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March 09, 2017

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo (2012)
Location: Waterloo, OntarioArchitects: KPMB ArchitectsDate of Completion: 2012OAA Awards 2017 Design Excellence Finalist The design of the...
Image Credit: DoubleSpace Photography
Architectural Credit: KPMB Architects
-KPMB Architects

March 08, 2017

Meadowvale Community Centre and Library (2016)
Location: Mississauga, OntarioArchitects: Perkins+Will Canada Inc.Date of Completion: 2016OAA Awards 2017 Design...
Image Credit: Rodrigo Chavez
Architectural Credit: Perkins+Will Canada Inc.
-Perkins+Will Canada Inc.
On International Women's Day: Meet the BEAT Team!
Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), is an independent organization dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession...
Image Credit: BEAT
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT)

March 03, 2017

East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions (2015)
Location: Toronto, OntarioArchitects: Plant Architect Inc.Date of Completion: 2015OAA Awards 2017 Design Excellence Finalist  East...
Image Credit: Steven Evans Photography
Architectural Credit: Plant Architect Inc.
-Plant Architect Inc.
Ports 1961 Shanghai (2015)
Location: Shanghai, ChinaArchitects: UUFIE INC. Date of Completion: 2015 OAA Awards 2017 Design Excellence Finalist  Ports 1961...
Image Credit: Shengliang Su
Architectural Credit: UUFIE INC.
-UUFIE INC.
Building Housing Diversity: Invizij Architects & Indwell
We have been working with Indwell, a Hamilton-based Christian charity to create innovative responses to Ontario’s affordable housing crisis...
Image Credit: George Qua-Enoo
Architectural Credit: Invizij Architects
-Emma Cubitt, Invizij Architects

February 13, 2017

Visioning Our Future Dwelling Together: Re-Imagining housing with Eabametoong and Nibinamik First Nations
Housing in First Nations communities across Northern Ontario, and throughout Canada, is a site of physical manifestation of colonial,...
Image Credit: +city lab
Architectural Credit: n/a
-Dr. Shelagh McCartney, +city lab

February 08, 2017

Housing and Mixed-use Development - Student Studio Project (Part 3 of 3)
Site: Ford City, Windsor Ontario School: St.Clair College  Course: Drafting and Design Housing and Mixed-use...
Image Credit: Matthew Hopkins
Architectural Credit: n/a
-Matthew Hopkins (St. Clair College)
Housing and Mixed-use Development - Student Studio Project (Part 2 of 3)
Site: Ford City, Windsor Ontario School: St.Clair College Course: Drafting and Design Housing and Mixed-use...
Image Credit: Sophia Simone
Architectural Credit: n/a
-Sophia Simone (St. Clair College)

February 07, 2017

Housing and Mixed-use Development - Student Studio Project (Part 1 of 3)
Site: Ford City, Windsor OntarioSchool: St.Clair College Course: Drafting and Design Housing and Mixed-use...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: n/a
-Professor William Rawlings (St. Clair College)

February 06, 2017

Laneway House (2004)
Location: TorontoArchitects: Kohn Shnier Architects (Martin Kohn, John Shnier, Vis Ramasubramanian, and Jean-Louis Rivard) Structural:...
Image Credit: Tom Arban/Michael Awad
Architectural Credit: Kohn Shnier Architects
-Kohn Shnier Architects
Winter blOAAg Series: Housing Diversity
In keeping housing affordability at the forefront, there is a growing need to rethink traditional housing typologies and encourage diverse...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: n/a

January 06, 2017

Women in Architecture: Chamberlain Architect Services Limited
During this second year of "Women in Architecture – Ontario (part 2)" we would like to share stories and experiences of women who...
Image Credit: Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd.
Architectural Credit: Chamberlain Architect Services Ltd.
-Linnea Chamberlain

January 05, 2017

Spotlight on OAA Awards - Female Recipients of OAA Service Awards since 1988
s blOAAg post will look at the female recipients of the OAA Service Awards –G. Randy Roberts Service Award, Order of da Vinci Award,...
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Architectural Credit: n/a

