Witold Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA, is an emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the Atlantic, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. The recipient of the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize, he was honored in 2014 with the National Design Award for Design Mind from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Massey College is featured in “A Tale of Two Colleges” published on July 14th in Architect, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects in which Rybczynski revisits the two projects to see how they’ve aged. “Scarborough and Massey Colleges were built a half-century ago in Toronto, one a study in Brutalism, the other an exercise in Arts & Crafts.”
Quoting Rybczynski: “What seems to have guided Thom were not abstract ideas, but something more down-to-earth: the human experience of a place. You come into the room and you see this. You turn, go up a few steps, and you touch that. A fire crackles in the corner. Human experience endures. So does human memory.”
The article is accompanied with beautiful photographs by Bob Gundu. You can read the full article here.