The Design Team

The project Design Team was selected by York University in a three-stage international architectural competition that included competing teams from across North America, Europe, and Asia. The team is led by Toronto-headquartered ZAS Architects + Interiors, working in collaboration with Arup Engineering & Scott Torrance Landscape Architects. The synergies and creativity of this multi-disciplinary team have been fully realized in the design vision for the building and the technical development of it. Rounding out the team is the experienced Construction Management team of Laing O’Rourke and Gillam Group.

About ZAS Architects

ZAS Architects’ multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of professionals provides a fully integrated and comprehensive service for projects of all scales and various levels of complexity. Unlike many specialist design practices, we offer a unique, fresh and innovative approach to problem solving undertaken in a highly collaborative fashion with our clients and amongst ourselves. Led by the creative spirit of the firm’s Principals, and supported by a knowledgeable and reliable team of Associates, ZAS is committed to creative collaboration with our clients to achieve success.


PAUL STEVENS,  Principal in Charge & Project Architect

Paul Stevens’ professional ideology derives from one single thought; the pursuit of a big idea. With over 20 industry and design awards, Paul’s global success at ZAS Architects + Interiors stems from an inherent commitment to listening to and translating every client’s vision through architecture. As Project Architect for this pioneering building, Paul has assembled the overall project team, and continues to lead this team of design and technical specialists towards the building’s occupancy in 2015. This is his first engineering building project, although he has completed similar complex building projects at various Universities, most recently the new Digital Media Building at the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus and other notable, award-winning projects. His unique holistic approach to the design process balances sustainability, collaboration, site environment and visualization to articulate a cohesive vision.

COSTAS  CATSAROS,  Project Manager

The role of Project Manager for a building of this complexity requires strong organizational and communicative skills, and Costas excels in this area of expertise. Working to realize a unique design vision within strict schedule parameters, he has been dedicated to ensuring the client, consultant and construction team complete a successful project result. His experience with ZAS over the last 13 years has seen him work on multiple educational facilities, and he continues to be inspired by the direct result of great architecture – creating an experience that “wows” users while making them feel comfortable and at-home within a space.

GREGORY WOODS (1965-2013), Project Architect

Up until his untimely passing in 2013, Greg was the design lead on the project and a committed advocate for the unique objectives that will distinguish it from other schools. His vision for the project has been carried forward with continued zeal and dedication by the ZAS team to ensure it is fully realized.

ELLA MAMICHE, Interior Design Team Leader

As a Principal of Interiors, Ella Mamiche embodies a design philosophy that embraces energy, passion and above all, individualism. To Ella, design must hold a multi-faceted purpose that goes beyond aesthetics. Throughout her 28-year career, she has approached each project as a unique opportunity to explore and develop ideas in an urban and social context, creating a narrative that tells the story of client’s brand. With experience working on a wide range of institutional, corporate and residential projects, Ella’s interest in designing modern learning/teaching and working spaces will be showcased in the interior design of the Bergeron centre. The final design reflects a modern and versatile combination of spaces that prioritizes the needs of the students’ first, along with concentrated efforts placed on the learning, social and collaborative spaces.


Arup is a global organization of engineering and specialist consultants that brings valuable technical expertise to this project. They provided all of the major engineering services and have been working closely with ZAS to deliver a superior building, coordinating the design of it through the use of advanced Building Information Modeling.


Scott Torrance is a Landscape Architect and certified Green Roof Professional. Their office believes deeply in the restorative function of integrating nature – flora, fauna and natural processes – into the urban experience and therefore his role on this project team has been invaluable. Committed to collaboration, they have successfully completed several projects as a member of large consultant teams, implementing IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), such as on this project.


Laing O’Rourke is a multinational construction company headquartered in the United Kingdom. It is the largest privately owned construction company in the UK and it’s history is one of energy, passion, ambition, people and teamwork. With origins stretching from 1848, the company has grown into an international organisation with operations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, delivering some of the most iconic construction projects in the world.


Gillam Group is a progressive construction management company established with a view to raising the bar in the planning, management and delivery of construction projects. For this project the company is partnered with Laing O’Rourke and is led by a collection of highly respected, senior industry professionals with the common goal of significantly improving the way construction projects are delivered.