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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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Architectural Credit: N/A

October 01, 2015

“One must have artistic talent, practical experience, professional knowledge, good business and executive ability, resourcefulness, and a determination to persevere. With these assets there is no reason why a woman should not be as successful as a man.”
-Esther Marjorie Hill, Toronto Star, June 15, 1920
Esther Marjorie Hill (1895-1985)
“One must have artistic talent, practical experience, professional knowledge, good business and executive ability, resourcefulness, and...
Image Credit: University of Toronto Archives, UTA-B1986-0106/005P
Architectural Credit: N/A

September 22, 2015

Alex Josephson, Co-Founder of PARTISANS Architects, on Celebrating...

September 07, 2015

Automotive Building
Completed in 1929 to showcase the latest cars and trucks, the Automotive Building was the result of a design competition that saw 30...
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: Douglas Edwin Kertland

September 06, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Building
Image Credit: CNE Archive
Architectural Credit: Page + Steele Inc., with Peter Dickinson as lead designer
Completed in 1956 as the Women’s Building and renamed in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Elizabeth Building was designed by...
Horticulture Building
Image Credit: Horticulture Building Postcard, 1927
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
One of the 12 buildings designed by Toronto architect George Wallace Gouinlock for Exhibition Place, the Horticulture Building was completed in...

September 05, 2015

Dufferin Gate
Image Credit: Toronto Modern, https://robertmoffatt115.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/exhibition-place-goes-modernist/
Architectural Credit: Philip R. Brook
The original main entrance to the exhibition grounds, this historic gateway has been rebuilt three times (1895, 1910, and 1959). The original...
Press Building
Image Credit: Illustration of the Press Building (formerly Administration Building) as part of the 1928 CNE programme. CNE Heritage
Architectural Credit: George Wallace Gouinlock
While the Scadding Cabin might be the oldest building on the exhibition grounds (dating back to 1794 and relocated to Exhibition Place in 1879),...

September 04, 2015

Enercare Centre (National Trade Centre)
One of the newest additions to Exhibition Place is the Enercare Centre. Completed in 1997 and designed in joint venture by Zeidler...
Image Credit: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Architectural Credit: Joint Venture by Zeidler Partnership Architects and Dunlop Farrow Inc.
-Zeidler Partnership Architects

September 03, 2015

George Wallace Gouinlock (1861-1932)
Image Credit: OAA
Architectural Credit: n/a
In 1906 George Wallace Gouinlock was appointed as the official architect of the Industrial Exhibition of Toronto (which in 1912 would be renamed...

September 02, 2015

Horse Palace - Detail
Image Credit: n/a
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Detail of one of the many low relief that decorate the Horse Palace (1931) designed by City of Toronto Architect John James...
Horse Palace
Image Credit: CNE Archives
Architectural Credit: John James Woolnough
Built to support the equestrian events of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1931, the Horse Palace is considered one of the finest examples...

September 01, 2015

MWW – Minden Wild Water Preserve
Set among the lush forests of the Kawarthas, near the township of Minden, Ontario, the Minden Wild Water Preserve is an engineered slalom course...
Image Credit: Sketch of Athlete Entry by Alexis Schneider
Architectural Credit: Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee
-Alexis Schneider, Overlay Site Manager TO2015
The Bandshell
The Art-Deco CNE Bandshell was built in 1936, replacing the bandstand that had occupied this area of Exhibition Place since 1906. Modeled after...
Image Credit: Bandshell 1936, via http://torontothenandnow.blogspot.ca/2011/09/27-memories-of-canadian-national.html
Architectural Credit: Craig and Madill Architects

August 31, 2015

The Princes’ Gates
Image Credit: The Princes' Gates, ca. 1927, City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 5795.
Architectural Credit: Chapman and Oxley
The eastern entrance to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds was built in 1927 to commemorate 60 years of Canadian Confederation...

August 27, 2015

The Garden of Unearthly Delights
In mid-August, the Northern Ontario Society of Architects (NOSA) joined the festivities of Up Fest in Sudbury, Ontario. The three day long...
Image Credit: Northern Ontario Society of Architects
Architectural Credit: Northern Ontario Society of Architects
-Northern Ontario Society of Architects
Q&A: Liza Stiff, Senior Manager Overlay Design and Delivery
When we started our special series “The Architects behind the Games” our goal was to showcase the often unnoticed behind the scenes...
Image Credit: courtesy of Liza Stiff
Architectural Credit: N/A
-Liza Stiff

August 21, 2015

Athletes Village – Block by Block
In our last post on the Athletes Village, or Canary District as it is now known, we talked about how the DundeeKilmer Integrated Design...
Image Credit: DundeeKilmer Integrated Design Team consisting of architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
Architectural Credit: DundeeKilmer Integrated Design Team consisting of architectsAlliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.

August 20, 2015

Athletes Village
After 37 days of incredible athletic and cultural performances, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games have come to an end. The banners that...
Image Credit: DundeeKilmer integrated design team consisting of architectsAliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.
Architectural Credit: DundeeKilmer integrated design team consisting of architectsAliance, KPMB Architects, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Daoust Lestage inc.

