2009 Design Exchange Award winners announced

The Design Exchange (DX) announced the 2009 winners of the Design Exchange Awards at a gala dinner on November 24, 2009. This national design competition is open to professional designers across Canada working in a range of disciplines, and the winning projects are displayed in an exhibition at the DX running from November 25, 2009 to February 21, 2010.


The Design Exchange Awards promote Canadian design excellence and recognizes the critical role of design in all types of organizations – national and international. The Awards celebrate the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers. Projects are recognized for balancing function, aesthetics, and economic success.


Award categories include architecture, interiors, visual communications, environments, fashion and industrial design. A special award is also presented to the CEO with the best design strategy. The winners in each category are listed below.


Architecture – Commercial



Project: RBC Centre

Design Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co. Architects Inc.

Production Architect: Bregman + Hamann Architects

Advocacy and Compliance Architect for RBC/RBC Dexia: Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co. Architects Inc.

Client: Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, RBC Financial Group and RBC Dexia Investor Services



Project: George Brown College – Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Designer: Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. with Gow Hastings Architects Inc.

Client: George Brown College



Project: Centre for Urban Ecology

Designer: Taylor Hazell Architects with architectsAlliance

Client: Humber College Institute for Technology and Advanced Learning; City of Toronto; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


Honourable Mention

Project: Island Yacht Club

Designer: Montgomery Sisam Architects

Client: Island Yacht Club


Honourable Mention

Project: Southbrook Vineyards

Designer: Diamond + Schmitt Architects

Client: Southbrook Vineyards


Architecture – Residential



Project: 40R Laneway House

Designer: Superkül Inc.

Client: Elena & Jorge Soni



Project: Shift Cottage

Designer: Superkül Inc.

Client: Anonymous



Project: aerieLOFT

Designer: Breathe Architects

Client: B. Puckering


Honourable Mention

Project: House 60

Designer: gh3

Client: Allison Granovsky




Honourable Mention

Project: Versus Scoreboard – Portable, Electronic Scoreboard and MP3 Player

Designer: Cortex Designs

Client: Versus Ltd.


Fashion/Apparel Design


Honourable Mention

Project: R 320 Climbing Harness

Designer: Arc’teryx

Client: Arc’teryx


Industrial Design



Project: Artful Winemaker

Designer: Poissant Design Associates Inc.

Client: Global Vintners Inc.



Project: Xyr&aum
l; Playground Equipment

Designer: Marc Boudreau Design Industriel

Client: Jambette Évolujeux



Project: DNA Self-Collection Kit: Test Tube format

Designer: DW Product Development Inc.

Client: DNA Genotek Inc.


Honourable Mention

Project: LED Light ‘Bright Cube’

Designer: Lumolar

Client: Lumolar with Arkalumen


Honourable Mention

Project: Planna

Designer: Inscape / Inscape Design Team

Client: Inscape


Interior Design – Commercial



Project: W Hotel Downtown Atlanta

Designer: burdifilek

Client: W Hotel / Barry Real Estate



Project: Scandinave Les Bains vieux-Montreal

Designer: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Client: Gestion Rivière du Diable Inc.



Project: Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom

Designer: Cecconi Simone

Client: Maroline Distributing Inc.



Project: Bennett Jones Client Centre

Designer: Frankland + Associates Ltd.

Client: Bennett Jones LLP


Honourable Mention

Project: Murale

Designer: burdifilek

Client: Shoppers Drug Mart


Honourable Mention

Project: Stantec Guelph Office

Designer: Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Client: Stantec Consulting Ltd.


Interior Design – Residential



Project: Shelf Life

Designer: Perkins Eastman Black Architects

Client: Perkins Eastman Black Architects



Project: Beach House

Designer: Dubbeldam Design Architects

Client: Sean Smith & Kate Halpenny



Project: Russell Hill House

Designer: gh3

Client: Dale Burshtein


Interior Design – Temporary or Portable



Project: Lippincott Living

Designer: Cecconi Simone

Client: Blurredge Group



Project: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Designer: Reich + Petch Design International

Client: Royal Ontario Museum



Project: ÏCE Condominiums at York Centre Sales Office

Designer: Munge Leung Design Associates

Client: Lanterra Developments and Cadillac Fairview


Honourable Mention

Project: Installation

Designer: Studio Junction Inc.

Client: Studio Junction Inc.


Honourable Mention

Project: Blue Note

Designer: PLANT Architect Inc.

Client: Nightswimming


Landscape Architecture



Project: Dymaxion Sleep

Designers: Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell

Client: Refford Gardens/Jardins De Métis International Garden Festival



Project: Square Des Frères-Charon

Designer: Affleck + de la Riva

Client: City of Montréal, Direction des Grands Parcs et de la Nature en Ville



Project: West Toronto Railpath

Designer: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. with Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

Client: City of Toronto, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department


Honourable Mention

Project: Trinity College Quadrangle

Designer: gh3

Client: Trinity College


Honourable Mention

Project: Victoria University Forecourt

Designer: PMA Landscape Architects Ltd.

Client: Victoria University in the University of Toronto


Honourable Mention

Project: ESRI Canada Green Roof

Designer: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.

Client: ESRI Canada


Urban Design



Project: Shops at Don Mills

Designer: Rudy Adlaf for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation in collaboration with Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects and pellow + associates architects inc.

Client: The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.



Project: Place des Festivals – Quartier des Spectacles

Designer: Daoust Lestage Inc.

Client: Ville de Montréal



Project: Lakeview Legacy Project

Designer: John Danahy Centre for Landscape Research

Client: Lakeview Ratepayers Association


Visual Communication – Brand & Identity



Project: Bell TV Packaging

Designer: lg2boutique

Client: Bell Canada



Project: Happy Planet Shots Packaging System

Designer: Subplot Design Inc.

Client: Happy Planet Foods, Inc.



Project: Vancouver Convention Centre

Designer: Gottschalk+Ash and Terry Heard Design

Client: BC Pavilion Corporation


Honourable Mention

Project: Guelph Office Entry Signage

Designer: Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Client: Stantec Architecture Ltd.


Honourable Mention

Project: Lippincott Living

Designer: ninth+crux

Client: Blurredge Group


Visual Communications – Content Development & Editorial



Project: Agora Borealis: Engaging in Sustainable Architecture

Designer: Joel Harding / Manasc Issac Architects

Client: Manasc Isaac Architects



Project: Pug Awards

Designer: ninth+crux

Client: Pug Awards



Project: Vancouver Matters

Designer: James Eidse, Mari Fujita, Joey Giaimo, Christa Min (editors); Lori Kiessling (photo editor); Robin Mitchell of hundreds & thousands (graphic design)

Client: Blueimprint


Honourable Mention

Project: [un]Fold[in]

Designer: Borxu Design / Borzu Talaie

Client: atelier rzlbd


Honourable Mention

Project: Leaf A Legacy

Designer: Signals Design Group

Client: BC Cancer Foundation


Design Exchange Staff Choice

Project: Phonofone II

Designer: Science & Sons

Client: Science & Sons


Canadian Company or CEO with the Best Design Strategy

Gareth Brennan

Principal/CEO, Founder of Eventscape Inc.


For more information on the DX Awards, please visit www.dx.org