Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University

Toronto, Canada

The concept design for the Bergeron Centre is fully rooted in the academic mission of the school and translated into a design that is bold, original and iconic.  With a University mandate to create a world-class facility, the building was conceptualized as one that is rooted like a “Rock” in the landscape of the campus and yet limitless like a “Cloud”.  Those metaphors were instrumental in the development of the building’s architecture and have subsequently been adopted by the school’s faculty and students when describing it.  Particularly notable is the unique façade of the Cloud panels on the upper levels of the building where a scale-less aesthetic of tessellated glass and aluminum panels are unlike any other on campus.  It’s shimmering pattern of materials and reflectivity are always changing, much like the students work that will be created within it.

The Bergeron Centre contains 15,700 m2 of floor space on 5 levels rising from the campus to create a “landscape of learning."  Containing learning spaces for civil, mechanical and electrical engineering programs, the new building contains a variety of teaching and research labs, workshops, collaborative classrooms, studio spaces and social areas for students and faculty. This sustainably designed development is LEED Gold Certified and occupies an important south-west position on the York University campus.  Its location provides unobstructed and panoramic views towards the City of Toronto and by extension perhaps an even greater emphasis on global citizenship and entrepreneurial leadership.


York University


169,000 sf



Support Space

Informal Learning/Social Spaces

Undergraduate Labs

Research Labs

Faculty Offices

Sustainable Features


Toronto Green Standard (TGS) Tier 2


  • Architectural Merit Awards, Ontario Concrete Awards
  • Converted to Steel Award of Excellence, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
  • Architectural Woodwork Awards, LEED Project, Ontario Chapter Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada
  • Long List Finalist, Education Category, WAN Awards
  • Best in BIM, CanBIM Awards
  • Owners Award, CanBIM Awards


"The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas." Alexandra Lange. New York Times. August 4, 2016. Link

CTV News Toronto. "First glimpse into the newest building at York U." CTV. March 31, 2016. Link

"ZAS wraps a Toronto engineering school in a tessellated metal and glass screen." dezeen. February 2, 2016. Link 

"The New Bergeron Centre at York University Used an Algorithm to Create Its Beautiful Design." Nick Mafi. Architectural Digest. December 22, 2015.  Link

"New-school: ZAS create non-conformist design for York University." Ali Morris. Wallpaper. December 14, 2015. Link

"Big Changes." Green Building and Sustainable Strategies. December 5, 2015. Link

"Concrete Awards honour achievements." Patricia Williams. Daily Commercial News. December 3, 2015. Link

“Stunning Bergeron Centre a sign of big changes at York.” Derek Flack. blogTO, November 19, 2015.  Link

"New building for York University's Lassonde School of Engineering." Canadian Architect. October 29, 2014. Link

“New Engineering Building about to take shape at York University.” York Media Relations, June 17, 2013  Link

“Groundbreaking for new Engineering Building at York University by ZAS Architects + Interiors.” Canadian Architect, June 24, 2013  Link