Vaughan Civic Centre and Civic Precinct

Working closely with lead consultants KPMB, PFS Studio developed the landscape strategy and design for this new City Hall in Vaughan, Ontario.

The general framework of the civic campus was inspired by rural planning principles of the past and agricultural patterns of the surrounding region, and organized linearly in an east – west orientation. The prime civic spaces consist of a large public plaza strongly related to the City Hall and well programmed to accommodate both official and informal events. A central water feature becomes an active public skating rink in the winter, promoting year-round recreation.

John Gamble Park is situated south of the civic complex and has been redeveloped to create an important civic green space that responds to the order of the civic precinct while at the same time relying on an indigenous plant palette to express the nature of the regional landscape.


The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Awards for 2013

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and The Canada Council for the Arts, Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, 2012

Ontario Association of Architects, Honourable Mention, 2012

City of Vaughan Urban Design, Award of Excellence, 2005

Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence, 2004


Photos by Tom Arban