2010 Awards of Excellence Winners

5468796 Architecture Inc.

5468796 Architecture Inc. is a Winnipeg architecture studio with a diverse range of interests. The firm was established in 2007 to challenge convention at all scales, from branding, architecture and design, to detailing and engineering systems. Our collaborative studio (one desk, 12 practitioners) explores through conversation and play, models and mock-ups, drawings and revisions, and continuous inquiry.

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects is organized as a collaborative design studio led by the firm’s principals. The office has a longstanding interest in the interaction between building, site and community, using sustainability as a driver of innovation. Based in Toronto, it is a mid-sized practice with 15 staff, dedicated to the goals of design excellence and exceptional service.

Patkau Architects

Patkau Architects is an internationally recognized architectural design studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Principals John Patkau and Patricia Patkau are joined by three associates: David Shone, Peter Suter and Greg Boothroyd. In over 30 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, Patkau Architects has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients. Current work includes a Visitors’ Centre at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto, the Marcel A. Desautel Faculty of Music and the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, the Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport at the University of Toronto, as well as a variety of residential projects in diverse locations ranging from a northern island off the coast of British Columbia to a farm in Ad’Diriyyah, Saudi Arabia. As the circumstances of the work change, their interests expand. They seek to explore the full richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations. They refuse singular definitions of architecture: as art, as technology, as social service, as environmental agent, as political statement. They embrace all these definitions together, as part of the rich, complex and vital discipline that they believe architecture to be.

Atelier Big City

Atelier Big City (Anne Cormier, Randy Cohen, Howard Davies) is known for its innovative and often gregarious approach to architectural design. Two centres of interpretation built in eastern Quebec at Pabos Mills and Trois-Pistoles as well as a housing project on Paper Hill in Montreal (U2) demonstrate the group’s desire to build provocatively yet also deal sensitively with issues related to site organization, construction, program and budget. The work of Big City is structured on a strong conceptual approach based on the interpretation of program and siting strategies. Of particular interest to the group is the notion of public space in buildings and the importance of the architectural promenade, a spatial journey animated by relations established between elements of the program, and between the built project and its environment. Each project is an exploration in generating an architectural milieu of grand sensual stimulation through the use of very simple means: colour, volume, material and structure. Atelier Big City has received a number of awards and honours including the Prix de Rome in 1998, and a Governor General’s medal in 2006 for their innovative urban housing project entitled U2. Their work has been exhibited and presented through lectures in North America and in Europe. Atelier Big City are committed educators at the university level. Anne Cormier teaches and is the Director of the Universit de Montral cole d’architecture, while Randy Cohen teaches at the Universit du Qubec Montral and at the Universit de Montral cole d’architecture. Howard Davies teaches at both McGill University’s School of Architecture and at Concordia University’s Department of Design and Computational Arts.

Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated and Parkin Architects Limited

Established in 1947, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated has been an integrated firm virtually since its inception. Through its offices located in Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa and Atlanta, Smith Carter works with clients from government, institutions and private-sector organizations across Canada and around the world. Collaboration has facilitated innovation at Smith Carter and areas of expertise range across all types of complex projects, with specialties in the design of health-care and research facilities. Projects include: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a complex building designed and constructed completely with BIM (Building Information Modelling); Manitoba Hydro Place; and SC3, Smith Carter’s third purpose-built headquarters, winner of a Governor General’s Award and the first building in Manitoba to achieve LEED Platinum certification. SC3 serves as a beta test site to investigate and develop new understandings of how buildings and people work. Arguably the most health-care-experienced architect in Canada, Parkin Architects Limited is a longstanding, award-winning leader in this highly specialized field, providing services to clients across Canada and internationally. Ninety percent of Parkin’s staff of over 100 architects, planners, designers and project managers are engaged solely in hospital commissions. Clients include some of the foremost institutions in Canada, many of which have worked with Parkin for over 20 years, and continue to return for their ongoing planning and design needs. In addition to the more traditional services such as master planning, design of new and renovated buildings, site planning and project management, Parkin plays a significant leading role in strategic and operational planning with many of its clients.

Canon Design

Cannon Design is an ideas-based practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for health care, research, education, corporate, sports and government clients. At present, the firm employs a staff of over 1,000, delivering services in 17 offices throughout North America, as well as abroad in Shanghai and Mumbai. Cannon Design strives to create environments that are a thoughtful response to the program mission, physical setting and functional purpose, reflecting the spirit and personality of each owner. The firm is focused on quality–with client satisfaction as the ultimate measurement. Cannon Design works continuously to advance the state of the art, contributing to the built environment and quality of life of the people for whom it creates living and working spaces.

Provencher Roy + Associs Architectes

Founded in 1983 by Claude Provencher and Michel Roy, the Montreal architectural firm of Provencher Roy + Associs Architectes has won many awards for its work in Canada. During the 1990s, the initial partnership was strengthened with the appointment of Line Belhumeur and Alain Compera, and then in 2000 with the appointment of Marius Bouchard–renowned for his technical and legal knowledge. In 2005, Provencher Roy + Associs Architectes widened the breadth of its expertise with the addition of interior design firm Moureaux Hauspy + Associs, along with Beauchamp & Bourbeau, a firm that has built its reputation on a strong commitment to sustainable design. Today, the highly trained team of 105 multidisciplinary professionals apply their knowledge toward the design and construction of museums, universities, hospitals, hotels, airports, conference centres, corporate headquarters, and sports facilities. Additionally, urban planning, programming, feasibility studies, technical consultation, and interior and exhibit
ion design are all part of the firm’s scope of services. Open-mindedness and an unwavering commitment to innovation have allowed the Provencher Roy team to adapt its practice to the major transformations that have shaped the firm’s design process.