January 03, 2017

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church: Celebration of the 2016 OAA Landmark Designation
In recognition of the 2016 OAA Landmark Designation being awarded to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and architect John Stefura,...
Image Credit: Braeden Martel
Architectural Credit: John Stefura and Carl Skerl, Townend Stefura Baleshta and Pfister Architects
-Northern Ontario Society of Architects (NOSA)
ARCHIPELAGO: Collaborative Installation for UpHere 2016
How do people interact with and inhabit a space? The buildings that we use every day and that make-up our cities suggest unique answers to...
Image Credit: Mark Baechler
Architectural Credit: Northern Ontario Society of Architects
-Northern Ontario Society of Architects (NOSA)

December 23, 2016

Spotlight on OAA Awards – Lieutenant Governor's Award for Design Excellence in Architecture
2016 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Design Excellence in Architecture WinnerName: Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Architectural Credit: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Spotlight on OAA Awards – Sustainable Design Excellence Award
2015 Sustainable Design Excellence Award WinnerName: Vale Living with Lakes CentreLocation: Sudbury, ONArchitectural...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.
Spotlight on OAA Awards – People’s Choice Award
2010 People's Choice Award WinnerName: The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Location: Ottawa, ONArchitectural Credit: Maki...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Maki and Associates and Moriyama & Teshima Architects in collaboration
Spotlight on OAA Awards – Design Excellence Award
2013 Design Excellence Award WinnerName: University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/CDRDLocation: Vancouver,...
Image Credit: Marc Cramer
Architectural Credit: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes & Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Spotlight on OAA Awards – Honour Roll Award
The annual OAA Awards program was established in 1988 and offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best...
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Architectural Credit: n/a

December 20, 2016

Spotlight on OAA Awards - Order of da Vinci Award
The annual OAA Awards program was established in 1988 and offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best...
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Architectural Credit: n/a
Spotlight on OAA Awards - G. Randy Roberts Service Award
The annual OAA Awards program was established in 1988 and offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best...
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Architectural Credit: n/a
Spotlight on OAA Awards - Lifetime Design Achievement Award
The annual OAA Awards program was established in 1988 and offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best...
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Architectural Credit: n/a

December 19, 2016

Spotlight on OAA Awards - Concepts Award
2015 Concept Award WinnerConcept: The Hole Idea - Now in Technicolour Concept by: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism...
Image Credit: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited
Architectural Credit: Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited

December 16, 2016

Spotlight on OAA Awards - Landmark Designation Award
2016 Landmark Designation Award WinnerBuilding: 299 Queen Street West Location: Toronto, ON  The annual OAA Awards program was...
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: Burke, Horwood and White (original building) Quadrangle Architects Limited (renovation)
Spotlight on OAA Awards - Best Emerging Practice Award
The annual OAA Awards program was established in 1988 and offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best...
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Architectural Credit: n/a

December 15, 2016

Laneway Housing Initiative by inhabitTO inspired by Montreal
inhabitTO, a downtown sustainable architecture firm headed by Lia Maston, has expanded their efforts to include design for laneway structures...
Image Credit: Illustration: Jeff Kulak
Architectural Credit: Lia Maston in association with Architecture Microclimat
-inhabitTO

December 06, 2016

Women in Architecture – Charisma Panchapakesan, Principal at CAB Architects
During this second year of "Women in Architecture – Ontario (part 2)" we would like to share stories and experiences of women who are...
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Architectural Credit: n/a

October 24, 2016

Women enrolled in Ontario's Schools of Architecture
Pictured below is the data for Fall 2014 on female enrolment in all architectural degrees (including undergraduate and professional graduate...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: N/A
Female Architects in Ontario (2016)
Pictured below is the data for Fall 2016 on women in the architectural profession in the province of Ontario. We are able to trace a 2% increase...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: N/A
Fall BlOAAg Series: Women in Architecture – Ontario (Part 2)
In commemoration of Women’s History Month of October*, we are collecting stories about women in architecture this month to profile for our...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: n/a

