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2017 OAA Awards Juries



Design Excellence & Lieutenant Governor’s Award 

David Covo

Neeraj Bhatia

Architect and Urban Designer, The Open Workshop

Neeraj Bhatia is a licensed architect and urban designer. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts where he also co-directs the urbanism research lab, The Urban Works Agency. Prior to CCA, Bhatia held teaching positions at Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Toronto. Neeraj is also founder of The Open Workshop, a transcalar design-research office examining the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. In 2016, The Open Workshop was awarded the Architectural League Young Architects Prize. Other distinctions include the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, Graham Foundation Grants, The Lawrence B. Anderson Award, Shell Center for Sustainability Grant, Odebrecht first-prize Award for Sustainability, ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Fulbright Fellowship.


Alex Bozikovic


Alex Bozikovic is the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, covering architecture and urbanism across Canada and globally. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Blueprint, Dwell, Frame and Spacing. He is writing a new edition of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, to be published by McClelland and Stewart in 2017.


Siamak Hariri

Founding Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

Siamak Hariri is a founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects.His portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized buildings has won over 60 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, celebrated as one of Canada’s Artists who mattered most by the Globe and Mail, and with his Partner David Pontarini, the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award.

Born in Bonn, Germany, Siamak was educated at the University of Waterloo and Yale University where he completed a Master of Architecture. He has taught at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Siamak was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture from Ryerson University for his contribution to architecture in Canada and abroad. The University of Toronto also honored him with an Arbor Award for his contribution to the University experience as a lecturer and adjunct professor.

Rina Greer

Thérèse Leblanc

Architect, Nycum + Associates, President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board

A graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia and licensed in 1986, Thérèse has been a dedicated practitioner, and volunteer in related professional and industry organizations, for over 30 years. As senior architect with William Nycum & Associates Limited in Halifax, she has led the design of and has completed hundreds of planning and design projects, primarily in the healthcare/institutional sector. Thérèse has served on the NSAA’s Registration Board for 25 years and on its Council for 10 years, including three years as its President. She is an RAIC Fellow, and is currently President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.


Brigitte Shim 

Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto

Brigitte Shim along with her partner, A. Howard Sutcliffe, are both principals in the architectural design firm Shim-Sutcliffe. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients. 
Brigitte Shim is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto where she has been teaching since 1988. 





Cheryl Atkinson

principle, atkinson architect, Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Cheryl Atkinson is a principle in Atkinson Architect in Toronto, and an Associate Professor at Ryerson University in Architecture.  Her career has consistently combined both teaching and practice. Prior to joining Ryerson she was a senior associate at Teeple Architects Inc. where she coordinated the design and implementation of a variety of institutional buildings. These projects have been recognized both nationally and internationally for design excellence and their contribution to the public realm, with a variety of awards including two Governor General’s Awards for The Early Learning Centre at Trent University, and the Chinese Baptist Church in Scarborough.

Maria Denegri

Partner, Denegri Bessai Studio 

Maria Denegri is an architect in Ontario and founding partner with Tom Bessai of the architecture and design firm, Denegri Bessai Studio Architecture. The practice emphasises collaborative working frameworks with an emphasis on research and new technology integration- in particular in the area of digital fabrication and sustainable design.  Projects from the studio have been published nationally and internationally. The practice is the recipient of the 2016 OAA Emerging Practice Award and a 2014 OAA Concept Award.

Maria is an active member of the Toronto Design community, a mentor to numerous OAA Architectural Interns and currently Vice Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.


Nathalie Dion

President, Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ)

Nathalie Dion has been the president of Ordre des architectes du Québec since May 2013. 
During her many years in practice, both in the private and the public sector, Nathalie Dion has acquired a vast experience, based not only on the traditional practice of architecture, but on project management as well, especially within multidisciplinary teams working in integrated design processes. Her role consists of accompanying clients during the development and construction phases in order for them to make informed decisions.
Nathalie Dion has also been involved in the writing of programs and feasibility studies, which are important steps to ensure the quality of projects. Her clients benefit from her rich expertise given her knowledgeable, comprehensive outlook on the construction process. 


Norm Li

Norm Li, Principal

For over ten years, Norm has established a robust record for showcasing design vision and providing clients with exceptional service. Understanding his clients’ needs, Norm has built a talented team of 3D artists, each with technical expertise and in-depth understanding of architecture and visual communication. 



da Vinci, G.Randy Roberts Award, Best Emerging Practice & Landmark


John K. Stephenson

OAA President 2017




William N. Greer

oaa 2016 Order of da vinci winner


William N. Greer received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto in 1948 and a Master of Science degree in Product Design in 1951 from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology.
He joined the architectural firm of Shore & Moffat where he practiced for twenty-five years followed by fifteen years with the Toronto Historical Board where he was responsible for architectural heritage conservation issues. Since then he has practiced as a heritage consultant.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and a Special Achievement Award from Heritage Toronto.  He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from Trinity College in the University of Toronto and was awarded the OAA 2016 Order of da Vinci in 2016. 



Graham McNally

Chair of Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects


Graham McNally is a co-founder of the architectural firm Toms + McNally Design based in Hamilton, Ontario. 

Graham is the Chair of the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects and a member of the Hamilton Hive Young Professionals Network. 

With a particular interest in cities, Graham was involved in bringing Tactical Urbanism to Hamilton. He has presented this award winning work at the Canadian Urban Institute, CNU Toronto, the City of Mississauga, the City of Oakville, and many others. 

Diana Osborne