Kongats Architects

Kongats Architects is gaining a national reputation for the innovation they bring to a wide range of important educational, cultural and public institutions. In addition to the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Academy of Medicine, current projects include Centennial College’s Athletic and Wellness Centre, Lambton Art Gallery in Sarnia, and the Foundry District Energy Centre for Waterfront Toronto. The design work of the firm is rational and strictly edited to ensure the projects’ fundamental ambitions are never compromised while architecturally creating exceptional experiences for daily life. Offering an exceptional experience for daily life also means living in sync with our environment. “Green building” is an evident characteristic of the firm’s built projects and feasibility studies, reinforced by their ongoing research into the use of self-sustaining materials and building systems, and by an inventiveness in the design of the exterior building skin. The firm’s work has been honoured with several awards including a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Hespeler Library. In 2006, the firm was nominated for the prestigious New York Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Prize. Their work has been featured extensively in various publications and has been exhibited in Canada and abroad.

Eric Pelletier Architectes, Cardinal Hardy and Les Architectes Labont Marcil

In 1995, Eric Pelletier co-founded Croft Pelletier architectes, where he evolved his skills as an architect through a variety of cultural and institutional projects, many of which have won awards. Some of the more significant buildings include the Charlesbourg Library, the Gaspsie Museum and the Montreal Planetarium. His work has been published widely, both in Quebec and Canada, as well as internationally. In 2009, Pelletier established his own architectural practice, Eric Pelletier architectes (EPA), taking with him the same dynamic and passionate team. The firm has since worked on numerous projects with a broad scope, including architecture, interior design, urban design, landscape design, furniture, exhibition and stage design, and even civil engineering. Recently, the firm received an honourable mention for their proposal for a new open-air amphitheatre in Trois-Rivires, the subject of an open competition. Left to right: Eric Pelletier, Amlie Turgeon, Annie Martineau. Cardinal Hardy (CHA) was founded in 1986 by Michel Hardy and Aurle Cardinal. Led by seven partners, the firm currently employs 70 full-time employees, including 36 architects, nine landscape architects and six urban designers, many with LEED accreditation. Five professionals teach at the university level in the field of urban design and landscape architecture. For the past several years, Cardinal Hardy has been most actively engaged in the rebirth of the Montreal waterfront. The success of the Old Port of Montreal, Cit du Multimdia, Quartier Concordia, and residential communities in Old Montreal and on the Lachine Canal–are all the result of their commitment and planning efforts. The office specializes in landscape architecture, urban studies, restoration and recycling of historical sites and buildings, transportation, mixed-use projects and housing. As the firm strongly believes that successful planning is the product of teamwork and the collaborative effort of all professionals, they are particularly well-known for a multidisciplinary approach and for their rigour in urban planning. Cardinal Hardy has been recognized by numerous awards, such as National and Regional Merit Awards from the Canadian Landscape Architecture Association, an Honour Award for the Waterfront Center in Washington, a Governor General’s Award for architecture, and a Prix d’excellence from the Ordre des Architectes du Qubec. Recently, the firm won the architecture competition for Les Bassins du Nouveau Havre, a master plan proposal of a sustainable mixed-use project for the old Canada Post site on the Lachine Canal. Les Architectes Labont Marcil was founded in 1986. Today, its two founding partners–Pierre Labont and Jean Marcil–lead the 14-person firm. Their work focuses primarily on the cultural and institutional sectors, along with many heritage restoration projects. Labont Marcil is known for its research and technical expertise, in addition to its project management skills. Its three core values focus on creativity, practicality and rationality.

Jeffrey Ma

Jeffrey Ma was born in 1985 in Hong Kong, and graduated from the School of Architecture at McGill University in 2010, where he was awarded the Ray Affleck Prize in Design for distinction in his final thesis project. During the Master’s program, he had the opportunity to participate in several speculative studios and theoretical courses with some of the most respected professors in the field of architecture. Amongst others, professors Alberto Prez-Gmez, Michael Jemtrud, Robert Claiborne, Torben Berns and Andrew King have changed his perception of architecture as a profession. Throughout the two years of his Master of Architecture degree, Ma was faced with the constant battle between logic, understanding and the built environment, from which his thesis entitled Logic Shift was derived. Further, his colleagues in the architecture program contributed significantly to the development of his thesis. Without the continuing dialogue with his colleagues and professors throughout the evolution of this project, Ma believes that Logic Shift would not have achieved the same degree of success.

Taraneh Meshkani

Taraneh Meshkani recently received her Master of Architecture degree from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Previously, she earned her undergraduate architecture degree from Azad University in Tehran, during which time she worked in several architectural firms. In 2008, Meshkani received the Professional Experience Program Award from the University of Toronto and was rewarded internships at Morphosis Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. In 2009-2010, she received the Toronto Society of Architects scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating student of the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) or Master of Urban Design (MUD) program whose thesis project demonstrates an innovative approach to city building and urban form. Meshkani is currently working on the topic of public and private spaces as a continuation of her research for her thesis project.