October 02, 2016

Victoria Hall (1860)
Location: Cobourg, ONArchitects: Kivas Tully (Original Building); Peter John Stokes Architect, Chapman and Walker (restoration)Date...
Image Credit: Cobourg Public Library, 720-15, 1950
Architectural Credit: Kivas Tully (Original Building); Peter John Stokes Architect, Chapman and Walker (restoration)
Dark Horse Estate Winery (2016)
Location: Grand Bend, ONArchitects: William J. Krohn Architect in association with VELD ArchitectDate of...
Image Credit: Dark Horse Estate Winery
Architectural Credit: William J. Krohn Architect in association with VELD Architect
Sharon Temple (1832)
Location: East Gwillimbury, ONDate of completion: 1832Nominated by:  Julia Munro, MPP (York – Simcoe)  Built...
Image Credit: ERA Architects
Architectural Credit: N/A
Les Chater Family YMCA (2009)
Location: Hamilton, ONArchitects: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (now Perkins + Will Canada Inc.) in association with Garwood-Jones...
Image Credit: Perkins + Will Canada Inc.
Architectural Credit: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (now Perkins + Will Canada Inc.) in association with Garwood-Jones & Hanham

October 01, 2016

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (2014)
Location: Queen's University, Kingston Architects: N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture...
Image Credit: Doublespace Photography
Architectural Credit: N45 Architects in association with Snohetta
LIUNA Station (former Hamilton C.N.R. Station) (1931)
Location: Hamilton, ONArchitects: John Schofield (C.N.R. Corporate Architect); Renovation and Adaptive Reuse by John Mokrycke...
Image Credit: Library and Archives Canada
Architectural Credit: John Schofield (C.N.R. Corporate Architect); Renovation and Adaptive Reuse by Architect John Mokrycke, Lintack Architects
Graydon Hall Manor (1936)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: George & MoorhouseDate of completion: 1936Nominated by:  Hon. Michael Coteau,...
Image Credit: City of Toronto Archives
Architectural Credit: George & Moorhouse

September 08, 2016

Architectural Photography Tips: Vik Pahwa
Just because summer is drawing to a close, doesn’t mean road trip season has come to an end. After taking a short summer break, Doors...
Image Credit: Harris Water Filtration Plant, Toronto, Vik Pahwa
Architectural Credit: Thomas Canfield Pomphrey, 1941
-Vik Pahwa

August 28, 2016

Lake Cottage (2013)
The dialogue between building and nature - structure and site - is among the most fundamental considerations in the design of a cottage. Whether...
Image Credit: Naho Kubota, UUfie Inc.
Architectural Credit: UUfie Inc.
-UUfie Inc.

August 16, 2016

Mink Islands Cottage (1996)
Georgian Bay’s eastern shoreline – characterized by distinctive granite outcrops, windswept eastern white pines, and the notorious...
Image Credit: Michael Miller
Architectural Credit: Michael Miller Architect Inc.
-Michael Miller Architect.

August 03, 2016

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea.
-Gustav Stickley

July 31, 2016

Reed’s Bay House (2014)
Straddling the Canada-US border where the Saint Lawrence River emerges from Lake Ontario, the Thousands Islands is an ecologically and...
Image Credit: Shai Gil
Architectural Credit: Superkül Inc.
-Superkül Inc.

July 19, 2016

Muskoka Boathouse (1999)
Among Ontario’s millions of acres of forests and tens of thousands of lakes, no expanse has become more closely associated to cottages...
Image Credit: James Dow
Architectural Credit: Shim-Sutcliffe Architects inc.
-Shim-Sutcliffe Architects inc.

June 30, 2016

Castle Frank (1794-1829)
Few building types are as intrinsically knit into Ontario's cultural identity as the cottage, the wilderness retreat of thousands of Ontarians...
Image Credit: Castle Frank, a house created by Governor Simcoe near York, Upper Canada, 1796, Elizabeth Simcoe - sketches, Simcoe family fonds, F 47-11-1-0-231, Archives of Ontario
Architectural Credit: n/a

June 03, 2016

Architectural Photography Tips: Doublespace Photography
Summer is Doors Open season in Ontario, a series of unique events where communities across the province celebrate their built heritage by opening...
Image Credit: Doublespace Photography
Architectural Credit: Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, York University, ZAS Architects Inc.
-Doublespace Photography

June 02, 2016

Architectural Photography Tips: Michael Muraz
Summer is Doors Open season in Ontario, a series of unique events where communities across the province celebrate their built heritage -...
Image Credit: Walking on Piano Keys - Michael Muraz
Architectural Credit: Aga Khan Museum - Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates
-Michael Muraz

May 27, 2016

Architectural Photography Tips: A-Frame Studio
With longer days and warmer weather, summer is a perfect time to explore Ontario’s architectural treasures, and Doors Open Ontario provides...
Image Credit: A-Frame / Ben Rahn
Architectural Credit: Richard Ivey Building, Ivey School of Business, Western University, London, ON, Hariri Pontarini Architects
-A-Frame Studio

