit forum for the global exchange of research findings among
scientists, designers and industry. Under the direction of Alan Dilani, the
Design & Health Academy Awards program was initiated this year to recognize
work that embodies the Academy's highest standards and advances
health-supportive design knowledge. For more information: www.
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