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Cadillac Fairview and Ryerson University celebrate the opening of the David E. Handley Studios
Sep 16, 2016



Toronto, ON, September 16, 2016– Cadillac Fairview and Ryerson University are proud to announce the completion of the fourth floor, David E. Handley Architectural Science Studios, a state-of-the-art design studio, transformed in honour of David E. Handley, a class of 1967 graduate in Architectural Technology.


"Cadillac Fairview's generous support of the David E. Handley Studios honours a great Ryerson alumnus and city builder, David E. Handley, said Dr. Tom Duever, Dean, Ryerson University's Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.  "We are incredibly grateful that David's legacy and Cadillac Fairview's commitment to philanthropy will serve to inspire the next generation of bright and original thinkers from Canada and abroad."


 “Throughout his 45-year career with Cadillac Fairview, David has been respected for his innovation and leadership in creating landmark buildings across Canada,” said Wayne Barwise, Executive Vice President, Development, Cadillac Fairview. “We are thrilled to honour David’s dedication to Cadillac Fairview and his profession by transforming the studio space into an inspiring and modern environment.”


A 21st century-learning environment

Ryerson’s Architectural Science Building opened in 1981 and at the time, boasted first-rate facilities. Over the past 35 years, the industry has changed significantly and a renovation of the space was much needed. Working with Gow Hastings Architects Inc. and Twin Contracting, the updated space pays homage to the original design while ensuring relevance for current and future students.


Studio features:


  • A new layout that encourages and facilitates collaboration, while also allowing for quiet, individual study
  • Technologies and presentation capabilities for the display and discussion of work
  • Work spaces with modular furniture to support traditional and emerging working methods
  • Improved acoustics  and more thoughtful management of competing sounds
  • Secure and space-efficient mobile storage cabinets
  • User-responsive lighting and new window coverings to control computer screen glare
  • Upgraded electrical supply to meet the requirements of digital architecture production

“Without Ryerson, Cadillac Fairview and the people closest to me, I would not have had the career path that I have followed,” said David E. Handley, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Cadillac Fairview. “Ryerson gave me the tools I needed to succeed in a competitive industry and I am thrilled to have been the inspiration for the transformation of the studio space, which will serve Ryerson’s Architectural Science students for decades to come.”


Industry support
The transformation of this studio would not have been possible without fellow alumnus Harry Pellow (Architectural Science, 1962), who had the vision to honour David in this way. Fundraising efforts were led by Cadillac Fairview, industry partners, friends and alumni and backed by gift-matching support from Ryerson.


Donor list




Cadillac Fairview

Construction C.A.L.


The Ledcor Group

PCL Constructors Inc.

Ryerson University






ARCHIFIN Group Inc. / Frank G. McGrath Architect       

Les Entreprises d' électricité  E.G. Itée

Lucien Charbonneau ltée

Modern Niagara

pellow + associates architects inc.

Plan Group Inc.

Ventilex Inc.

WSP Canada Inc.





ABBARCH Architecture Inc.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture       

All Wood Fine Interiors Ltd.

Anco Contracting Inc.

B+H Architects


Hammerschlag + Joffe Inc.

Maple Group

MARANT Construction Limited

The Mitchell Partnership Inc.

Mulvey & Banani International Inc.

National Ceramic + Granite Limited

Net Electric Limited


Onyx Mechanical Limited

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Stone Tile International Inc.

Symtech Innovations Ltd.

TDL Drywall Inc.

York Marble Tile & Terrazzo Inc.

Zeidler BKDI Architects



ARPI'S Industries Ltd.

BA Consulting Group


Dauter Stone Inc.


exp Services Inc.

GH+A Design Studios

Giannone Petricone Associates

The HIDI Group

IBI Group

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Petroff Partnership Architects

Queen’s Quay Architects International Inc.

Quinn Design Associates Inc.


Sprint Mechanical Inc.

Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Western Electrical Management Ltd.




Custom Elevator Interiors Inc.

Daoust Vukovich LLP

Hauser Contract

ISA International

KJA Consultants Inc.

LEA Consulting Ltd.

Lobello Manufacturing Ltd.


Manshield Construction

Mulvey & Banani International (Alberta) Inc.       

Pappas Design Studio Inc.

Professional Excavators Ltd.

Thermal Systems KWC Ltd.

Triangle Steel Calgary Ltd.




Peter Sharpe Awards

The renovation of the studio space builds on Ryerson University and Cadillac Fairview’s existing commitment to partner together in support of future leaders in the commercial real estate industry. In 2010, the Peter Sharpe Endowment was presented to Ryerson University in honour of Peter Sharpe, who was President and CEO of Cadillac Fairview from 2000-2010. This endowment funds several annual awards in real estate management at the Ted Rogers School of Management, providing sustained, long-term support to TRSM and its students. A major objective of CF’s responsibility strategy is to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. The two partnerships with Ryerson University further demonstrate this commitment and align with CF’s philanthropic strategy, which aims to empower and inspire youth, so they can make a positive impact in their community and the lives of others.


About Cadillac Fairview

Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The company also invests in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.


Valued at more than $29 billion, Cadillac Fairview owns over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 72 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre and CF Chinook Centre.


Cadillac Fairview has been wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan since 2000. Ontario Teachers’ is a diversified global investor and administers the pensions of more than 300,000 active and retired school teachers. For more information, visit


About Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit