In over twenty years of practice, as a registered architect and interior designer, Valerie has developed a distinguished portfolio of innovative and interactive learning spaces, helping Colleges and Universities across Ontario campuses to align their facilities with 21st Century pedagogy. Among 250 academic projects are precedent-setting design solutions that include the first interactive culinary teaching platform and the first ‘field-to-fork’ culinary school in Canada.
Valerie is very active in the local and international architecture and design communities, committed to design advocacy and public outreach towards the betterment of the built environment. She is a founding member of the Harbourfront Architecture Gallery Advisory Committee, Humber College Dean’s Advisory Council, and is the Vice Chair of the Fanshawe College Interior Design Advisory Committee.
Valerie has been a strong architectural voice representing Canada positively on the world stage. She was a Prix de Rome judge for the Canada Council; a delegate for the ITA Consulate General of Italy Italian Trade Commission, and The Royal Danish Consulate General Trade Mission to Denmark; a member of the Women in Architecture Exhibition Committee; and the Co-Chair of CANUK Architecture Group for the High Commission of Canada in the UK, organizing the traveling exhibitions of prominent Canadian Architects and raising the profile of Canadian Architecture in the UK.
Valerie has not only built a well regarded architecture practice recognized with over 50+ awards and 100+ publications, but has also steadfastly given back to the profession, nurturing the development of the next generation of architects and designers through active involvement in mentorship programmes. She has been a strong inspiration for all young women who look to her as a role model, equally as a business leader and an architect. Valerie is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the design professions. She is an avid supporter of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto), and has participated in the “Women’s Leadership Seminar” for the Graduate Architecture, Landscape, and Design Student Union & Building Equality in Architecture at the University of Toronto, and at the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. Valerie has mentored more than 20 interns for the Ontario Association of Intern Architects program, and guided many female interns seeking a female mentor through the registration process.
Valerie Gow co-founded Gow Hastings in 2002 with Partner Philip Hastings after many years of practice as a Project Architect at significant design firms, including KPMB Architects (Toronto), Austin-Smith: Lord Architects (UK) and Christopher Bozyk Architects (Vancouver). She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University with a degree in interior design (1990), and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (1994). Valerie is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Corporate, Public/Institutional, Development/Condominiums
This hairstyling school lets vibrant colour pop against a modern backdrop
The project converted a raw, post and beam loft into ASK Academy by Schwarzkopf Professional, a professional training facility for hairdressing trends, technical skills and...
Gow Hastings creates fresh new look for Ryerson’s Archives and IT Services
Ryerson University's Podium Building, built in the 1970s, houses both the Archives - the university's institutional memory, with records spanning 200 years - and Special...
Quantum Mechanics inspired the redesign of this U of T Lab
The first and second floors of the McLennan Physical Laboratories were alienating, institutional spaces, harshly lit with overhead fluorescents. In the classrooms, students...
How the creation of collaborative spaces prepares students for their future
Project: Ryerson University, Brookfield Institute, iBoost, and School of Performance Interior Designer: Valerie Gow, ARIDO Design Firm: Gow Hastings Architects Adjacent to...