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Ontario Association of Architects announces 2105 award winners


Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, winners of the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature both Canadian and international projects designed by Ontario architects, ranging from sustainable single-family homes to the redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.

Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 newly built projects in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Kingston, Bolsover, Sudbury, Crawford Lake, Sarnia, Town of the Blue Mountains, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey (B.C.), have been distinguished in the Design Excellence category. Selected from more than 175 submissions, recipients of the 2015 Design Excellence Award have been recognized by a jury of peers from the design community on the following criteria:

• Creativity: The innovative nature of the design solution

• Context: The contribution a project makes to its unique location, to neighbouring uses and to community building

• Sustainability: The contribution the project makes to a sustainable environment. Considers project design merits and the reduced use of raw materials and dependence on fossil fuels, as well as projects that achieve high quality interior environments, with regards to daylighting, air quality and material use.

• Good Design/Good Business: The degree to which the project creatively supports and interprets the business and architectural goals of the client through programming and design.

• Legacy: The contribution of the project in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence.
Celebrating forward-thinking design and leadership in architecture, 29 winners in nine categories will be recognized at a formal awards ceremony in Hamilton, May 8, as part of the OAA’s annual conference.

2015 OAA AWARDS – LIST OF WINNERS

DESIGN EXCELLENCE – AWARDS

Echo House, Toronto;  Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect

Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, Toronto; Kohn Shnier Architects

Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Toronto; Patkau Architects Inc./ MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Grotto Sauna, Georgian Bay, PARTISANS Architects

Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston; N45 Architecture Inc. / In association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C.

Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Moriyama & Teshima Architects / In association with Charles Correa Associates

Lake Cottage Bolsover; UUFIE INC.

Mariinsky II, St.Petersberg, Russia; Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated

Surrey Civic Centre, Surrey, B.C.; Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Kasian Architecture Ontario Incorporated

Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Sudbury; J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects / In association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

DESIGN EXCELLENCE – HONOURABLE MENTIONS

14 Division, Toronto; Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Annex Residence, Toronto; Audax Architecture Inc.

Deer Clan Longhouse, Crawford Lake; Brook McIlroy Inc.

Fort York Branch Library, Toronto; KPMB Architects

Fort York National Historic Site Visitors Centre, Toronto; Patkau Architects Inc. /Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.

Gold Corp Innovation Suite, Lassonde Mining Building, Toronto; Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia; Kongats Architects

Maison Glissade, Town of the Blue Mountains; Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.

‘Pit Stop’ Transit Facility, Oakville; Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.

Port Hope House, Port Hope; Teeple Architects Inc.

CONCEPTS

PRISMATICA; RAW design inc.

The Hole Idea – Now in Technicolour; Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

Dancing Cubbies (Honourable Mention); Denegri Bessai Studio

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD

Vale Living with Lakes Centre, Sudbury; J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects / In association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

LANDMARK DESIGNATION

Belleville City Hall, Belleville; William R. White Architect Limited

BEST EMERGING PRACTICE

PARTISANS Architects

G. RANDY ROBERTS SERVICE AWARD

Recognizing members of the OAA for extraordinary service to the members:
Istvan Lendvay

LIFETIME DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Honouring members for career-long contribution to Architectural Design Excellence:
Bruce Kuwabara

ORDER OF DA VINCI

Presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture:
Leslie M. Klein

ALL ABOUT THE  OAA AWARDS

The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and a professional audience; demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole; fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.

ALL ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. The OAA’s mission is to represent, regulate, support and promote the profession of architecture in the interest of all Ontarians, and to lead the design and delivery of built form in the Province of Ontario.

For more information, visit www.oaa.on.ca

 
Third row, right: Echo House, Toronto, ON, Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect – photo by Ben Rahn
Third row, left: Ismaili Centre, Toronto, ON, Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates – photo by Shai Gil