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OAA unveils three additional honours at awards gala; ceremony winnersspotlight adaptable designs that respond to ever-changing communities

TORONTO, May 16, 2016 – Bringing together architects from across the province, this year’s Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards took place on Friday May 13, showcasing the best in architectural design and innovation. Nine new buildings in Toronto, London, Thunder Bay, Georgian Bay (ON), Edmonton (AB) and Vancouver (BC) were distinguished in this year’s Design Excellence category.

The 2016 award-winning projects illustrate how architecture can adapt to the evolving needs of communities over time.

“This year’s Design Excellence Award honourees stand not only as beautiful buildings, but also as examples of architecture’s ability to creatively problem solve,” says OAA President, Toon Dreessen. “From multi-generational housing to adaptive reuse of underutilized sites to flexible spaces that can be reconfigured to users’ needs, Ontario’s architects are once again showing their ability to respond to the changing needs of our communities and our society.”

In addition to the nine Design Excellence Awards announced before the ceremony, threemore honours were unveiled during the gala:

  • The Lieutenant Governor’s Award was presented to the Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University by Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award, honouring architectural excellence forprojects in Ontario that cost no more than eight million dollars, was presented toBrook McIlroy Inc., for Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay Waterfront
  • People’s Choice, decided by public vote, went to the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto by Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates

The honours were presented at the 2016 OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto on Friday May 13, 2016. 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 Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario brought greetings and presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture. Comedian and host of Food Network Canada’s Eat St., James Cunningham, was the MC for the evening.

2016 OAA Awards – List of Winners 
Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture

Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
London, ON
Hariri Pontarini Architects

Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award

Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay Waterfront

Thunder Bay, ON Brook McIlroy Inc.

People’s Choice

Aga Khan Museum

Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates 
Design Excellence
Aga Khan Museum
Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Maki and Associates

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre
Edmonton, AB
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and HIP Architects in joint venture

Go Home Bay Cabin
Georgian Bay Township, ON
Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.

Harbord Towns
Toronto, ON
Superkül Inc.

Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay Waterfront
Thunder Bay, ON
Brook McIlroy Inc.

Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
London, ON
Hariri Pontarini Architects

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
KPMB Architects & HCMA Architecture + Design in joint venture

Skygarden House
Toronto, ON
Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch
Toronto, ON
LGA Architectural Partners Ltd. and Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture

Concepts

Planespotting

Dominique Cheng, OAA

Shoreline Commemorative
Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect

Landmark Designation

299 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON
Burke, Horwood and White (original building) Quadrangle Architects Limited (renovation)

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church
Sudbury, ON
John Stefura and Carl Skerl, Townend Stefura Baleshta and Pfister Architects

Best Emerging Practice

Denegri Bessai Studio

G. Randy Roberts Service Award

Recognizing members of the OAA for extraordinary service to the members
John C. Cook

Honour Roll

Douglas Cumming Johnson
Brian Curtner

Lifetime Design Achievement Award

Honouring members for career-long contribution to Architectural Design Excellence
George P. Baird

Order of da Vinci

Presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture
William N. Greer

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.

For additional information on the OAA, visit: www.oaa.on.ca.

For more information on the award winners, interviews, and high-resolution images please contact:

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416.537.0954

Source: Ontario Association of Architects

Kim Graham kim@kimgraham.ca
Christine Clarke christine@kimgraham.ca
Rebecca Eyres rebecca@kimgraham.ca
 

2016 OAA Awards Press Release

LAST UPDATED 05/16

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