May 07, 2016

Architectural Photography Tips: Scott Norsworthy
Every year from April to October, as part of Doors Open Ontario, communities across the province celebrate their built heritage - both historic...
Image Credit: Scott Norsworthy
Architectural Credit: PanAm BMX Track, Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects Inc.
-Scott Norsworthy

April 25, 2016

OAA Now Tracking Us!
The OAA doesn't trust architects to show up for continuing education sessions. "NEW: This year the OAA is implementing a new process to...
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Architectural Credit:
-OAA New Policy to Track Architects

April 19, 2016

The Ring
Among the oldest traditions within the architectural profession in Canada is the ring worn by many architectural graduates on the little finger...
Image Credit: J. León
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Joël León

March 24, 2016

TPL Scarborough Civic Centre Branch (2015)
  Location: Toronto, ON Architects: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint ventureDate of...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
Architectural Credit: LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture
-LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture

March 23, 2016

Waterdown Library and Civic Centre (2015)
Location: Hamilton, ON Architects: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc Date of completion: 2015 OAA Awards 2016 Design...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
-Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

March 22, 2016

The Mississauga Public Library Project (2011)
Location: Mississauga, ONArchitects: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (RDH Architects)Date of completion: 2011OAA Awards...
Image Credit: Exterior view of Lakeview Library. Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
-Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

March 21, 2016

Surrey Operations Centre (2015)
Location: Surrey, British ColumbiaArchitects:Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc. & Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc...
Image Credit: Ema Peter
Architectural Credit: Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc. & Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (Design Architect)
-Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc. & Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (Design Architect)

March 18, 2016

Skygarden House (2015)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design Date of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence WinnerSituated on...
Image Credit: Shai Gil
Architectural Credit: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
-Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

March 17, 2016

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (2015)
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BCArchitects: KPMB Architects & HCMA Architecture + Design  in joint...
Image Credit: Nic Lehoux
Architectural Credit: KPMB Architects & HCMA Architecture + Design in joint venture
-KPMB Architects & HCMA Architecture + Design in joint venture

March 16, 2016

Richard Ivey Building (2014)
Location: Ivey Business School, Western University, London, ONArchitects: Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsDate of completion: 2014OAA Awards...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
Architectural Credit: Hariri Pontarini Architects
-Hariri Pontarini Architects

March 15, 2016

Redstone Winery (2015)
Location: Beamsville, ONArchitects: Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc. (now Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.) Partners in...
Image Credit: doublespace
Architectural Credit: Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc. (now Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.) Partners in Charge: Dermot Sweeny and Mary Jane Finlayson
-Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc. (now Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.)

March 14, 2016

Prince Arthur’s Landing (2012)
Location: Thunder Bay, ON Architects: Brook McIlroy ArchitectsDate of completion: 2012OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence WinnerThunder Bay is home...
Image Credit: Brook McIlroy Architects
Architectural Credit: Brook McIlroy Architects
-Brook McIlroy Architects

March 12, 2016

Old Main Academic Building Addition (2014)
Location: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BCArchitects: Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate ArchitectDate...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate Architect
-Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate Architect

March 11, 2016

Harbord Towns (2015)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Superkül Inc., ArchitectDate of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence WinnerProviding...
Image Credit: Ben Rahn A-Frame Studio
Architectural Credit: Superkül Inc., Architect
-Superkül Inc., Architect

March 10, 2016

Grange Triple Double (2014)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Williamson Chong ArchitectsDate of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence FinalistLocated on a corner...
Image Credit: Bob Gundu
Architectural Credit: Williamson Chong Architects
-Williamson Chong Architects

March 09, 2016

Go Home Bay Cabin (2015)
Location: Go Home Bay, Georgian Bay, ONArchitects: Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.Date of completion: 2015OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.
-Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.

