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2016 Award Recipient

The CARITAS Project, its Advisory Board, and its Award Judges and Partners are delighted to announce the Award Recipient for the Seventh Annual Generative Space Award.

Project Title:
Women's College Hospital

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Click here for PDF of complete Award submittal.

It began with storytelling, listening and wonderment about what might be – 1000 women from varied walks of life committed time and energy into creating a new paradigm for Women’s College Hospital, the largest pre-eminent academic ambulatory care centre and research institute in Canada - dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and their families. We reinforced how translational practices can be supported in the physical design and measured through surveys and metrics how new models of patient care reinforce and generate unparalleled caring and empowerment. This is a hospital to keep people out of the hospital. Stakeholder collaboration is unmistakable in an interpretive tapestry; nature and organic flourishes reign; a light-filled pavilion, complete with a community table welcomes you. And we truly sense a halo-effect emanating from the architecture - a vivid cantilevered fuchsia box has become an unmistakable marker and a gift to all who venture near.

Provider Primary Contact:
Heather McPherson,
Executive Vice-President, Patient Care & Ambulatory Innovation
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1B2

Consultant Primary Contact:
Susan Black,
Principal and Director
Perkins Eastman Black Architects
247 Spadina Avenue, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A8

Individual Responsible for This Entry:
Lori Colucci,
Intern Architect
Perkins Eastman Black Architects
247 Spadina Avenue, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3A8

Judges' Comments:

‘…collocating functions to avoid people journeying around the building; rescheduling services to allow delivery in a single day; intermixing clinical and education space, engaging in the civic realm – all speak of an environment that breaks down barriers and restores symmetry to the doctor/patient relationship.’

‘…it was very generative that they were “attempting to understand the health gaps and barriers woman face accessing the healthcare they need and that they also redesigned processes and practices to minimize apprehension and provide both integrated and wellness care”.’

‘I appreciated that the submittal included profiles of patients, family, staff, community members, and visitors as it covered all the different stakeholders.  The “Thinking Generatively” section does an excellent job of addressing the generative space features and aspects of the design.  The Community Arts Project is just another example of integrating the community with the hospital.  Women’s College Hospital is very deserving of the generative space award.’

2016 Generative Space Award Judges

Sally Augustin, PhD
Principal, Design With Science; Editor, Research Design Connections


Firmwide Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez, MSMOT

Hospital CEO, Texas Center for Infectious Disease

Simon Henderson

Head of Service Excellence and Support, Macmillan Cancer Support


President, The Vision Group Studios

Francis Murdoch Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA

Principal, architecture+

Bruce Raber, MAIBC, MRAIC, AIA Associate, LEED AP, EDAC

Vice President and Practice Leader for Healthcare, Stantec Architecture

Annette Ridenour

President, Aesthetics, Inc.

Dr. Mark Rowe, GP

Medical Director and Founder, Waterford Health Park

Dr. Wayne Ruga, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID

Founder and President, The CARITAS Project

Thank you for your interest and support of this program. Together, let us work to create a world made up of 'A Place to Flourish', everywhere and for everyone.