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The Ontario Association of Architects challenges the profession to identify those interstitial infrastructure systems impacting society as a whole, and then propose new ways to think about their design, foregrounding their role as essential and diverse building blocks of communities.

A direct result of the OAA’s comprehensive review of its annual Awards Program in 2016, the new SHIFT2019 Infrastructure/ Architecture Challenge follows the recommendations in the final report by consultant Brigitte Desrochers: It “looks slightly beyond the horizon of traditional Awards Programs” to serve as “a new type of ‘activist’ prize for the OAA to engage, which better intersects with its public interest mandate.”

This new program targets a different societal issue every two years in which the profession can bring architectural thinking to engage the public in a dialogue about architecture and the role of architects in society. This program is geared to engage all facets of the profession as well as industry partners. Its intent is to strengthen the profile of architecture as a public-interest focused profession.

Be part of this exciting new direction for architectural thinking!
Stay tuned for Call for Entries details coming on September 28...