March 08, 2016

George Brown College Waterfront Campus (2012)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Stantec Architecture Ltd. and KPMB Architects in joint ventureDate of completion: 2012OAA Awards 2016...
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: Stantec Architecture Ltd. and KPMB Architects in joint venture
-Stantec Architecture Ltd. and KPMB Architects in joint venture

March 07, 2016

Daniels Spectrum (2012)
Location: Toronto, ON Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects Date of completion: 2012 OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence FinalistLocated on...
Image Credit: Lisa Logan
Architectural Credit: Diamond Schmitt Architects
-Diamond Schmitt Architects

March 04, 2016

Curtiss Kitchen and Dining Facility, CFB Borden (2015)
Location: Canadian Forces Base, Borden, ONArchitects: ZAS Architects and Jean-Christian Koch Architecte in joint ventureDate of...
Image Credit: Brenda Liu Photographer
Architectural Credit: ZAS Architects and Jean-Christian Koch Architecte in joint venture
-ZAS Architects and Jean-Christian Koch Architecte in joint venture

March 03, 2016

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (2012)
Location: Edmonton, AB Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) in joint venture with HIP ArchitectsDate...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. (MJMA) in joint venture with HIP Architects
-MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. (MJMA) in joint venture with HIP Architects

March 02, 2016

Borden Park Pavilion (2014)
Location: Edmonton, AB Architects: gh3 Architecture Date of completion: 2014 OAA Awards 2016 Design Excellence FinalistThe result of an...
Image Credit: gh3 Architecture
Architectural Credit: gh3 Architecture
-gh3 Architecture

March 01, 2016

Aga Khan Museum (2014)
Location: Toronto, ONArchitects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates Date...
Image Credit: Gary Otte
Architectural Credit: Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates

February 29, 2016

Runnymede Branch Library (1930, 2005)
Like many other building types, libraries are constantly facing ever-changing needs, needing frequent improvements and upgrades in order to...
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Toronto Archives, 1930
Architectural Credit: John M. Lyle (1930) and G. Bruce Stratton Architects (2005)
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

February 19, 2016

Toronto Reference Library (1977)
Within the Toronto Public Library system, considered to be the busiest urban library system in the world, no library is bigger than the...
Image Credit: Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architectural Credit: Raymond Moriyama Architects (1977), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (2014)
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Toronto Reference Library (1909)
Of the 111 libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Ontario, none was larger (or more expensive) than Toronto’s first purpose-built...
Image Credit: Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd., Montreal and Toronto, 1910. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library
Architectural Credit: Wickson & Gregg and A.H. Chapman, Associated Architects

February 17, 2016

The Story Behind the Benjamin Brown Records
This past Friday, February 12, the Ontario Jewish Archives opened the exhibition Benjamin Brown: Architect, featuring original drawings,...
Image Credit: Elevation drawing of the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street, 1919-1922. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 49, series 1, file 2
Architectural Credit: Benjamin Brown
-Jay Levine
Lillian H. Smith Library (1995)
Opened in 1995 and designed by Philip H. Carter Architect, the Lillian H. Smith Library in downtown Toronto is one of Toronto’s most...
Image Credit: N/A
Architectural Credit: Philip H. Carter Architect

February 08, 2016

South End Public Library (2012)
As cherished civic landmarks, the demolition of libraries is always a polemic issue. More often than not, the demolition is justified by...
Image Credit: Andrew Knapp
Architectural Credit: Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture
-Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture

February 03, 2016

Thomas J. Bata Library (1967)
“We are not committed to any particular style of buildings, but only to a certain spirit…. It is a spirit of appropriateness and...
Image Credit: Perspective drawing by Ron Thom, Trent University (Bata) Library Project # THO 6406, Ron Thom fonds, Canadian Architectural Archives,University of Calgary
Architectural Credit: Ron Thom

January 30, 2016

Library of Parliament (1876)
Canada has a love for libraries. In Toronto alone, more people visit the Toronto public library system every year than the top ten most...
Image Credit: 1930s Canadian Postage Stamp
Architectural Credit: Thomas Fuller

January 26, 2016

The Great Library of Osgoode Hall (1860)
“The Library, too, here to be seen, noble in its dimensions and aspect, must, even independently of its contents, tend to create a love...
Image Credit: : City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 3153 (c.1910)
Architectural Credit: Cumberland and Storm (1860), Bruke and Horwood (1895)

January 22, 2016

Story Pod (2015)
“It’s a giant little library.” Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of Newmarket, Toronto Star, September 21, 2015 When we think of great...
Image Credit: Shai Gil
Architectural Credit: Atelier Kastelic Buffey
-Atelier Kastelic Buffey

January 19, 2016

Mount Dennis Branch Library (2013)
“Not only has the building never looked better; many hope it will be a harbinger of the good things to come to a part of town where that...
Image Credit: Stephane Groleau
Architectural Credit: G. Bruce Stratton Architects
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

January 15, 2016

North End Free Library and Public Bench (2015)
Libraries come in a variety of scales. They range from monumental 15 storeys academic libraries to single rooms within schools and institutions...
Image Credit: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.
Architectural Credit: TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.
-TCA / Their + Curran Architects Inc.

