2008 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence winners announced

Canadian Architect announces the winners of the 2008 Awards of Excellence, given each year to architects and architectural graduates for buildings in the design stage. One of only two national award programs devoted exclusively to architecture, the Awards of Excellence have recognized significant building projects in Canada on an annual basis since 1968.


This year’s winners have been selected by a jury consisting of Christine Macy, professor of architectural design and history at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects in Toronto, and Bing Thom of Bing Thom Architects Inc. in Vancouver.


Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors considered response to the program, site, geographical and social context, and evaluated physical organization, structure, materials and environmental features.


Four Awards of Excellence were given to the following winners:


• Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver for the Hadaway House in Whistler, BC


• Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver for the Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church in Port Coquitlam, BC


RDH Architects Inc. of Toronto for the First Leaside Securities Head Office in Uxbridge, Ontario


• Stantec Architecture/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Architects in Joint Venture) of Toronto for Bridgepoint Health in Toronto, Ontario


This year, four students were selected as award winners for their respective graduating thesis projects. They are:


• Michael Barton of the University of British Columbia for The Enthalpy of Empty Space


• Marie-Gil Blanchette of McGill University for Watercycle


• Vivian Chin of the University of Toronto for Convergent Species


• Kevin James of Dalhousie University for Seeking Specificity in the Universal: A Memorial for Japanese Canadians Interned During the Second World War


Exclusive coverage will be granted to award winners in the December 2008 issue of Canadian Architect, and each winning architect and respective client will receive a framed certificate. Student winners will receive a framed certificate in addition to a cash award of $500.


Canadian Architect wishes to thank all firms and students who participated in this year’s awards. It is the enthusiastic involvement of everyone that makes each year a great success.