Some heartwarming news came our way today via the University of Toronto Magazine.

A new award has been established at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design in memory of influential Toronto developer Paul Oberman.

Oberman is the former CEO of Woodcliffe Corporation, an innovative and highly acclaimed developer with a soft spot for heritage properties.

“Toronto’s Summerhill train station, which was converted into an award-winning LCBO outlet, King James Place and the Gooderham Flatiron Building are three of his landmark achievements,” writes Scott Anderson of the U of T Magazine.

Oberman passed away last year at the age of 53, but the Paul Oberman Graduate Student Endowment Fund was created to preserve his legacy by helping graduate students study first-hand how urban areas around the world are handling rapid transformation. The award will be given annually to two students and will total approximately $12,000 each year.

Although Oberman never attended university himself, his wife and frequent collaborator Eve Lewis says that he saw significant value in higher education.

Check out this sweet video to learn more about Oberman’s amazing impact on Toronto:

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