August 14, 2015

MIS – Mississauga Sports Centre
Not every venue for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games was a new build. Many competitions were held across the region in existing...
Image Credit: Richard Johnson Photography
Architectural Credit: Parkin Architects in Joint Venture with Zawadzki Armin Stevens Architects
-Parkin Architects
ABL – Abilities Centre
To be host to a world class, high performance competition like the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, a venue must meet strict requirements...
Image Credit: Toni Hafkenscheid
Architectural Credit: B+H Architects

August 12, 2015

"The architects and engineers who worked on the Abilities Centre did so much research and spoke to so many different people ... they wanted to know the needs of the community and then develop it based on that."
-Jessica Vreugdenhil, manager of community relations and marketing at the Abilities Centre
"These venues, the Athletes' Village and perhaps most importantly, the awareness built through the Games will ensure a lasting legacy of inclusion for all."
-Susan Ruptash, Managing Principal at Quadrangle Architects

August 10, 2015

United We Play: How Architects Helped Make the Games Accessible to All
"We are in the midst of an exciting time for accessibility in Ontario, and we are thrilled that we can be a part of the societal shift that...
Image Credit: Bob Gundu
Architectural Credit: NORR Architects and Engineers (Project Architect)
-Quadrangle Architects

August 07, 2015

Art of Sport: Fitness Follies
A key ambition of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is extending the celebration of sports far beyond the field of play and into the...
Image Credit: RAW Design
Architectural Credit: RAW Design
-RAW Design

July 29, 2015

“As a Toronto-based design firm, we welcome opportunities to give back to the city we love with our creativity.”
-Edmund Li, Lead Designer and Associate at Reich+Petch
Pan Am Path: A City-Wide Legacy Project
When discussing the legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, it is the 10 newly built competition venues and 15 renovated...
Image Credit: Reich+Petch
Architectural Credit: Reich+Petch
-Reich+Petch

July 27, 2015

OCZ – Ontario’s Celebration Zone
While the competition venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games might receive the most attention, there are also numerous...
Image Credit: courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architectural Credit: Hariri Pontarini Architects
-Hariri Pontarini Architects

July 24, 2015

Panamaze
Temporality plays a leading role in the design of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. While international multi-sport events are...
Image Credit: Denegri Bessai Studio
Architectural Credit: Denegri Bessai Studio
-Denegri Bessai Studio

July 22, 2015

7 venues and 1 firm: B+H and Toronto 2015
Architecture is a consultative process often involving multiple stakeholders with competing requirements and desires. Architects play a key role...
Image Credit: Infrastructure Ontario
Architectural Credit: B+H Architects
-B+H Architects

July 21, 2015

MIV – Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome
A key challenge shared among many Pan Am venues – indeed among many large scale facilities built for multisport games - is ensuring a...
Image Credit: City of Milton
Architectural Credit: Cannon Design (Architect of Record), FaulknerBrowns (Concept Design Architect), B+H Architects (Master Planning and PDC Consultant)

July 17, 2015

An Uplifting "Diving" Experience - Designing the PAC Dive Tower
By: Kris Vassilev, OAAAs part of NORR's team I had the opportunity and the privilege to develop the final design of the Dive Tower at the Pan...
Image Credit: Kris Vassilev
Architectural Credit: NORR Limited Architects and Engineers (Project Architect)
-Kris Vassilev, OAA

July 15, 2015

Designing PAC - NORR Architects and Engineers
Hosting a wide diversity of events, from sitting volleyball to modern pentathlon, the CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House...
Image Credit: NORR Architects and Engineers
Architectural Credit: NORR Architects and Engineers (Project Architect)
-NORR Architects and Engineers
PAC – CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House
Located east of downtown Toronto at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, the CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field...
Image Credit: Bob Gundu
Architectural Credit: NORR Limited Architects and Engineers (Project Architect)

July 14, 2015

CIBC PAN AM AQUATICS CENTRE
Image Credit: Shi Gill
Architectural Credit: NORR Limited Architects Engineers Planners

July 13, 2015

CEB - Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
Located in Etobicoke, on the western end of the City of Toronto, the 2.3 hectare Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre is home to the BMX...
Image Credit: Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects
Architectural Credit: Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects (KMA Inc.) in association with Elite Trax Inc.
-Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects
The Architect behind PAD: Rod Robbie (1928-2012)
As one of Rod Robbie’s most celebrated designs – the Pan American Ceremonies Venue/ Rogers Centre / Skydome – plays host to...
Image Credit: CBC
Architectural Credit: n/a

July 11, 2015

The Making of SkyDome / PAD (1988) - a short film exploring the design and construction of PAD and the people...
PAD – Pan Am Ceremonies Venue (Rogers Centre/Skydome)
““The SkyDome, as it looks, as it feels is on the way to fulfilling architect Rod Robbie’s hopes of designing ‘a pleasure palace for...
Image Credit: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers_Centre#/media/File:Rogers_Centre_May_2011.jpg
Architectural Credit: Rod Robbie

July 09, 2015

Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Image Credit: Tom Arban Photography
Architectural Credit: Patkau Architects & MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
While not a Pan Am competition site for Toronto 2015, this OAA Design Excellence Award 2015 winner will serve as a practice venue for men’s...

July 08, 2015

David S. Ingalls Skating Rink, New Haven, USA, 1958
Image Credit: Eero Saarinen, Library of Congress; http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008680870/
Architectural Credit: Eero Saarinen
Built in 1958 and lovingly known as the Yale whale, the David S. Ingalls Skating Rink at Yale University was designed by renowned...

July 07, 2015

Olympic Oval, Richmond, British Columbia, 2010
Image Credit: Nic Lehoux, Derek Lepper, via Archdaily
Architectural Credit: Cannon Design
Built as an indoor Olympic long-track speed-skating venue for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, but now repurposed as...
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