Ontario awards architects

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) announced yesterday its 2008 award winners who represent the best in Ontario architectural design, innovation, and business. As well as launching it’s newest award category, the People’s Choice Award.

Buildings in Brampton, Mississauga, Cambridge, Ottawa, and Toronto have been honoured.

The public will determine a winner of the People’s Choice Award by an online vote from the selected 15 Design Excellence Award winners.

The interactive website launched March 13, 2008; www.oaa.on.ca features an online voting system allowing the public to vote for their favourite project amongst the 15 Design Excellence Award winners. Voting will close Friday, April 11 4:30 pm. The project with the most votes will be declared the People’s Choice Award winner and announced at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony taking place on May 2, 2008 as part of the 2008 OAA Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The OAA Awards offers the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present its work to a public and professional audience; it advertises the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole; it fosters a greater appreciation of architecture and architects among all levels of society, professional and non-professional.

One hundred and sixty-two submissions were received and reviewed by three juries comprised of members of the public.

These award-winning projects illustrate the diversity, expertise and leadership within the profession today:


Academic Resource Centre,
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Brian MacKay-Lyons Architect (Design Architects)
with Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects
(Prime Consultant)

Bloorview Kids Rehab
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. in joint
venture with Stantec Architecture Ltd., Architects

Brampton Soccer Centre
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Conservation, Rehabilitation and Upgrade of
Library of Parliament
Ogilvie and Hogg Architects Inc., Desnoyers
Mercure & Associs, Spencer R. Higgins
Architect Inc. & Lundholm Associates Architects

Courtyard House
Studio Junction Inc.

Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre,
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Shore, Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects

Hespeler Library
Kongats Architects

Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice
Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Museum of Inuit Art
gh3 inc.

The Peel Regional Cancer Centre and Ambulatory
Care Centre at the Credit Valley Hospital
Farrow Partnership Architects

Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre,
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Shore, Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects

Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church
Teeple Architects Inc.

The George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for
Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.

Umbra Retail and Concept Store
Kohn Schnier Architects

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture &
Design at Riverside, Cambridge Libraries and Galleries
Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.



Camera Obscura Image of a Church inside a Room
Image: Award of Excellence
Jonathan Wong, student


Led Lighting: Baby Fish Tide
Artifact: Award of Excellence
Catherine Lin, intern

The Girl in the Wood Frock
Artifact: Award of Excellence
Andrea Ling, intern


The Tropical Forest Science Center
Concepts: Honourable Mention
Ensitu, Panama (Design Architect of Record)
Urbio, New York (Planning and Design Architects)
gh3 inc., Toronto (Design Architects)
NXL, Toronto (Lab Architects)
David Agro LEED, Toronto (Design LEED Consultant)

1:50 Elevation Details
Concepts: Honourable Mention
City of Toronto Planning/Urban Design

Cities and the dead 6: ghost orchards
Concepts: Honourable Mention
Son Van Huynh, student

Best Emerging Practice

Dubbeldam Design Architects Toronto

Landmark Award

Toronto Eaton Centre
Zeidler Partnership Architects

Rosedale Valley Bridge
NORR limited Architects and Engineers. the successor firm of John B. Parkin Associates

G. Randy Roberts Service Award – Recognizing members of the OAA for extraordinary service to the members.
James William Strutt

Order of da Vinci – Presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture.
Stephen V.E. Irwin

The awards will be presented at the OAA/RAIC Celebration of Excellence at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony taking place as part of the OAA Conference on Friday May 2, 2008 as part of the 2008 OAA Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under the Architects Act. The association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order that the public interest may be served and protected. As part of its regulatory mandate, the Association delivers a wide range of programs and services to its members and the public. www.oaa.on.ca