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2017 OAA Award Winners

The annual OAA Awards offer Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best work and increase public appreciation of the services provided by the architectural profession. For inspiration, take a look at the 2017 OAA award winners gallery featured on this page.

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Recognizing clarity and uniqueness of expression of an architectural idea as well as promoting the involvement of individuals in the areas of design presentation, art and other design related endeavours. 


Forwards and Backwards
Jennifer Davis (Intern Architect) and Jon Sasaki

Shobuj Pata – Multi-Unit Residential Development
Studio JCI Inc.


Design Excellence

Recognizing the innovative skills of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings and communities that respect and enhance the environment and enrich human activity.

Boulevard Club West Wing Replacement
Toronto, ON
Teeple Architects Inc.

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student HUB
Toronto, ON
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre
Kitchener, ON
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Eva's Phoenix
Toronto, ON
LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
KPMB Architects

Queen Richmond Centre West at 134 Peter Street
Toronto, ON
Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc. (formerly Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc.)
Project was commenced by Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc. and completed under Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.

River City – Phase 1 & 2
Toronto, ON
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / ZAS Architects Inc., in joint venture

Rosemary Residence
Toronto, ON
Kohn Shnier Architects

Story Pod
Newmarket, ON
Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.

Williams Parkway Operations Centre Phase 1
Brampton, ON
Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

Lieutenant Governor's Award for Design Excellence in Architecture

The Lieutenant Governor's Award for  Design Excellence in Architecture recognizes completed projects constructed in Ontario within the past five years. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award is given to the project deemed by the Jury to be the best Design Excellence submission located in Ontario which most successfully addresses all of the awards criteria.

River City ‐ Phase 1 & 2
Toronto, ON
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / ZAS Architects Inc., in joint venture

Landmark Designation

Landmark Designation recognizes iconic buildings in Ontario, by Ontario architects alone or in partnership with architects from other countries. These buildings symbolize excellence in architectural design, urban design and unique community identity and make a lasting contribution to the evolution of architectural creativity. A Landmark designation recognizes the lasting contribution of the building and the architects responsible for its creation.

Ontario Science Centre
Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architect

The Fielding Memorial Chapel of St. Mark, Thornloe University
Sudbury, ON
Arthur Townend & Carl Skerl,Townend Stefura & Baleshta Architects

Best Emerging Practice

Recognizing the contribution of young firms that have been in practice for five years or less and that demonstrate a clear vision, well-articulated goals and proven effective strategies that provide a competitive advantage.

blackLAB architects inc.

G.Randy Roberts Service Award

 Recognizing an OAA member for extraordinary service to the membership; for ‘behind-the-scenes’ dedication and action; for employing the skills and the energy to get things done.This annual award is named after the late 2005 OAA President, G. Randy Roberts. 

J. William Birdsell

Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award

Honoring architectural excellence for projects in Ontario that cost no more than 8 million dollars. This annual award was established in 1991 by Mrs. Wanda Plachta in honour of her late husband, Michael Plachta's wish to recognize younger firms that create excellence in smaller projects.

Rosemary Residence
Toronto, ON
Kohn Shnier Architects

Order of da Vinci

Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the profession, in education, and/or in the community.

Sheila Penny

People's Choice Award

Recognizing the public's favourite project, selected by online voting from the Design Excellence Winners.

Queen Richmond Centre West
Toronto, ON
Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.