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OAA announces winner of inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award, awards spotlight designs that shape cities and strengthen communities

Toronto – The annual Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards on Friday, May 8, 2015 showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. Twenty new buildings in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Kingston, Bolsover, Sudbury, Crawford Lake, Sarnia, Town of the Blue Mountains, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey (BC) were distinguished in this year’s Design Excellence category.  
The 2015 award-winning projects illustrate how intrinsically important architecture is to building strong cities and communities. “Ontario architects, every year, show their ability to create enduring, beautiful and sustainable buildings” says OAA President, Toon Dreessen. “Architecture forms a part of the cultural and social history of Ontario residents. The Design Excellence Awards show that OAA members create value by being creative problem solvers, increasing the impact that good architecture can have on our physical, mental and social well-being. Architects contribute to the local, provincial and national economy and help create spaces that we all use and appreciate.” 
In addition to the 20 Design Excellence awards and honourable mentions announced before the ceremony, three more honours were unveiled during the gala: 
• The inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award was presented to the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts by N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C. 
• ‘Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award,’ honouring architectural excellence for projects in Ontario that cost no more than eight million dollars, was presented to UUfie Inc., for Lake Cottage 
• ‘People’s Choice,’ decided by public vote, went to Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates for the Ismaili Centre 
“We are very honoured to receive the OAA Lieutenant Governor’s Award,” says Robert Matthews, partner at N45 Architecture Inc., who took home the award for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Ontario. “The Isabel Bader Centre was designed not only as a beautiful place for the public to enjoy music, but as a versatile space for the students of Queen’s University’s music, drama, film studies and fine arts departments to learn and experiment. We were inspired by Kingston’s geography and wanted to make sure the building related to its environment. The main performance hall is wrapped in wood reminiscent of the rock you see throughout the city.” 
The 2015 OAA awards were presented at the OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner at Liuna Station in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday May 8, 2015. The gala was attended by the province’s top architects, building industry guests, clients of the winning projects and those with a passion for architecture. 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswelll, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario brought greetings and presented the first ever Lieutenant Governor’s Award. World-renowned opera singer, Jean Stilwell, was the MC for the evening, and the awards were hosted by OAA President, Toon Dreessen.


Top row: Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston, ON, N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C. - photo by Doublespace Photography 
Bottom row: Ismaili Centre, Toronto, ON, Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates - photo by Shai Gil
 
2015 OAA Awards - List of Winners 
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture: 
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Kingston, ON
N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C.

Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award: 
Lake Cottage
Bolsover, ON
UUfie Inc.

People’s Choice:
Ismaili Centre
Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates 

Sustainable Design Excellence Award:
Vale Living with Lakes Centre
Sudbury, ON
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

Design Excellence – Awards:
Echo House
Toronto, ON
Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect

Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy
Toronto, ON
Kohn Shnier Architects 

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

Grotto Sauna
Georgian Bay, ON
PARTISANS Architects 

Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
Kingston, ON
N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C. 

Ismaili Centre
Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates 

Lake Cottage
Bolsover, ON
UUfie Inc. 

Mariinsky II
St.Petersburg, Russia
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated 

Surrey Civic Centre
Surrey, BC
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Kasian Architecture Ontario Incorporated 

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

Design Excellence – Honourable Mentions: 

14 Division
Toronto, ON
Stantec Architecture Ltd. 

Annex Residence
Toronto, ON
Audax Architecture Inc. 

Deer Clan Longhouse
Crawford Lake, ON
Brook McIlroy Inc.

Fort York Branch Library
Toronto, ON
KPMB Architects 

Fort York National Historic Site Visitors Centre
Toronto, ON
Patkau Architects Inc. and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. 

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

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, ON
Kongats Architects 

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

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

Port Hope House
Port Hope, ON
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

Landmark Designation:

Belleville City Hall
Belleville, ON
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 

2015 OAA Award Juries

The 2015 Award winners were chosen by Juries that included members of the public whose interests and background represent many areas of the Ontario design community. 

Design Excellence & Lieutenant Governor`s Award:
CHAIR – Cheryl Giraudy, Associate Professor & Architect, OCAD University
Boris Brott, Founding Artistic Director, Brott Music Festival
Jane Corkin, Founder & Owner, Corkin Gallery
Dianne Lister, Immediate Past President & CEO of the ROM Governors
Sheila Penny, Vice President, Facilities Management, Toronto Community Housing 

Concepts:
CHAIR – Ila Berman, Director, University of Waterloo School of Architecture & Principal, Scaleshift Design
Sarah Culp, President, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Rita Davies, CEO, Culture Capital and Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair
Jim Strasman, Principal, Strasman Architects Inc. 

Landmark, Order of da Vinci, Best Emerging Practice & G. Randy Roberts Award:
CHAIR – John Hrovat, Chair, St. Clair Society of Architects
Toon Dreessen, OAA President 2015
Diana Osborne, Architect, Osborne Architect
Eb Zeidler, Senior Partner Emeritus, Zeidler Partnership Architects

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.
Source: Morning Post Exchange. Friday May 15, 2015.
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