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The OAA Awards is an annual competition which offers Ontario architects, students and interns an opportunity to showcase their best work and increase public appreciation of the services provided by the architectural profession.
This year, the OAA Awards program criteria were revised to allow Service and Landmark Award Submissions to remain on file for consideration for a total of 3 years.
Award recipients receive coverage in the OAA Perspectives journal and were honoured at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony at the 2012 OAA Annual Conference in Ottawa, May 9 - 12, 2012.
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.
Criteria - Considerations may include such practice-building tools as:
CONCEPTS AND PRESENTATIONS
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.
Submissions must fit into one of the three categories (image, artifitact & proposals/concepts) and have been completed since 2007. A maximum of two submissions per category (total six), from any one practice or individual will be accepted. Architects, retired, life and honorary members, associates, OAA intern architects, students at the four Ontario Schools of Architecture, Ontario Syllabus students and OAA practices are all eligible. Projects of any size will be considered for awards. Each submission must be from and by the author(s).
Boards: Use Gatorboard only; submission must be two-dimensional, unframed, and include no glass, plastic or other three-dimensional or fragile material. Use one board per project.
Includes: sketches and renderings (hand done or digital), drawings and paintings, architectural and landscape photographs.
One specific subject, black & white or colour, minimum size 8” x 10” high-quality copies (no originals). Text: Include no text unless it is an integral component of the composition Board: mounted on one 24” x 24” Gatorboard
Includes: furniture, sculpture, light fixtures, utensils, objects that have been built.
May be represented by sketches, renderings, digital images and photographs sufficient to describe the projectText: briefly describe the program, context and solution (max. 250 words)Board: mount all items on one 24” x 24” Gatorboard
Includes: theoretical-buildings, cityscapes, planning proposals or objects, for a client, specific site, competition, proposed project or theoretical.
May be represented by sketches, renderings, digital images, model images, photographs, elevation drawings or plans.Text: Concisely describe the site, program and solution. (max. 250 words)Board: mount all items on one 24” x 36” Gatorboard
Please Note: submissions are judged on the excellence of presentation as well as concept—organize well, avoid clutter, keep text large and clear enough to be read, consider spelling and grammar.
Concepts & Presentation award: certificate and $1,000Honourable Mention: certificate and $250
Recognizing the innovative skills of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings and communities that respect and enhance the environment and enrich human activity.
All projects created by members of the OAA, located anywhere in the world, completed since January 1, 2007 and currently in use are eligible. Projects may represent any form of built architecture including: single buildings, groups of buildings, additions, interiors, conversions, restorations, and renovations.
Architects, intern architects, owners, users, builders, and members of the public are welcome to submit, provided the work was undertaken by a member of the OAA.
a) ‘If the submitted project’s correct credit of authorship is an architectural practice, the architectural practice must have an OAA Certificate of Practice.
b) If the submitted project’s correct credit or authorship is an individual, the individual must be an OAA member (ie. architect, intern architect, Licensed Technologist OAA)
It is the submittor’s responsibility to ensure they have provided the correct credit of authorship conforming to Section 42, subsection 31 and 34 of the Regulations under the Architects Act.
The Jury will evaluate the following aspects of each submission and may grant awards for projects that excel in addressing any or all of these considerations:
Responses to the following questions are encouraged where applicable:
Please document the following Sustainability Metrics if applicable:*
annual energy consumption in ekWh (equivalent kilowatt hours);
* energy density in ekWh/m2;
* building full time equivalent population;* annual potable water consumption in m3;
* annual potable water consumption in l/person;
* percentage reused materials; and
*percentage recycled material content:
*percentage by weight or by dollar cost as per LEED NC.
4. Good Design/Good Business: The degree to which the project creatively supports & inteprets the business and architectural goals of the client through programming and design.
5. Legacy: The contribution of the project in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence
The Jury’s evaluation is based on the information submitted. The quality of the submission is important to this process. Submitted material must be provided in a letter-sized binder that does not identify the practice. Submissions may be divided into Building Type categories, but these are intended only to simplify the evaluation and do not represent Award categories.
The following information is required:
The following conventions must be observed:
The Submitters are encouraged to include the following descriptions, where applicable:
Please note: The submitting practice or individual must not be identified anywhere in the submission except on the entry form.
The jury will consider up to a maximum of 15 awards, one of which will be proclaimed the Best of Show.The Best of Show award recognizes the project that most successfully addresses the award criteria.
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 and is in memory of his dedication to the membership and the profession.
The nominee and seconder must be members of the OAA (architect, intern, retired, life, honourary, student).
Criteria - The qualities or actions which may be recognized by the award include:
Examples - Society leadership, councillor, committee member, spearheading or engaging in an activity (in or outside of the OAA & Societies) that benefited the members of the profession, such as effective lobbying for the profession, mentoring, public representation etc.
Recognizing prominent members of the architectural profession who are now deceased; a record of achievement is presented to a relative and displayed at the OAA.
The nominee must be an Ontario architect, now deceased, that meets at least one of the following criteria:
Recognizing buildings that demonstrate architecture's beauty, endurance and lasting contribution to the community and to society.
A Landmark building:
The project must be located in Ontario, and built prior to 1987. Any person may nominate up to three projects that need not be their own work. Previous Landmark and OAA 25 Year Award winning projects are ineligible. Click here for a complete list.
The Lifetime Design Achievement Award recognizes and honours a career-long commitment to the promotion and achievement in Architectural Design Excellence. This award celebrates the outstanding contribution of architects whose body of work reflects a lasting legacy of excellence and innovation.
Nominees for this award will be selected by the Honours and Awards Task Group. The final recipient will be approved by OAA Council.
Recognizing architects who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the profession, in education, and/or in the community.
The nominee must be an Ontario architect (including retired members).
Recognizing the public's favourite project, selected by online voting from the Design Excellence Winners.
All Design Excellence Winners as chosen by the Design Excellence Jury in February 2011 are automatically elgible.
After the winners of the Design Excellence category have been announced, the public is invited to vote online for their favourite project. The online public voting page will include images of each project and will be available on the OAA Web site in April 2012. The project that receives the most votes will be declared the People's Choice Award Winner and announced at the 2012 Celebration of Excellence.