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Toronto Architecture Tours | University Avenue Tour 2017


Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
University Avenue Tour | Sunday mornings 10:00AM | Regular Ticket
Regular Ticket Rate (age 13 and up); Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by paid adult.
10h 11m CA$10.00 CA$1.19
University Avenue Tour | Sunday mornings 10:00AM | GROUP RATE 10+ People
GROUP RATE for 10+ People ONLY - 10% Discount (age 13 and up); Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by paid adult.
10h 11m CA$9.00 CA$1.17
University Avenue Tour | Sunday mornings 10:00AM | Accessible Access Ticket
Accessible Ticket for participants with mobility issues. Please purchase this ticket if you require wheelchair access so that our guide knows to take the accessible tour route.
10h 11m CA$10.00 CA$1.19

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Join the Toronto Society of Architects’ guided outdoor walking tours and learn about some of the city’s best contemporary architecture. Our highly trained volunteer guides will take you to iconic buildings designed by world-renowned architects and explain the design context, details, and unusual features that make these buildings notable. Fun and informative, Toronto Architecture Tours provide the stories behind the buildings and demonstrate why architecture is such a powerful communications tool for businesses, organizations, and the city.

University Avenue Tour

Come walk with us as we stroll down Toronto’s ceremonial boulevard and explore the buildings, landscapes and artwork that define one of Toronto’s most unique thoroughfares: University Avenue. Discover the stories behind the architecture – from the origins and growth of hospital row to the city bylaws behind the Bank of Canada’s light coloured façade, we’ll help you see our grand avenue as you have never seen it before.

Stops include:    

  • MaRS Centre Phases 1 & 2, 2005 addition/renovation Adamson Associates Architects; 2014 B+H Architects
  • Hydro Place, 1975 Kenneth R. Cooper
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 1992 Zeidler
  • Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (2 buildings), renovation 2004 B+H & new building 2003 HOK Urbana
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, 1974 Bregman & Hamann (now B+H); west addition 2012 HDR Architects & BBB Architects
  • Sick Kids Atrium (New Patient Tower), 1993 Zeidler Roberts Partnership
  • The Nurses Residence (now Alan Brown Bldg), 1983 Uno Prii
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute University Centre, renovation & addition 2012 Murphy Hilgers Architects
  • Shell Oil Building, 1961 Marani & Morris
  • Residences of 488 University Ave., 2016-17 CORE Architects
  • Maclean Hunter Building, 1961 Marani & Morris
  • University Avenue Medians, 1961 Dunington-Grubb & Stensson
  • The Residences at RCMI, 2014 Zeidler Partnership Architects
  • Toronto Court House, 1964-66 Marani, Morris and Allan; additions 1985 & 1987; landscaping Michael Hough of Hough Woodland Naylor Dance
  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 2006 Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Bank of Canada Building, 1955-58 Marani & Morris
  • Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, 1961 John B. Parkin Associates 
  • Shangri-La Toronto, 2012 James Cheng, Hariri Pontarini


Weekly on Sundays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM NOON DURATION: 2 hours DISTANCE: Approx 2 km with some stairs to and from buildings (accessibility can be accommodated)


Corner of University Avenue and College Street (exact location provided with your e-Ticket); Finish: Near Queen subway station


** ONLINE ticket sales close at 6:00PM on the Saturday evening before the tour. CASH TICKETS may be available directly from the guide at the start of each tour if not sold out.** Please email for info and meeting spot.

Children age 12 and under are free provided they are accompanied by paying adult(s).

TSA Members in good standing may bring one (1) complimentary guest. Use the promo code provided with your membership or email to confirm your membership standing and get your promo code to access your special member tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable 24 hours before your registered tour date/time. To cancel/change a ticket, please email


Tours are conducted entirely by trained volunteers who are passionate about buildings and people.  If you enjoy your tour, please feel free to tip the guides! Got feedback or comments?  Send us an email at !


The Toronto Architecture Tours are organized and run by the Toronto Society of Architects.  Special thanks to our generous sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make it all possible! support from:

Montgomery Sisam Architects

For more information, please contact the organizer via email at

Have questions about Toronto Architecture Tours | University Avenue Tour 2017? Contact TORONTO SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS

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University Avenue and College Street
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization comprised of architects, professionals from sister organizations, and members of the community that are interested in architecture and urban issues. The TSA is the local Chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), which is the licensing and regulatory body that governs the practice of architecture in Ontario.

The TSA plays an advocacy role in the City, ensuring that architecture and design are key considerations in public discussions and in processes that have an impact on our urban environment.

The TSA organizes and sponsors a wide variety of initiatives including exhibitions, tours,  publications, competitions, forums, film series and celebrations that engage the architectural profession, its sister disciplines, and the public. An elected Executive, comprised of volunteers, undertakes and directs these initiatives throughout the year. We strive to promote and advance the role of architecture and design in Toronto’s dynamic community.

Membership in the TSA is open to all with an interest in Toronto architecture and urban issues.  Please consider joining!

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