It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Greg Woods, OAA, MRAIC, NCARB.
Greg was a beloved friend, colleague, mentor and professor. He was an avid champion of great architecture and chose a path that inspired many. Always brilliantly creative, he challenged those around him to do things differently and take the road less travelled. Greg advocated a playful discovery process in design, which endeared him to clients, colleagues and students.
On a personal note, Greg was a good friend of our magazine: beyond being a regular sounding board and font of creative ideas, he also served as judge at our fourth annual Outside the Box Awards in December 2008.
Greg was an award-winning architect with project experience in Canada, U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Greg enjoyed a tremendous architectural career, most notably connected to The Sharp Centre of Design, as lead project architect with Alsop Architects, for the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
Recently, as a consultant to ZAS Architects in Toronto, Greg was the design-lead for the future home of The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Greg dedicated many hours teaching young people design and art history as a part-time faculty member at the Ryerson School of Interior Design. He was also a guest lecturer and critic at various schools in Canada and internationally, including OCADU, York U, U of T and The Bartlett at UCL.
Greg was a graduate of Ryerson University and The Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning at University College London and practiced with Architectonics, Robbie Sane, Robbie / Young and Wright, Alsop, Alsop at RMJM. Most recently, Greg acted as a design consultant to ZAS and ZAS/Taylor Smyth. He was principal in the firm Gregory Woods Associates.
Greg’s family will be releasing their own statement, shortly, with details of a planned, family service. There will be a public memorial celebrating the Architectural and Academic life of Gregory for friends, colleagues and the professional and artistic community at a later date.