January 13, 2016

Fort York Branch Library (2014)
In the early 1990’s American urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term "third place". The "first place" is a person's home, where...
Image Credit: James Brittain
Architectural Credit: KPMB Architects
-KPMB Architects

January 12, 2016

“Then take way all “silence” signs and let the people come and talk about the books in an atmosphere of social happiness.”
-George Locke, Chief Librarian of the Toronto Public Library 1908-1937

January 11, 2016

Carnegie Libraries
“Take away all unnecessary decorations, overmantels, over-counters, partitions, mock marble pillars and large hallways, and plan...
Image Credit: Notes on Library Bildings, New York, Carnegie Corporation, 1911
Architectural Credit: Various

November 22, 2015

Sonia Zouari, Architect at CSV Architects
When we started our special blOAAg series “Women in Architecture - Ontario” our goal was to recognize the contributions...
Image Credit: Ottawa Construction News
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Sonia Zouari

November 15, 2015

Coliseum (1922)
Built in 1922 to hold livestock presentations and the Royal Horse Show, the Coliseum was a joint effort between the Canadian National Exhibition...
Image Credit: Postcard of the interior of the Coliseum during livestock judging, CNE Archives, 1925
Architectural Credit: George Frederick W. Price

November 11, 2015

Honour Roll - First World War
Image Credit: OAA
Architectural Credit: N/A

November 10, 2015

Ontario’s First Female Architects (Part 2): Alexandra Biriukova
This is the second of a two part post exploring the life of Ontario’s first female architects, Elma Laird and Alexandra Biriukova. In...
Image Credit: Canadian Homes and Gardens, Vol. VIII (April 1931), p.40.
Architectural Credit: Alexandra Biriukova

November 03, 2015

My Life Stories: Donna Eng, Associate at Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
When we started our special blOAAg series “Women in Architecture - Ontario” our goal was to recognize the contributions of women,...
Image Credit: N/A
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Alana Young

October 30, 2015

Barbara A. Humphreys
Today we continue our special blOAAg’s series “Women in Architecture – Ontario” by highlighting the career of an...
Image Credit: Barbara A. Humphreys
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Barbara A. Humphreys

October 28, 2015

Q&A: Alison Hannay, Principal at Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated
When we started our special blOAAg series “Women in Architecture - Ontario” our goal was to recognize the contributions of women,...
Image Credit: N/A
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Alana Young

October 23, 2015

BEAT: Building Equality in Architecture Toronto
For the past few weeks, and in honour of Women’s History month, blOAAg has shared some of the stories of the first female architects...
Image Credit: BEAT
Architectural Credit: N/A
-BEAT: Building Equality in Architecture Toronto

October 22, 2015

Female Architects in Ontario (2015)
Pictured below is the data for Fall 2015 on women in the architectural profession in the province of Ontario. Although almost 46% of...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: N/A
-OAA

October 16, 2015

Ontario’s First Female Architects (Part 1): Elma Laird
While Ontario was the first Canadian province to see a woman graduate with an architecture degree (1920), it would take another decade for the...
Image Credit: 58 Port Street, Photo courtesy of City of Brantford
Architectural Credit: Elma Laird

October 07, 2015

By 1960 there were only 15 women registered with the OAA, and only 43 female architects registered across Canada.
-Annmarie Adams, Peta Tancred, Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession

October 05, 2015

Women enrolled in Ontario's Schools of Architecture
Pictured below is the data for Fall 2013 on female enrollment in all architectural degrees (including undergraduate and professional...
Image Credit: Ontario Association of Architects
Architectural Credit: N/A
-OAA

October 02, 2015

OAA now 2015 Lecture: PARTISANS
This past Thursday, September 24, our headquarters hosted the inaugural OAA now lecture, a new annual lecture series highlighting...
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