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Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 entries have been shortlisted for the prestigious Design Excellence category this year. During the month of March, each of the 20 finalists will be featured on the OAA blOAAg.
Winners in categories including Design Excellence, Concepts, Landmark Designation, Best Emerging Practice, G. Randy Roberts Service Award, Honour Roll, Lifetime Design Achievement Award and Order of da Vinci will be announced on April 1.
Selected from almost 200 submissions, the 20 finalists for this year’s OAA Design Excellence Awards have been recognized by a jury of peers from the design community on the following criteria:
Celebrating leadership in architecture, winners across all categories will be recognized and honoured in Toronto on May 13 to conclude the 2016 OAA Annual Conference.
2016 OAA Awards - Design Excellence Finalists
Aga Khan Museum
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates
Borden Park Pavilion
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and HIP Architects in joint venture
Curtiss Kitchen and Dining Facility
ZAS Architects and Jean-Christian Koch Architecte in joint venture
Diamond Schmitt Architects Incorporated
George Brown College, Waterfront Campus
Stantec Architecture Ltd. and
KPMB Architects in joint venture
Go Home Bay Cabin
Georgian Bay Township, ON
Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.
Grange Triple Double
Williamson Chong Architects
Superkül Inc. Architect
Old Main Academic Building Addition, Thompson River University
Diamond Schmitt Architects Incorporated and Stantec Architecture Ltd. (Associate Architect)
Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay Waterfront
Thunder Bay, ON
Brook McIlroy Inc.
Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc. (now Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.)
Partners in Charge: Dermot Sweeny and Mary Jane Finlayson
Richard Ivey Building, Ivey Business School, Western University
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia
KPMB Architects & HCMA Architecture + Design in joint venture
Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Stade de soccer Montréal
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes /
Hughes Condon Marler Architects (now HCMA Architecture + Design)
Surrey Operations Centre and Works Yard Redevelopment
Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc. &
Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (Design Architect)
The Mississauga Public Library Project
Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
The Waterdown Library and Civic Centre
Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch
LGA Architectural Partners Inc. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture
2016 OAA Award Juries
The 2016 Award finalists and winners were chosen by juries made up of those who influence and contribute to the Ontario design community.
Design Excellence, Michael V. and Wanda Plachta & Lieutenant Governor’s Award:
CHAIR – David Covo, Associate Professor & Past Director (1996-2007) of the School of Architecture at McGill University
Thomas Burns, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Allied Properties REIT
Brigitte Desrochers, Program Officer, Architecture
Canada Council for the Arts
Glenn O’Connor, Landscape Architect, Past President of OALA, Partner of FORREC, Designers of Entertainment Environments
Vladimir Popovic, Partner, N45 Architecture Inc.
CHAIR – Patrick Saavedra, University Architect & Director, Planning, Architecture and Renewal Projects, York University
Karen Bromley, Production Designer
Jonathan Friedman, Partner, PARTISANS
Jill Stoner, Director, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University
Landmark, Honour Roll, G. Randy Roberts Service Award, Order of da Vinci & Best Emerging Practice:
CHAIR – Leslie Klein, Co-Founder & Principal, Quadrangle Architects
Toon Dreessen, OAA President 2016
Jason Dobbin, Chair, Toronto Society of Architects
Diana Osborne, Architect, Osborne Architects
OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner, May 13
The 2016 OAA Design Excellence award winners will be celebrated in Toronto at the Allstream Centre on May 13 at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony, capping off the 2016 OAA Conference.
At this time, additional winners in the categories of Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Michael V & Wanda Plachta Award and the People’s Choice Award will be revealed.
For additional information, please visit the Conference page.
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About the OAA Awards
The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and to a professional audience, demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole and fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.
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.